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Multi Radiance Medical® Laser

Clear Choice Chiropractic offers Multi Radiance Medical® Laser Treatments, check out this video to learn more.

Laser therapy is a well-studied method to eliminate chronic and acute pain. The goal of this non-invasive application is to deliver light energy to tissue needing treatment, which reduces pain and increases circulation.

Anchored in Science: The most optimal mechanism for laser treatment, providing maximum photonic density without hazardous thermal effect.

WHAT IS TRUE SUPER PULSING?
Do not confuse the “pulsing” of continuous wave lasers with the super pulsed technology of Multi Radiance lasers. Continuous wave “pulsing” is accomplished literally by “chopping the beam”, i.e., mechanically turning the laser on and off. This not only limits the power and depth of penetration offered by continuous wave lasers, it also encourages the body to adapt to its effects, limiting its treatment ability.

With Multi Radiance technology, you can super pulse up to 50,000mW of power which is more than most Class IV lasers, yet with a higher degree of safety. The laser and electronic technologies required to use super pulsed diodes are more advanced and the diodes themselves are more expensive than the continuous wave diodes. This is probably why most lasers in the North American market are low powered Gallium Aluminum Arsenide continuous wave lasers.

Super pulsed laser technology by Multi Radiance provides a safe and effective mechanism of energy delivery, combining three clinically proven light wavelengths for optimal tissue penetration: Red light at 660 nanometers, infrared light at 875 nanometers, and super pulsed laser at 905 nanometers.

The super pulsed laser provides high-powered light in hundred billions-of-a-second pulses to drive photons deep into the tissue without any harmful thermal effects.

The full 25 watts of power is being generated at the peak of the pulse, creating high energy density. In addition, the energy delivered at 905 nanometers is most efficiently absorbed by hemoglobin in the blood.

More hemoglobin with an increased circulation of blood means more oxygen supplied to the cells. This creates a beneficial systemic effect throughout the body.

When these specific wavelengths are combined, there’s a 100% increase in availability of light below the skin when compared to them being separately applied, confirming the presence of this Triple Cascade Effect, which was validated by the Pillars Paper Research.

Multi Radiance’s ability to vary the frequencies or speed at which light is delivered is extremely beneficial. Higher frequencies penetrate relatively shallow tissue and have an inhibiting effect on pain, whereas lower frequencies enable deeper tissue penetration and create a stimulatory effect on the tissue.

Constant use of the same frequency, as found in other continuous-wave lasers, causes tissue homeostasis and adaptation to the laser effects, and thus limits their therapeutic power.

With the LaserStim Emitter, the body responds and the impulse adjusts dynamically to the feedback from the electrodes that are in contact with the skin, engaging in a process of contact interaction that provides optimal treatment and also avoids the body’s natural tendency to accommodate to the stimulation.

This technology delivers more beneficial light to the target tissue as compared to Class IV lasers and the efficacy of Multi Radiance Medical Super Pulsed Laser technology has been validated in vitro, in vivo, in controlled laboratory experiments and in clinical practice. Our multiple wavelength technology has been clinically proven to provide optimal treatment, safe for all skin pigmentation, without raising skin temperatures to dangerous levels—unlike Class IV and Class 3B lasers.

Globally, Multi Radiance technology is utilized to treat a broad range of conditions and has approvals and clearances in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe.

CALL Clear Choice Chiropractic today to find out about our laser packages and how you can take our laser home for use.

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Body Balance

 

 

BODY BALANCE®
The nutrient-rich bounty of sea enhanced by the beneficial qualities of aloe.

Build better health on a foundation of nutrition with Body Balance. Supporting each of your core body systems, Body Balance is a nutrition powerhouse formulated with SeaNine™, our proprietary blend of nine nutrient-rich sea vegetables, and Aloe vera.

