- Physical Therapy
- Decompression Therapy
- Custom Orthotics
- Pet Chiropractic
- Disc Decompression
Chiropractic is a branch of healing that deals with the health of the nerves. We find that bones can slightly move out of the proper position and irritate or press on a nerve. Therefore, we use various methods to move the bones to release the pressure or irritation on the nerve.
Physical Therapy & More
The office has a variety of physical therapy modalities that can used, including the AcuTrac 3D Decompression Table, which is a wonderful treatment for herniated discs. The Family Chiropractic Clinic of Hillsborough is one of the few practices that evaluate physiological leg length and use heel lifts if needed, which can help relieve a lifetime of pain. They also use orthotics and braces if needed.
Physical Therapy In Our Office
We used Ultrasound, Electric Stimulation [including Interferential, Russian Stimulation HVG, etc.,] Infrared, Disc Decompression for the neck and low back, Stretching, Massage, Deep Tissue Cupping and ConnecTX soft tissue mobilization. These therapies decrease nerve irritation, muscle spasms, inflammation, swelling, & pain. These therapies help you hold your adjustments better, feel better and heal faster.
Certain therapies are better suited to certain conditions than others and your Doctor will recommend what is best for you.
Pet cats and dogs have subluxations that can irritate nerves and cause pain, and affect organ function and benefit from adjustments, just as people do.Both Drs. are VOM Certified and can adjusts pets after receiving a vet's prescription. The size of the animal affects how the adjustment are made. For example, adjustments can be done with finger touches or an Arthrostim. Infrared can be done also. Most dogs and cats really enjoy the process.
A subluxation is a bone out of the correct position that is irritating or applying pressure on a nerve.
An adjustment is when the Doctor moves the bone into the correct position to relieve the nerve irritation or pressure and the resulting pain, muscle spasms, inflammation, swelling etc.
Drs Ron and Christine both adjust the spine and the extremities, which include the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hands, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, feet and toes. The other bones the doctors adjust are the cranial, ears, clavicles, scapulas, ribs and pelvis bones.
An adjustment is when a chiropractic doctor applies a gentle pressure to a subluxation [or a bone out of the proper position that can irritate nerves] to move that bone into the proper position and relieve the nerve irritation.
The doctors know a variety of techniques so they can use the best technique for each patient. Drs Berju Activator, Applied Kinesiology or AK, Arthrostim, Cox Traction, Diversified Technique, Gonstead, SOT, Thompson and Webster, etc. Dr. Chris Berju also uses Koren Specific Technique or KST.
A Technique is the method of adjusting that the Doctor uses to correct the bone position. We fit the technique to the patient’s needs and condition. We may use several techniques on a patient, and we may change the technique over time to meet the patient’s new needs and condition.
Spinal Disc Decompression with the revolutionary 3D AcuTrac is the state of the art treatment for the spine and discs. It is a NON-surgical, NON-invasive treatment, SAFE and Effective. The 3D AcuTrac combines traction, decompression and 3D movement all in one device. It allows us to position each patient perfectly for his or her unique problem. Since the Spine moves in many directions it only makes sense that the table does too. After just one treatment on the 3D AcuTrac patients have reported less pain and more mobility. Disc Decompression technology gently relieves the pressure in the spinal discs to promote healing in the tissues of the spine over the course of the prescribed therapy. Disc Decompression therapy is designed to CORRECT the cause of the problem, not just relieve the symptoms as many other therapy does.
Some of the Techniques used by this office are:
Every person has different sensitivities. If any adjusting technique is uncomfortable, please let us know. We will alter it or change the technique, so it is comfortable for you.
- Diversified Technique uses some of the best parts of many techniques.
- Manual Adjusting is adjusting the bone into the correct position by hand. For Adults we use the hand. For children, infants, and some sensitive people, we use fingers. We adjust children with the pressure one would put on their eye. For large muscular people, we use more force and speed.
- Arthrostim is an electrically operated adjusting tool that uses speed rather than force. We have it on the lowest setting, so it is pleasant to everyone. It can be used on children on up. It is great for patients with fragile osteoporosis. We use it for cranial work too.
- Motion Palpation is a method of evaluating the movement of the bones to see if they are moving properly.
- Static Palpation is a method of evaluating the position of the bones to see if they are sitting in the correct position.
- Gonstead Technique includes evaluating people for anatomical short legs and giving them a heel lift of a few millimeters to correct the spine position from the feet up. It can make a huge difference to people with chronic pain and scoliosis. We also use the Gonstead technique of adjusting only a couple bones for those who need that type of adjusting.
- Applied Kinesiology is a method of evaluating which direction will give the bone the best adjustment.
- Koren Specific Technique is a technique of adjusting the spine and cranium with the Arthrostim that has excellent results.
- Network Technique is a method of teaching the patient to adjust themselves via self-knowledge and reflex points.
- Activator is a manual tool for adjusting that uses speed instead of force.
- The best thing about having all these techniques that we can use is that we can fit the adjustment to the patient’s needs, sensitivity, preferences and condition.
- Weber Technique is an external technique that causes a reflex stimulation that can in some cases turn a breech baby into the correct position for deliver.
Orthotics or Arch Supports
Orthotics or Arch Support are very helpful for the feet, knees, hips, back and sometimes the head. The Doctor examines your feet and may scan them to determine the need. He may also check your shoes for wear which occurs with problems of the feet. Pains in the arches, heels, top of the feet, gait abnormalities are among the more common symptoms of feet problems.
If it is determined that you are a candidate for orthotics a mold will be made or a scan will be done. The orthotics made will help all your individual foot problems for each foot. The result is a comfortable orthotic that will really help you.
Store bought orthotics are a one size fits all approach. They are made by foot size and with only one correction to an orthotic for the common foot problem of fallen arches. Most problems of the feet, including the common fallen arch, require corrections in several areas of an orthotic to achieve the best support. Also, not all people with the same foot size have the same foot problems.
We work with reputable Orthotic companies. So, in the rare case that the orthotic in not right, the company will fix it at no charge within the first 3 to 6 months.
Nutritional Advice and Products
Both Doctors give Nutritional Advice to help with the healing process and your health in general. Dr. Chris can do nutritional evaluations, testing, and recommendations as needed. Nutritional products, of the highest quality, can be ordered through the office.
Pet cats and dogs have subluxations that can irritate nerves and cause pain, and affect organ function and benefit from adjustments, just as people do. Dr. Chris adjusts pets after receiving a vet's prescription. The size of the animal affects how the adjustment are made. For example, adjustments can be done with finger touches or an Arthrostim. Infrared can be done also. Most dogs and cats really enjoy the process.