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Services & Techniques

At Thrive Chiropractic, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic wellness care to our patients. Below is a sampling of the different chiropractic services we offer in our westlake village office.

Advanced Chiropractic Care

We provide advanced spinal correction utilizing "state of the art" chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic have we been able to provide the level of help and expertise that now exists. These newer correction methods are even safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Michael Willis has over 22 years of training and experience in correction of subluxation based dysfuntion of the nerve system - the root of all interference in the body's ability to self-correct.

KST

Our #1 technique is a non-force adjustment directed at the site of dysfunction.  This may be a cranial bone, spinal or extra-spinal segment that is no longer able to adapt to the physical, cemical or mental/emotional stress acting upon it. 

There's no "Poping", "Cracking" or "Snapping" of bones.  It's called KOREN SPECIFIC, after the doctor who created this unique correction of the underlying cause of the problem.  The following is a quick overview.

THEN HOW DOES KST WORK?

The procedure is made up of three steps (the 3 Cs):

STEP 1

CHALLENGE

The first step, challenging, is part of the analysis procedure. In a relatively short period of time the entire structural system can be checked: skull, spine, discs, hips, ribs, sternum, shoulders, arms, legs, hands, feet - literally anything that is out of position can be analyzed.

STEP 2

CHECKING

The second step, checking, tells me if the body part is in its proper position. The base of the skull is used as a yes/no device.

Thus we have a binary or yes/no system telling us if an area needs or does not need to be corrected or adjusted. This system is akin to muscle testing (applied kinesiology or AK) wherein a muscle will become weak when confronted with a negative impulse.

STEP 3

CORRECTION

Correcting, step three. When an adjustment is needed the area is corrected using the Arthrostim™ adjusting instrument.

The ArthroStim™ is an FDA approved instrument developed by IMPAC technology in Oregon. It has been continuously refined and perfected over its 22-year history. It introduces energy/force/information to the body to realign segments and remove nerve pressure at a speed of 12 "taps" per second (12 hertz); it is a fast, accurate, low force and controlled adjustment.

The ArthroStim™ gives patients a very specific adjustment, meaning that only the segment that is out of position is adjusted; there is no twisting, turning or "cracking" of joints. This technique permits adjusting in different postures.

This is very important because sometimes a problem can only be reproduced in a certain position. For example, a driver in a car accident (sitting) may not reveal their spinal damage or subluxations when standing; therefore they must be analyzed and corrected in the seated position. This is especially noticeable with people who suffer pain, neurological problems, TMJ and other conditions.

Adjusting people in the standing position has the added benefit of working with gravity. I don't have to say, "OK, please stand up and see how you feel" because the patient is already standing. Their body can process the adjustment or correction immediately.

What Do People Feel?

Most people report a feeling of ease, relaxation and well-being as their structural nerve stress (subluxations) releases/diminishes. Some people feel very relaxed and they should listen to their body and go home and sleep if at all possible.

The next day some people feel as if they've had a good workout, often in places they never knew they had. This is usually felt only after the first adjustment, is temporary and usually disappears within a short time.

WHAT IS RETRACING?

People have many layers. After the correction of what the body is showing at the time, older injuries, older distortions, older subluxations and older symptoms (both physical and emotional) may surface to release. The release and healing of old injuries is known as "retracing" and is usually part of the healing process.

On occasion patients have reported "cleansing" symptoms such as diarrhea, mucus, headache, fever, etc. as toxins leave the body. These symptoms are usually temporary. It is helpful to be told if unusual symptoms arise. These symptoms may take the form of emotional releases: old memories coming up or unusual dreams. So it is important to be aware of these situations and to let Dr. Mike know about them.  In this way, you and he as a team, can make any necessary corrections and advance your healing faster.

WHY DO I NEED REPEATED ADJUSTMENTS?

Typically, by the time you experience a full-blown "symptom", your body had dealt with it for weeks, months and more likely - years - without correction.  Instead, like most people, your symptoms have been treated, not correction of their cause. 

As a result, these areas of failed adaptation are so weak and the distortion so extensive, that the adjustment may not stay in position and needs correcting again. Your adjustments are accumulative and over time, your body will begin to "hold" those adjustments for longer periods of time.  Your particular situation will be throughly discussed at the time of your Report of Findings with Dr. Willis.

The following are just a few of the other components of your care that will be offered to you during your move towards Wellness Care.

 

 


Corrective Exercises

We teach our patients special "blueprint" exercises to help strengthen and correct their own unique problem. These exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction. In addition to skeletal misalignment, muscles and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use. Specific exercises and stretches can help your body stay in balance and in health.


Lifestyle Advice

We often find it helpful to "coach" our patients on certain activities they should avoid or do differently to avoid aggravating their particular health challenge. Our goal is to help every patient achieve a fulfilling and happy lifestyle full of the activities they enjoy most. We recognize that each our patient is a whole person, and help them reach true health and wellness is a collaborate effort between our professionals and our patients.


Nutritional Counseling

We provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance our patient´s return to optimal health. Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? Do you know how these supplements and vitamins interact with one another? Michael Willis, in association with Lifestyle Educator, Lorin Paul, can provide a structured nutritional program based on your individual needs.


Massage Therapy is currently offered as a referral to trusted practitioners outside this office.