How Do Chiropractors Decide on A Course of Treatment?
Dr. Dobelbower uses the many of the time-honored methods other doctors employ: personal health history, physical and neurological examination, and x-ray examination (if necessary). Additionally, Dr Dobelbower may will use more in-depth physical evaluations to determine imbalances in functional movement and gait to further diagnose and arrive at an appropriate personalized course of treatment. He may also use laboratory analysis like a blood, urine or saliva to help better understand your health status. Essentially, Dr Dobelbower can and will use many tools to get to the bottom of your problem and help find a way to help you be your very best.
The need for Chiropractic care can arise due to accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors. Chiropractic techniques aim to allow your body to operate more efficiently, effectively, comfortably, vibrantly and naturally without the need for drugs or surgery.
What Techniques and Approaches Do the Doctors at Park County Chiropractic use?
Dr Dobelbower can use a variety of techniques to care for you. People’s needs and preferences vary and so do Dr Dobelbower’s tools and techniques. He can treat using very light touch, or deeper tissue work, or by use of a tool. He the following techniques are ones that he may use with you:
Sacro-Occipital Technic: Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) is a Chiropractic technique originally created by Major Bertrand DeJarnette (The Major) who was a Doctor (chiropractor and osteopath) and Engineer. Dr. DeJarnetter was inspired to go beyond simple spinal adjusting and developed methods of correcting the Cranium, Pelvis, Extremities and Organs. This method brought about a system of adjusting the whole body, not just single body parts, and understanding how all body parts work together to create the whole.
An important distinction of SOT is the use of indicators. Each adjustment has a sign or signal used to know when and where to adjust, or not to adjust. For example, muscle tension at the knee may indicate the pelvis needs correction, and connective tissue fibers at the base of the skull may indicate different vertebra in the back or spine in need of treatment. This also tells us on the next visit if the correction has been completely or marginally effective. From these indicators, we design a different adjustment set on each visit, listening to the body each time. It takes study to master this method of care, but it makes for an effective, precise adjustment without relying exclusively on x-rays.
Logan Basic: Logan Basic is the one of the lightest, most gentle Chiropractic Techniques available. This technique is especially indicated for individuals for whom more forceful adjustments are not appropriate. Infants, children and elderly patients often receive great benefit from this technique and style of care. However, Logan Basic is a wonderful technique for everyone and many patients will experience this light touch technique at Park County Chiropractic.
Diversified Chiropractic: This is the short and trust adjustments that most people think of in relationship to chiropractic. These adjustments are a technique for restoring appropriate joint motion and facilitating proper location and orientation.
Gonstead: The Gonstead concept of chiropractic begins with the body’s structural foundation and the intervertebral discs. Maximum balance and stability in the spinal column may be achieved when the pelvis, vertebrae, and legs are level. Foundational unleveling, intervertebral misalignments and motion disturbances, as well as nerve dysfunction, are primary considerations in the Gonstead style of chiropractic patient management. Injury to the intervertebral disc is of paramount importance in causing spinal subluxations, and therefore, Gonstead adjustments are designed for maximum affect to the discs, while also working to restore normal alignment and motion.
Extremity Adjustments: Dr Dobelbower believes that the whole body deserves attention and care. He treats problems of shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles and feet. He has extensive training on treating extremities with Chiropractic adjustments, functional rehabilitation, functional movement, IASTM and other therapies to help the whole you be your best.
Applied Kinesiology: A.K. is an interdisciplinary approach to health care which draws together the core elements of the complementary therapies, creating a more unified approach to the diagnosis and treatment of functional illness. A.K. uses functional assessment measures such as posture and gait analysis, manual muscle testing as functional neurologic evaluation, range of motion, static palpation, and motion analysis. These assessments are used in conjunction with standard methods of diagnosis, such as clinical history, physical examination findings, laboratory tests, and instrumentation to develop a clinical impression of the unique physiologic condition of each patient, including an impression of the patient’s functional physiologic status. When appropriate, this clinical impression is used as a guide to the application of a patient’s care.
Activator: The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a gentle, low-force approach to chiropractic care. The technique has been used safely on patients of all ages since the late 1960s, bringing relief to people with a variety of health concerns. The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a tool used to deliver low-force Chiropractic adjustment. This unique hand-held instrument has been studied extensively with results published in hundreds of peer-reviewed research papers, and was designed to give patients a specific and gentle adjustment.
Auriculotherapy and Meridian Therapy: Auriculotherapy is a clinical treatment modality utilized for the relief of pain, to support and normalize body functions and and be used to alleviate symptoms associated with withdrawal of substances like nicotene, alcohol, ilicit drugs and overeating. Specific areas of the external ear (meridian points) contain a distinct relationship to specific part(s) of the body. Detection and stimulation of these meridian points can alter pathological reflex patterns in the brain, internal organs, and in different peripheral regions of the body.
Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy is the use of complementary therapies such as ultrasound, mechanical traction, ice therapy (cryotherapy), balance retraining (propriosensory rehabilitation), exercises, and stretches to enhance the healing effects of Chiropractic adjustments. Physiotherapy involves active external movement of the spine and extermities and helps to achieve a state where muscle groups are working together and the body systems are “playing in concert”.
Pediatrics/Pregnancy Techniques: Dr. Dobelbower is happy to work with women throughout pregnancy and with infants and children to assist in their healthy development. Dr. Dobelbower is experienced in the use of special techniques related to skull malformations (deformational plagiocephaly) and their correction, as well as techniques to help facilitate easier birthing. Reducing intrauterine constraint is a vital part of pregnancy and birthing that reduces mechanical dysfunctions in both the newborn and mother.
Lifestyle Advice: Lifestyle advice involves the discussion of the roles that diet, exercise, pure water, and healthy habits can have in the healing process. Park County Chiropractic’s doctors and staff understand that changes need to be paced for the comfort of each patient. At Park County Chiropractic, our goal is to help every patient achieve a fulfilling and happy lifestyle complete with the activities that they love most. Learn more about Dr. Dobelbower’s Nutritional Services and Functional Movement Training.
Do I have to keep coming Back?
Patients often find that preventive and wellness care helps them to live more vibrantly with more or less need for prescription drugs, medical visit and surgeries. Chiropractic, nutritional and wellness care supports the idea that it is easier to build and stay healthy then to repair the body. Many wellness patients find that they have fewer illness, less pain and feel better overall when they come in for regular appointments. Many people choose to come in every 3 – 6 weeks to maintain better function and well being.
We are here to be your health partner. We will advise you on the best course of care for your current health status and together we can decide how often treatment is appropriate for you.