What is Chiropractic?
The general goal of chiropractic is to remove any interference to the healing process by addressing misalignments or dysfunction in the spine by manual "adjustments." The adjustments applied to the spine entail directing a therapeutic force with the hand or instruments to specific locations on the spine, pelvis, and joints. This maximizes the healing process by reducing irritation to nerves, relaxing muscles, promoting blood flow, and reducing pain.
How is Holistic Chiropractic different?
Holistic Chiropractic is an expanded approach to traditional chiropractic beyond just focusing on structural misalignments and musculoskeletal dysfunction. The intention is alignment of the body, mind, and spirit. The focus is not just on the physical spine, but also on moving the vital energy along its pathways, addressing organ energy imbalance, facilitating the release of psychosomatic emotional blockages, and creating a container of mindful awareness for optimal alpha state healing. The method is an integrative blend of intuition and technique based on the exact needs of the patient that may include precise hi-velocity spinal adjustments, gentle low-force pressure applications, and intention-based directed energy along with guided imagery and breathwork.
What are Sessions Like?
A typical session may often begin with intention setting, a focus on symptoms, or the most important condition (physical, emotional, or spiritual) affecting the patient usually based on their care plan. The first step is to induce a relaxed state (parasympathetic) as much as possible from the onset which eventually should lead to a more alpha state (a brain state that allows maximum healing) throughout the course of the treatment. Next, the upper cervical vertebrae are always balanced first as they tend to be the first spinal areas affected by stress and are an important key to healing in general. Based on intuitive feedback, the rest of the spine and pelvis is addressed along with energy centers and organs. The mind and breath may be directed with mindful awareness to help release or integrate an emotion or energy as part of the healing process. The entire process is deeply relaxing and generally can last from 10 minutes to 25 minutes depending on the length of the session scheduled.