Our Techniques

Prins Chiropractic in Albany CA

We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our judgment and years of experience.

 

The primary adjusting techniques we use include:

Applied Kinesiology

ICAKApplied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK, a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts, has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence.

The combined terms “applied” and “kinesiology” describe the basis of this system, which is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system.

Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counselling skills, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures.

The triad of health lists the three basic causes of health problems. They are structural, chemical, and mental, with structure as the base of the triad. Literally, all health problems, whether functional or pathological, are involved with one part or all parts of the triad. This is not new to chiropractic, as its founder, D.D. Palmer states in his text, “The Science, Art, and Philosophy of Chiropractic,” “The determining causes of disease are traumatism, poison and autosuggestion.” AK enables the doctor to evaluate the triad’s functional balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides. The physician who is aware of the triad of health, and evaluates every patient for all three sides, increases his ability to find the basic underlying cause of a patient’s health problem.

AK skills are developed and approved by the International College of Applied Kinesiology Board of Standards. These skills are refined from many disciplines including Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Medicine, Dentistry, Acupuncture, Biochemistry, Psychology, Homeopathy, and Naturopathy etc. Members of these professions share knowledge through the publications and conferences of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK).

To learn more about Applied Kiniesiology you can visit the ICAK website

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Diversified

 

At Prins Chiropractic, we use an adjusting style commonly referred to as “Diversified.”

First, a structural analysis of your entire body is performed. This is preceded by a thorough case history and if necessary, advanced imaging, such as X-Ray, CT Scan or MRI. *These procedures are not performed at our office.

When a joint (spinal or other) is found to have less than normal motion,  a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.

The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.

While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.

Neuro Emotional Technique (N.E.T.)

Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) is a valuable tool to discover and resolve “stuck” emotional patterns.
Many are amazed when their muscle being tested weakens when recalling the memory of an unresolved emotionally-charged event.

The Source of Many Health Problems

Emotions add richness to our lives. Everyday countless emotions are expressed and forgotten. However, in a weakened state, emotionally-charged events can occur and our body may not “let go” of the emotion. The results can include unhealthy aversions, self-sabotaging behaviors, destructive tendencies and many other chronic health problems including recurrent pain!

Simple Muscle Testing

NET helps identify the unresolved real (or imagined) event and assists your body in dissipating its lingering emotional charge. Finding and balancing these stuck memory loops is done with the help of simple muscle testing. This helps determine if your body is “in harmony” with a concept or idea linked to an emotional memory or event.

A New Sense of Freedom

Once the original triggering event has been identified, a simple procedure allows your body to release the “stuck” emotional pattern. Almost instantly, many report a feeling as though a heavy burden has been lifted from their shoulders.

Our patients appreciate the fact that they remain in control of their NET session and can suspend the proceedings if things get too personal or uncomfortable.

Laser Therapy

Imagine the surprise when researchers learned that certain light frequencies could actually reduce inflammation and enhance the healing process!

Related to the lasers used in scanners, this low level light energy can have positive effects on the body. When patients learn that we use laser therapy in our practice, they have visions of a powerful, steel-cutting beam of light. The “cold” laser we use has only a tiny fraction of the power. Instead, its value comes from the frequency of the light it emits, not its intensity.

Related to the lasers used in scanners, this low level light energy can have positive effects on the body.

Specific Wavelengths

Instead of the full spectrum of light that comes from the sun, our low level laser produces light in a narrow frequency. Frequencies in the red portion of the rainbow are shown to assist the healing of soft tissues. Apparently, cells of our body have receptors that are sensitive to light.

How Does It Work?

How can certain frequencies of light speed up or slow down biological processes? Many theories have been suggested, but from practical application with real patients, we know it works for:

  • Wound healing
  • Inflammation reduction
  • Pain management
  • Cell regeneration
  • Scar tissue reduction

While scientists debate the mechanism by which low level laser works and publish their work in the scientific literature, our patients are just delighted that it works!

Orthotics

Scans of your feet reveal pressure points, loss of arch and other critical information.

It surprises many that we will often focus on the feet, when the problem seems located in the neck or lower back. Yet, your pelvis and feet are the foundation of your spine. Problems in one area can create compensatory problems in the other.

That’s why we often recommend Foot Leveler Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers.

Weight-Bearing Scanning

First, we use a high-tech digital scanner to take a picture of your feet while you are standing in a normal, weight-bearing stance. This image records areas of stress on each foot. They are used to analyze your feet. Up to 16 different data points are used to create a unique, one-of-a-kind shoe insert designed for your specific postural or structural challenge.

Better Posture Starts With Your Feet

These are custom shoe inserts that support all three arches in your feet. This creates a healthier, more attractive posture, plus a more stable foundation for your entire body. Though they may go unnoticed, these subtle imbalances can contribute to postural misalignments, knee pain, hip problems, head tilt, forward leaning head carriage and general fatigue.

Best of all, not only do they work great, they feel great!

In addition to the techniques noted above we also utilize Cranio-Sacral Therapy, nutritional therapies, including vitamin/minerals, herbal tinctures, natural hormone replacements, enzyme treatment, hypersensitivity testing (allergy-like problems), performance enhancement, homeopathic remedies, rehabilitation and exercise programs.

If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let Dr. Prins know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care.

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