The pairing of SeaNine™ vegetables with Aloe is dynamic. Aloe vera alone contains over 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds, including 12 vitamins, 20 minerals, and 18 amino acids. The Aloe vera used in Body Balance is carefully harvested under low temperatures to protect the key polysaccharides, grown and processed according to organic standards, and is inner-fillet aloe.
Why sea vegetables? The mineral riches of the earth that have been washed into the oceans have been reclaimed by sea vegetation. Our SeaNine™ blend provides a broad spectrum of trace minerals and phytonutrients that are more frequently deficient from land-based diets. These sea vegetables are sustainably harvested from pristine ocean waters around the globe.

Body Balance is now available in both liquid and powdered form so you can take it wherever life takes you. Keep liquid Body Balance in your refrigerator at home — and when you’re on the go, slip Body Balance Singles To Go in your pocket, purse, car or desk. You can even take them with you in your carry on or checked luggage when you fly. Just like the liquid formula, these powdered stick packets are made with non-GMO ingredients and will support each of your core body systems. In addition, the stick packets are packaged as a single serving and are preservative free.

With Body Balance, you’ll finally experience what it feels like to give your body the nutrients it craves for optimal performance.

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Custom vs. Generic Orthotics

When a patient needs support, there are two choices to consider: custom-made or off-the-shelf? Numerous companies offer a variety of Off-the-Shelf Inserts to support and relieve the foot.

Unlike generic orthotics, Foot Levelers’ custom-made Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers are scientifically designed for the individual’s unique postural problems — not just problems with the feet. We believe that correcting imbalances in your feet, in addition to regular chiropractic adjustments, can properly align your spine and pelvis.

Stabilizers offer more than just short-term symptom relief. They also promote whole-body wellness for a lifetime. Take a look at the facts:

Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers

  • 3-arch support balances the feet, balances the body; also provides proper corrections for your specific condition
  • Patented Gait Cycle System® offers support through each phase of your gait
  • Promotes optimum posture and enhances chiropractic adjustments, resulting in longer-term symptom relief
  • Guaranteed to last or your money back
  • Custom made using 16 precise measurements based on digital images or impressions of your feet

Over-the-Counter

  • Only supports 1 arch, and often overcorrects causing more harm than good
  • Does not provide custom support throughout the gait cycle
  • Does not aid in correcting posture; really just a cushion designed to treat the symptom rather than the underlying problem
  • Durability is questionable so you may spend more money over time replacing them
  • Offers generic solutions for a set number of foot conditions, which likely do not address your specific needs

Stabilizers vs. Over-the-Counter

Foot
Levelers’
Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers
Over-the-Counter Orthotics
Managed by Your Chiropractor
YES
NO
Unique to Your Feet
YES
NO
Guaranteed Quality
YES
NO
16-point Precise Measurement
YES
NO
Protects Through Gait
YES
NO
Durability
YES
NO
Corrective Support
YES
NO
Comfort
YES
YES

Foot Levelers has been working with healthcare professionals for more than 58 years to provide patients with custom-made Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers to correct imbalances in the feet, and provide a balanced foundation that can improve a patient’s quality of life. Your health is our number-one priority, and we support you every step of the way.

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Ml830 Laser

Dr. Filner Writes on His Experience Practicing Pain Management with Low Level Laser Therapy

Abstracts From “Low Level Laser Therapy – A Clinician’s View”

By Bernard E. Filner, MD, Guest Editorial in Practical Pain Management October 2006

In his comprehensive and informative article in Practical Pain Management, Dr. Filner explains his status as a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and how and why he digressed into pain management by establishing the Chronic Pain Treatment Center in Rockville, Maryland.

Dr. Filner also explains how – in 2003 – he became familiar with MicroLight’s ML830® when he read an article in the Washington Post about the New England Patriots football team’s use of the ML830® during and before the team’s appearance in the Super Bowl. Becoming curious, Dr. Filner then downloaded all the research he found on MicroLight’s website and called Mike Barbour, MicroLight’s president, to arrange for a demonstration of how to perform laser therapy on seven patients Dr. Filner “recruited,” plus himself. (It seems that he had “extensive” trigger points in his neck and upper back in need of attention.)

Dr. Filner describes how he uses the ML830® for inactivating trigger points to reduce or eliminate pain, and how using the laser has changed the methodology of his practice, explaining three important findings in his evaluation of the ML830® for trigger point therapy.

