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January 9, 2015

The Body Can Heal Itself: A True Story


At the time of my cancer diagnosis, I was 36 years old running one of the largest natural healthcare clinics in the country and as many of you know, success is usually accompanied by a neurotic- obsessive work ethic.  On some level this was good and was necessary, however, it drove me to a place where I could no longer “turn my brain off.” I basically woke up and went to bed consumed with every aspect of my clinic. I was seeing a positive difference and change in the lives of my patients, which drove me to work harder. I was on a mission to help reach as many sick, hurting people as possible. I was in a great place professionally and then my real growth and journey began….

The summer of 2009 I started to notice a small growth on the upper part of my back. It had been itching for weeks and was pretty hard to detect at first. It was an irritant to me and I remember thinking it was the most annoying ingrown hair or mole to exist. I figured it would eventually just go away, but over the next year it grew to the size of a quarter and was about a ½ inch in height. While I was slightly concerned, I was more disgusted with the appearance of it and decided I needed to get it removed. I assumed my body was just fighting something off and was doing exactly what it should do in order to heal, but I went to a dermatologist because I wanted to have it removed. The day of the appointment, the growth was removed and cauterized. With great concern, the dermatologist insisted on sending it in for a biopsy. I agreed to this and left the office with little concern. My body was strong and I trusted that I was going to be just fine. However, over the next two months my health began to decline quickly. I had no energy, could not sleep and was not able to digest foods properly. I started receiving calls from my dermatologist on a regular basis telling me it was imperative I call him back. I’ll admit that I began to get scared. I didn’t want to know, but after weeks of persistent phone calls, I finally answered. The result: Ulcerated Malignant Melanoma, Nodular type, Breslow’s Thickness 7.0mm, an extremely aggressive form of cancer. I was told that this was the 4th deadliest form of cancer and that I was considered to be in the advanced stages. My prognosis was shattering; I was told this was “lethal” if I did not begin aggressive conventional treatments. Unfortunately, the cauterization of the growth had caused my cancer to spread more rapidly which is why I had such an aggressive decline in my health.

In my case the cancer had spread into my lymphatic chain causing the lymph nodes in my right armpit to be severely swollen and sore. My liver was distended and could be seen through my shirt. The liver is a common metastatic site, especially once the cancer had spread to the lymphatic system. I also think my stomach was affected due to my inability to eat or digest food. I no longer had any appetite and when I did force it down I would get extremely sick. I had lost about 20 lbs in 2 months.

I had no interest in treating the “myth of cancer” with poison.  You cannot poison yourself into health.  This is a LAW.  You don’t get sick from a lack of chemicals.  The cause is not a chemical deficiency therefore the “cure” cannot be chemical based. Remember, cancer does not make you sick, cancerous cells develop because you are already sick.  The last thing you need if you are sick is more stress and damage to your immune system and supporting organs.  One thing I knew to be certain was this: cancer is a symptom of a greater problem, rather than a disease.  It is a “dis-ease”.  This is a chiropractic term meaning the body is not at ease.  Very simply stated, there is interference. I had been living an extremely healthy lifestyle for over a decade, so what had caused me to build abnormal cells in the first place? Where was the interference?  God does not need any help healing us, He just needs no interference.   Maybe that sounds way too simplistic, especially when staring into the eyes of a cancer diagnosis, but just like faith in God, it is really that easy. God made our bodies to heal and trusting in this basic, fundamental health principle I knew I had to find the interference and remove it.

My first plan of action was to make sure my nerve system was completely clear.  I knew if something had been missed or there was any nerve interference I would never fully heal or recover. I immediately scheduled an appointment with a spinal correction specialist/Chiropractor in Florida.  He was able to do a full neurological assessment to determine if there was any damage to my spine and nerve system.  What he found brought incredible clarity as to why my healthy lifestyle had not been enough to keep me well. I had an Alar Ligament tear on C1.  The atlas, or C1, is the top bone of the spine and protects vital nerves and lower brainstem. This is the same area where Christopher Reeves injured his spine and the results were deadly. One of the reasons this injury is so lethal is based on the fact it can often times involve the Vagus nerve. Vagus is Latin for “wandering,” and it is an accurate description of this nerve.  This nerve has an essential function involving immune organs, the immune reaction and the body’s capacity to manage and battle infectious/inflammatory disease.

