At Southeast Precision Clinic of Chiropractic, we pride ourselves on offering our patients a variety of chiropractic techniques and services! It is hard to gauge which technique will work best for you without first having a thorough consultation and examination. After discussing your concerns with Dr. Harper, a precise plan can be put together to best address your individual needs and get you back on the road to better health in the most efficient manner possible!
Here is some general information about a few of the specialty techniques that we offer here in our office:
ATLAS ORTHOGONAL UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTIC
1. What Is Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic?
Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic is a specialty within the chiropractic field. The Atlas Orthogonal system is a painless and safe spinal correction which restores body balance and reactivates the body’s natural healing abilities.
2. What Exactly Is An Atlas Orthogonist?
The Atlas Orthogonist is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic who, in addition to six or more years of education, utilizes a light force method of specifically adjusting the spine. The Atlas Orthogonist has undergone extensive training specializing in correcting spinal misalignment by using the atlas orthogonal percussion instrument. This method is gentle and effective and requires post graduate training.
The Atlas Orthogonal system is a painless and safe spinal correction which restores body balance and increases the body’s natural healing ability. Our clinic uses the Atlas Orthogonal system of health care exclusively, to care for our patients. This precision form of upper cervical spinal correction painlessly restores body balance without forceful movements or twisting of the neck or back.
3. How Is Atlas Orthogonal Different?
One of the most obvious differences is the gentle, painless way in which An Atlas Orthogonist works. No manipulation (twisting or cracking) is ever employed or needed. The Atlas Orthogonist’s methods require such light touches to the affected area, that patients who may expect a forceful manipulation as part of their treatment, find it hard to believe that anything effective has been accomplished. But, their doubts and fears vanish as quickly as their pain and discomfort.
4. Does The Atlas Orthogonal Adjustment Hurt?
The Atlas Orthogonal spinal correction is painless and barely felt by the patient. Because of the precise X-ray analysis, a correction can be made without any forceful jerking or twisting movements.
5. What Can I Expect After My First Correction?
After the first Atlas Orthogonal spinal correction, you may experience a variety of changes within your body. These are due to the nervous system responding to the structural correction. Symptoms are a positive sign that healing is taking place. In order to heal, the body must go through different cycles of repair which very often express themselves in some of the following ways:
- Alleviation of symptoms
- Tiredness or sleepiness
- Muscle stiffness/Soreness
You should not be concerned if the pain changes or moves to another area of the body. Symptoms may decrease immediately. However, the amount of misalignment and severity of the condition will determine the recovery time. Please make the doctor aware of any and all changes. Remember, pain is a sign that the body is working, any changes can be part of the healing process.
6. How Long Does An Adjustment Last?
The accuracy of the procedure affords the patient longer lasting effects. Thus, one or two adjustments in many cases is usually all that is needed to get proven results. And while the Atlas can again lose its proper adjustment, for most patients the procedure results in far fewer visits than most other procedures. The end result is that Atlas Orthogonal provides simple, gentle and dramatic results. And that translates into greater relief, better health, fewer office visits and less money spent.
7. How Do I Maintain My A.O. Spinal Correction?
Patients often ask what holds the spine in place once it has been corrected. When the head and neck have been re-placed to their natural position, the body will regain its normal balance and relationship to gravity. This will release tension held by the body due to its compensated stressed position. A relaxed body structure is now more stable and functions more freely. This, along with some specific instructions about body position, movement and a simple routine of therapeutic stretching exercises will allow the correction to hold for weeks, months and sometimes even years.
8. How Is The Treatment Determined?
The treatment is decided upon after a thorough evaluation of the patient’s symptoms and prior health history. Combining that information with the results of any orthopedic, neurological chiropractic examination, leg measurements, temperature differential studies, and X-ray studies, the doctor is able to pinpoint accurately the source of the problem and decide upon the best plan of health care.
9. Are X-Rays Necessary?
Yes. It is important that certain X-rays be made. To see is to know, to not see is to guess. An Atlas Orthogonist will never guess about your health. He/she has had extensive X-ray training and will never require X-ray studies which are not vital to the diagnosis and treatment of your condition.
