The profession of Chiropractic has come a long way since it’s beginning in 1895. Chiropractors have since gone from being “spine doctors” who don’t diagnose, to being primary care physicians, still focusing on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, but also treating other systemic and chronic problems without the use of drugs and surgery, such as hypertension, diabetes and hypothyroidism, to name a few.
Essentially, chiropractic medicine is an alternative form of health care that focuses on stimulating the natural healing power of the body without the use of drugs or surgery. It is the goal of chiropractic to not only treat disease, but to also prevent disease, utilizing “chiropractic adjustments” as the primary therapy. The purpose of the adjustment/manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of a tissue injury. Manipulation, or “adjustment” of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
“Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
“In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.”
-Excerpt from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA Today Website)
Chiropractors are traditionally known to specialize in neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, but through the use of proper nutritional counseling, adjustive procedures, and lifestyle modifications, chiropractors have recently been known for successfully treating other systemic conditions, as well, such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, hormone imbalances, and much more.
The primary chiropractic technique utilized at Halcyon Health Chiropractic is that of Applied Kinesiology (AK). AK is a system of diagnosis that uses muscle testing as a functional evaluation of the nervous system, allowing the practitioner to then skillfully determine the muscles, spinal levels, meridians, and potential organ systems that are unbalanced. AK doctors focus on the “triad of health” addressing structural, chemical and mental aspects to a person’s condition.
This technique allows Dr. Matusiak to uncover hidden weaknesses in the body, in order to determine and correct potential blockages to achieving optimal health often before they are evident through traditional diagnostic methods. This system of analysis and therapy integrates elements of many other alternative disciplines, allowing a deeper understanding and customized treatment for each patient’s unique neurology, physiology, and biomechanics.
“A Doctor using AK during an examination will add a new dimension to standard diagnostics. Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counselling skills, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures.”
-Excerpt from the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK Website)
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