The next step in my journey to recovery was seeking out aggressive care to support my body.  Because my “cancer” had metastasized I knew there were limitations of matter that were at stake. I had heard of a doctor by the name of Raymond Hilu in Spain. Dr. Hilu’s specialty was cellular medicine. It is the morphological examination of the human blood. It uses more than 60,000 magnifications in order to discover any disarray originating from the core of the person. Dr. Hilu was not looking to treat my “cancer” and neither was I.  His protocols are designed to support the body rather than submitting it to clinical trials or toxic/damaging conventional treatments. Remember, cancer is a symptom, and it has a root cause.  The cause is never, under any circumstance, a lack of toxic chemicals.  His blood cell analysis gives him information on what was interfering and allowed him to design a protocol specific to my body. Dr. Hilu’s analysis showed that my body was in metabolic acidosis. This was the breading-ground for a host of problems including the cancerous growth. My liver was into toxic overload, blood was micro-clotting, crystallization of blood protein, parasitic infection, poor circulation, adrenal stress, and autoimmune behavior (white blood cells attacking healthy cells instead of abnormal cells). The body is very sensitive to pH, especially the blood. The slightest deviation from the norm is deadly.  According to his evaluation, my degenerative aggressivity was at a 9.5 on a scale of 0 to 10 (healthiest to sickest). His concern level was to the point of life or death over the next few weeks. I was told there was “no need for theatrics”, I was in major crisis and each day forward would be critical.

My care plan consisted of 7 key components to correct the imbalance in my body:  Hyperthermia, ozone, papimi electromagnetic therapy, bio-catalitic oxygenation, bio detoxification and supplementation. I must reiterate, this care was not treating cancer, but rather removing interference and helping to support my body in regaining homeostasis or balance.  The greatest doctor is on the inside. I spent the next six weeks learning, healing and going through a powerful process with Dr. Hilu and his entire team. I really began to appreciate more than ever how blessed I was and that God programmed me for life and abundance and not sickness or disease.

Today I am cancer-free, alive and well and chasing after my vision and dream, which is bringing Elevation Health Core 4 strategies to humanity so it can experience the gift of innate, God-given healing and full life potential.

Dr. Randy Johns, Elevation Health Co-Founder 

Igniting the healthcare revolution, one community at a time

January 8, 2015

The Kids’ Corner: The Webster Technique

The Kids’ Corner: The Webster Technique

The Webster Technique Definition:

The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.

The theoretical and clinical framework of the Webster Technique in the care of pregnant women is that sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia). Dystocia is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. The correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.

In this clinical and theoretical framework, it is proposed that sacral misalignment may contribute to these three primary causes of dystocia via uterine nerve interference, pelvic misalignment and the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments. The resulting tense muscles and ligaments and their aberrant effect on the uterus may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.

The presentation of this definition and hypothesis to obstetricians, medical doctors and osteopathic physicians, as well as midwives, and scientists ensures that they understand that Webster Technique does not encroach upon the practice of obstetrics.

Birth Trauma and its implications for neuromotor development

  1. Sacher from Biedermann’s textbook…

     “When considering injuries and dysfunctions of the spine and its associated structures, the significance of birth trauma is often underestimated and the resulting symptoms frequently misrepresented. The consequences of trauma to the baby during birth and in the months immediately preceding and following the birth are thus of concern not only to GYNS and pediatricians, but also to practitioners of Manual Therapy in a wide range of specialties who have begun to study the risks associated with pregnancy and delivery.

