About Chiropractic

DD Palmer, Founder of Chiropractic


chi·​ro·​prac·​tic ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tik 
: a system of therapy which holds that disease results from a lack of normal nerve function and which employs manipulation and specific adjustment of body structures (as the spinal column)

Did you know that the spine plays a vital role in maintaining our overall health?

Your spine serves as a complex communication network, where more than 400 trillion nerve fibers transmit signals to various organs and body parts. However, when the spine is misaligned these nerve signals can be disrupted or “pinched”. This can cause neck and back pain, as well as problems in the organ or area to which the “pinched” nerve supplies.

My job is to adjust your spine to relieve any nerve impingement, which not only relieves your pain but allows the body to heal itself of problems you didn’t even know you had!

What is Chiropractic?

Misalignments of your
spine & poor health

No part of your body escapes the dominance of your nervous system. Improper function of the spine due to slight misalignments (subluxations) can cause poor health or function, even in areas far removed from the spine and spinal cord itself. Misalignments can also reduce the ability of your body to adapt to its ever-changing environment. Even the slightest impairment of your spine may alter the regular transmission of nerve impulses, preventing that area of your body from responding optimally.

Natural health care
without drugs or surgery

Chiropractic is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to correct these misalignments and restore proper function to the nervous system, helping your body to heal naturally. Chiropractic doesn’t use drugs or surgery. Rather, a chiropractic spinal adjustment—the application of a precise force to a specific part of the spinal segment—corrects the misalignment, permitting normal nerve transmission and assisting your body to recuperate on its own.

About Chiropractic Care

We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our clinical judgment and years of experience.

Why Choose Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the method of natural healing most chosen by those seeking complementary/alternative health care for acute and chronic conditions.

While you may first visit a chiropractor to relieve pain in the lower back or to treat sciatica, neck pain, whiplash, or headache, you will find that a chiropractor views you as a whole person and not the sum of your parts. A chiropractor will work in partnership with you to ensure your optimal health and wellness.

How Chiropractic Can Help

Back pain may be the most common reason patients seek the expertise of a chiropractor, but chiropractic techniques accomplish far more. They help patients with acute or chronic issues, including headaches, neck pain, sciatica, and improper function of the nervous system that may result from car accidents, sports injuries, heredity, and other causes.

Because chiropractic healthcare is holistic care, patients look to chiropractors for general wellness, too. Preventive healthcare is among the fastest-growing areas of chiropractic care.

What Should I Expect?

Chiropractors recognize that many factors affect your health, including exercise, nutrition, sleep, environment, and heredity. Chiropractic focuses on maintaining your health naturally to help your body resist disease, rather than simply treating the symptoms of disease.

Starts with an evaluation

When you visit a Doctor of Chiropractic, you will be evaluated using time-honored methods, including consultation, case history, physical examination, and an X-ray examination if needed. In addition, you will receive a careful chiropractic structural examination, with particular attention paid to the spine.

Involves no drugs or surgery

A broad range of techniques are used to locate, analyze, and gently correct vertebral misalignments (subluxations) in the spine.

Chiropractic is a natural method of healing that stimulates the body’s communication system to work more effectively to initiate, control, and coordinate the various functions of the cells, organs, and systems of the body.

Partners with other healthcare professionals

Doctors of chiropractic work in tandem with other healthcare professionals. If your condition requires attention from another branch of the healthcare profession, that recommendation or referral will be made.

What Types of Health Conditions Can Chiropractic Help?

Although there are certainly more, here is just a short list of the different types of conditions and dis-ease that chiropractic care can help:

Asthma, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Back Disorders, Back Injuries, Back Pain, Back Sprain, Bedwetting, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Colic, Ear Infection, Fibromyalgia, Headache, Herniated Disc, Lower Back Injuries, Migraine, Neck Disorders, Neck Injuries, Neck Muscle Strain, Neck Pain, Pinched Nerve, Pregnancy, Premenstrual Syndrome, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Shoulder Pain, Sports Injuries, Sprain, Stress, Whiplash Injuries
The body can heal itself

Chiropractic Methods

We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our clinical judgment and years of experience.

Palmer Diversified

At Bjork Chiropractic, we use an adjusting style commonly referred to as “Diversified.”

First, an analysis of your spine is performed. Each visit may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine.

With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.

The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.

While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.

Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT)

Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) was originally formulated by Major Bertrand DeJarnette (The Major) who was a Doctor (chiropractor and osteopath) and Engineer in the 1920’s. The Major was inspired to go beyond simple spinal adjusting and developed methods of correcting the Cranium, Pelvis, Extremities and Organs. This study brought about a system of adjusting patterns in the body, not just single body parts. The most significant pattern was the relationship between the sacrum and occiput (which became the name of the technique).

An important distinction of SOT is the use of indicators. Each adjustment has a sign or signal that the we use to know when and where to adjust. For example, muscle tension at the knee may indicate the pelvis needs correction, and connective tissue fibers at the base of the skull (called occipital fibers) indicate different vertebra in the back or spine may be in need of an adjustment. This also tells us on the next visit if the correction has been completely or marginally effective. From these indicators, we design a different adjustment set on each visit, listening to the body each time. It takes study to master this method of care, but it makes for an effective, precise adjustment without relying exclusively on x-rays.


The focus of the Gonstead adjustment is to be as specific, precise, and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (areas of subluxation). Great care is taken to ensure a bio-mechanically correct position and precise thrust to provide the most accurate and painless adjustment possible.

It is the goal of your Gonstead doctor to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation.

“Find the subluxation, accept it where you find it, correct it and leave it alone.”  – C.S. Gonstead


Graston Technique® is successful in effectively treating all soft tissue conditions, whether they are chronic or acute and post surgical. The Graston Technique® offers many advantages to the patient such as:

  • Decreases overall time of treatment
  • Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent

Graston Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology borrows from many different disciplines, using muscle testing as a guide for diagnosis and patient care.

The ancient Chinese observed that every muscle in the body links to a specific organ, gland, or acupuncture meridian. By testing the strength of its related muscle, we get a glimpse of the condition of that particular organ or tissue.

Simple muscle testing helps us uncover the structural, chemical, and mental problems that may be in your body. It can also direct us to the best options to restore your health.

Finding the Problem

First, we review the history of your health situation. This is followed by a thorough physical examination. Then we analyze your posture, the way you walk, turn and bend. By combining these findings with muscle testing, we develop a unique insight into the cause(s) of your problem.

While many health problems can be traced to the spine, other joints of the body can be involved. When chiropractic techniques are applied, range of motion can be improved and painful inflammation reduced. Without drugs or surgery!


The Thompson Technique, developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, has evolved into a system of analysis and a way of adjusting the full spine. The combination produces precise adjustments and high levels of patient comfort.

A System of Analysis

Early chiropractors noticed that subluxations would produce the appearance of a short, or contracted leg. Using a protocol of comparing leg lengths while the patient turned their head, helped determine whether the subluxation was in the upper, middle, or lower back.

What patients often notice first is our segmental “drop” table. After stepping onto the platform, the table gently lowers you into a horizontal position. This helps preserve any leg length inequality.

Terminal Point Table

Individual cushions or “drop pieces” located along our table surface support each area of your spine until the thrust is delivered. Then, each drop piece gently gives way, reducing the amount of energy needed to move a specific spinal segment.

Popular and Patented

So unique is this approach, that Dr. Thompson was granted a patent in 1955. Since then, because of its precision and patient results, it has been a technique used around the world.


The chiropractic approach that works so well with the spine can be applied to other joints of your body. Virtually every articulation of your skeletal system is susceptible to fixations that can impair function and range of motion:


Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually due to compression of the median nerve as it passes through the band of ligaments in your wrist. In many cases, the underlying cause is a misalignment of one or more joints of your neck, shoulder, elbow, or wrist. Identifying the involved joint(s) and a program of chiropractic care can often avoid surgery.


Stress, teeth grinding, and spinal problems can cause TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders where your jaw connects to your skull. (You can feel the joint move by placing your fingers in front of your ears and opening your mouth.) Skilled chiropractic care can restore proper nervous system control of involved muscles and ligaments, reducing pain, stiffness, clicking sounds, or locked jaw.


Many shoulder problems originate in the area where the nerves branch from the spinal cord and exit the neck. Shoulder pain or pain radiating down the arm can be accompanied by weakness, numbness, or tingling in the wrists or hands. Many patients report dramatic improvement with chiropractic care.


Classic tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a repetitive strain injury that often afflicts the dominant arm. It is seen among carpenters, mechanics, office workers, cashiers, and those who perform repeated hammering, grasping, and rotary forearm motions. A thorough examination followed by appropriate chiropractic care has been known to produce excellent results.


