Dr. Kite and Dr. Hansen specialize in the detection and correction of vertebral subluxations. We learned these techniques from the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic. It was there we learned "The Big 3" adjusting techniques, Diversified, Gonstead, and Toggle Upper Cervical. Dr. Kite and Dr. Hansen soon found in practice that certain patients need a more gentle approach to adjusting the spine and extremities, so we also learned the Activator Method. This method uses an instrument to gently re-align the body.
We offer an array of ancillary therapies that benefit the chiropractic adjustment and allow the body to heal and feel better faster. These therapies are: ultrasound, electro muscular stimulation, and intersegmental traction.
The High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude Approach
The adjusting techniques used in this office are high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA). They are among the oldest and most frequently used chiropractic techniques. Most chiropractic clinical research has focused on the evaluating efficacy of this form of spinal manipulation, particularly for low back, mid-back, and neck pain.
HVLA simply means that the adjustment is performed at a high speed, and low force. This is necessary in order to restore motion safely and comfortably. Along with the Activator Method, the techniques used in this office have been clinically tested and proven to be safe and effective.
Postural Corrective Exercises
Poor posture is a leading cause in most degenerative diseases and pain. At Kite Family Chiropractic, we evaluate your posture and how it relates to your everyday life. We then will instruct you on your own, personal, exercise program to correct your dysfunction and help alleviate pain.
COMPREHENSIVE SPINAL CARE
We focus on the entire spine when evaluating for vertebral subluxations. A subluxation happens when a vertebral joint is not moving as it should. If left untreated, a vertebral subluxation can cause lasting damage.
We understand the importance of prevention and want to correct subluxations at all stages of care. Most patients first come into a chiropractic office because of pain, but there can be early stages of subluxations that aren't causing symptoms throughout the spine that need to be corrected.
The 3 Stages of Chiropractic Care
There are three primary phases of Chiropractic care that must occur in a particular order to achieve optimal results. Think of it like building a house – you cannot put the shingles on the roof until the foundation is poured and the walls are built. By utilizing the three phases of chiropractic care, we can alleviate symptoms, facilitate healing, and improve overall wellness.
- Acute Care
Acute Care is the first phase of care. This typically applies to patients who are desperate to feel better from an injury or condition that is causing pain or functional immobility. The goal of acute care is to stop the progression of a patient’s condition, reduce inflammation, generate rapid pain relief, and achieve some degree of functional improvement. This phase of care is more intensive than the others and may initially require more frequent treatments that gradually taper off over time.
- Repair and Corrective Care
This is the ‘building’ phase of chiropractic care designed to begin addressing the underlying problem of your condition. It is focused on muscle and ligament repair, as well as rehabilitation. Once pain has subsided and mobility has returned, corrective care focuses repairing damage to the soft connective tissues that may still be lingering. This may include a combination of in-office chiropractic adjustments as well as at-home exercises used to accelerate the healing process.
Once pain has subsided, it is important to resist the temptation to stop care after the first phase, as doing so can increase the chances of relapse. Corrective care helps strengthen the spine and minimize the factors that contributed to the original condition. Keep in mind that the corrective care phase is often longer than the acute care phase – especially in patients with severe conditions and those who have suffered with injuries for many years.
- Wellness Care
Phase three of care begins once your body has thoroughly and completely healed. It is the phase when chiropractic care becomes a routine part of your lifestyle with the goal of maintaining your results and avoiding future aches and pains.