     In conclusion, each mode of delivery contains its own specific risks to the upper cervical region, irrespective of the presence of additional risk factors. Additional risk factors for the development of cranio-cervial blockages in infancy could be assumed in more than two-thirds of all symptomatic infants. “

Birthing interventions and the newborn cervical spine

  1. Ritzmann (German OB/Gyn)


“We begin to understand how vulnerable the structure of the newborn cervical spine is. Further insight into this complex problem will surely influence the way we regard birthing. Giving birth under water or in a squatting position , for example alters the stress exerted on the cervical spine. Not to disturb the rhythm and the intimacy of giving birth is an important issue in reducing the incidence of arrested births and therefore the risk of damage to the newborn. These are just two of the many areas where the work of obstetricians intersect with the work of those engaged in manual therapy.

”Manual Therapy in Children” Heiner Biedermann http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780443100185

More Resources:

Most Important Times to Check Infant for Subluxations: 

1– Right after birth

2- When starting to pick up head while on belly

3–At onset of crawling

4-As child begins to sit

5-When first learns to stand

6-During initial walking stages 


Books by Dr. Robert Mendelsohn:

  1. [1982]Male Practice: How Doctors Manipulate Women, ISBN 0809257211
  2. [1987]How To Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor, NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company, ISBN 0809249952
  3. [1991]Confessions of a Medical Heretic by Dr Robert Mendelsohn, ISBN 0809277263
  4. com- ‘The Child Who Never Sits Still’, —Robert Mendelsohn, MD

Books by Neil Z. Miller:

  1. Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners, 2nd Edition: Guide to Immunization Risks…
  2. Vaccines Are They Really Safe and Effective?
  3. Immunization Theory Vs. Reality: Expose on Vaccinations
  4. Immunizations: The People Speak!: Questions, Comments, and Concerns About Vaccinations
  5. Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective?: A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Shots 

Books by Dr. Mayer Eisenstein:

Make an Informed Vaccine Decision for the Health of Your Child: A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Shots

By Harris Coulter:

  • A shot in the dark

Information provided by: Dr. Dan Yachter

Next: “Raising Up The Next Generation ~ Building The Vision

December 12, 2014

Back Pain Gone! Blood Pressure Normal! Thank You Elevation Health And Innate Healing!


Before Elevation Health chiropractic care, I was suffering from high blood pressure and severe lower back pain. It was also hard for me to bend and stand up straight.

I always believed that chiropractors were just someone you went to when you hurt yourself on the job or in an accident.

Initially, all the information I learned sounded good to me because I believe in the God-given ability of our bodies to self-heal.

My lower back pain is now gone and I have more mobility, my blood pressure is normal and I have stopped taking all my medications. My vision is now getting better as well.  

I would tell my family and friends that chiropractic applies to the wellness of the entire body and everyone should get checked for subluxations.

Keith J.

September 24, 2014

Elevation Health patient, Plantation, Fl.

December 10, 2014

The Kids’ Corner: Tips For Moms/Healthcare Providers During Labor – Pt. 2

The Kids' Corner:  Tips For Moms/Healthcare Providers During Labor - Pt. 2


  1. Dystocia or failure of labor to progress (31% of cesareans): pelvic opening too small for the baby; birth canal too small for the baby; contractions irregular or not intense enough to dilate the cervix.
  2. Breech presentation (12% of cesareans): baby emerging feet or buttocks first.
  3. Repeat cesarean (31% of cesareans): mother has previously given birth by cesarean.
  4. Fetal distress (5% of cesareans): baby is shown to have abnormal heartbeat pattern with fetal monitoring, and diagnosis is confirmed by fetal scalp blood pH testing.
  5. Other (21%) of cesareans): maternal illness such as diabetes or heart disease, active herpes, or medical emergencies such as placenta previa or prolapsed cord.

***There are several reasons for emergency C-sections. The umbilical cord becomes pinched, limiting the baby’s supply of oxygen; the placenta separates before the birth, also cutting off oxygen to the baby; doctors detect abnormalities in the baby’s heartbeat with fetal monitoring equipment; or the woman’s uterus ruptures. An unplanned but non-emergency C-section is not as rushed. They happen most often when labor goes on too long or simply stops. Sometimes doctors will give drugs to try and dilate the cervix enough for the baby to pass through the vaginal canal. They can also try using vacuum extraction or forceps, but those come with some risk of neurological damage to the baby.

