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As a chriopractor, Dr. Kopala is specially trained to locate and correct chiropractic subluxations. Subluxations are misalignments of the vertebrae which interfere with the proper function of nerve flow. Your nervous system is your body's electrical system - it controls and manages all functions of your body. If a nerve is pinched off by vertebrae that are out of place, then it is not functioning at its optimal level, which means your body is not functioning as well as it could. This may or may not lead to symptoms.
Dr. Kopala utilizes a variety of chiropractic techniques or adjustment styles. The technique or adjustment style is tailored to suit the specific needs of each individual. The adjustments range from very conservative and gentle to more aggressive types. It all depends on the person's size, condition, disease state, medication profile and level of comfort or 'fear factor'.
The following are a few of the most common techniques utilized by Dr. Kopala.
Manual Adjustments (Diversified Technique) These are typically the most common adjustments used by chiropractors. They involve the chiropractor using his hands to put a high velocity, low amplitude force into the spine in an attempt to restore proper motion and/or alignment of the vertebrae. There is generally a "popping" noise heard as the adjustment is being made. Because the force can be modified according to the patient's need, manual adjustments are suitable and comfortable for most types of patients, ranging from pregnant women, babies and children, to athletes and senior citizens. However, see Adjustor and Activator instruments adjustment techniques as an alternative which 40-50% of our patients prefer.
Drop Table Adjustments These adjustments are performed on a special table that has a "drop piece". The chiropractor applies a quick thrust and at the same time a predetermined piece of the table drops. The dropping of the table assists the chiropractor and allows for a lighter adjustment without the twisting positions that may accompany the manual adjustment. Because of the light force, drop table adjustments are suitable and comfortable for all types of patients. Some patients prefer this adjustment as there is generally no “popping” sound made by the joints of the spine and they may lay face down in a comfortable, neutral position.
You may experience remarkable results with the Percussor in many problem areas including:
• lung congestion
The Activator is a unique hand-held instrument many doctors choose to deliver low-force chiropractic adjustments. The Activator provides a controlled, fast thrust that is comfortable for the patient. In fact, adjustments with the Activator are so quick and measured, the body's muscles are less likely to resist, allowing for a more precise and accurate adjustment.
The chiropractor places the tip of the chiropractic activator against the area of the back to be adjusted. He then adjusts the angle of the intended pressure. The chiropractor applies pressure to the chiropractic activator by squeezing his hand together. The instrument then delivers a precisely-measured gentle thrust in a specific direction thus coaxing misaligned bones back into place.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Low Level Laser
The cold laser device has gained FDA approval for the non-surgical treatment of neckand shoulder compaints and has been used in the NFL and by the USPS tour de France team chiropractor.
Biggest improvement - I'm able to sleep undisturbed - no pain in back and the tingling sensation in the left arm is gone. ... I'm not waking up with headaches - less advil taken! I'm a nicer person to be around.