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At Chiropractic Bodywork, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic care to each and every patient. We have included information below about the different chiropractic services offered in our office, but please call us at (818) 981-2639 if you have any questions!

What is Chiropractic Medicine?

Chiropractic is a hands on technique based on improving the health of the entire body through focusing on the function of the muscular-skeletal system and the flow of the nervous system. Chiropractic medicine aims to encourage the bodies natural ability to heal itself. By improving the function of the bodies muscular-skeletal system, the nervous system’s channels of communication become clearer, and the bodies natural ability to communicate and heal itself is enhanced.

What is Active Release Technique® (ART)?

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system and movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. This Treatment is excellent for top athletes and desk bound computer workaholics alike. However active or sedentary you may be, ART is highly effective in yielding impressive, lasting results.

What is Trigger Point Therapy?

TPT was developed by Dr. Janet Travel, M.D. She recognized that when certain areas of the body were tight they could cause pain in a completely different area (Referred Pain). She was able to demonstrate that when these particular areas were treated, pain could be resolved.

Trigger point therapy is similar to Shiatzu and Acupressure in that it focuses on specific points of tension, or trigger points, to relieve muscle spasm and tension.

What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial release refers to Myo=muscle and Fascial=fascia. Fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue that covers all muscles. This layer of fascia allows muscles to act independently. Essentially allowing them to glide over one another. Fascial layers are theorized to adhere to one another. When these adhesions happen restrictions in movement and function occur. Myofascial Release focuses on finding and removing these restrictions.

What is S.O.T.?

Sacro Occipital Technique (S.O.T.) is a gentle and subtle Chiropractic technique intended to restore proper motion and alignment using "blocking" or props to realign the pelvis, spine and head. Sacro-Occipital Technique was originally formulated by Major Bertrand DeJarnette who was a Doctor of Chiropractic and Osteopathic Medicine and an Engineer in the 1920’s

SOT stands for Sacro Occipital Technique. “Sacro” means “related to, or associated with, the sacrum.” The sacrum is the foundation for the spine. “Occipital” means “related to or associated with the occiput.” The Occiput refers to a bone at “the back of the head.” SOT is a method of normalizing the movement relationship between the foundation of the spine and the top of the spine. It is this relationship and how these two bones get along with one another, that has been proven to be so important in the normal functioning of the brain and spinal cord.

There is a wavelike oscillation within the covering of the brain and spinal cord. Although quite subtle, this motion is essential for the normal functioning of the brain and spinal cord, and thereby the rest of the nervous system and the rest of the body. It functions much like breathing air, in that it has a cyclic tightening and loosening phase. The normal function of the cranial sacral respiratory mechanism is recognized as a primary function of life in the body and must be normal if all functions of the body are to be normal. Like other chiropractic techniques, SOT also corrects abnormal spinal mechanics and any associated nerve problems. These can include back pain, headaches, dizziness, arm and leg pains

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a large part of an entire holistic eastern medical system that has been practiced for thousands of years. This time-honored medical treatment is a method of assisting the body to promote natural healing and to enhance functioning. This is done by inserting hair thin needles of varying lengths and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points on the body.

Acupuncture works by assisting the body to get more out of its own natural healing resources. Our bodies generate a broad range of natural anti-inflammatories, natural pain relieving substances, immune system enhancers, hormones, and so forth, all without the demand for outside drugs. In fact, some of the most useful drugs are synthetic copies of the chemistry our body produces naturally such as cortisone. However, just as we don’t always get 100% out of our muscles’ resources, or our brains’ resources, we don’t always get 100% from this inside self-healing system. This is where acupuncture comes into play, by helping us acquire more out of our natural ability to heal ourselves and aiming to bring us closer to that 100% of our bodies’ potential. Improving the energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture leads to stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Once injured, our body automatically starts a repair process, whether you are aware of this activity or not. At times, if an injury lingers and is not healed right away by our internal self-healing system the thought is that it is beyond the limits of our natural potential. This is the moment modern medicine introduces drugs or surgery to address the problem. However, just because a problem is not healed right away by our internal resources, does not necessarily mean it is beyond those resources.  Acupuncture can be used as the initiating therapy for many common medical problems and can also be combined with other modalities and healthcare disciplines according to the specific needs of the patient.

The modern scientific explanation on how acupuncture works is based on the premise that needling the acupuncture points can stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will prompt the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy, known as meridians, run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. Acupuncture is a technique for balancing the flow of vital energy known as qi (“chee” / “chi”) that flows through these meridians in your body. The meridians resemble rivers flowing through the body to nourish the tissues and organs. An obstruction in the flow resembles a dam that backs up this energy. By inserting hair thin needles of varying lengths into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners aim to re-balance energy flow. Stimulating the correct points with acupuncture needles can release blocked qi and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians.  Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

What is the Mei Zen Acupuncture System?

Mei Zen means “beautiful person” in the Chinese language. For thousands of years, Chinese nobility used ancient healing methods to help them stay healthy and look beautiful. The Mei Zen System is a safe, natural way to slow down the aging process and rejuvenate your look and overall health. It involves placing fine, hair-width needles in specific points on the face to increase blood circulation and collagen production. There are two protocols targeting the face and the abdomen.

The benefits of Mei Zen Facial Acupuncture are:

* More radiant, youthful looking skin
* Reduction of fine lines
* Softening of deep wrinkles
* Increased collagen and elastin production
* Reduction of sagging facial muscles
* Less discoloration of skin from age spots, acne, or rosacea 

The benefits of Mei Zen Abdominal Acupuncture are:

* Tightening of abdominal muscles
* Loss of inches around the waist
* Facilitates weight loss
* Improved digestion
* Increased libido 

Additional benefits of the Mei Zen treatments include improved energy, more sound sleep, reduction in hot flashes and headaches, and a reduction in stress levels.