At Wilkerson Chiropractic, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic wellness care to our patients. Below is a sampling of the different chiropractic services we offer in our Lompoc office.
Spinal and Extremity Adjustments
Chiropractic adjustments balance your spine,normalize joint function, relieve stress on your muscles,ligaments,tendons and nerves and restore your body's natural healing ability.
Adjustments are used to remove subluxations (which are joints that are fixated, "locked up",not moving properly) in the spine and other joints of the body.
Chiropractic adjustments are extremely safe. Children and even newborns get adjustments to repair spinal misalignments caused by the birth process, learning to walk as well as other childhood traumas. Each adjustment is tailored according to each patient's age, size and unique spinal problem.
The benefits of spinal and extremity adjustments include:
- Correction of subluxations
- Releases "pinched nerves"
- Pain relief
- Improved flexibility and range of motion
- Decreased muscle spasms
- Restoring the body's natural healing ability
Sacro-Occipital Technique (S.O.T.)
S.O.T. stands for Sacro Occipital Technique (or Technic). "Sacro" means "related to, or associated with," the sacrum. The sacrum is the foundation for the spine. The sacrum is often called the tail bone though this is not exactly correct. "Occipital" means "related to or associated with the occiput. Occiput means "the back of the head". So, S.O.T. is a method of normalizing the relationship between the foundation of the spine and the top of the spine. It is this relationship and how these two bones get along with one another, that has been proven to be so important in the normal functioning of the brain and spinal cord. The word "Technic" is another way of spelling "technique". Either word means "the way to get the job done, scientifically and in a short period of time".
How is S.O.T. different than ordinary chiropractic?
S.O.T. (Sacro Occipital Technique) is composed of highly accurate and effective procedures. Dr. Major B. DeJarnette spent most of his life conducting clinical investigation into what works in chiropractic and what makes chiropractic work. Many of the experiments he first tried on himself so that he was aware of the results first hand. He also recruited others to be patients while he tested the procedures. By means of these repeated, peer-reviewed tests, he determined the true nature of the spinal subluxation* and how it could most efficiently be corrected. He also determined when the correction of the spinal subluxation was not enough and devised visceral manipulation procedures. Visceral procedures are used to help normalize organ function without the use of drugs or surgery.
S.O.T. also recognizes the important role of normal cranial function in health and disease. The cranial bones and other cranial structures can cause central nervous system problems that are often overlooked or ignored by most other chiropractic systems.
*Spinal subluxation: A disorder of the spinal, pelvic or cranial bones which is interfering with, or prohibits the correction of, the secretion, fluctuation and absorption of cerebro spinal fluid.
Exactly what function of the body does S.O.T. correct?
S.O.T. concerns itself primarily with the cranial sacral respiratory mechanism. This is a wavelike oscillation in the covering of the brain and spinal cord. Although quite subtle, this motion is essential for the normal functioning of the brain and spinal cord, and thereby the rest of the nervous system and the rest of the body. It functions much like breathing air, in that it has a cyclic tightening and loosening phase. Ordinary respiration - breathing air in and out - also affects and can be used to normalize cranial sacral respiratory action. The normal function of the cranial sacral respiratory mechanism is recognized as a primary function of life in the body and must be normal if all functions of the body are to be normal.
Like other chiropractic techniques, S.O.T. also corrects abnormal spinal mechanics and any associated nerve problems. These can include back pain, headaches, dizziness, arm and leg pains.
This technique has grown to be the most widely-used "low force" chiropractic technique in the world. The Activator Technique incorporates the latest advances in orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic examinations along with a unique system of administering spinal adjustments. Using the Activator analysis and the Activator instrument, Dr. Wilkerson can help restore spinal balance, safely and comfortably.
The ArthoStim is the latest innovation in low force instrument adjusting. The ArthroStim delivers 12-14 incremental thrusts per second. By dividing the energy of a single thrust into rapid, successive inputs, the ArthroStim modulates the peak force of the adjustment. This allows Dr. Wilkerson to administer an extremely comfortable and highly effective adjustment.
The ArthroStim permits Dr. Wilkerson to maintain the effectiveness of your adjustment while reducing the amount of force that is applied. This dynamic combination allows our office to maintain a wider range of patients and conditions.
Individuals that may especially benefit from the ArthroStim include:
- Infants and young children
- Elderly individuals
- Individuals in acute pain
- Individuals who dislike being "cracked"
Flexion -Distraction is an excellent technique for the treatment of middle and low back pain. It is a gentle and extremely effective technique that helps to decompress the spine and remove pressure on the vertebral disc. In addition it restores range of motion to the spine and realigns the vertebrae.
