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Posts for: July, 2020

What makes the treatments I give here so different from other types of chiropractors? What is 'holistic chiropractic' vs. just chiropractic?
These are questions many people have.
People who have been to other chiropractors, especially multiple chiropractors, often begin to see and understand just how different each chiropractic practice and approach is.
As with any profession, not all chiropractors are created equal in many different ways! This is not necessarily a bad thing, it just means that each chiropractor has something different to offer. The question is, which approach do I implement and and which approach do you want?
For those who would like this question answered, here is my best explanation!
Chiropractic medicine was initially established as a whole body health care approach. This meant we took stock of not just structural imbalances, but chemical ones and emotional/mental ones as well. We evaluated not only joint function, but organ system function, mind-body function, nutrition, lifestyle factors and more. It was founded as a truly holistic medicine.
Today, in my opinion because of the structuring of medical practices promoted these days along with insurance reimbursement as decided by insurance companies, preference of using of only one or two types of treatment modalities, etc., a common practice structure is for the doc to see a very high volume of patients, for an abbreviated amount of time, frequently. This is not how every chiropractor practices, of course, but it is generally a common treatment approach in the chiropractic field.
I have chosen to practice quite differently than this common model, as have many other chiropractors, and there are plenty of chiros at many different points on this treatment-style spectrum!
I personally see my patients on average 45 minutes per session, sometimes less, sometimes more, on average about once a month, sometimes less, sometimes more. New patients I spend even longer with. Mostly because of this, I do not accept insurance. I want my patients to feel listened to and cared for. I customize treatment not only to each individual patient, but to each different patient at every different visit.
I believe in taking the time to truly get to know my patients, their history, complaints, and all the possible factors behind those complaints. I have structured my practice to be able to do this. I am a chiropractor by license and at heart, and so much of my treatments consist of chiropractic adjustments. These chiropractic adjustments can come in many forms depending on the patient- manually, using an activator tool, pelvic blocks, or Thompson drop pieces on the table. Also, what many patients additionally receive during their treatments is muscle testing and activation techniques, reflex point work, lymphatic system work, vascular system work, organ system work and organ manipulation, mind-body tehcniqursd including Neuro-Emotional Technique, Total Body Modification techniques, cold laser therapy, color therapy, homeopathic remedies, nutritional testing and supplementation, and more.
I choose to assess and treat the patient not only from a spinal standpoint, but truly, holistically. This means I am not only considering but also treating these other factors. This also means that I am taking the time to do this.
Thank you for reading my "two cents" on what holistic chiropractic means!
 

Wishing this wonderful soul all the best she she embarks on a new chapter in her life! 

A few weeks ago I had my last (regular monthly) session with Stacy after 3 years of near-monthly visits together! Stacy has just retired from a 30 year career with the US Air Force and is making her way road trip style across the country to the Pacific Northwest. Just how amazing is this soul? She is also pursuing a new life purpose in the conservation, preservation, and protection of elephants and the rescuing of elephant orphans in Africa.

Stacy came in for monthly holistic chiropractic visits for quite some time to maintain her physical and emotional health and well-being. She will return whenever she is in town, so it is not goodbye entirely!

One of my favorite things about my visits with Stacy is our deep philosophical talks! During these talks we would often reference self-help teachers and books, so, in honor of Stacy's leaving, I am going to share a few of the wonderful books we mentioned with you all. I am hoping my patients find much wisdom, insight, and self-help in them!

1. Untamed-Glennon Doyle
2. Finding Your Own North Star-Martha Beck
3. The Joy Diet-Martha Beck
4. Steering by Starlight-Martha Beck
5. Eat, Pray, Love-Elizabeth Gilbert
6. Love Warrior-Glennon Doyle
7. Braving the Wilderness-Brene Brown
8. The Power of Vulnerability-Brene Brown

Stacy, I am so grateful to know you and my life is definitely all the more enriched because of you! I look forward to the day that we have our next treatment session, even if it is a little farther out than usual! So much love and respect for you, and wishing you all of the very best on your journey! 

Dr. Amanda


 

** We will be out of the office from Thursday, July 2nd through Monday, July 6th!** 

We wish all of our patients a happy, healthy, and safe Fourth of July holiday! We still have and will always have so much to be grateful for.

**Office Update! We will not be accepting ANY NEW PATIENTS until Sep 1st on! For quite a while now, the schedule has been very full and I have been booking out quite far. Combine this with the influx of patients after COVID lockdown, and we are at max capacity. Any new patient who is referred or calls to schedule will not be scheduled until Sep 1st or later. Thank you all for your understanding!**