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.
How do chiropractors define a subluxation: "We currently define a chiropractic subluxation as a self‐perpetuating, central segmental motor control problem that involves a joint, such as a vertebral motion segment, that is not moving appropriately, resulting in ongoing maladaptive neural plastic changes that interfere with the
central nervous system's ability to self‐regulate, self‐organize, adapt, repair and heal."
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. Lorri Nichols is a 1983 cum laude graduate of Sherman Chiropractic College. She is Board Certified in Applied Spinal Biomechanics, Board Eligible as a Diplomate Spinal Rehabilitation and is a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practioner. In private practice since 1984, Dr. Nichols founded Northwest Chiropractic Center in 1989. She has served two terms to the Washington Department of Health Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission and President of the Washington State Chiropractic Association in 2011 and 2012. She has been awarded Top Chiropractor in the US 2006, Chiropractor of the Year 2011, Best of Federal Way 2013, WSCA Special Service Award 2009 and 2013 and WSCA Volunteer of the Year 2013. She is currently clinic director of Northwest Wellness and integrated, patient center health care facility.
Dr. Jolene Harlow, Chiropractor
Dr. Jolene Harlow is a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West, graduating as Valedictorian of her class. She is also a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP). Dr. Harlow joined Northwest Wellness in 2008, returning to the Puget Sound area where she grew up. She was drawn to chiropractic because “it was different from every other approach that I had seen”. She describes herself as a tool to helping patients take an active role in their health. Dr. Harlow was awarded the WSCA Volunteer of the Year in 2015 for her leadership and commitment in chiropractic.
Dr. Harlow maintains an active lifestyle by running, hiking, and playing on a local softball team. She also enjoys volunteering her time in the children’s classroom at her church.
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.