International Cesarean Awareness Network Fact Sheet 

When a cesarean is necessary, it can be a life-saving technique for both mother and infant. One in four births is a cesarean, with some hospitals reporting as high as one in two. This represents a 400% increase in less than 15 years. This cesarean rate increase has not led to an improvement in the infant mortality and morbidity rates but instead has put mothers and babies at greater risk. Rates began to fall in the mid-1990s, but are rising again in the new millennium.

  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) is safer for both mother and infant, in most cases, than is routine repeat cesarean, which is major surgery.
  • The risk to your infant from the very low incidence of uterine rupture (less than 1%) is much less than the risk to your infant from respiratory distress as a result of a scheduled cesarean.
  • One-half of all cesarean women suffer complications, and the maternal mortality rate is at least two to four times that of women with vaginal births. Approximately 180 women die annually in the United States from elective repeat cesareans.
  • Many indications for cesarean can and should be questioned, including cephalopelvic disproporton (CPD or baby too big, pelvis too small), dystocia, failure to progress, breech, etc.
  • According to the World Health Organization, “Countries with some of the lowest perinatal mortality rates in the world have cesarean rates of less than 10%. There is no justification for any region to have a rate higher than 10-15%.”
  • This information is found in well-respected medical journals and government publications including the National Institute of Health (NIH) task force report on cesarean childbirth published in 1982.
  • The International Cesarean Awareness Network, ICAN, founded as Cesarean Prevention Movement in 1982, has chapters, individuals, an international newsletter (The Clarion), e-mail newsletter and website ready to give you support and information. http://www.ican-online.org/pregnancy/cesarean-fact-card 

**Maternal Care Resources to Prevent Malpresentation, Dystocia and C-section:


  • Mother becomes educated about baby positioning early in pregnancy: “belly mapping”: http://spinningbabies.com/baby-positions/belly-mapping
  • Mother becomes educated about her sedentary positions that affect baby positioning:



  • Mother becomes educated about specific chiropractic care throughout pregnancy


Does Chiropractic Care Contribute to Safer, Easier Births by Decreasing the Potential for Dystocia, Mal-position and C-section?

Theoretical and clinical observations:


  • As the Sacro-iliac joint is mobilized…Normal tone is restored to the smooth muscles that are blended into the broad ligament (affecting round and utero-sacral ligaments)
  • Proprioceptor activity is restored
  • Nerve system stress is reduced enhancing muscle function
  • Pelvic balance is enhanced
  • Parasympathetic activity is enhanced (nerve system is relaxed)…therefore: aberrant tension on the lower portion of the uterus, nerve interference is eliminated and normal muscle tone and function is restored. This may be reducing the causes of dystocia as defined by William’s Obstetrics.

 Information Provided by Dr. Dan Yachter 

Join us next week for:  “The Webster Technique”


