Dr. Aamodt is a 1982 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, the oldest and most renowned of chiropractic colleges. He did additional post-grad training in Forensic Science and Disability and Impairment Evaluation via National College of Chiropractic in Chicago. He supports the ACA (American Chiropractic Association) and other worthy organizations within the medical profession.
Techniques employed in our clinic are gentle, hands-on techniques which within the profession are known by the names of:
- Thompson Drop-table
- Cox Traction Technique
- Gonstead Technique
- Diversified Technique
- Palmer Package
- …and others when appropriate
The goal of all chiropractors is to realign joints of the spine that have moved out of their normal position. We call these “subluxations”. Think of them like mini-“dislocations” which cause pressure and pain but have not torn retaining tissue to be true “dislocations”. These jammed or irritated joints cause more problems because these spinal bones house all spinal nerves. If not corrected, the pressure can cause effects on the body, both noticed and more subtle.
If you’ve ever wondered what a subluxation looks like, below is one example. (That is a side-view of a patient’s neck.) Even a layman can see the problem! Various “techniques” are simply ways to maneuver the joint back into its “neutral” position so the nerve interference can naturally resolve. Removing the reason for “wear & tear” early in the process, reduces the risk of future osteoarthritis and bone spurs which can cause long-term back pain. Chiropractic can help a variety of problems, including some headaches, mechanical back pain, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, sports injuries, and many types of acute and chronic joint pain. Ultrasound, electric stimulation, diathermy, and medical massage therapy are also tools we apply when appropriate.
X-Rays may sometimes be necessary to evaluate for subluxations. We only take x-rays if medically necessary and try to get existing films you may already have had previously. We can also order CT or MRI if warranted. We often can detect subluxations by palpation (touch) and only about 20% of our patients require x-rays. When x-rays are taken they are confined to just the area in question to avoid overuse.