Chiropractic is defined by A.E. Homewood as “that science and art which uses the inherent recuperative powers of the body and deals with the relationship between the nervous system and the spinal column including its immediate articulations, and the role of this relationship in the restoration and maintenance of health.” Writings from China and Greece mention manipulation of the spine and lower extremities to alleviate back pain, and Hippocrates is quoted as saying “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases”. However chiropractic and spinal manipulation became more commonly known in the United States in the late 1800’s due to D.D. Palmer and his son B.J. Palmer. Currently there are many varied chiropractic techniques and schools that train these different approaches to chiropractic care.
Chiropractic adjustments are most commonly requested for issues with the spine (neck pain, back problems, “roached” posture) but seem to be useful for other issues as well. Clients have reported back seeing improvement in mobility, appetite, allergies and localized skin irritations (eg. lick granulomas) as well. Regular adjustments are also utilized in maintaining the canine athlete for performance and competition.
Dr. Sandy received her training at the Parker College of Chiropractic in Texas and she primarily uses diversified technique and extremity adjustments. Diversified technique uses a high velocity low amplitude (quick and shallow) thrust to the joints of the body. Extremity adjustments utilize chiropractic techniques to the front and back legs. Additional methods utilized include techniques from Logan School of chiropractic, Sacral-occipital techniques and methods from her massage training (Monterey Institute of Touch). Technique selection is made based on the condition, age and sensitivity of the patient.