About Dr. Theresa Hartley

Dr. Theresa Hartley is passionate about providing family wellness through chiropractic care, proper nutrition and exercise. As a center for treatment and education, the Hartley Chiropractic Center is now a designated Elevation Health office. This makes the practice part of an international system of principled chiropractic facilities whose purpose is to educate people on how to proactively care for their bodies.
The integration of professionals in this wellness network promotes the cause of teaching individuals and families about healthy lifestyle strategies. The core components that raise this awareness are achieved through education, acknowledging the function of the nervous system as it relates to the body’s natural healing capacity, as well as the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
Doctors who participate in Elevation Health are committed to weekly training sessions. It is also through this network they remain current on top research concerning nutrition and health initiatives for their patients.
With her Doctorate of Chiropractic earned from the esteemed Palmer College of Chiropractic, and as a candidate for the recipient of a Diplomate in Chiropractic Pediatrics from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), Dr. Hartley cares for family members from infants to seniors. The treatments are age-specific and address the cause of the symptoms, not just the symptoms alone.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Hartley worked in the Port St. Lucie area educating athletes and supporting the CrossFit community with a practice within Gold’s Gym. Proper spinal biomechanics enabled those competitors to achieve their personal health, fitness and weight loss goals.
Upon opening in Clearwater in 2010, she named the practice Hartley Chiropractic Center to commemorate the years of chiropractic care her father, Dr. Theodore G. Hartley, gave to his patients in the St. Petersburg area.
Dr. Hartley is known for treating patients through structural correction chiropractic care in addition to education, nutrition and exercise. Sensitive to the unique needs of individuals in all stages of life, Dr. Hartley is certified in the Webster Technique. A treatment sought by expectant mothers, it helps to keep the pelvis properly balanced throughout the term of the pregnancy. The technique ultimately trains the body to maximize its natural ability. When the neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved, proper pelvic balance is restored and optimal fetal positioning is facilitated.
With a practice dedicated to education, Dr. Hartley hosts workshops and seminars relevant to health, healing, nutrition, and exercise. Hartley Chiropractic Center, an Elevation Health office, is devoted to making this important contribution to the community with topics ranging from cancer prevention to spinal correction to weight loss. All events are free and open to the public. The intention is not to just relieve pain, but to restore health.

Dr. Hartley sees patients in the office at 2653 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater, Florida and speaks publicly to groups, churches, corporations, and through radio and television about the message of true health and healing.
Contact the office today at (727) 623-0992 for more information about care for you and your family, the date, time and topic of the next Elevation Health event, or about having Dr. Hartley speak to your group.

What to Expect

Celia G.

Before receiving chiropractic care, I was a diabetic taking 3 pills of one medication and one of another, a cholesterol medication once a day, a high blood pressure medication once a day, and a baby aspirin. I had lower back pain and neck pain. Before coming to the office, I did not think much of it and thought it was normal adjustments and that was it. After coming to the office and the orientation, I thought it was great and that it was very different, the staff was nice and helpful, and all the doctors are great. Since beginning chiropractic care, my health has improved, my lower back and chest pain are almost gone, and sugar levels are lower than ever. I now take one oil a day for my cholesterol, one every three days for my High Blood Pressure, and I lost about four pounds. I will tell my family and friends that it is wonderful to be here every time and to come ASAP; that they will feel a lot better with less or no medication at all.

Dwight C.

Before receiving chiropractic care I had prostate cancer, breathing problems, frequent urination, and improper sleeping patterns. Prior to coming to the office I already knew that chiropractic care was something good. After receiving care I found that it is much better than I expected. My health since being under care has improved tremendously. My symptoms from my prostate cancer have diminished for example; less frequent urination and I have more energy now. I tell my family and friends that chiropractic care is the best care ever!

Mary A.

Before receiving chiropractic care, I was experiencing back, neck, shoulder, and joint pains daily. Sometimes my fingers or toes “froze”, so then I messaged them back to mobility. Both severe headaches (4-6 Tylenols at a time) and acid reflux 2 times a week. Before coming to the office, I did not believe that chiropractic care could help. If “professionals” couldn’t, why should I consider chiropractic care? And so many tales of “watch out for the wrong things they may do-could be permanent damage.” After coming to the office and the orientation, I said, “Thank you Lord for this answer to prayer!” Since beginning chiropractic care, I have no headaches, no acid reflux, no joint pain, and very little pain in my neck, shoulder, and back. I am energized and able to care better for the elderly lady I care for and walk her dog as well as be actively involved at church. My mind in much clearer, I am more alert and able to teach three classes at church. (Before I would never have considered teaching one) I will tell my family and friends how much I love these doctors and the entire staff. They have done for me in five weeks what no one else could do in 73 years; and to top it off-they play my type of Christian music and praise the lord with me.

Karin L.

