Frequently Asked Questions About the Modalities:

What kind of physical conditions can be helped with these therapies
Chiropractic and Craniosacral Therapy are geared towards helping the body, mind, and spirit resolve inner stresses resulting from physical, physiological, chemical, nutritional, or emotional trauma. As such they can help relieve any condition reflecting these stresses such as:

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Bells Palsy
  • Bruxism
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Childbirth
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Chronic infections
  • Compressed vertebrae
  • Cranial bone and meningeal membrane lesions
  • Degenerative brain disease (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and senile dementia)
  • Depression
  • Digestive issues and bloating
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Earache
  • Edema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches (and migraines)
  • Head injury
  • Herniated vertebral discs
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Kyphosis
  • Limb length differences
  • Lordosis
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve Entrapment (including sciatica) and irritation (including carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Neuralgia
  • Post surgical recovery
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Pregnancy (can be used in all phases)
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Sciatica
  • Seatbelt injury
  • Sleep disorders (including apnea and insomnia)
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Strains and sprains and dislocations
  • Stress
  • Stroke (post-stroke syndromes)
  • Subluxations
  • Sympathetic nervous system hypertonus (reticular alarm system)
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD)
  • Tendonitis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
  • Torticollis
  • Trauma and traumatic stress
  • Vertigo
  • Vertebral fusion or vertebral implantation surgery
  • Whiplash injury

How do you decide which modality to use for a patient?

Experience does come into play but this is mostly a matter of following the body’s lead along with the desires of the patient.

Do any of these treatments actually cure certain conditions, or do they just provide temporary relief of discomfort?

Cures only come from the body’s own resources. The purpose of treatment is to help these resources more fully emerge by reducing stresses within the tissues and organs that prevent them from engaging. This does often lead to full resolution, or at least alleviation, of the symptoms of dis-ease.

What do you do in the first visit? Can you describe what I can expect?

The first visit will start with a discussion of your health history and reason for seeking my help. I’ll ask questions to help me better understand you and your condition while inviting you to ask questions of me to further your understanding and comfort. We will then do work together on the table. I like to start by looking at posture and then testing some key muscles for strength and responsiveness along with an evaluation of some key areas of the spine. After addressing structural issues we will often then settle into a gentle biodynamic craniosacral session.

I have been seeing a chiropractor for several years. Why should I consider checking out Applied Kinesiology or Craniosacral Therapy? How are they different?

Applied Kinesiology differs from most chiropractic approaches in that a decision on where, when, and how to adjust a joint or tissue is made only after first checking in with the body’s need for the adjustment through muscle testing. This checking greatly minimizes the number and force of adjustments.

Craniosacral Therapy differs from chiropractic in that it involves no force at all beyond the lightest touch. The goal is not to perform a correction – but to unfold the body’s healing resources through stillness.

How often will I need to come for treatment?

The short answer is “it depends.” Acute conditions may call for a couple of treatments a week for the first week or two and once per week for a few weeks after that. Chronic conditions generally call for a longer course of treatment.

Dr. Gottlieb’s goal is to help you more easily and completely heal yourself and we won’t know your capacity for this if treatments are too frequent. Treatment sessions are in many ways like a lesson for your body on how to find the health within, and it generally needs some time to process and integrate this information. Too frequent treatment can result in dependence on outside intervention, while a system greatly overwhelmed can need more frequent intervention to overcome its stresses. Roy strives to find the best balance that suits your unique needs and circumstances.

To schedule an appointment call Dr. Roy Gottlieb at 978-436-0992.

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