Spinal joints that aren't moving right can choke or irritate nearby nerves. Chiropractic adjustments add motion to these stuck joints, reducing nervous system disruption. Then, health has the best opportunity to return. Adjustments are safe for everyone including newborns, infants, children, seniors, and patients recovering from back surgery.
Our Chiropractors are educated and employ a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our judgment and years of experience in combination with your own unique needs and wishes. Some prefer gentle low force adjustments while others appreciate a more vigorous adjustment. Either way you choose we will ensure your adjustment is safely administered, painless and comfortable. Read more about our techniques below.
Dr. Lorri Nichols, Founder/Chiropractor
Dr. Nichols discovered the benefits of chiropractic first-hand after suffering an injury in college. Through chiropractic care she experienced relief from pain and a shortened recovery time. When describing her desire to enter the profession she states "When I discovered the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic, I knew I found a profession where I could truly help sick and injured people regain their health".
Dr. Jolene Harlow, Chiropractor
After shadowing several healthcare professions as a college student Dr. Harlow developed an interest in chiropractic by seeing how it benefited patients. She states, “…it was different from every other approach that I had seen”. Dr. Harlow is now a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP). She describes herself as a tool to helping patients take an active role in their health.
Dr. Harlow is happy to return to the Puget Sound area and maintains an active lifestyle through running, biking, and various local sports teams.
Activator Method: This technique was originally created as an alternative to strictly manual adjustments. The activator device, a small handheld spring-loaded instrument, is used to make adjustments to the spine by delivering a small impulse.
Diversified Method: This classic technique is taught in every chiropractic school in the country. It is characterized as having high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust. It effectively restores the movement and alignment of the spine and alleviates joint dysfunction. These types of adjustments generally result in the popping sound as a manual adjustment to correct misaligned or subluxated spinal segments of the neck or back.
Sacro Occiptal Technique (SOT): This technique leverages your body weight to balance the relationship between the foundation and top of your spine.
Graston Technique: Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 16,000 clinicians worldwide—including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.
Cold Laser Treatment: Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is the use of a specific wavelength of light over areas of the body to improve soft tissue healing, decrease inflammation, and diminish acute and chronic pain. When the appropriate wavelength and treatment times are used, LLLT functions by using phototherapy to help reduce oxidative stress and improve ATP production to increase cell metabolism. Simply put, LLLT uses a light source to penetrate to a cellular level and alter cell and tissue function.
LLLT is FDA approved and continues to be studied for treatment of various conditions, including nerve pain, joint disorders, carpal tunnel, and other various soft tissue injuries. Treatment of a specific area is simple and painless, and consists of about 5 minutes of light therapy that cannot be felt. Times vary based on the size of the treatment area. Direct viewing of the laser beam is strongly discouraged. While LLLT is not known to have any negative effects, use of the laser is not recommended on people with cancer or those who are pregnant.