In 1895, Dr. Daniel D. Palmer discovered that our body's structure has a strong relationship to its function.  Although
the exact mechanism for this relationship was not fully known at the time, neuroscience has progressed over the
years to give us a much better explanation as to how the structure-function relationship works.  In fact, one
researcher stumbled on an interesting finding while studying the brain.  The conclusion was that the bulk of sensory
input to our brains comes from neuroreceptors in our joints.  So, if a joint is functioning properly, it is sending a lot of
valuable information to the brain and the brain can use this information to send good information back to the entire
body to keep it functioning in an optimal fashion.  However, if a joint becomes dysfunctional where it loses the
normal range of mobility, even at minute levels, then a significant input to the brain is lossed!  The brain therefore
becomes deficient in "fuel" and cannot perfrom all of its functions in an optimal fashion.  Chiropractic health care is
rooted in assessing and correcting joints that are not functioning correctly and we use a variety of techniques in our
practice to address dysfunctional joints.  Some techniques use more force than others and its important to know that
each particular patient requires a particular approach.  For instance, some patients cannot handle a forceful
technique and in these cases, we have techniques that are gentle, light touch and non-force.  In other cases, a
patient may ONLY respond to a technique that utilizes force.  So, our approach is to match the right technique with
the needs of each patient so that they will heal as rapidly as possible.  
It's also important to know that there are many circumstances when a person experiences pain of mechanical origin
but does not have joint dysfunction as described above.  In many of these cases, the person is suffering from
muscular dysfunction.  Muscular dysfunction can exist by itself or it can be a consequence of having a previous case
of joint dysfunction.  In either case, we use specific neuromuscular techniques to address this dysfunction, all of
which are gentle and easily accepted by patients.   We also place a strong emphasis on the importance of posture
and body mechanics (ergonomics) along with rehabilitative exercises to ensure optimal stabilization and prevention.

Another non-force technique we utilize is called
Craniosacral therapy (CST).  CST is an holistic art form all by itself
since it addresses structural, energetic and emotional imbalances.  The irony behind this approach is that the
application is so subtle and gentle, one might assume that it wouldn't be powerful enough to accomplish anything.
This, of course, is an error in perception as anyone who has experienced successful CST will tell you.  
The key point to remember is that, when it comes to physical/manual applications, more is not necessarily better!!  
Please see our Craniosacral Therapy page for more information
Deschutes Alternative Healthcare PC
Doctors Richard & Marie Hebert
Chiropractic Physicians
1425 NE Revere Avenue
Bend, Oregon 97701.
(541) 382-9595
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