Techniques Used at Optimal Health
There are many different techniques that a chiropractor can use. Some of them directly reflect the doctor's philosophy. Some are very gentile, while others can be quite traumatic. At Optimal Health Chiropractic we use several gentle, precise techniques, and vary what we use with each patient to best address the patient's needs. The following are descriptions of the main techniques we use. Dr. Wadja Honari is one of only two Atlas Orthogonists and one of only two SORSI member SOT doctors in all of Las Vegas.
An Atlas Orthogonist has additional training in the structure, function, and biomechanics of the upper cervical spine. (The first two vertebrae in the neck.) The Atlas Orthogonist is a fully accredited, Board Certified
and licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. In 1970, Dr. Roy W. Sweat, D.C. B.C.A.O. designed a chiropractic adjustment instrument called the Atlas Orthogonal Instrument. The instrument allows a doctor trained in the Atlas Orthogonal Technique to adjust an atlas and axis misalignment with a very high degree of precision, while applying minimal physical pressure. In fact this method uses a percussive force that the patient is almost unaware of. This unique feature all but eliminates patient discomfort during treatment. Dr. Sweat's precision instrument was created to deliver a nearly flawless chiropractic adjustment based on the specific misalignment findings from x-rays. A doctor of chiropractic trained in Atlas Orthogonal Technique will take 4 X-rays of the neck to determine exactly how the Atlas and Axis relationship is. In proper position, the atlas will be orthogonal, (perpendicular in all three dimensions) relative to the center of the skull. The Atlas Orthogonal Technique has been added to the curriculum of many higher-learning institutions of chiropractic, and is the only specialization that is Board Certified.
A subluxated atlas
will cause the whole
spine to distort.
A normal, orthogonal,
atlas helps keep the
rest of the spine in
So why spend so much time and effort on just the first two vertebrae in your neck? Aside from the importance of the Atlas/Axis in keeping the rest of the spine in good shape, there are two other very important reasons to
pay a lot of attention to them. Firstly, your dural tube and spinal cord are there. Any pressure put on these from a subluxated Atlas can have very bad consequences, including seizures in extreme cases. Second, the Vertebral Artery (which supplies about one-third of the brain's blood and all of the blood for 11 out of 12 of the cranial nerves) runs through the vertebrae, with four 90 degree turns in them. If the Atlas/Axis are not where they belong, they can very easily restrict or choke off the blood flow. If your brain is not getting the blood supply that it needs, the results are always bad; symptoms can include attention deficit problems and 'chronic fatigue syndrome' in extreme cases.
Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) and Chiropractic Craniopathy is grounded in scientific research. Since the early 1900's, SOT has consistently delivered exceptional results while emphasizing patient comfort. SOT is a total body technique. Its broad scope includes not only the back and neck but also the internal organs, extremities and cranial structures. In SOT the primary focus is upon structural stability and integrity as well as neurological function. The basis of the human structure is the pelvis and the cranium. The spine, shoulders, neck and head sit upon the pelvis and are subject to the stresses and strains of gravity. These structures, as well as the rest of the body, are functionally maintained and controlled by the brain through the nervous system. Brain function is
dependent upon optimal motion and alignment of the cranial bones and cranial dura. Located below the pelvis is the locomotion system: the legs and feet. All structures of the body are essential to the integrity of the whole. Additionally, organ function depends upon proper nerve supply from the spine. The spine in turn receives nerve reflexes from the organs that can compromise spinal mechanics. Therefore, the alignment, balance and optimal function of the cranium, pelvis, each spinal segment, organs and all of the extremities are essential to optimal health.
Neuro Emotional Technique
Neuro Emotional Technique, or NET is a Mind/Body technique that has generated an extraordinary amount of excitement in both patients and practitioners since 1988. The Neuro Emotional Technique is a methodology used to normalize unresolved physical and/or behavioral patterns in the body. NET practitioners are trained to assist the body's healing process by identifying and balancing unresolved emotional influences. Emotions are traditionally thought of as being normal functions of human beings and normally pose no neurophysiological problem. Occasionally however, emotional trauma in the presence of a neurological or meridian deficit can cause a physiopathological related pattern in the body that does not resolve by itself. NET seeks to normalize this
pattern through physiological change - a result of a physical intervention. NET is used to help re-establish balance in the body using a physical correction. NET makes use of the neuro-mechanisms of speech, general semantics, emotions, and chiropractic principles, laws of the meridian system, cutaneous reflex points, principles of traditional
psychology, and more. When there is a stuck emotional component, NET does not target the emotions, but rather attempts to treat the complete mind-body. Stuck emotions are referred to as Neuro Emotional Complexes (NECs). NECs can be vulnerable to re-triggering when specific conditions relating to the original formation of the NEC are
present . NET addresses these "fixations of emotions" held within the body. The end-product is a more neurologically integrated and healthier person. Patients report that this quick and easy process is pleasant and often life changing.
Applied Kinesiology is an interdisciplinary approach to health care which draws together core elements of complementary therapies, creating a more unified approach to the diagnosis and treatment of functional illness. The origin of contemporary Applied Kinesiology is traced to 1964 when George G. Goodheart, Jr., D.C., first observed that in the absence of congenital or pathologic anomaly, postural distortion is often associated
with muscles that fail to meet the demands of muscle tests designed to maximally isolate specific muscles. He observed that tender nodules were frequently palpable within the origin and/or insertion of the tested muscle. Digital manipulation of these areas of apparent muscle dysfunction improved both postural balance and the outcome of manual muscle tests. Goodheart and others have since observed that many conservative treatment methods improve neuromuscular function as perceived by manual muscle testing. These treatment methods have become the fundamental Applied Kinesiology approach to therapy. Included in the AK approach are specific joint
manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial techniques, cranial techniques, meridian therapy, clinical nutrition, dietary management, and various reflex procedures. With expanding investigation, there has been continued amplification and modification of the treatment procedures. Although many treatment techniques incorporated into AK were pre-existing, many new methods have been developed within the discipline itself. AK uses muscle testing to examine how the body is functioning and to make a diagnosis. A patient's health history is required, along with examination and laboratory findings, to determine the treatment required. AK uses functional assessment measures such as posture and gait analysis; manual muscle testing as functional neurologic evaluation; range of motion; static palpatation; and motion analysis. The practice of AK requires that it be used in conjunction with other standard diagnostic methods by professionals trained in clinical diagnosis. As such, the use of AK or it's component assessment procedures is appropriate only to individuals licensed to perform these procedures. AK exam is designed to enhance standard diagnosis procedures, not replace them. The Applied Kinesiologist finds a muscle that tests weak and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly. The practitioner will
then evaluate and apply the therapy that will best eliminate the muscle weakness and help the patient.
Activator Methods is based on the postulate that understanding body mechanics and force is the key to understanding how to move bones. A leg test is utilized to tell the doctor if the subluxation exists, chiefly in the lumbo-sacral area or cervical region of the spine. With further research into body mechanics, W.C. Lee D.C. and A.W. Fuhr D.C. were able to analyze the body and produce from the analysis consistent changes using a light non-force specific chiropractic adjustment. Lee and Fuhr understood that force was not necessary to correct subluxations in the body. Two components are necessary for fast, effective reduction of nerve pressure caused by subluxations. They are speed and line of drive. Speed and line of drive are what make chiropractic the distinct and dynamic art and science that it is. The activator instrument was designed to deliver this specific dynamic thrust. It is a small hand-held mechanism that delivers a percussive thrust upon triggering. The activator instrument controls the force and speed of the adjustment exceptionally well and with the activator, the line of drive can be more specific too.