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Chiropractic/Wholistic Health Care The 6 Steps to Wellness

Sep 30, 2019 07:43PM ● By John Keifer
The basic chiropractic philosophy is that spinal and other musculoskeletal imbalances can interfere with health and wellness. Many people associate chiropractic care with such conditions as neck and back pain, headaches, arm and leg pain and the like. However, many other conditions can affect our overall spinal, musculoskeletal and general health that may fall under the concept of wholistic health care.

In addition to gentle, light force chiropractic adjustments, a number of other modalities and procedures can accelerate health and wellness, such as Applied Kinesiology, nutrition, homeopathy, detoxification, electromagnetic techniques, color, light and sound therapy, meditation, Chi Kung, exercise, neurofeedback and relaxation techniques. What is interesting, is the method of application to determine what and when to apply such modalities at the proper time.

What symptoms does wholistic health care treat? While we could name a myriad of symptoms, the correct answer is, “None! We treat patients with symptoms, not symptoms with patients.” Obviously, symptoms such as pain can have an underlying and different cause from one patient to another.

So, what is this method of approach that allows the practitioner to determine the priority and sequence of assessment and treatment? It is what is known as “The 6 Steps to Wellness”, founded by Dr. John Brimhall, D.C. over 40 years ago—built upon the foundation of many doctors and clinicians preceding him and beginning with the inception of chiropractic in 1895 by Dr. D.D. Palmer. The giant contribution and discovery of Applied Kinesiology in 1964, by Dr. George Goodheart, D.C. accelerated the discovery and evolution of the 6 Steps to Wellness.

When a patient is first seen, of course a thorough history and examination is performed. Standard diagnostic tests may include orthopedic, neurological, blood, hair, urine and saliva testing for various nutritional, metabolic and other imbalances. What is unique about the testing is the use of Applied Kinesiology (AK), known as “muscle testing” for various imbalance. Although a subjective assessment, to be utilized in addition to standard evaluation procedures, it does give a general indication of energetic imbalances that can contribute to health concerns.

As we all know, everything is energy and nothing is not. The Chinese knew over 5,000 years ago that the body has an energy system (known as the meridians and acupuncture points) that, when out of balance with either too much or not enough energy (chi), can produce disease. AK is simply a system of quickly evaluating through muscle testing where the energy blocks are, and eliminating them for a better expression of health.

More of an art than a science, muscle testing does require years of practice and experience to gain any degree of efficiency. Many people can test a muscle for a weak or strong response with varying results. There are schools of training and certification courses in AK, such as the ICAK and Touch for Health. AK is not to be confused with kinesiology, which is the study of human and non-human body movement.

The 6 Steps to Wellness
In consideration of the above mentioned, the evaluation and treatment can be based upon the following parameters:
•    Structural: Spinal, cranial, orthopedic, organ, fascia and other problems.
•    Electromagnetic: Cell phones, WiFi, TV and Bluetooth can affect our energy.
•    Nutrition: Rebuilding the nutrition for organ/glands, including adrenal,  checking for infection, digestive enzymes and bowel flora.
• Allergies/sensitivities: Multiple food/environmental allergies can create inflammation and symptoms.
• Emotion: Stress and aberrant emotional patterns can be identified and often balanced.
•    Toxins: Removing heavy metals and other toxins from the body.

After identification of the above, such modalities as gentle spinal and other adjustments, cold laser, electromagnetic and detox protocols, nutrition, supplements and lifestyle changes can be made to maximize health and wellness.

Dr. John Keifer, D.C. has been practicing chiropractic, applied kinesiology and wholistic health care in Tucson for over 38 years. He has obtained a fair degree of expertise that, when correlated with standard diagnostic tests, can give an indication of what level health is being compromised. Keifer practices at Keifer Wellness Center, located at 800 N. Swan Rd., Ste. 116, Tucson. Connect at 520-577-1717 or Mention this article for a complimentary consultation. See ad, page 9.

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