What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a safe and non-invasive approach to healthcare.The art, science and philosophy of chiropractic emphasize the nervous system as the lifeline to every muscle, organ and tissue in the body. Rather than focusing on symptoms, chiropractors have a different approach to wellness that uses therapeutic techniques to correct neuro-musculoskeletal disorders and promote the body’s natural healing ability.

Patients will benefit greatly from Vacula Chiropractic’s approach by not only feeling better but improving the way their body works, which has shown do decrease sick days, increase quality of life, and prolong independence and self-sufficiency in aging populations.

Chiropractors adjust joints in the spine and the extremities (arms & legs) that are fixated from traumas or repetitive stresses. These fixated joints are not moving properly and they cause dysfunctions of the body.

What are our Techniques?

Dr. Dorothy Vacula is an honest and trustworthy individual who has her patients best interest in mind at all times. Our clinic performs chiropractic adjustments using these four techniques:

Gonstead: The Gonstead Method is considered as one of the most efficient Chiropractic Technique, developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin beginning in 1923.

The Gonstead Method focuses on "do the least to achieve the most" by being as specific as possible with the examination and adjustment of the patient; by using his or her hands as adjusting tools. Thus the Chiropractor would be able to sense the relaxation of the patient and to control the direction and amplitude of the adjustment needed for each individual patient.

Diversified: Diversified is considered the most generic chiropractic manipulative technique and is differentiated from other techniques in that its objective is to restore proper movement and alignment of spine and joint dysfunction.

Thompson Technique (Thompson Drop-Table Technique): This technique uses a precision adjusting table with a weighing mechanism which adds only enough tension to hold the patient in the "up" position before the thrust is given, which in turn, sets the drop piece into motion and targets the specific joint or tissue.

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique: This is a chiropractic treatment method and device created by Arlan Fuhr as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine or extremity joints. The device is categorized as a mechanical force manual assisted (MFMA) instrument which is generally regarded as a softer chiropractic treatment technique.

What is a chiropractic adjustment, and is it safe?

An adjustment is the main method used by your Doctor of Chiropractic. It is a specialized, gentle, controlled, and safe pressure applied to your spine. This is done to restore the proper motion and position of your vertebrae that will in turn help your body function at an optimal level.

Do I need to go to a chiropractor even if I feel fine?

The chiropractor can recognize problem areas in your spine before they develop into problem conditions. Chiropractic adjustments can help to maintain and support a healthy spine. Maintenance spinal care may help to prevent small problems from becoming major misalignments. Remember, optimal health is more than just the absence of pain.

Why do I need to keep going to the chiropractor?

Regularly, a dentist checks our teeth, an optometrist checks our eyes, and a doctor checks our blood pressure and heart. Yet, we take the spine — a vital component of our body, for granted. Regular chiropractic adjustments help to maintain a healthy balance in our body and keep the physical, chemical and mental stress of our day-to-day lives under control.


What to Expect at the First Chiropractic Consultation

Patient History and Symptoms before the Chiropractic Exam In preparation for the chiropractic consultation, an individual will be asked to fill out forms that provide background information about the symptoms and condition. Types of questions the doctor of chiropractic might ask include:
  • When and how did the pain start?
  • Where is it located?
  • Is it a result of an injury?
  • What activities/circumstances make it better?
  • What activities/circumstances make it worse?
The Chiropractic Exam A thorough chiropractic exam includes general tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes, as well as specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:
  • Range of motion of the affected part
  • Muscle tone
  • Muscle strength
  • Neurological integrity
Further chiropractic exam tests may be necessary to assess the affected area (such as having the individual move in a specific manner, posture analysis of the affected body part.

Please arrive to your initial consultation at least 20 minutes early in order to complete to necessary forms list here if you have not yet complete these documents.