About Dr. Maria’s Method…
Many of Dr. Maria’s chiropractic practice members ask her for a brochure about what she “does”. Currently we do not have one because what she does is rather unique. Having a great appreciation for all of the chiropractic profession and the wisdom it contains, Dr. Maria incorporates her own understanding and knowledge of various tonal techniques (as described below), Toggle Recoil, Pierce, Applied Kinesiology, Diversified, Drop Table Techniques to create her own special brand of chiropractic.
First, we will explain the more traditional understanding and methods of chiropractic. The large majority of chiropractic techniques are based upon balancing the spine so that the nervous system which is housed inside the spine can transmit their nerve information as wholly and completely as possible. Any interference to this information by way of imbalances to the spine or better said by way of vertebral subluxations is an impairment to the proper conduction of the nervous, electromagnetic and hormonal systems. Without proper conductance of these systems, any and all other systems of the body can be impaired, including but not limited to the immune system, gastrointestinal system, and endocrine system. There are almost as many techniques used as there are chiropractors and each chiropractor and each technique certainly has its beauty and its wisdom!
If you are interested in gaining an understanding of general chiropractic methods, please read the following. If you want to read about what Dr. Maria does, then skip these next 4 paragraphs.
There are 3 main models under the umbrella of chiropractic into which most of the techniques fit; segmental, postural, and tonal. Each of these three main models is described below. Please, however, understand that each chiropractor and his or her method is more complicated than the following. Descriptions of the models are provided for those who want to get a sense of what they may have already experienced in the past if they are currently interested in seeing Dr. Maria for an chiropractic appointment.
Segmental methods are what come to mind when many people hear the word “chiropractic”. When you go to a chiropractor who practices more this way, you are likely to hear some sounds while being adjusted. He or she may move you in different positions while they help release your vertebral subluxations. The chiropractor is likely paying close attention to whether or not each individual vertebra is back in alignment after the adjustment.
There are also the chiropractors who pay attention to posture more than anything else. They may have you stand before lying on their chiropractic table, while they observe your posture. Is one shoulder higher than the other? Is one ear higher than the other? How do you carry your head? This chiropractor may use similar methods as the segmental chiropractor. Yet, he or she will use different specifications to decide which part of your spine to adjust, as well as, measure how well you responded to the adjustment.
Finally there are the chiropractors who use tonal methods; this is a very small percentage of the current U.S. chiropractors. These methods often appear slightly more mysterious because they are often feeling what to do by incredibly gentle palpation. They are paying close attention to the tone or tension of the body or the spine as a whole, noticing patterns that course throughout the body. When this kind of chiropractor adjusts you, you may or may not hear anything at all. The method may be so gentle you almost do not know anything has happened other than becoming more relaxed until these chiropractors help you see what is changed on the first appointment.
Dr. Maria, like many chiropractors incorporates all three of the above methods. However, if another chiropractor were to observe her, they would likely classify her as utilizing more tonal methods. Although she is very eclectic in the different techniques she incorporates, her first concern is the tone of the body. If she can help the tone of the body normalize, she knows the body is in a fantastic position to begin healing itself or increase its own ability to heal. She palpates the whole spine before adjustment and gains an understanding of which vertebrae are subluxated, she then palpates after adjustment to assure changes in the previously imbalanced vertebrae. She also palpates the person’s cranium as that is where 80% of the central nervous system is housed. If there is strong tension and imbalance to the cranium that can and often does influence the balance of the spine. She will also pay attention to the person’s extremities because if the body has been imbalanced long enough, then the imbalance will effect the person’s extremities (arms, legs, and joints away from the spine). And likewise, if the person’s extremities have been injured, that may end up unbalancing the spine. While making her assessments of the person’s system and their spine, she pays attention to and helps normalize the tone of the vertebrae, cranium, and soft tissue of the body including the ligaments, muscles, fascia, and especially the meninges.
Meninges are the very first protection of the central nervous system lying right on top of the brain and spinal cord but underneath the vertebrae and cranium. Considering the meninges are very deep inside the body, she is never directly touching them. The adjustment helps the abnormal or imbalanced tone to change through the other layers of the body while concurrently helping those layers. Dr. Maria detects meningeal tone through the layers of clothes, skin, fascia, muscle, ligaments and bone as it has a different feel from all the others to the trained hand. She readily acknowledges that until there is much more sophisticated technology developed to measure meningeal tension and stress, there isn’t a machine that can currently evaluate that this is how she is facilitating change. At this point, she knows of the meningeal stress from clinical experience only. Dr. Maria uses light fingertip touches with varying degrees of pressure and speed in locations right on top of the cranium and along the spine. She focuses on eliminating or reducing this stress and imbalance first to the meninges. When the meningeal tension reduces, she refocuses on the vertebrae, muscles and ligaments to make sure they are changing along with the meningeal tone since the adjustment includes these varying locations. Often much of the adjustment is complete at this point because once the meninges have more normal tone, the rest of the spine also has more normal tone which leads to vertebral subluxations being released. From there, Dr. Maria continues to finish the adjustment making sure the spine is balanced (including the individual vertebrae) and is as clear of nervous system interference as possible.
Please call the center if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, 570-788-4484.
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