We do the exact opposite of standard chiropractic care!
Let me first say that chiropractic works. Getting movement into joints through chiropractic adjustments can make profound changes in peoples lives and all methods of chiropractic work towards this goal. But for many, chiropractic does not produce lasting changes. Why?
History: Back when chiropractors first started taking x-rays, they noticed that some spinal bones (called vertebra) appeared backwards and others appeared forward. The concept was simple. Find the bone that’s backwards and with a person face down on a table push it forward. It seemed to make sense and that’s how many chiropractic methods have worked since 1895.
Old Idea: In the animation to the left notice that the person is face down. Then notice the two misaligned bones in the center of the spine. One is clearly forward and one is relatively backward. Then notice the blue arrow come down and push the “backwards” bone forward (a typical chiropractic treatment and widely taught in Chiropractic schools).
That backward vertebra, before treatment, would feel stuck, swollen and tender to both the chiropractor and the patient. Adjusting this area of the spine forward, though painful for a second or so during the treatment, often leaves the patient feeling better at that spot.
This is how I practiced for years. I would put patients face down on the table and I would feel the various vertebra of the spine to find the areas that were stuck. Then I would set up for an adjustment and then deliver the forward adjustment to that specific bone. As noted, often times it left patients feeling better as some motion was restored to the stuck joint. But something about this method didn’t work and even bothered others.
I had been in practice for a year delivering these types of adjustments, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that patients kept coming back with the same exact problems and the same stuck joints. They either thought this was how it had to be and/or they thought my treatments weren’t working. Often they got a few days of relief, but when the same pains keep returning the treatment isn’t worth the time or money.
I then thought it must be the muscles. So for eight years I added muscle work to my treatments hoping that would provide a better outcome for my patients. It didn’t…
I then learned about Advanced BioStructural Correction™ that took a completely different approach to healing.
New Idea: What would happen if instead of pushing forward on the bone that was backwards, you could push the bone stuck forward backwards? Would that have a different outcome? How would you even get to the bone to push it backwards? You clearly couldn’t pull it backwards because there’s nothing to grab hold of right?
Take a look at the animation to the right. The same bones are forward and backward on this patient. To get the forward bone to move backward into the correct position the practitioner creates a fulcrum using a fist. Putting the fist below the vertebra that is forward creates a fulcrum that can be used to lever the forward bone backward if you push on the front of the body. You have to be careful not to push too hard because the fulcrum is the same vertebra that appears backwards in the above animation. If you push too hard you might get the forward one to move backward, but you might also get the backward one to move forward.
The standing patient wraps their arms around their body and from the front the practitioner stands close in front of the patient, asks the patient to relax and adjusts the person against the wall. In this position, the force comes from the front, through the ribs and to the forward vertebra which pushes it backwards. Very different wouldn’t you say?
Which version is right? In both cases the practitioner is moving bones and probably getting some audible crackling noises out of the joints. But which version would you want for yourself? You’re probably saying, “The one that works.” And I would agree.
However, what does “works” mean? Are we just interested in relieving pain temporarily? Can one get relief from pain but make the body mechanically worse — adversely affecting breathing or movement in other parts of the body? These are things to consider beyond the pain that most people miss because they are so focused on getting relief from the pain. It is also why many use drugs. They know drugs do not change the body and might be harmful, but they do relieve the pain.
Here’s the key: Turns out that if vertebra get shoved forward there are no muscles or groups of muscles that can pull the bone backwards. So why would you ever want to shove them forward purposely even if it helped reduce pain?
Forward is the enemy. This is the same reason you see the elderly bent forward. Have you ever wondered why there are no walkers for people that are bent backwards or to the right or left? Why are the walkers designed for people that are bent forward only? It’s because you never see people any other way. They are always forward. And now you know why. As more and more bones get pushed forward in a person over a lifetime, from common everyday activities, they get more stooped forward and can’t stand up straight…Even if they try.
There is a method of treatment called Advanced BioStructural Correction™ (ABC™) that addresses this sole issue. ABC™ corrects bones out of place that your body cannot self correct because there is no muscle or group of muscles that actually exist in the human body that can correct these malpositions. This is one of the huge factors that have been missing in health care.
I utilize ABC™ in my practice. I don’t use the old ideas described above. I use the new ideas that work. Not because they’re new, but because this is how you correct anatomical structure. I get amazing results on even the most chronic of conditions. Do I fix everything on people in a few visits? No. If you’re looking for a quick fix, I prefer not to be your doctor because you’ll frustrate me. Do I often give people a lot of relief on their first visit? Yes I do.
So that’s the nuts and bolts of it. There’s a lot more to it, but I wanted to write a simple explanation of how I’m different than 99% of other chiropractors out there. To learn more please watch some of the videos on the home page of my site. Thanks for reading.
Dr. Jeff Aberle