Traditional chiropractic typically attempts to:
In our opinion these are excellent goals that most chiropractic clinics are great at obtaining, including us.
At Advanced Chiropractic we have taken it one step further by attempting to find the underlying CAUSE of your condition. During a thorough examination we determine if the cause of your condition is a structural shift from what we consider normal structure. What is that, you may ask?
Think of your spine as the foundation of a building. If the foundation is off, would you expect the floors to creak, the walls to creak, and for the windows to not close properly? Now you can spend time patching the damages, but with the expectation that in a short time the problems will have to be repaired again and again. Advanced Chiropractic looks for the underlying sructural shift that might be causing your foundation to be off in the first place.
How can the framework of your body be the cause of your symptoms? It has to do with the relationship the spinal column has with your nerve system. The vertebrae act as protective armour for the delicate soft spinal cord/nerves, which are like highways full of information flowing between the brain and the body. Abnormal structural integrity can alter the integration of this sensory information and thus the way your brain communicates with your body.
We at Advanced Chiropractic attempt to restore the normal structural design so that the brain can process the correct information and regain control (homeostasis) in the body. Typically then the symptoms, which we like refer to as Secondary Conditions, go away.
Your body's warning system – also called symptoms, may be an indicator of a more serious underlying condition. That is why we call them secondary conditions, and they include:
The spinal column, in the same manner as the blood pressure, has what we consider a normal range. Sometimes the body moves significantly away from normal and we can develope poor posture. Poor posture in itself is a condition that may be the cause of a number of symptoms alá secondary conditions. At Advanced Chiropractic we specialize in correcting postural dysfunction by combining chiropractic, physiotherapy and postural exercises.
After a consultation with the chiropractor you may choose to proceed to our Neuro-Structural Chiropractic Examination.
The complete Neuro-Structural Chiropractic Examination is comprehensive and will take no less than 1hour of your time. Please wear comfortable, but tight sitting clothing.
What to expect in our examination:
Many technical terms, but we can assure you, The Neuro-Structural Chiropractic Examination is designed to give you an understanding of the underlying cause of your condition. After your examination, you will be scheduled for a Patient Report where we will explain our findings in detail, how and if we can help you, recommend a treatment plan if necessary. If you decide to work with us, our entire team at Advanced Chiropractic will do our absolute best in order to meet your expectations.
At Advanced Chiropractic, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic method to our patients. The Gonstead methode represents the ultimate standard in "hands on" spinal adjusting and remains the leader in chiropractic techniques. Dr. Clarence Gonstead (1898-1978) developed and perfected this method of analyzing and correcting the spine. Due to its specificity the Gonstead chiropractor is able to accept the most difficult cases, from severe spinal degeneration to acute disc herniation. Doctor of Chiropractic Aleks Bjargo has had years of training and experience exclusively in the Gonstead System of Chiropractic.
Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead (1898-1978) began practicing chiropractic in 1923 in Mt. Horeb, a small farming community of 1,200 residents in Wisconsin. Dr. Gonstead's reputation spread throughout the US and ultimately around the world, as a multitude of patient's health problems were corrected remarkably fast by his brand of chiropractic treatment. Hundreds of patients were seeking his care on a daily basis, and with his dedication to helping these patients, Dr. Gonstead worked from 8 a.m. to midnight six days a week plus every Sunday morning from 5 to 10 a.m. to be able to accommodate these growing patient numbers.
The Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic was the largest chiropractic facility in the world. A 22,000 square foot clinic, it had a waiting room to seat over 100 patients, 11 adjusting rooms, x-ray facilities and lab, and a lower level to hold Chiropractic seminars. It was to become the most renowned chiropractic facility in the world. Next to his new clinic, Dr. Gonstead added a 78 room, full-service motel to accommodate the clinic's numerous long distance patients. Dr. Gonstead and his fellow staff members attended 300 to 400 patients on a daily basis. This huge following of patients led Dr. Gonstead to start the Gonstead Seminar of Chiropractic, helping to teach and develop even more Chiropractors in the art and philosophy of the Gonstead system of chiropractic treatment.
During the studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic Dr Aleks Bjargo assisted the technique classes taught by Dr Don Specht and Dr Richard Burns. He was president of the Palmer Gonstead Club where he taught the Gonstead System to fellow students. Dr Aleks has since attended more than 30 seminars with the Gonstead Seminars and has become a good friend of the staff. Every year he travels to Barcelona College of Chiropractic where he teaches the Gonstead System to the students.
|Dr Aleks Bjargo and his wife Melissa with the instructors at the Gonstead Seminars.||Dr Aleks, teaching Gonstead Chiropractic at Barcelona College of Chiropractic|
Because a chiropractor deals with such a wide variety of physical conditions, a broad education is necessary. We learn all about the structure and function of the human body, how health is achieved and maintained, and the disease processes, with an emphasis on spinal functions and disorders as they relate to the nerve system and an individual's overall health.
The Chiropractor Education consists of 5 steps:
Undergraduate studies consist of 2 years of pre-med classes, with an emphasis on subjects like physics, biology, psychology, anatomy, and chemistry.
Then chiropractors attend a chiropractic college for a total of 5 years. From anatomy and physiology to neurology and radiology, a chiropractic education covers a broad range, including several hundred hours of hands-on chiropractic methods.
Once a student has completed their formal education process, a total of 7 years worth, they must undergo 1 year of internship as well as specific examinations. This ensures that they are capable of providing the highest quality of Chiropractic Care.
But, as with any other doctor, continuing education is necessary to stay on the cutting edge of treatment. This occurs in the form of annual seminars, attendance at which is required to keep one's license and continue practicing chiropractic.
At Advanced Chiropractic, we have continued our education further by attending 1-3 year postgraduate programs specializing in neurology, pediatrics and nutrition
As you can see, a Chiropractic Education is detailed and thorough in every way. The following graphic may be of interest, as it depicts the similarities between a chiropractic education and a traditional medical doctor's education: