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Dr. Anne C. Roulo
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FAQ

 

What is chiropractic?
What type of chiropractic do you use?
How does it work?
What is Applied Kinesiology?
Why do you use such light adjustments?
If the bones can be moved back so easily, can they go out just as easily? 
What is acupuncture?
What is NeuroEmotional Technique (NET)?
Is NET psychotherapy?
Will I need to take supplements?
Why can’t I buy my own supplements?
What conditions can benefit from CPK?
Can athletes benefit from CPK?
Can you tell me what's wrong with me?
Can you fix me and how long will it take?
Will I need x-rays?

 

What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic emphasizes the power of the body to heal itself. Traditional chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (particularly the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects health.  Chiropractic works by removing the interference that prevents the body from being able to function at its best.  Chiropractors adjust joints that are subluxated, or slightly out of place.  These joints are restricted and do not move like they should. This fixation leads to inflammation and pain in the joint, and it also affects the nerves that run from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body.  Therefore, an adjustment has two effects.  It returns normal biomechanical movement to the joint, which relieves pain, and also allows the nervous system to communicate properly with the rest of the body.

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What type of chiropractic do you use?
As there are many specialists in the medical field, I specialize in a system of low force biofeedback called Chiropractic Plus Kinesiology (CPK). This system combines several techniques (Applied Kinesiology, Acupuncture, NeuroEmotional Technique, and clinical nutrition) and allows me to know what the best therapy is and in what order to perform it.  The body is always working towards healing and knows exactly how that healing needs to take place. That’s why it is important to be able to get information from the body itself.
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How does it work?
Chiropractic Plus Kinesiology (CPK) works by finding the causative agent or agents for your ailments and eliminating the problem through a series of hand modes. Hand modes are devised of a specific frequency, polarity and wavelength among other calculated and reproducible means in order to have a language unique to living tissue. Hand modes have been around for centuries but it wasn't until the early 1980s that the discoverer Dr. Milton Dowty, a distinguished engineer and chiropractic physician, wanted a "no excuse" practice. It was his idea to have the cause of any condition and the justification to continue treating or refer for alternative care. CPK is an integrative system that utilizes scientifically proven chiropractic techniques to further measure immediate physiology. It has continued to evolve and it is exciting to watch the new ideas, discoveries and advancements made since its initial discovery.
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What is Applied Kinesiology?
AK uses manual muscle testing to determine how the nervous system is responding stimulation from the environment, as well as internal stimulation.  Generally, the doctor finds a weak (inhibited) muscle and finds the best therapy to eliminate the weakness.  Using muscle testing, a kinesiologist can obtain information about joint alignment throughout the entire body, acupuncture meridian balance, nutritional status, allergies, and emotional stressors.  Muscle testing is a very valuable tool because it can help determine what stressors are involved with each condition, and the best way to approach treatment.  The doctor can “ask the body” what is best.  AK is the foundation for CPK.
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Why do you use such light adjustments?
I use low force adjustments, either by hand or by the use of an Activator instrument. The body has an innate homeostatic mechanism that is always trying to right itself and move the bones back into place on its own. When working with that mechanism, it takes very little force to make the corrections, as the body is being assisted in what it is trying to do. Also, the first maxim of healers is to “do no harm”.  I feel the best way to do this is by putting as little force into the body as possible.
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If the bones can be moved back so easily, can they go out just as easily? 
When the bones go out, they are working against the corrective mechanism, so it takes more force to create a misalignment.
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What is acupuncture?
Like the nervous system, the acupuncture meridian system is an “information network”.  It consists of an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key "acupoints" on the body can restore harmony to the affected area.  The points can be stimulated with needles, digital pressure, or a hand held laser.
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What is NeuroEmotional Technique (NET)?
NET is a technique that addresses the physiology of the mind/body connection and is integral to the healing process.  When the body experiences an emotion, the brain produces chemicals that communicate with the rest of the body.  The nervous system can become “stuck” in a biochemical pattern that can cause skeletal pain, organ dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, weigh gain, addictions, etc.  NET uses muscle testing to find what is involved, and the acupuncture system to “unstick” the nervous system.  NET has two ways in which it is used. It can be used to release emotions affecting a certain body part, or it can be used to address the emotional physiology that underlies patterns of behavior.  This is helpful for weight loss, substance abuse, and helping people make changes in lives.  For more on NET, see The Emotional Connection under Talks/Articles, and visit www.netmindbody.com.
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Is NET psychotherapy?
NET is not psychotherapy, as it is working with the physiology of the emotions. However, it does work well in conjunction.
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Will I need to take supplements?
Most patients will need to take supplements.  Adjustments and meridian therapy give the body instructions, and the body’s nutritional/biochemical state determines how well those instructions can be carried out.  If a patient is nutritionally deficient or toxic, the body will not be able to successfully carry out the correction.  Nutrition provides the building blocks necessary for healing and regeneration.  The body cannot build something out of nothing.  Supplements also provide a concentrated source of nutrition that is specific to the area of the body that needs assistance.  Higher doses are needed to repair the tissue than to maintain already healthy tissue.  The diet of most Americans is deficient in providing adequate nutrition.
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Why can’t I buy my own supplements?
Not all supplements created equally.  Most are not worth the money that is spent on them.  The starting materials and processing are very important.  At Integrative Healing Arts, we work with a company called Standard Process, which produces a line of whole food supplements that are processed to retain enzymes and cofactors, and are available only through health care professionals.  Your body uses vitamins and minerals in complexes, not parts in isolation.  These complexes are provided naturally in food, and your body is used to getting them from food.  These complexes are living, interactive systems (both within themselves and with your body), and like all other living systems, they “break” when you take them apart and alter them. Most vitamins that you buy at the store are synthetic and made in a lab from dead chemicals.  The research community has studied parts of these complexes, but not all. They’ve taken the parts of the complexes that they understand and reconstructed the chemical structure. The parts are put into a supplement and it is assumed (incorrectly) that your body will use them like it would use food.  For example, vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) is made from byproducts from the chemicals used in making camera film.  In the naturally occurring Vitamin E complex, alpha tocopherol makes up only 5% of whole complex.  You are missing 95%!  Your body knows the difference.
The difference between synthetic and whole food vitamins is similar to the difference between breast milk and baby formula.  For many years it was thought that formula made from cow’s milk and synthetic vitamins was nutritionally equal to breast milk.  It is now understood that breast milk is far better, and that it includes more than 100 components not found in formula.  The FDA comments, “More than two decades of research have established that breast milk is perfectly suited to nourish infants and protect them from illness. Breast-fed infants have lower rates of hospital admissions, ear infections, diarrhea, rashes, allergies, and other medical problems than bottle-fed babies”.  Just as nature has provided a perfect food for babies, it has also provided a perfect source of vitamins and minerals that needs to remain intact.
This difference is seen in a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in which 29,000 male smokers were given synthetic vitamin E and synthetic beta carotene to evaluate their anti cancer effects.  At the end of the study, the men who had taken the supplements had an 18% higher rate of lung cancer, more heart attacks and strokes, and an 8% higher death rate.  The synthetics caused more problems than taking nothing at all!  In contrast, food sources of these same vitamins consistently demonstrate protection against these conditions.
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What conditions can benefit from CPK?

Addictions
Allergies/Asthma
Adhesions
Anxiety
Arthritis/Joint problems
Back Pain
Bacterial Imbalances
Bladder/kidney problems
Bursitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chemical Sensitivities
Constipation/Diarrhea
Colds/flu
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Diabetes
Dizziness
Discs Disorders
Eating Disorders
Fatigue
Foot and Heel Pain
Fibromyalgia
Gait dysfunction
Gastro Intestinal Disorders
Headaches
Hand and Wrist Pain
Hip Pain
Hormonal Imbalances
Infantile Colic
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Knee Pain
Low Back Pain
Migraines
Menstrual Pain
Menopause
Metal Toxicities
Muscle Soreness
Nausea
Neck Pain
Nervousness
Numbness
Nutritional Disorders
Obesity
Osteoporosis
Post-Partum Issues
Pregnancy
Radiculopathy
Rotator Cuff
Reflux
Shoulder Pain
Sinus Congestion
Sports Injuries
Stress/Tension
Sciatica
Scoliosis
Tarsal Tunnel
Tendonitis
Tennis Elbow
Thyroid Disorders
Tingling
TMJ/Jaw pain
Torticollis
Weight management
Yeast

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Can athletes benefit from CPK?
Athletes and sports injuries can benefit tremendously from CPK.  Because of the demands that athletes place on their bodies (even weekend warriors!), it is important for them to be in balance.  The detailed nature of CPK is perfect for athletic injuries, which can involve a high level of trauma to the body.

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Can you tell me what's wrong with me?
That is my number one goal.  CPK gives very specific information about the causative agents behind your condition, and in what order they need to be fixed.
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Can you fix me and how long will it take?
Although I cannot promise a "cure" or legally give a 100 percent guarantee, my prognosis will be indicated upon the initial visit.  Some conditions are able to be eliminated, and some are able to be lessened.  Each case is different, and there are a variety of factors that determine success, such as how long the condition has been there, the amount of tissue damage, or the willingness of the patient to make changes and participate in their care.  Everyone responds differently to care, some faster than others.  I do my best to resolve each condition with the least amount of patient visits.
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Will I need x-rays?
Unless there has been a serious trauma, such as an automobile accident, x-rays are not usually necessary.  X rays are not used to determine where to adjust, since that information is provided through muscle testing and CPK.  If a patient is not responding well to care, or a disease process is suspected, then x-rays may be necessary.
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