He notes first that, although the laser is non-invasive and therefore involves no risk, the same skills that are necessary for traditional trigger point injection are required when using the laser because the laser beam follows a straight line (just like a needle) which must be aimed properly at each problematic trigger point. Second, the laser can introduce some longer-lasting effects than those obtained from traditional trigger point injections because certain unique local and systemic values are added when the laser is used. Third, unless the clinician is willing to take the time to do the job completely, including the time it takes to obtain a good patient history, do a proper physical examination, and test to find the problem, results from selecting the laser to treat a particular patient’s condition may not be as good as the clinician and the patient hope to have.

As of the time he wrote his article – in late 2006 – Dr. Filner had treated more than 11,000 trigger points in his patients, successfully inactivating all but four of them. He sees six to eight patients a day who have had painful conditions they have suffered from during the past six months and up to forty years.

Dr. Filner recommends the use of low-level laser therapy as a part of the proper “armamentarium” of every clinician who would successfully treat chronic pain.

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Nutrition

We approach nutrition with an emphasis on scientific knowledge of diet and metabolism, and the individual needs of each patient. 

Our Number one choice and recommendation for a multivitamin/multimineral is Body Balance by LifeForce International. It contains a complete compliment of nutrients for all ages. Best of all it is a liquid making it easy to take each day and it actually tastes good! We also highly recommend their liquid calcium, glucoseamine, MSM and chondroitin products called OsteoProcare and Flexeoplus. Without a shadow of a doubt, this product has made the greatest impact on our patients conditions.  

 

Visit Life Force International for more details about this and many other great products LifeForce has to offer. 

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO ON SEAWEED AND WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT  (BODY BALANCE IS MADE UP OF 9 DIFFERENT TYPES OF SEAWEED) 

Liquid Vs. Tablet 

The argument of liquid vs. tablet vitamins is best discussed against background knowledge of exactly what vitamins are and how they are assimilated into the body. The popularity of pills or capsules is basically due to their convenience and taste, but are the vitamins in a convenient form for the body to be able use efficiently? 

Vitamins are essential chemicals that take part in the chemical reactions of the body, and allow the processes of life to occur. They are not the bricks that build the body, but the substances that allow the bricks to be made and that allow the body to function as an organism. Without them there would be no human life,  so a regular intake of vitamins is essential!  

If you eat a good balanced diet then you will generally have an adequate intake of vitamins. However, few people belong to this group since most people do not have a balanced diet. Vegans, for example, cannot get Vitamin B12 from their diet, and therefore require a supplement. Pregnant women need a good intake of vitamins and the aged are particularly susceptible to vitamin deficiencies.  

 A typical diet of burgers and fast foods can lead to a vitamin deficiency, and again supplements are required by people who eat this typical ‘American diet’. The result of a vitamin deficiency is a general slowing down of the body’s chemical processes and metabolism, premature aging and the gradual appearance of specific conditions affecting the skin, the blood and other parts and organs of the body. For many, therefore, vitamin supplements are necessary to ensure proper nutrition. 

Some vitamins, such as vitamin C, folic acid and the various B vitamins are soluble in water and others are oil or fat soluble. The water soluble vitamins are flushed out of the body and must be regularly replaced while the fat soluble ones are stored by the body until needed. This presents us with the first problem: how often do we need to ingest each type of vitamin?  

Each person’s requirements are different, depending on age, sex, normal diet and any disability they might have. It is very important that these vitamins are taken regularly and not intermittently. They are not medicines but regular doses of substances essential for life, and as such should be taken at regular periods. The recommended doses are linked to the Recommended Daily Allowance, or RDA of each vitamin, and work best when taken for extended periods. A one-off dose will do little for you but regular doses over several weeks and months will make a difference to your general health and the way you age. 

Early vitamin supplements were generally not so much in the form of specific vitamins or mixtures, but of food sources known to be good for you. Castor oil and cod liver oil were good vitamin sources, and the vitamin supplement was taken in a natural form. Through time, tablets became popular due to their convenience, and capsules assumed popularity due to the taste of some unpopular forms of supplement such as the castor and cod liver oil many of us remember with distaste.  