Before receiving chiropractic care, I had difficulty sleeping more than two hours due to hip pain and the need to use the bathroom frequently. Before coming to the office, I thought it was for people with severe back problems and I thought it was not covered by medical insurance. After coming to the office and the orientation, the doctor is trying to heal the total person and prevent future problems. Also, the doctor is trying to get us to a position of optimal health. Since beginning chiropractic care, I am now sleeping up to six hours a night! No more hip pain and no more necessity to use the bathroom at night, it has greatly diminished! I am more limber and feel ten years younger! I also have much more range of motion in my neck. I will tell my family and friends how chiropractic care has definitely helped me and could probably help them. I did not think I had any problems a chiropractor could help me with, but I am definitely sleeping better, feeling better and younger!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a conservative and natural healing art and science that concentrates on keeping people well. While chiropractic is an American science more than 103 years old, its basic wellness premise dates back to spinal “manipulations” first used by Hippocrates, the Father of Healing in the 4th Century B.C.

Doctors of chiropractic do not treat symptoms, though this may be the initial reason why a patient comes to a chiropractic office. What the doctor of chiropractic does is attempt to get to the root cause of a health problem. The primary focus of chiropractic is the detection, reduction, and correction of spinal misalignments (known as subluxations) with resultant nervous system dysfunction.

The spinal column houses a critical part of the body’s nervous system, the spinal cord, which is responsible for the transmission of nerve impulses or messages to and from the brain. This free flow of nerve impulses is necessary to allow the body to function properly. A spinal malfunction (subluxation) can interrupt this flow of information and affect the body’s nervous system causing pain, muscle and organ dysfunction, and other imbalances.

Is Chiropractic Scientific?

The practice of chiropractic is based on sound scientific principles.

The existence of the nervous system as the primary control mechanism of the body is an undisputed scientific fact. “Of the 9 systems of the body, the nervous system is supreme.  It regulates and controls all other systems.”—Gray’s Anatomy, 29th Edition, p4 Its relationship with the spine is the focus of the practice of chiropractic. The spine develops in utero to provide two primary functions: (1) allow for freedom of movement and (2) house and protect the spinal cord. When the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned through trauma or repetitive injury, two major consequences will result: (1) the range of motion becomes limited and (2) spinal nerves emerging from the spinal cord are compromised. Chiropractors use the term “subluxation” to describe such disruptions. Interruption of nerve flow can eventually lead to pain, disability, and an overall decrease in the quality of life. Conversely, the removal of that interference has been shown to have significant, lasting health benefits. Through the adjustment of the subluxation, the doctor of chiropractic endeavors to restore normal nerve expression. The body is then able to respond appropriately to any imbalance in the system, thus relieving symptoms and restoring health.

Is chiropractic care expensive?

Doctors of chiropractic provide effective, low-cost health care for a wide range of conditions.
Studies conducted according to the highest scientific standards and published by organizations not affiliated in any way with chiropractic institutions or associations continue to show the clinical appropriateness and effectiveness of chiropractic care. One of the most recent, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, stated emphatically that: “On the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments for low back pain…There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low back pain was transferred from physician to chiropractors.”

Is Chiropractic Care safe? 

The process of chiropractic adjustment is a safe, efficient procedure which is performed nearly one million times every working day in the United States.

There is a singular lack of actuarial data that would justify concluding that chiropractic care is in any way harmful or dangerous. Chiropractic care is non-invasive, therefore, the body’s response to chiropractic care is far more predictable than its reactions to drug treatments or surgical procedures. Of the nearly one million adjustments given every day in this country, complications are exceedingly rare. Perhaps the best summary statement on the subject of safety was published in 1979 by the Government of New Zealand which established a special commission to study chiropractic. They found:

“The conspicuous lack of evidence that chiropractors cause harm or allow harm to occur through neglect of medical referral can be taken to mean only one thing: that chiropractors have on the whole an impressive safety record.”

Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?

Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.

What can you expect when you come into an Elevation Health office?

