Dr. Cynthia is fluent in various techniques and she is constantly continuing her education. Dr. Cynthia has created a FUSION of many different techniques to provide the best chiropractic care for her patients. Based on the premise that muscles move bones, she focuses a lot on balancing the muscles to stop pulling the joints out of position. A subluxation is a small movement of the joint out of position, and this misalignment can cause many different reactions in your body, not just muscular imbalance, but neurological dysfunction, vascular dysfunction, abnormal posture, asymmetry in the body, temperature changes and even organ and immune system dysfunction. This is why chiropractic care that addresses multiple factors of the body is so important to restore the health and function of your body.
Dr. Cynthia primarily uses the Thompson technique for analysis and adjusting. Most people are familiar with this because of the use of a drop table. The drop table helps to absorb some of the shock from the energy of the adjustment. Most of the time, the table drops are used in sets of three, so don’t be too surprised when you experience multiple drops.
Dr. Cynthia also uses Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) for analysis and adjusting. Most people are familiar with this technique for it’s use of blocks or wedges. It is more comprehensive and gentle as a technique and also more time consuming. SOT does not just evaluate the physical and mechanical structures of the body, it also incorporates Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique (CMRT) which addresses the body systems and organs, and finally Chiropractic Craniopathy where the sutures of the cranium can also be manipulated.
Some other tools of the trade that are used in the office include Activator, Impulse, Rapid Release, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM), Physio-therapeutics, Functional Rehabilitation and many more. To address the emotional/mental/spiritual aspect, sometimes visualization, meditation and essential oils are taught and used to assist the whole body approach to health. Nutritional guidance is also available to assist the body from the inside out.
A subluxation is not limited to just the spine and often the other joints in the body need to be adjusted. Sometimes the hips, the knees and the ankles may be causing a problem, or the shoulder, elbow or wrist. These are known as your extremities, so Extremity Adjusting is yet another tool in the toolbox of Fusion Chiropractic.
Of course, after 20 years of practicing therapeutic massage, Dr. Cynthia incorporates as much massage and muscle energy techniques as needed during your adjustment. Traditionally trained with Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) which is a technique that initially introduced the concepts of trigger points being released and referred pain patterns.
Dr. Cynthia is also trained with Myofascial Release, which addresses the fascia in the body. Fascia is originally thought of as a “Saran-wrap” type covering all over the body, known as connective tissue, that connects muscle to muscle, muscle to bone, muscle to skin, etc. We use the analogy of a knit sweater: when there is a snag in one part of the sweater, it creates tension in other parts of the sweater, stretching and pulling the yarn in places that are rather distant to the original snag. This is why your left shoulder pain may be coming from tight gluteal muscles on the right, which leads to tight hamstrings and then left knee pain and possibly ankle pain. Thomas Myers has formulated Anatomy Trains, which describes these lines of myofascial tension throughout the body.
Other muscle-energy techniques used are Neuro-Kinetic Therapy, which is a system of muscle testing to determine which muscles may be turning on or turning off the neurology to another body part, or which muscles are overworking for other muscles. This concept has catapulted the understanding that when the body is injured or over-stressed, the brain will shut off communication with that body part and find many different ways to create the same action that the original muscle would have done. We have also come to the understanding that scar tissue can create this same dysfunction in neurology. This is why many people who have had abdominal surgery (C-sections, appendectomy, gall bladder removal) actually experience low back pain, not from a trigger point or misuse of musculature in the back, but from the front of the body where the scar is located wreaking havoc with the communication between brain and body part.
Recently, Dr. Cynthia has been studying with Erik Dalton and his MyoSkeletal Techniques, which are founded in principles of therapeutic massage, Rolfing, physical therapy, and osteopathy.