Dr. Harrison will always look at the underlying causes of a patient’s complaint and work on those causes rather than just working on the symptoms. For example, a patient comes into the office with a complaint of low back pain. This patient is found to have a misalignment. Many chiropractors will adjust the misalignment and stop there. Certainly, Dr. Harrison will adjust the joint back into place. However, in addition, he will explore all of the possible causes of the misalignment. This prevents the injury from coming back and causing you unnecessary discomfort in the future. This also saves you time and money on future care plans to treat the problem over and over again. In addition, there are often unreported issues and problems that also disappear as a result of treating the cause, even if unreported to Dr. Harrison.
A human being can be looked at as a TRIANGLE. We call this the TRIANGLE OF HEALTH. The base of the triangle is the PHYSICAL aspect and includes the bones, muscles, ligaments, etc. The physical aspect also includes, body motion, exercises, trauma such as car accidents and sports injuries. The right side of the triangle is the CHEMICAL / BIO-CHEMICAL aspect of a human being. This includes those chemicals and substances found in the blood stream and in the tissues of the body. These include: nutrients, toxins, and compounds of many substances found in the blood and tissues. What one eats heavily influences the bio-chemistry of the body as does those toxins that we take in through our food, water and air. The left side of the triangle is the MENTAL, PSYCHOLOCICAL, SPIRITUAL aspect of a human being. This includes your brain function, your reasoning and emotional states. It also includes your connection or non-connection to what you believe is your higher power.
Dr. Harrison views each patient as a unique person that is a totality of all that is a part of their total being. Certainly a patient is not a number, nor is a patient a bad back or a headache. Upon a careful evaluation of a patient, we look for what is causing the complaint and seek to find underlying causes in the three sides of the triangle of health. It should be noted that each side of the triangle can affect the other two sides and although this can be quite complex at times. Dr. Harrison enjoys sorting it all out to bring your case to a successful conclusion.
SOME OF THE PROBLEMS AND CONDITIONS THAT WE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN TREATING.
CHIROPRACTIC DELIVERY SYSTEMS OR CHIROPRACTIC TECHNIQUES USED BY DR. HARRISON
There are several ways of delivering chiropractic care. These different methods are known in the chiropractic profession as techniques. As you can see above, Dr. Harrison works on a broad range of problems and conditions. Each chiropractic technique is a “tool” that the doctor of chiropractic has at his or her disposal to correct certain problems with which each patients come into the office. Each technique is somewhat different from other chiropractic techniques. Therefore, the more techniques used in a practice, the more effective a doctor can be in dealing with a broader range of diagnoses and conditions.
Dr. Harrison has enjoyed learning new techniques throughout his chiropractic career. He attends several seminars per year and several webinars per month to keep current and to continually improve his chiropractic care. Dr. Harrison has learned and used the following chiropractic techniques;
Diversified A combination of different techniques blended with physical therapy.
Gonstead A technique utilizing an X-Ray of the entire spine with very specific adjustments decided by a careful analysis of the X-Rays.
Sacro-Occipital A very unique approach to the nervous system by utilizing numerous indicators that show the doctor how to normalize the patients neurology often utilizing pelvic and cranial adjustments in addition to spinal adjustments and soft tissue techniques.
Applied Kinesiology A chiropractic technique with vast implications. Muscle testing is heavily involved. The acupuncture system is likewise incorporated and all of the body systems are evaluated. Nutrition and bio-chemistry and mental/emotional aspects are also evaluated. Dr Harrison earned Diplomate status in the International College of Applied Kinesiology. Dr. Harrison taught Applied Kinesiology at the University level (Palmer West University) and was appointed Chairman of the Department of Applied Kinesiology and served in that capacity for three years.
Activator hand held adjusting instrument. This allow the doctor to deliver very gentle, non-painful, “non-cracking,” but very specific adjustments for those who are fearful of having adjustments. Activator technique is also well suited for babies and older patients.
Chiropractic Bio-Physics The most scientific and the most well researched chiropractic technique with numerous papers presented to the most respected medical journals. CBP, as it is known, has developed normals in the angles and curves of the spine. X-Rays are utilized and the patient’s angles and curves are precisely measured. Precision adjustments are made to bring the spinal measurements to as close to normal as possible. Special devices such as traction chairs and adjusting instruments are used in CBP.
Soft tissue technique Dr. Harrison has studied numerous soft tissue techniques. Soft tissue is defined as those tissues that are not bone. Dr. Harrison chooses the soft tissue technique that is appropriate for the situation that a particular patient presents. Since evaluation of the muscles is a significant part of his practice, Dr. Harrison utilizes soft tissue manipulation on most of his patients. The observation that bones rest in a sea of soft tissue, has directed Dr. Harrison to seriously address the muscles and other soft tissues when evaluating his patients.
Thompson Drop Table The chiropractic drop table is a table that has sections that are cocked with a spring mechanism to elevate the section underneath the patient. When the doctor makes the adjustment the elevated section collapses quickly underneath the patient. The drop table is a win/win piece of equipment because the doctor uses much less force, so it is easier on the doctor and easier on the patient than a non-drop table. Dr. Thompson gave us many indicators to help us decide when and where to adjust.
CORRECTIVE EXERCISE AS PART OF THE CHIROPRACTIC DELIVERY AT CHRIS HARRISON CHIROPRACTIC
We encourage all of our patients to exercise at home or at the gym as part of a healthy life style. However, this discussion is about corrective exercise that is directly related to muscle dysfunction while delivering chiropractic care to a patient. If we find a muscle that is weak upon muscle testing we label that weakness as either a turned off muscle or a truly weak muscle. If a muscle tests weak but can be instantly returned to strength by a chiropractic adjustment or by an appropriate soft tissue technique, then that muscle was a turned off muscle, and Dr. Harrison turned it back on. However, if a muscle tests weak with muscle testing and Dr. Harrison cannot make it instantly strong, then that muscle is a truly weak muscle and Dr. Harrison will prescribe specific corrective exercises to return the muscle to a normal status. That process will normally take several weeks to return it to normal strength status. The patient will perform the exercises at home or in the gym for a prescribed amount of time and the patient will return to our office and the muscle is again tested to evaluate the progress.
HOW NUTRITION IS USED AT CHRIS HARRISON CHIROPRACTIC
As we noted above in the TRIANGLE of health, the chemical / bio-chemical aspect of a human is tremendously important. We use nutritional therapy in two ways:
In the #1 general boost to better health, we use questionnaires and/or blood, urine, or saliva studies to determine nutritional needs, although, kinesiology (muscle testing) may be used as a confirmation. Often multivitamin-mineral preparations are used for general nutrition in addition to specific nutrients.
In the #2, nutrition is used as a specific nutrient(s) and that nutrient is tested with muscle testing to determine if a specific nutrient(s) will be beneficial for a specific problem. In other words, we let the body tell us if a particular nutrient is indicated. This may appear at first blush to be questionable and we understand how one would question it. However, 50 years plus of this approach with thousands of doctors and nutritionists utilizing this method, the results speak for themselves. This is why more and more doctors are adding kinesiology to their protocols each year.
Organic / Non-GMO is what Dr. Harrison recommends for our food and our nutritional supplements. We do use a few synthetic supplements because organics are not available for some particular supplements. However, about 90% of our supplements dispensed are natural, organic, and non-GMO