Dr. Monica Gonzales, D.C.
Graduated from; University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic.
Chiropractors, also known as chiropractic doctors or chiropractic physicians, emphasize the conservative management of the neuromusculoskeletal system without the use of medicine or surgery with a focus on the spine. Chiropractors use aspects from mainstream alternative medicine. Chiropractors use x-rays to examine the bone structure of a patient. The practice of chiropractic medicine involves a range of diagnostic methods including skeletal imaging, observational and tactile assessments, and orthopedic and neurological evaluation. A chiropractor may also refer a patient to an appropriate specialist or co-manage with another health care provider. Common patient management involves spinal manipulation and other manual therapies to the joints and soft tissue such as:
- Rehabilitative exercises
- Health promotion
- Electrical modalities
- Complementary procedures
- Lifestyle counseling.
If you experience:
- Head or Neck aches,
- Back, Shoulder, or Lumbar Pains;
- Numbing of the hands or feet
- Sports, Auto, or Work Related Injuries,
A chiropractor should be seen.
Chiropractic care is a drug-free, non-surgical approach to healing and wellness. Chiropractic care restores health and prevents injury by improving the structural integrity of the body, primarily the spine. The brain communicates with the rest of the body via the spinal cord and nervous system. When functioning perfectly, this communication is uninterrupted, and the messages go to and from the brain without interference.
Addressing the Root of the Problem
The nervous system serves as body’s wiring. If this wiring is inhibited, the signal does not reach the intended body part, and illness may result. Such interferences can manifest anywhere along your spine. Pain in your arm or hand may actually be caused by a problem in your neck, where the nerves connecting to that hand originate. A qualified chiropractor can examine the spine for interferences and remove them through controlled techniques.
According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, chiropractic care focuses on the relationship of structure and function (as coordinated by the nervous system), and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of your health. Qualified chiropractors are professional medical practitioners, delivering long-term care at a fraction of the cost of drug treatments and surgeries.
Our medical professionals employ a wide range of proven techniques for each individual case.
Below, you’ll find a brief explanation of the popular chiropractic techniques we use to treat our patients.
The Thompson Technique, developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, has evolved into a system of analysis and means of adjusting the spinal cord. This produces precise adjustment.
The Trigger Point
The primary purpose of Trigger Point Therapy is to reduce the pain that results from hypersensitive muscles. Trigger points are identified by gently pressing on the surface of the skin, sensing the texture of the underlying muscle.
A trigger point is like a knot the size of a pea, buried deep in the muscle tissue. It is made up of lactic acid, a normal byproduct of muscular activity, which sometimes gets trapped in the muscle from physical, chemical, or emotional stress.
This technique makes use of specialized “drop-piece” mechanisms in the table to assist the adjustment.
Individual cushions or “drop pieces” are located along the table support in each area of the spine until the thrust is given. Then, each drop-piece gently gives way, reducing the pressure needed to move a specific spinal segment.
Our office employs many different physical therapy modalities, including ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, and cold laser therapy to complement our other techniques.