The hips and sacrum, considered the “pelvic girdle,” are the foundation of your spine. These sacroiliac joints can affect nerves exiting the spine. While the chiropractic adjustment of the hips can produce excellent results, many hip problems can be caused by malfunctioning joints above or below the pelvis.


The ankle is the most frequently injured joint in the body. “Pronation,” in which the feet flare outward and kneecaps rotate inward, is the most common foot problem. When weak arches cause the bones of the foot to drop to an unstable position, stress on the foot increases. Adjusting malfunctioning joints of the feet, combined with custom shoe orthotics, can reduce tenderness, improve your gait, and stabilize the entire skeletal system.


Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (AMCT) seeks to conduct a systematic analysis of basic body biomechanics, under the general belief that disturbed mechanics leads to disturbed function. A series of diagnostic stimulating maneuvers and leg checks are used to identify the location of subluxation, misaligned vertebrae which interferes with nerve impulses; the therapeutic goal is to restore proper body mechanics through the application of low-force adjustments, also referred to as spinal manipulation. This instrument is manual and the doctor squeezes the instrument to produce the force.

Similar in use to the Activator Method, Impulse Adjusting restores proper body mechanics through the application of multiple low-force impulses or adjustments to the spine. This instrument is powered and therefore the force is generated by pushing the trigger and the machine generates the force.

Who Does
Chiropractic Help?



Chiropractic is a very cost-effective way to maintain family health, and limit the need for medications.


Pregnant Women & Infants

Any torsion within the mother’s pelvis can put undue stress on the fetus leading to the possibility of malpositioning and in utero stress.  Give the fetus the best chance by making sure the mother’s spine and pelvis are maintained in the proper position.  Birth can be very traumatic and lead to lifelong problems if any emerging problems are not identified and addressed straight away. Learning to walk requires lots of falls onto the base of the spine, which can misalign vertebra.



Playing, contact sports, or even falls while running, can put stress on the spine.  Children should get checked regularly so that any emerging problems related to the function of the nervous system can be timely identified and treated.



They are required to sit for long periods, either in class or while studying. Sitting puts more stress on the spine than standing or lying down. Additionally, long hours on a computer, phone, and/or tablet put considerable strain on the spine, especially the neck, making chiropractic and good body mechanics extremely important.

Anyone can benefit from Chiropractic services throughout life. The sooner a problem is addressed, the faster it will be resolved. Leaving a problem unresolved can create long standing chronic issues.

Who Can Chiropractic Help?

Office Workers

Office workers often experience headaches, neck aches, and wrist problems due to long hours spent on a computer, phone, and/or tablet. This constant strain on the spine, particularly the neck, emphasizes the importance of chiropractic care and maintaining proper body mechanics. 


"Blue Collar" Workers

They generally do a lot of physically demanding work in a repetitive fashion, which can lead to stress developing on the spine and ultimately cause back & neck problems.


Anyone Working in One Position

This can lead to repetitive strain disorders, often experienced by dentists, hair stylists, factory workers, surgeons, massage therapists, artists, musicians, etc.



They are highly trained machines and undergo many injuries during their career. Imagine, if they maintained their spines, how much more they could achieve!


The Elderly

As we age our flexibility reduces. Chiropractic practices can help promote mobility, increase energy, and help prevent drug dependence.

Chiropractic FAQs

Here are the answers to some of the commonly asked questions about Chiropractic.

Is Chiropractic safe?

Absolutely. Compared to other medical treatments, which include medication and surgery, chiropractic is by far the safest. It is estimated that 140,000 people in the USA die each year from drug-related reactions and nearly 100,000 people die as a result of medical errors.

Insurance companies who evaluate the risks of all professions, charge a premium based on the risk of the profession. Chiropractors have, by far, the lowest insurance premium of all medical providers.

What is a subluxation?

A subluxation refers to a spinal bone (vertebrae) that is not in its right position or not moving in its normal range of motion. Misaligned vertebrae are irritating nerves and blood vessels, which in turn affect the way your body communicates with your spine. Subluxations are the cause of many pains and dysfunctions in muscles and organs. The body’s natural ability to heal itself is greatly improved with the subluxation removed.

How do I know if I have a subluxation?

Unfortunately, many people mistake subluxations as normal aches and pains, or a range of other ailments. Many people also have minor subluxations, which produce no obvious symptoms. The only way to identify a subluxation is to have a thorough chiropractic examination.

