If you have been to a chiropractor then you may know that most chiropractors review the body from the top down. Looking at the head first and then examining the rest of the body. This style and philosophy of chiropractic is based in upper cervical chiropractic and how the top bone in the neck is related to the nervous system and how that affects the rest of the body. Although Dr.Reilly has taken course work in Upper Cervical and will practice the technique if warranted or requested Dr.Reilly tends to look at the body from the Bottom Up. This is important because it is different from many chiropractors and gives him an edge on treating low back pain, piriformis syndrome, disk pain, post surgical back pain, leg pain, sciatica, shin splints, plantar fascitis, and much more.
Reilly Chiropractic was trained at Logan College of Chiropractic where the core curriculum involves Logan Basic Technique.
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Logan Basic Technique and the Logan System of Body Mechanics
Developed by Logan founder, H.B. Logan, DC, Logan Basic is one of the lowest-force adjustive techniques. The technique is based on light, sustained force exerted against a specific contact point on the sacrum at the base of the spine. Auxiliary contacts at various points in the spine, or along specific muscles such as the piriformus, also can be used. Basic Technique uses the muscular structure surrounding the sacrum as a lever system for balancing the entire structure of the spine.
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Logan Basic Chiropractic Technique treats the muscles that control spinal balance in order to release this tension. The proper leverage, applied ever so lightly at the right spot, will cause the entire spine to move towards balance. This method is similar in principle to that used to change a flat tire. The proper leverage of a car jack will allow a comparatively small person to elevate a heavy car right off the ground.
Before treatment begins, the doctor analyzes the patient’s spine while he or she stands in front of a plumb line. Further examination may also be made with the patient lying face up and/or face down on the table. Then, with the patient lying face down, the doctor places a very light pressure on a pre-determined “leverage spot” on the sacral bone in the low back, employing the same principle described in using a car jack. This spot is held for 5 to 10 minutes while the doctor lightly rubs the back muscles with his other hand, coaxing them to release tension.
In the science of physiology, there is a theorem (known as Starling’s Law) which states that very light pressure is effective because a minimal stimulus gets the maximum response. Experience has shown that strong pressures on the muscle often cause the body to tighten to protect itself, but a light pressure generally produces a deep relaxation.
Basic Technique treatment, in this gentle but powerful manner, causes a release of deep muscle tension. Fatigue poisons are then immediately eliminated and the effects of strain are reduced in the body. A more flexible and elastic tone is restored to the total body, and with that, the body’s own self-healing mechanism is awakened.
The number of treatments needed to break the stress/strain cycle is different for each person, because each person’s medical history and physical makeup are necessarily different. Treatment determination will depend upon the patient’s age, the nature of the disorder, the length of time it has been there, and most importantly, the individual’s responsiveness to treatment.
All healing is truly self-healing, but a body in deep strain often cannot garner the forces to restore well-being on its own. It is then that an intervention such as Basic Technique can be employed to reduce strain significantly and engage the body’s own self-healing energies.
Basic Technique methods are safe for young and old alike. Be assured that Logan Basic Chiropractic Technique is one of the gentlest chiropractic techniques ever used, and one of the most potent.