Before we get into our focus, we want to be clear on what most manual therapies is attempting to accomplish. Typically they try to:
In our opinion those are some excellent goals and most manual therapies are great at obtaining them.
At Advanced Chiropractic we are concerned with the underlying CAUSE of your condition. Our thorough objective examination will determine if the cause of your condition is a Postural Dysfunction. What is that you ask?
It has to do with your spinal structure and the relationship it has to your nerve system. Most of the cases that we see in our office, which are commonly referrals by other health care providers, are for the correction of a structural problem of the spine. The presence of a Postural Dysfunction is typically the underlying cause of many symptoms— or what the chiropractor refer to as Secondary Conditions.
Your body's warning system – your symptoms, may be an indicator of a more serious underlying condition. Some of the Secondary Conditions that arise from a Postural Dysfunction of the spine include:
While no one is structurally perfect, there is such a thing as a normal range. In the same manner we can understand what high blood pressure is because we know what normal should be.
Sometimes the body moves significantly away from normal. Anterior Head Syndrome is just such a condition that may be the cause of a number of symptoms alá secondary conditions.
Our focus is on detecting and correcting the Postural Dysfunction in order for your body to recover and be symptom-free.
After a consultation with the doctor you may choose to proceed to our Complete Structural Chiropractic Examination. We use the latest technology to determine if you indeed have a Postural Dysfunction that may be contributing to, or causing your secondary condition / symptom.
The Complete Neuro-Structural Chiropractic examination is comprehensive and will take no less than 1 ½ hour of your time. Please wear comfortable but tight sitting clothing.
What to expect in our examination:
There are many technical terms but we can assure you, The Neuro-Structural Chiropractic Examination is designed for a better understanding of what normal is – and a complete 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, how we can help you, and recommend a Corrective 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. Gonstead 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 to analyze and correct the spine. The analysis includes instrumentation, static and motion palpation, ortopedic and neurological testing,visualization, and x-ray analysis. When all this information is combined, a trained Gonstead Doctor will immediately let you know if your health situation is a chiropractic case. If it is not, a referral to the appropriate health provider will be given. If your case is a chiropractic case, the trained Gonstead practitioner's goal is to utilize the dynamics of the effectual Gonstead Specific Adjustment to get you back to optimal health as quickly as possible. Due to its specificity the Gonstead chiropractor is able to accept the most difficult cases, from severe spinal degeneration to acute disc herniation. The Doctors of Chiropractic, Dr. Aleks Bjargo and Dr Bill Dimoulis have had years of training and experience exclusively in treating patients with the Gonstead System.
Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead (1898-1978) began practicing chiropractic in 1923 in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, a small farming community of 1,200 residents in south central Wisconsin. Dr. Gonstead's reputation spread throughout the state, the country 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. When Dr. Gonstead's schedule was at the limit of his physical capability, he knew the only solution to meet the public's health needs on the scale the public was demanding, was to build an unparalleled chiropractic treatment facility and staff it with Gonstead trained associates.
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.
If you have any further questions about the Gonstead System, or if you want more information on the history of Dr. Gonstead log on to www.gonsteadseminar.com.
During the studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic Dr Aleks Bjargo assisted Gonstead diplomates such as 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 with the instructors at the Gonstead Seminars.|
Our chiropractic education is every bit as stringent as a traditional medical doctor, and in some ways more thorough.
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.
From there, aspiring 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.
We, at Advanced Chiropractic, 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: