Patient Education

We want you to be able to lead a happy, healthy life and do the things you enjoy doing without disability or pain. So once our are healthy, it is very important to have regular chiropractic check-ups to keep everything in alignment and working order.

Explanation of Muscle Testing

Many patients ask questions about Dr. Cohen’s adjusting techniques. We have decided to compile these notes to assist your questions.

At birth we are born perfect; all muscles are completely balanced, all nerves are normal and all organs and tissues are functioning at 100%. We also have prefect posture with level hips, level shoulders, and a level head. this is present until we are subjected to some type of stress beyond what our body can adapt.

Remember, we are constantly under stress every moment of life. We are under physical stress from gravity, from our occupations, straining, lifting, slips and jars. We are under dietary stress from the food we eat or the lack of proper nutrition. We are under stress if we don’t get enough sleep or if we don’t exercise our bodies enough. We are also under stress from emotions. Every problem in our life, whether it has to do with our families, our jobs, or other circumstances is stress. As you can see, there are many different types of stress.

Normally our body can handle stress and adapt to it; however, sometimes we are subjected to stress beyond what the body can handle. When this occurs, our bodies actually shut down or turn off certain parts of our body in an effort to protect other parts. This is very similar to the breaker switches in our house shutting off if the wiring is overloaded.

The systems that shut down can involve nerves, blood vessels, lymphatic drainage, muscles and organs. If these systems are left turned off for an extended time, malfunction and disease can occur in the tissues involved. This can result in stomach problems, kidney malfunctions, heart disorders, pain, headaches, back pain, etc. Along with these systems being turned off, muscles are blocked and do not work. What systems shut down depend entirely on the tissues involved.

It is important here to note that as long as all parts of the body are working normally, good health will be the end result. Health comes from the inside of the body. It is important to mention that for each muscle in one direction in our body there is a muscle on the other side pulling exactly the opposite way. In other words, all muscles that opposes it must also pull with 90 pounds of pressure. As long as all muscles are balanced, we have good posture and our spine is held erect in its normal position.

However, if a muscle becomes blocked today, say perhaps in the lower part of your spine, you may not feel any symptoms. The muscles that normally balances the blocked muscle will begin to pull harder and harder until one day it will be under such a sever stress that it will pull a part of the spine that it attaches to out of place. When the vertebrae are out of place, the nerve gets pinched or irritated. Once there, it develops a loss of function in the tissues that the pinched nerve supplies and the body resistance is lowered and disease can occur. the time that has elapsed between when the muscle first became blocked until symptoms of the disease are present may be as long as 10 to 15 months. In other words, by the time the symptoms appear, we have been sick for a long time.

Now, the muscles get blocked and turned off for many reasons. It can be due to the cranial-stress-centers on the skull being turned off. It can be due to cranial bones being jammed, vertebrae out of place, and even bones jammed in our feet. All of the different testing that Dr. Cohen does is to find what is turning the muscles and the systems of the body off, and correct it. As the muscles are turned on again, the spine re balances and posture returns to normal.

The treatment of Dr. Cohen actually consist of the following:

1. Adjusting the misaligned vertebrae back into place that were pulled out by the muscle imbalance.

2. The ligaments that help hold the vertebrae in place must return to normal, and regain their holding power.

3. Many different tests to ensure the muscles and systems are all turned on and working together properly. When this is completed, the spine and nervous system will be stabilized and the body will heal itself. If we only adjust the vertebrae and did not re balance the muscles, then the vertebrae would keep going out of place.

During the testing procedures, Dr. Cohen will be touching spots on your head, spine, feet etc. Sometimes he will push on a joint or perhaps stretch it to see if it is normal. For every person’s health problems, there is something turned off in the body. All we have to do is find it and turn it on again so that the body can heal itself. Re balancing the spinal muscles, getting the pressure off the nerves, and turning all the systems on again is what gets sick people healthy.

Once you are healthy, it is very important to have regular chiropractic checkups because we are constantly under stress. We want to be sure and keep everything turned on so you can lead a happy, healthy life and do the things you enjoy doing without disability or pain.