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a gentle, carefully placed thrust or pressure of a handheld instrument that moves the vertebrae into their proper position. Dr. Bjork usually delivers the adjustment by hand but sometimes uses other instruments when indicated. The purpose of the adjustment is to correct the spinal subluxation.

Does the adjustment hurt?

Most chiropractic adjustments are not only painless, but they feel very good and relieving. In cases of recent injury, inflamed tissue may react to adjustments and cause some discomfort. The application of ice after treatment may soothe any irritation. 

What causes the “cracking” sound during an adjustment?

The sound is no reason to be concerned. The sound is not coming from the bones themselves. It comes from a lubricant called synovial fluid that is found in every joint. That fluid contains dissolved gases. During the adjustment, the joints are slightly separated to move into the proper position. This releases the built-up pressure on the fluid and gases and creates a “pop” similar to the release of pressure when the cork comes off of a bottle of champagne.

Not all patients “pop” and not all adjusting techniques produce the noise, which means an adjustment can be proper and effective, even if you do not hear any noise.

Will repeated chiropractic adjustment lead to arthritis?

There is no evidence to suggest that manipulation of the spine or other chiropractic care can lead to arthritis. On the contrary, chiropractors often care for people with arthritis by maintaining joint health, thus preventing arthritis.

Motion is life when it comes to joint health. Think about it, if the joint remains out of proper alignment for let’s say, 10 years, the cartilage will have uneven wear and tear and this is arthritis.

Will repeated chiropractic adjustment lead to arthritis?

There is no evidence to suggest that manipulation of the spine or other chiropractic care can lead to arthritis. On the contrary, chiropractors often care for people with arthritis by maintaining joint health, thus preventing arthritis.

Motion is life when it comes to joint health. Think about it, if the joint remains out of proper alignment for let’s say, 10 years, the cartilage will have uneven wear and tear and this is arthritis.

Is it safe to crack my own back or neck?

This question is often posed to chiropractors and concern has been raised over its safety. While people might have the right idea by trying to relieve pressure on the joints, the “cracking” or “popping” of one’s back or neck is not the same as a chiropractic adjustment and can even be harmful. The problem usually keeps coming back, which should be a clear indication that there has been no real adjustment.

The cause of the spinal tension, the fixated or jammed vertebrae, has not been corrected. Even a chiropractor cannot adjust him/herself. You should not try to do it yourself, either.

Are there age limits for receiving chiropractic care?

There is no age excluded from chiropractic care. Even babies can have subluxations, due to the rigors of birth. Dr. Bjork helped relieve his eldest daughters colic when she was only a couple of months old!

Children’s subluxations should be treated early, as they interfere with nerves that control developing muscles and organs. The body consists of cartilage growth centers that the bone grows from. Abnormal stresses on a rapidly developing spine and other bones and joints can cause them to develop abnormally. Your chiropractor can detect these problems while they are easy to correct.

How long will it be before I will feel better?

You may start feeling better as soon as your first adjustment. Many patients sense improvement very early in their treatment, however the time required to get to your ultimate goal (i.e. no pain, full range of motion etc.) will vary depending on the severity of your subluxation, the length of time you have had it, and your overall health.

Can chiropractors refer patients to other specialists?

Chiropractors are part of a network of health-care professionals. Like other doctors, they will make referrals for patients when necessary. Chiropractors are trained to recognize risk factors and signs of disease that are outside of their scope of treatments and they will not hesitate to make a referral when it is in a patient’s best interest.

Can chiropractors prescribe medication or perform surgery?

Chiropractors believe in the body’s ability to heal itself and for that reason they don’t prescribe medication or perform invasive procedures. They focus on providing your body with the right elements for self-restoration by restoring free-flowing communication between all parts of your body.

Can chiropractors prescribe medication or perform surgery?

Chiropractors believe in the body’s ability to heal itself and for that reason they don’t prescribe medication or perform invasive procedures. They focus on providing your body with the right elements for self-restoration by restoring free-flowing communication between all parts of your body.

How long will I need chiropractic care?

This decision is really up to you. Many patients decide to continue occasional treatment to maintain the gains that they have achieved from their initial care. Others achieve their goals and choose to discontinue treatment. However, experience shows that patients who continue occasional treatment maintain their gains better and continue to feel good. They are also able to identify future problems earlier and therefore need less treatment later on.


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We also love that Dr. Bjork does his homework. He's so knowledgeable in so many areas of health and mental wellness.
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