Malt was also a popular supplement, especially in the 1940s and 50s when post war diets tended to be poor. Malt was an excellent source of the B vitamins, beta carotene and folic acid. It is generally accepted that vitamins are more easily assimilated into the body from natural sources than from manufactures sources, and this is one argument in favor of liquid supplements that come in a natural form.  

However, there are also liquids that are solutions of water soluble vitamins such as vitamin C, and others that are solutions of multivitamins. The oil soluble vitamins are present in these liquid supplements in colloidal form; that is, they are present as a suspension of very small particles in the carrier liquid.  

The argument for liquids is that they are more easily absorbed by the intestine into the body than solid pills. However, nutrients are absorbed into the body early on in the intestinal tract, and liquids pass through the body relatively quickly. How do we know that the vitamins have time to be fully absorbed? Solids, on the other hand, remain in the intestine for a much longer time. However, it is not the form they are in that is important, but the bioavailability, and liquids are more bioavailable than solids. They are more easily absorbed by the body.  

Experts generally agree that it is easier for the body to use vitamins in liquid form than in solid form. Liquids are also welcomed by those who find it difficult to swallow pills, both pills and capsules contain many materials other than the nutrient itself. Tablets contain waxes, fillers and binders to enable the pill to be formed. They can also contain sugars and artificial flavors and colors to make them look and taste more attractive, and other substances to help them break apart after swallowing.  

Capsules can be too large for some people to swallow, and even the non-gelatin type can form hard masses in the stomach that can be virtually indigestible. The gelatin capsules have moral significance for vegans and vegetarians and are also difficult to digest.  

Soluble or dispersible powders are an alternative to tablets and liquid supplements. The powder can be formulated to contain specific vitamins and are ideal for the water soluble vitamins. With liquids, however, the supplement can be taken in small doses throughout the day which is preferable to one individual table dose.  

The choice of liquid vs. tablet vitamins might be a personal one, or one imposed on the 20% of the population that cannot swallow pills, but bioavailability and the natural form of the vitamins concerned should also be taken into consideration. If in doubt, you should check out a reputable vitamin supplement site online and find what recommendations are being made.  

   To learn more about how we approach nutrition using life force products, click here.
  

Healthcare Professional Testimonials

“I will be the FIRST one to say that I have been taking Body Balance since 2002 along with my entire family. Known as “Doctors Signature” years ago my father recommended these products as a healthcare professional. Now I too have found Body Balance to be the best nutritional product in healthcare today (and believe me I have been introduced to them all). I have recommended Body Balance to hundreds and have seen phenomenal health results with my patients, which instills in me that these products are “tried and true”.  

Dan Thompson, D.C., BattleGround, WA

 

“With full confidence I endorse this product and recommend it for improved energy and vitality. I use it myself…I have never seen one product, in 22 years of practicing pharmacy, that has benefited so many.” 

Mark F. Binkley, Ph.D, (pharmacist) 

 

“My personal experience with Body Balance is a tremendous energy boost. I love the product. I have seen tremendous results in my patients I highly recommend it. “ 

Dr. Lisa Temple O.M.D., Boulder, CO 

“I have been in chiropractic practice since 1979. In recommending the Life Force products to my patients, I feel confident because the Regeneration Program is complete. The products are palatable and easy to use. They are excellent for detoxification as well as for people who want greater health and vitality. I personally use the products therefore I feel confident in recommending them to my patients.” 

Ron Baker, D.C. 

 

“I have been prescribing Life Force products to my patients for several years. Body Balance supplies the natural vitamins, macro minerals, trace minerals, amino acids and enzymes exactly the way Mother Nature intended. What the patients like most is that Body Balance is convenient, pleasant tasting, and best of all they don’t have to take dozens of pills daily. I am the best testimony in my office because I have personally used the products for years and would never be without them. I have personally experienced an increase in stamina and quality of life with Life Force products.” 

Donna Novak, D.C. 

 

“I have found Body Balance to be the best product on the market today. Body Balance gives me that extra boost to make it through the day. I feel calm, yet energized.” 

