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Tonal vs Traditional Chiropractic

Chiropractic care at Thrive Chiropractic in Cranberry TownshipTo understand what makes Thrive Chiropractic unique, we must first discuss traditional chiropractic. The goals of traditional chiropractic are typically decreasing muscle spasm, increasing range of motion, and temporarily reducing pain.

The majority of chiropractors practice in this way, and most of these doctors do a great job.

At Thrive Chiropractic, we focus on Tonal Correction

Your spine and nervous system are the foundation of your body, posture, and health. If you imagine your body as your house, what do you think would happen if your foundation had shifted? Floors would creak, drywall may crack, and windows wouldn’t open smoothly. You can put another nail in the floor and spray some WD40® on the window, but these problems would continue to return until you addressed the cause – the foundation.

In our office we detect and correct Tonal Shifts in the spine and nervous system. These tonal shifts are the underlying cause of many secondary conditions (or symptoms). By correcting these shifts we are able to address the cause of the secondary conditions, leading to a lasting change.

What is a Tonal Shift?

In many areas of healthcare, such as blood pressure, body temperature, and vision, we know there is a normal range for optimal health. In the same way, there is an ideal normal for the function of your nervous system.

Ripples in waterA Tonal Shift occurs when there is stress on the spine and nervous system, negatively affecting its function. As the brain and nervous system are responsible for coordinating all functions in the body, when this shift occurs it can lead to numerous secondary conditions.

The strings of a guitar must be set to a very specific tension to produce the desired sound. It takes skilled and precise adjustments to set the tension at the correct level. Your spine and nervous system also must have the right tone for you to function at your best, which requires a much more skilled and precise adjustment.

At Thrive Chiropractic we detect and correct this primary condition of a tonal shift, allowing your body to function at its best and experience lasting relief from many secondary conditions.

What are Secondary Conditions?

When a Tonal Shift occurs, it can lead to many possible secondary conditions. At Thrive Chiropractic, correcting these tonal shifts frequently helps our patients with conditions such as:

  • Colic
  • Acid Reflux
  • Ear Infections
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Bedwetting
  • ADD & ADHD
  • Neuro-Developmental Disorders
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy Challenges
  • Fatigue

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How Correcting a Tonal Shift Can Help

gas vs brake illustrationTonal Shifts affect the structure of the spine and function of the nervous system. In restoring the structure and function back to normal, we’re able to improve many secondary conditions. We are often asked to explain more about how correcting a tonal shift can improve health.

In the case of a pregnant mom, if the structure of the pelvis is not in its proper alignment, adverse stress and tension is placed on the uterus, which may not allow the baby to move or get into the proper position. Or with a child suffering from chronic ear infections, an underlying cause may be a shift in the top of their spine, causing tension on the Eustachian tubes and not allowing the ears to properly drain.

Another example involves the function of the nervous system. There are 2 sides to the nervous system: the calming brake pedal (parasympathetic) side and the stressful gas pedal (sympathetic) side. Your brake pedal is responsible for promoting growth, development, rest, digestion, and immune system function, while your gas pedal is your ‘fight or flight’ system that is supposed to be used for emergencies.

A Tonal Shift in your spine and nervous system causes your brain to perceive the world as stressful and activates your gas pedal, shutting off your rest, digestion, and immune system.

Developmental biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton said it best: “You can’t be in growth and protection at the same time.” As you can imagine, if your body is constantly stuck in survival mode, it will lead to short-term and long-term problems. In children we often see this manifest as colic, ear infections, sensory processing disorder, immune challenges, and ADHD, while in adults it may present as trouble sleeping, constant fatigue, a feeling of stress and overwhelm, or infertility.

How do I Know if I Have a Tonal Shift?

There are several clear, objective signs of a Tonal Shift. If a patient chooses to proceed after a no-pressure Complimentary Consultation, they undergo a Complete Tonal Chiropractic Examination, which includes:

  • aOS Analysis
  • Neural Infrared Assessment
  • Neuromuscular Activity Assessment
  • Orthopedic and/or Neurologic testing
  • In-Depth Case History Review

An abnormal finding in any of these tests indicates the presence of a Tonal Shift. After the exam, you will return for a Patient Recommendation Conference, during which you will be presented with the examination findings and an individualized care plan designed to improve your condition. As our office works extensively with kids and pregnant moms, it is important to note that these advanced technologies do not involve any radiation and are completely safe for both infants and prenatal patients.

What Are My Options?

Chiropractic care at Thrive ChiropracticJust as there are a variety of methods for cooking an egg, there are many treatment options offered by medical and alternative healthcare providers.

Depending on your situation, initially these treatment options may involve a prescription medicine or nutritional supplement. It could also include physical therapy or occupational therapy, and eventually injections or surgery.

Unfortunately, most of these approaches focus on addressing the secondary conditions rather than the cause of them.

If during your Complimentary Consultation or complete tonal chiropractic exam either you or the doctor finds that Thrive Chiropractic is not the best fit for your condition, we will assist you in finding the right healthcare provider for your goals.

Can Thrive Chiropractic Help?

HeartAt Thrive Chiropractic we believe that you are the ultimate decision maker for anything involving your health. Our goal is to inform and empower you to make the best decision for you and your family. Our Complimentary Consultation a no-pressure conversation, not a commitment to a care plan or even an exam.

If you want to find out if a Tonal Shift may be a factor in your health condition, reach out to Thrive Chiropractic.

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