When you walk into our office, you can expect to be met by some of the friendliest people on the planet! After completing your new patient application, you will be taken on a tour of the office and be shown our state of the art equipment and educational tools.  You will then be met by one of our doctors and he will do the following:

  • The doctor will do a consultation to find out how we can best help you.
  • If the doctor determines that we can help you, you will have a thorough physical examination to determine what is causing your condition and how to best help you.
  • You will be scheduled for a follow-up visit so the doctor can show you the results of the examination and x-rays.
  • Our staff will give you a clear understanding of financial arrangements

I have heard that once I start chiropractic care, I’ll have to continue with it for the rest of my life. Is this true?

You may have heard the notion that once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep going back. Before we answer that question, ask yourself how many times you have visited a dentist? Like most people, you’ve probably gone dozens of times. Why? Quite simply, to prevent your teeth from literally rotting out of your head.

Once chiropractic care gets you out of crisis and rehabilitates the injured tissues we do recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups.

Like your dentist and like many of the medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future.

So the answer is yes, we want you to keep coming back to maintain your spinal posture and prevent injury from happening in the future. Maintenance  chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, minimizes degenerative processes, which enhances overall health and wellness.

Is chiropractic appropriate for children?

Yes. Chiropractic’s drugless and preventive approach to good health makes it perfectly appropriate for infants, children, and teenagers. Chiropractic is licensed in all 50 states of the U.S. for the care of children of all ages.

How safe is chiropractic for a child?

Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of children’s health care. A chiropractor does not adjust a baby or a child the same way as he or she adjusts an adult. A baby’s spine is very supple during the first few months of life, so the doctor of chiropractic applies only a slight pressure to make an adjustment. For older children whose spine is still made of mainly cartilage, slight pressure followed by a gentle push is all that is required to put the vertebra back in place.

When should I take my child to a chiropractor?

When you want to give your child a head start in good health and all the benefits of a conservative, drugless approach to health care, you should take your child to a chiropractor. It is important to have a chiropractic exam during the first year of a child’s life as spinal trauma can occur during birth, as well as from tumbles while learning to sit up or walk. Improper lifting and carrying can also contribute to spinal stress.

Your child’s spine grows almost 50% in length during the first year. This is equivalent to a six-footer growing to nine feet in just 12 months! It’s this kind of tremendous growth and developmental changes which make a complete chiropractic examination so important in the early stages of a child’s life. If there is a problem, the earlier it is corrected the less likelihood there is of it becoming a chronic or more serious problem later in life.

Doctors of chiropractic believe it’s much more important to prevent diseases than wait till some disease occurs.

How effective is chiropractic care for children?

Chiropractors have been providing safe and effective care for children for more than 103 years. Without efficacy, parents would have long ceased to seek out a doctor of chiropractic for their children. A 1992 survey showed that the most common conditions for which children visit a chiropractor are: earaches, neck pain, check-up, headache, upper respiratory, low back pain, allergies, asthma, enuresis, and thoracic pain. Other reasons are ADD and ADHD, colic, torticollis, insomnia, growing pains, and persistent

What Type of Education do Doctors of Chiropractic get?

Today’s Doctor of Chiropractic is well educated. The science of chiropractic requires a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and related subjects. This demanding curriculum prepares chiropractic doctors to locate the Vertebral Subluxation Complex and help correct the resulting nervous system dysfunction.

Before beginning Chiropractic school, chiropractic students need to complete 3 years of undergraduate education to obtain the necessary prerequisites. A chiropractic student then completes 4 years of graduate school to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. However the testing is not done. Each candidate must then pass both Federal and Provincial board examinations in order to receive a license to practice chiropractic. It takes about 7 years of post-secondary schooling to learn how to be a chiropractor!

A chiropractic education never ends. Most doctors continue to educate themselves by taking postgraduate courses and staying current by reading the latest scientific research.

After undergraduate studies, today’s chiropractic doctor completes an additional four-year curriculum of over 4,500 classroom hours of health sciences.