Crystal Benton, Clinton, MD 

 

“After being introduced to this product not long ago, I have already seen its “magic” and have endorsed this product along with my peers.” 

Dr. Raynel Hunt D.C. BattleGound, WA 

 

“For me, the biggest advantage of Body Balance is the ‘no pill, no capsule’ aspect. This, combined with the great taste and palatability makes it a wonder food. 

We have witnessed many remarkable changes in ourselves and our patients by using these products in our wellness system program. Our practice focuses on teaching self responsibility, understanding what the cells of our body really need and want. What a miracle this human machine is when we relieve it of those little daily interferences of faulty lifestyle, habit, wrong food combinations, highly refined foods and reactive foods. 

When you climb aboard the Life Force train you are in for an enviable track record that leads to a new horizon in health. You will experience vitality because each cell is starting to smile again. That is where all life begins and your health is the by-product of many, many happy smiling cells.” 

Vernon R. Mannon, D.C. Bloomington, IL

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Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Clear Choice Chiropractic offers Multi Radiance Medical® Laser Treatments, check out this video to learn more.

Laser therapy is a well-studied method to eliminate chronic and acute pain. The goal of this non-invasive application is to deliver light energy to tissue needing treatment, which reduces pain and increases circulation.

Anchored in Science: The most optimal mechanism for laser treatment, providing maximum photonic density without hazardous thermal effect.

WHAT IS TRUE SUPER PULSING?
Do not confuse the “pulsing” of continuous wave lasers with the super pulsed technology of Multi Radiance lasers. Continuous wave “pulsing” is accomplished literally by “chopping the beam”, i.e., mechanically turning the laser on and off. This not only limits the power and depth of penetration offered by continuous wave lasers, it also encourages the body to adapt to its effects, limiting its treatment ability.

With Multi Radiance technology, you can super pulse up to 50,000mW of power which is more than most Class IV lasers, yet with a higher degree of safety. The laser and electronic technologies required to use super pulsed diodes are more advanced and the diodes themselves are more expensive than the continuous wave diodes. This is probably why most lasers in the North American market are low powered Gallium Aluminum Arsenide continuous wave lasers.

Super pulsed laser technology by Multi Radiance provides a safe and effective mechanism of energy delivery, combining three clinically proven light wavelengths for optimal tissue penetration: Red light at 660 nanometers, infrared light at 875 nanometers, and super pulsed laser at 905 nanometers.

The super pulsed laser provides high-powered light in hundred billions-of-a-second pulses to drive photons deep into the tissue without any harmful thermal effects.

The full 25 watts of power is being generated at the peak of the pulse, creating high energy density. In addition, the energy delivered at 905 nanometers is most efficiently absorbed by hemoglobin in the blood.

More hemoglobin with an increased circulation of blood means more oxygen supplied to the cells. This creates a beneficial systemic effect throughout the body.

When these specific wavelengths are combined, there’s a 100% increase in availability of light below the skin when compared to them being separately applied, confirming the presence of this Triple Cascade Effect, which was validated by the Pillars Paper Research.

Multi Radiance’s ability to vary the frequencies or speed at which light is delivered is extremely beneficial. Higher frequencies penetrate relatively shallow tissue and have an inhibiting effect on pain, whereas lower frequencies enable deeper tissue penetration and create a stimulatory effect on the tissue.

Constant use of the same frequency, as found in other continuous-wave lasers, causes tissue homeostasis and adaptation to the laser effects, and thus limits their therapeutic power.

With the LaserStim Emitter, the body responds and the impulse adjusts dynamically to the feedback from the electrodes that are in contact with the skin, engaging in a process of contact interaction that provides optimal treatment and also avoids the body’s natural tendency to accommodate to the stimulation.

This technology delivers more beneficial light to the target tissue as compared to Class IV lasers and the efficacy of Multi Radiance Medical Super Pulsed Laser technology has been validated in vitro, in vivo, in controlled laboratory experiments and in clinical practice. Our multiple wavelength technology has been clinically proven to provide optimal treatment, safe for all skin pigmentation, without raising skin temperatures to dangerous levels—unlike Class IV and Class 3B lasers.