Dr. Marc Wilkerson applies this technique for the treatment of:
Bulging or Herniated Discs
Numbness or Tingling
Osteoarthrisis or Degeneration of the spine
Radiculitis or Nerve Pain
Flexion-distraction technique has become the most widely used approach to treating symptomatic disc injuries involving back pain and the often-accompanying leg pain. Flexion-distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts or stretches the spine and which allows the chiropractor to isolate the area of disc involvement while slightly flexing the spine in a pumping rhythm. There is no pain involved in the treatment.
Theoretically, the tractioning or distraction of the disc combined with isolation and gentle pumping of the involved area allows the central area of the disc, the nucleus pulposus, to assume its central position in the disc. Flexion-distraction is thought to improve disc height.
Flexion - Distraction is the treatment of choice for those patients suffering with back pain. Most patients experience relief after 3 to 5 treatments. The treatments are comfortable and performed on a fully adjustable ergonomic table that can be fit to all body types including pregnant woman. Flexion - Distraction should be considered for those whose pain has not responded to other types of care... this treatment can make all the difference in removing and managing your pain.
VibraCussor percussion therapy is an exciting new treatment approach for muscle and ligament problems and related myofascial conditions. The VibraCussor delivers waves of percussive impulses deep into the tissues of the body to promote an increase in circulation and lymphatic flow as well as a decrease in muscle spasm. The accumulation of the multiple percussive waves helps to loosen up "stuck" areas without using heavy thrusting forces.
The VibraCussor can also be used to gently change the flexibility of shortened ligaments, which in turn can increase limited ranges of motion and improve postural distortions. This treatment is also highly effective in treating fascial adhesions and restrictions of the shoulder, hip and knee with minimal discomfort.
VibraCussor therapy can be an effective treatment for the following conditions:
- Joint Fixations
- Postural distortions
- Myofascial restrictions
- Trigger points
- "Frozen" shoulder
- TMJ (jaw) problems
- Many more conditions
We provide advanced spinal correction utilizing "state of the art" chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic have we been able to provide the level of help and expertise that now exists. These newer correction methods are even safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Marc Wilkerson has years of training and experience in spinal adjustment.
To complement and enhance the healing effects of Dr. Wilkerson's specific Chiropractic manipulative treatment, we at Wilkerson Chiropractic also provide the following physiological therapeutic procedures:
- Interferential electrical muscle stimulation
- Microamperage neural stimulation
- Mechanical traction
- Moist heat therapy
- Directed Exercise Instruction
Interferential and Sine WaveElectrotherapy
A Therapeutic treatment to aid in the relief of pain and the promotion of soft tissue healing.
The benefits of electrotherapy include:
- Reduces painful symptoms
- Decreased local swelling
- Promotes muscle tone
- Restores normal movements
- Increased circulation
- Improved joint function
- Relief of muscle spasms
- Improved nutrient delivery and waste product removal
- Releases the body's natural pain killers
- Accelerates the healing process
This modality provide you the comfort of lying down and relaxing while receiving the following benefits:
- Improves circulation of spinal fluid
- Reverse the effects of gravity
- Decompress "pinched nerves"
- Reduce spinal distortions and fixations
- Stretch tight muscles
- Reduce muscle spasms
- Break down scar tissue
- Improve flexibility
The Diathermy energy field passes through the softer tissues near the surface of the body, turning into heat when reaching the more dense tissues below the surface. Diathermy helps to:
- Can help speed the healing process
- Dilates blood vessels for improved circulation
- Stimulates white blood cell production
- Increases metabolism and waste removal
- Helps prevent adhesions and scar tissue
Ultrasound is a therapeutic treatment using high-frequency sound waves administered in the region of soft tissue injuries.
Ultrasounds provides the following benefits:
- Highly effective in treating calcium deposition
- Stimulates healing without irritation
- Speeds metabolism and improves blood flow
- Reduces nerve root irritation
- Enhances the body's natural healing ability
We teach our patients special "blueprint" exercises designed just for them to help strengthen and correct their own unique problem. These exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction by as much as 30-40%. In addition to skeletal misalignment, muscles and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use. Specific exercises and stretches can help your body stay in balance and in health.
We often find it helpful to "coach" our patients on certain activities they should avoid or do differently to avoid aggravating their particular health challenge. Our goal is to help every patient achieve a fulfilling and happy lifestyle full of the activities they enjoy most. We recognize that each of our patient is a whole person, and help them reach true health and wellness is a collaborate effort between our professionals and our patients.
We provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance our patient´s return to optimal health. Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? Dr. Marc Wilkerson can provide a structured nutritional program based on your individual needs.
Spinal & Postural Screenings
Posture and spinal screenings can reveal important health information and unlock the door to improved health and well-being. We provide screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment. Contact us today to arrange a screening at your event or workplace.