What is an Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, ‘locked up,’ or not moving properly. An adjustment adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.

There are hundreds of ways to adjust the spine. Usually the doctor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow constant pressure.

After years of training and clinical experience, each chiropractic doctor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.

Can I Be Too Old For A Chiropractic Adjustment?

More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.

Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance and appetite. Many patients report improvement with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process.

The adjusting technique used by your doctor will be modified for maximum comfort and results.

As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.

Regardless of your age, chiropractic care can help improve mobility and maintain vitality.

What causes the sound during an adjustment?

Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. Often, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal “release,” or “popping” sound. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.

Can I adjust myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!

Why do chiropractors take x-rays?

Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.

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The Elevation Health Blockbuster Workshops are special events we hold once a month for our patients and community. Whether it be Heart Smart Nutrition, Cancer Prevention, Weight Loss, or Stress Management, every month there is a different theme that follows our event calendar. This enables us to create an opportunity for health conscious individuals to continue to learn and grow in the latest cutting edge developments and breakthroughs in natural health and healing.

This is a fun and exciting event that we welcome the community to and strongly encourage you to come ready to be charged up with healthy lifestyle, life- changing information. As a patient or guest you will absolutely be inspired by your Elevation Health doctor as they deliver a powerful and relevant presentation with a health strategy that you will be able to implement immediately.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!


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Elevation Health - the Core 4

Function | Fitness | Nutrition | Education



Science has proven the superiority of the nervous system in controlling and coordinating all function and healing inside of the human body.

Since the nervous system controls every organ in the body, an interference to this system will cause an overall lowering of healing potential causing a decrease in function.

Life activities such as the birthing process, slips and falls, car accidents, athletic injuries, distorted ergonomics and sitting/standing posture, as well as poor lifting and bending technique can cause any of the 24 moveable vertebrae of the spinal column to move out of alignment.

When these mis-alignments interfere with the electrical life-giving messages being transmitted from the brain through the spinal column and cord, it is termed subluxation.  Subluxation interferes with neurological function, lowering health potential, thus allowing sickness and dis-eased cells to grow in the body.

An Elevation Health chiropractor’s primary concern is the removal of subluxation by way of specific, scientific adjustments, most often done by hand. The objective of the adjustment is not to cure illness, but to elevate the innate healing capacity of the body, thus allowing the doctor inside to accomplish the restoration and maintenance of well-being, naturally.

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Oxygen is a powerful catalyst for health. Driving oxygen deep down to the cellular level facilitates an internal healing environment for the human body.

The right type of exercise program can strategically create muscle mass, fat loss, and metabolic changes to stabilize and even reverse most degenerative diseases. Elevation Health fitness strategies are effective, results based, life changing programs designed for the health conscious patient with the most demanding schedule.

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Quality nutrients are not only important, but vital to our overall health. We make navigating through the nutritional maze of healthy eating manageable and easy!

Our approach in EH is a proactive, anti-aging strategy focused on quality with results backed by scientific research.

Our nutritional program works with the bodies natural, hormone response to the quality of foods consumed and the timing in which they are consumed. We provide you with the tools you need to reduce body fat, and preserve lean muscle through a superior, nutrient delivery system, and the elimination of toxins in the body.

Better nutrition will change the way you feel, look and most importantly, give you a better quality of life which is what Elevation Health is all about! Now is the time to Live your Life!

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Education is the foundation of Elevation Health’s Core 4. EH equips our patients with the understanding of how the body works, how it gets sick and how it heals naturally.

Without the understanding of how the body actually works as a “whole”, it is impossible to truly be healthy. In the past we have been taught what to think and have done things just because someone said so. At Elevation Health, we teach you HOW to think for yourself when it comes to your health, not WHAT to think.

A true understanding of how your body works as a “whole” allows our patients to eliminate and replace destructive habits by using successful skills that will positively impact their health, marriage, relationships, family, finances and careers. These key components allow your body to function and heal at its optimal level, creating a healthy future for you and your family.

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