Globally, Multi Radiance technology is utilized to treat a broad range of conditions and has approvals and clearances in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe.

CALL Clear Choice Chiropractic today to find out about our laser packages and how you can take our laser home for use.

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Our Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques

Here at Clear Choice Chiropractic, Dr. Thompson uses a variety of different methods depending on each patient and his or her condition.

I list some of them below, and offer an overview of each:

Gonstead Technique

The Gonstead technique is based on the work of Dr. Clarence Gonstead in the 1920s. A graduate of the famous Palmer School of Chiropractic, he explored principles of mechanics to working with the spine.

Here is a summary of his work from the Wikipedia article about him:

“He soon recognized that a number of conditions displayed consistent spinal patterns that violated basic mechanical engineering principles. As these ideas matured, they became known as the Level Foundation principle and the Gonstead Disc Concept.

“The Level Foundation principle states that any deviation of the spine by a particular segment away from vertical straight is an area of potential misalignment; any deviation of the spine by a particular segment that returns the spine to vertical straight is an area of compensation. The Gonstead Disc Concept attempted to redefine the chiropractic term subluxation. The prevailing hypothesis as taught by D.D and B. J. Palmer was that the subluxation was the result of a vertebral bone causing nerve pressure. According to the Gonstead Disc Concept, the vertebral disc, the spongy material between the vertebral bones, is the primary culprit of nerve pressure.

“Along with developing his own unique technique in chiropractic, Dr. Gonstead is recognized for his motto: “Find the subluxation, accept it where you find it, correct it, then leave it alone.” Following the Gonstead Disc Concept, the adjustment’s line-of-drive follows the disc plane line. The result is a distinctive cavitation that characterizes Gonstead style adjustments from more rotational vectored adjustments common with osteopathic manipulation and chiropractic’s Diversified technique. To optimize disc plane line adjusting vectors, Dr. Gonstead had local cabinet makers make his own adjusting tables, later called the Gonstead Set. He also worked with chiropractic table manufacturer Zenith in designing other pieces.  In summary, his method consists of five evaluative criteria (visualization, instrumentation, static palpation, motion palpation, and X-ray analysis.”

We use this method because there are many times when it best serves the healing needs of our patients.

Diversified Technique

The Diversified technique derives from the work of Dr. D.D. Palmer and is taught in most chiropractic colleges across the world. It involves a gentle but quick thrust or other movement of the spine to restore healthy alignment and mobility.

Here is a summary from the Wikipedia article about the Diversified technique:

“Diversified technique (DT) is the most commonly used adjustment technique by chiropractors. Like many chiropractic and osteopathic manipulative techniques, Diversified is characterized by a high velocity low amplitude thrust. Diversified is considered the most generic chiropractic manipulative technique and is differentiated from other techniques in that its objective is to restore proper movement and alignment of spine and joint dysfunction. The diversified technique remains the principal system taught at National University of Health Sciences, New York Chiropractic College, Southern California University of Health Sciences, and Northwestern College of Chiropractic.”

As with other techniques, we use direct, hand-on sensitivity to diagnose our patients’ conditions, as well as X-rays with our digital X-ray technology.

Thompson Technique

The Thompson technique is not based on my name or any member of my family. It is based on the work of Dr. Clay Thompson, who applied his engineering background to the process of adjusting patients’ spines.

Clay Thompson’s technique utilized methods such as moving parts of adjusting tables which drop when pressure is applied, imparting gentle but firm force to precise places on a given patient’s body, especially spinal areas. In addition, the Thompson technique utilizes rebound effects of quick movements, called “toggle recoil”; leg length check analysis, and more.

The Chiropractor Guide offers this summary of the Thompson technique:

“The Thompson technique is another method of adjustment that involves analyzing the length of the legs. This technique uses a ‘drop table’ for adjustment, where a gentle thrust is applied to the joints, which in turn, sets the drop piece into motion and targets the specific joint or tissue. After completing a leg check analysis, your chiropractor will determine the type of misalignment – cervical, pelvic, etc,- and then adjusts the legs using a combination of multiple thrusts on various joints.”