10. What Else Can A.O. Chiropractic Care Do?
Atlas Orthogonal spinal corrections can help you and your family resolve pain and suffering and can aid in the healthy growth and development of your children. Precision spinal care can eliminate the need for medication and surgery in many cases. After you have experienced the results of Atlas Orthogonal spinal corrections for yourself, tell someone else about your experience, and help us overcome the ignorance, prejudice and superstition about spinal care.
11. The A.O. Spinal Correction… Who Needs It?
When most people think of chiropractic corrections, they think of neck pain, back pain, or muscle aches. The Atlas Orthogonal Spinal Correction can help your body work better no matter what type of health problem you may have. Our organization is dedicated to correcting the Atlas Subluxation Complex which is a misalignment of the bone structure of the head and neck. This misalignment can block the communication between your brain and body causing pain, stress, and tension. This stress and tension can affect all physical and even mental activity of the body. Many symptoms can be relieved by correction of the Atlas Subluxation Complex. We have had positive results with such conditions as:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Migraines and other headaches
- Chronic pain or stress
- Athletic injuries
- Auto accident injuries
- Neck and back pain
- Herniated discs
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Seizures, including Epileptic
- Leg and arm numbness
- Sinus problems
- Bell’s Palsy
- POTS/orthostatic hypotension
- Horner’s Syndrome
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
THE ACTIVATOR METHOD: Safe and Effective Chiropractic Treatment
The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is ideal for babies, adults and geriatrics because of its low-impact and effective results. This is a method that allows for diagnostic testing and treatments, and it is used by thousands of chiropractors all over the world to treat back and neck pain, as well as chronic and migraine headaches, and a whole host of other conditions.
What is the Activator Method?
This adjusting technique utilizes a hand-held instrument called an Activator which sends a mild impulse to the spine. The instrument and method of diagnostic analysis to determine where to adjust the patients joint(s) is the most widely used method across the globe. This is a much gentler alternative to other types of chiropractic treatment which involve manually manipulating the spinal column. The Activator Method has extensive studies that show positive results over all other methods. In fact, you will find a lot of research papers on this chiropractic method that discuss how safe, gentle and effective the treatments are.
The Activator Instrument
While the Activator Method is the analysis side, the Activator Instrument allows the doctor to deliver a gentle, low-force, chiropractic adjustment. The hand-held instrument provides a controlled, fast-thrust that is very comfortable to the patient. In fact, the Activator Instrument is 200x faster than the traditional adjustment and delivers a thrust in 3 milliseconds.
How the Activator Works
The Activator Adjusting Instrument is used to identify specific types of dysfunction in the spinal joint, test for differences in leg length, find problems with body mechanics, and test the reflexes. Once the examinations are completed, the Activator chiropractor will then be able to come up with the best plan for treating your pain. This is a gentle and painless treatment, and you will be comfortable during sessions. The adjustments made by this device are fast and measured. This means that they happen so fast that your muscles won’t have time to react and resist the treatment, and the chiropractor is able to provide more precise treatments for pain when using this particular chiropractic technique.
When using the instrument, the chiropractor will apply it to the tissues that are either near or right at the joint in question. It is applied with a small amount of pressure, and then you will experience a fast, thrusting sensation from the instrument. Basically, this feels a lot like having your reflexes tested. You must stay still during the treatment in order for it to be completely effective. Once the adjustment has been made, a re-evaluation of the problem may be done to see what further treatments are needed.
Benefits of Activator Chiropractic Treatments
This is one of the most highly-researched chiropractic treatments, and it offers many benefits. There are actually a number of conditions that the Activator technique can treat. These include TMJ, herniated discs, neurological conditions, inflammation, and many others. Studies have shown that this treatment is particularly helpful for children and elderly patients. There are few risks involved with this treatment, and it is considered to be low-risk. It is a low-force treatment that is safe and practically painless. There is no actual joint manipulation done, and there will be no stress on the joints.