Flexion/Distraction Technique

Here is a nice summary of this technique from Dr. Arn Strasser:

“Flexion-distraction technique has become the most widely used approach to treating symptomatic disc injuries involving back pain and the often-accompanying leg pain. Flexion-distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts or stretches the spine and which allows the chiropractor to isolate the area of disc involvement while slightly flexing the spine in a pumping rhythm. There is no pain involved in the treatment.”

Active Release Technology

Our Active Release technology works with your soft tissue to help reduce and eliminate pain, increase the range of motion, and gain great function to many parts of the body. It often deals with tight muscles, scar tissue, small muscle tears, and overuse of muscles.

Trigger Point Therapy

When a muscle is injured in a strain or pull (short of a complete tear or rupture) they often get what are called “trigger points.” These are nodules or areas of added sensitivity. When pressure is applied to such a place in an injured muscle, often there will be a reaction elsewhere in the body, which is called referred pain.

We use various kinds of pressure to work with trigger points to help the muscle reach a condition of complete healing, absent the nodules, taunt muscle fibers, or areas of tension so common in partially healed muscles.

While these techniques are not all of the methods we use at Clear Choice Chiropractic, they do inform much of the work we do with our patients to help them reach that most natural and health of conditions: being pain free and having their full physical and psychological abilities available.

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How Old Can a Person be Before He or She Begins Chiropractic Care?

There is no such thing as to young or to old for Chiropractic care. Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to old age. Regardless of age, vertebrae can become misaligned.  If a vertebrae become misaligned it can cause pressure or irritation to nerves thus causing them to malfunction.  This process is known as a “Subluxation”.   For example, the birth process may cause trauma to the neck and spine. If left uncorrected, the vertebral subluxation may disturb the delicate spinal cord and nerves which control the infants muscles and organs.  In some cases, an uncorrected subluxations may lead to a deformity of the spinal column. An early chiropractic checkup may detect subluxations while they are still easily correctable.

When should I start my child under Chiropractic care?
Your child should have a chiropractic examination as soon after birth as possible.  Spinal trauma to an infant’s or child’s spine can occur during the birth process as well as from any number of tumbles while learning to sit up or walk.  Your child’s spine grows almost 50% in length during that first year (the equivalent of a six-footer growing to nine feet in just 12 months!).  It’s this kind of tremendous growth and developmental changes which make continued chiropractic examinations so important in the early stages of your child’s life.

In Chiropractic we believe it’s much more important to prevent diseases than wait till some illness occurs. Through regular adjustments, as well as awareness on proper diet, exercise and posture, Chiropractic can help you raise a child free of subluxations whose body is structurally and functionally sound. Your child will also learn good health habits at an early age which can be very beneficial to him or her as an adult.

Youngsters suffer numerous accidents and falls while learning to walk, riding a bike, or even while jumping or running around. But after their tears have dried, underlying injuries could go undetected–such as a subluxation during the spine’s most formative period.

Regular Chiropractic spinal exams can provide corrective and preventive care for your son or daughter and peace of mind for you.

It is especially important to have your child under chiropractic care when your child takes part in athletic activities.  The “sack” of a young quarterback could twist a young spine.  A softball pitcher could throw a vertebra out of alignment.   In Chiropractic we can do more than correct these problems, we can also help improve performance on and off the field by helping the body function at its optimum level, naturally without stress and without drugs.

How effective is chiropractic care for children?
Doctors of Chiropractic have been providing safe and effective care or children for nearly 100 years. There are several published studies conducted by researchers in Germany, Australia, Denmark and the United States which confirm the effectiveness of chiropractic for a variety of childhood illnesses.  The scientific evidence is growing every day.

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Depression Improved with Chiropractic, Research Shows

A research study published in the November 7, 2005 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, showed a positive result in the care of individuals with depression. For the purpose of this study subjects were selected on the basis of being over 18 years of age and having depression noted in their medical history file. Fifteen participants completed the study and were used in determining the results.

In the discussion section of the study, it was noted that the concept of chiropractic care’s role in mental health was not a new idea.  In fact it was reported that two major chiropractic psychiatric hospitals functioned successfully for nearly thirty years in Davenport, Iowa.

The subjects of this study were given a standardized test known as the Beck Depression Inventory (aka BDI-II) both before and after receiving specific chiropractic care for correction of subluxations.  To be consistent, the same process of analysis and techniques of correction were used in correcting the subluxations determined to be present.  Before and after x-rays were also used to determine the presence and correction of the subluxations.

The results showed a significant improvement of the average BDI-II scores of the group.  Lower BDI-II are considered better than higher scores. The higher the level the more severe the depression.  The group as a whole scored a 17 in the BDI-II before chiropractic.  After chiropractic care for correction of their subluxations the groups average score improved to 8.

On an individual basis, eleven participants experienced marked improvement, two had minimal improvement while 2 participants scored worse on the follow up test.  The researchers noted that this research tested and supported the hypothesis that chiropractic correction of the subluxation complex reduced depressive symptomatology.

The researchers concluded by stating, “This study’s results provide support for the hypothesis that a positive relationship exists between a correction of the occipitoatlantoaxial subluxation complex and a reduction in depressive symptoms in some people.”

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Medical Journal, “Orthopedics Today” Touts Chiropractic

Praise for chiropractic recently came from an unlikely source. In the February 2003 issue of the magazine “Orthopedics Today”, there appeared a feature article titled,  “Time to Recognize Value of Chiropractic Care? Science and Patient Satisfaction Orthopedics TodaySurveys Cite Usefulness of Spinal Manipulation.”

In the article, Jack Zigler, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon with the Texas Back Institute, states, “There are a lot of myths about chiropractic care. I decided to look into each of these myths, and what I found is that chiropractic education, side-by-side, is more similar to medical education than it is dissimilar. Chiropractors work for us as screeners for surgical pathology. They can do the same work-up and send the patient who has already gone through his conservative treatment and had all his diagnostic work done to the surgeon.”

Additionally, Scott Haldeman, DC, MD, PhD stated, “About 10 to 12 international guidelines have suggested that there is some benefit to manipulation. If we look at their basic guidelines, manipulation has consistently been accepted by independent government and scientific bodies as being a valid form of treatment.”

Andrew Cole, MD, associate clinical professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington and recent past president of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation gave the strongest overall endorsement when he said, “Overall, manipulation has the advantage of reducing pain, decreasing medication, rapidly advancing physical therapy and requiring fewer passive modalities.”

Many Patients With Brain Injuries Find Success with Non-Medical Care

From an April 2, 2003 article from “Health Scout News” and published on Drkoop.com comes the headline, “Alternative Medicine a Plus for Brain Injuries”. This article reported on findings presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting.  The findings showed that many people with “traumatic brain injuries” were also using, what the researchers referred to as “alternative medicine”.  For the purposes of this study, the researchers considered all non-medical care to be “Complementary and Alternative Medicine” or “CAM”.

Researchers interviewed 130 people with traumatic brain injury treated at the University of Michigan’s Trauma Burn Center. They were asked if they’d used alternative health care to help them with their injuries.  More than half of them said they’d used at least one form of alternative healthcare, while more than a third said they’d used at least two.

According to the study the most commonly used procedures used by the people interviewed were massage therapy, meditation, herbal medicine and chiropractic care. Massage therapy and chiropractic care were used by the brain injury patients to treat their pain, while meditation was used for affective disorders and herbal medicines for cognitive defects.

Interestingly enough, the study showed that  the majority of these patients are not discussing that with their medical doctors. “A lot of patients are embarrassed to tell their doctors, while others don’t even realize that the vitamin supplements and other substances they are using can be as active as drugs, which can affect their medical treatment. As a physician, this makes me more aware of the fact that I need to ask my patients about any possible CAM use,” study author Sharon McDowell, MD.  Regardless of medical concerns, the study clearly reported that 80 percent of the people interviewed believed that the non-medical care they received was effective.