WHAT IS SONAR?
Sonar is an upper cervical technique. Precision Upper Cervical adjusting is a little-known chiropractic procedure that corrects the position of the top vertebra of the spine (the atlas), and treats the brainstem and upperspinal cord misalignment.
The atlas is a single, two ounce donut-shaped vertebra at the top of the spine. Trillions of nerve fibers from the brainstem and upper spinal cord travel through the small opening in the atlas and flow down into the spinal column. Because of the smallness of the atlas opening and the close proximity to the brainstem, if the atlas has moved out of position even a fraction of a degree, very serious things can result. The most direct way to improve your health is by removing the elements that interfere with normal body function.
The Sonar instrument does the repositioning of the atlas vertebra. It feels like a light tap at the side of the neck as the atlas is moved precisely back towards its correct position. The sensation is completely under-whelming. There is no twisting or popping of the neck. Patients are often surprised how gentle it is. Because of its gentleness, many people are able to have chiropractic care who may have thought they were no longer candidates for chiropractic. Even though the spinal correction takes place at the atlas, there are changes throughout the entire spine. We are focused on balancing the entire body through finding the actual problem area and not treating compensations.
The procedure cures nothing, but it allows the body to cure itself. It restores body balance and proper nerve flow so that organs, limbs, and tissues can resume normal functioning. This is why we see so many different conditions with no apparent relationship to each other responding to the Sonar procedure.
No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. Spinal health is as important for your overall healing as proper nutrition. So if you’re sick and tired of being told, “You’ve just got to learn to live with it,” and are looking for a natural method of regaining health and wholeness without polluting your body with drugs and chemicals, why not join the ranks of those who have discovered the wonders of this amazing health care system? Only a Sonar spinal checkup can tell.
HOW DOES IT HELP SO MANY DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS?
God built within us the ability to heal ourselves. If the communication between the brain and body becomes disrupted, this ability degrades. The atlas is the top bone in the neck. It houses and protects the brainstem and upper spinal cord, which is the communication center between the brain and body. When the atlas misaligns, it irritates the delicate nerve tissue. The result is posture shifts and miscommunication between the brain and the body.
When the atlas is out of its proper position, it can create body imbalance from head to toe. As the vertebrae are rotated out of position, they can twist your entire spinal structure, including the pelvis, so that one leg appears shorter than the other. Not having your atlas corrected to restore body balance is like continuing to drive a car that is out of alignment. Over time, things will break down. You can keep replacing the tires, but unless you have the car aligned, you’ll just be wasting your money. Similarly, you can keep taking medication, but if your atlas is out of its proper position and causing the problem, you’re not going to get well until you get your atlas corrected.
Another serious result of a misaligned atlas is the restriction or distortion of critical messages at the brainstem and upper-spinal cord, disrupting the brain’s communication. Every cell, organ, or tissue that is not receiving adequate nerve energy and communication from the brain will suffer and degenerate.
Another service we perform is fitting you for custom orthotics. Did you know there’s research showing that custom-made orthotics are proven to reduce low back pain by 34.5%? But there’s a catch… there’s only one type of orthotic that provides these results. This orthotic we speak of is not an over-the-counter (OTC) like Dr. Scholl’s®. And it’s not a hard and rigid orthotic like you’d get at a podiatrist.
It’s a flexible and soft orthotic, hand-crafted by Foot Levelers, the only orthotic in the world with a patent to support all three arches of the foot. For almost 70 years, Foot Levelers has been making foot orthotics designed to provide more comfort and less pain. We are proud to be a certified provider of these orthotics.
Not only are rigid orthotics uncomfortable, they also ‘lock’ the foot into one position, limiting range of motion of the foot. The foot orthotics we provide allow full range of motion, regardless of activity. That’s an important piece of the rest of the body performing at its optimal level.
Another positive of Foot Levelers flexible orthotics is that they are guaranteed for one year, with a 100% money-back guarantee. It’s the best guarantee any orthotic company offers.
Dr. Brennan is taking part in the DABCI program. A DABCI is a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists. This is a 2½ year program that equips chiropractors to investigate the root causes of the illnesses that patients suffer from, and treat them without resorting to prescription medication. This approach is often lacking in standard medicine, when medication is sometimes given without first attempting to discover what is really behind your pain, or why your blood tests are indicating problems. More and more patients are opting for this, given the toxicity and side effects of having to take medication for the rest of their lives. This fits perfectly with your Sonar correction! As a DABCI patient, you will have a thorough history taken and a very thorough examination. We will utilize many cutting edge laboratory tests, including blood chemistry, food sensitivities, stool analysis, genetic and nutritional analysis to investigate what is behind your condition. Once we identify the problem or problems, we will initiate an effective program to allow your body to do what it was designed to do: start healing itself. We truly strive to get to the reason for symptoms and treat them in a natural manner, versus merely covering symptoms. If you are among the many people who “just know” something is wrong but have not been able to get any answers, we urge you to schedule an appointment. We will be regularly expanding the services we offer as the DACBI program continues.
Inflammation is behind every chronic illness; it has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, auto immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, and even chronic pain like back pain and headaches. Sometimes due to overexposure, intestinal permeability or unknown reasons, we can develop sensitivities to the food we eat. Though you may be familiar with common troublesome foods like wheat and milk, did you know that you could be sensitive to foods that you would normally consider to be healthy? We have seen patients be sensitive to things like almonds, olives, chicken, and even some vegetables. The only way to know for certain is to be tested, since sensitivities are unique to each person. This may be a big part of or the one thing that is driving the inflammation in your body and is keeping you from getting well. We encourage all patients to have this test done! It is one investment that will go a long way towards understanding your body and what it needs to be healthy.
Urinalysis is an inexpensive, noninvasive and extremely useful but often underutilized diagnostic tool. Urinary tract infections (UTI’s) are very common and can cause back pain, but in many cases can be present without any symptoms. Chronic infections lead to increased inflammation, which is involved in the development of disease in your body. If you have a chronic infection, it is imperative to find and eliminate it. UTI’s have even been linked to fainting spells, anxiety and delirium in the elderly. Once a UTI is discovered, we can employ strategies to eliminate it without resorting to antibiotics. Urinalysis is also great for assessing kidney and liver function, acid-base balance, hydration levels, prostate health, and can reveal diabetes. It can also show blood in the urine which can indicate a metabolic disorder or injury, and adds to the diagnostic picture when correlated with your blood work.
Having regular blood tests performed is essential to monitoring your health, discovering changes occurring in your organ function or metabolism and catching any emerging diseases that may be developing in your body that have not yet produced any symptoms. It is also an excellent way to help us pinpoint what is causing you to keep getting sick or not feel as well as you used to. These tests are key to assessing foundational issues like blood sugar problems (diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia), anemias and liver congestion. They help us to find and identify acute, chronic or hidden infections (bacterial, viral or fungal) that may be driving poor health or even autoimmune diseases. They also give valuable information about your heart, lungs and kidneys and help us keep a close eye on the inflammation levels in your body which can lead to cardiovascular disease and many other health conditions. In our experience, many of the routine labs that are performed are not extensive enough to properly screen the health of all of your important body systems. If you have had recent blood work, we would be happy to look at the results from a functional perspective to see if there is anything that may not have been addressed to this point. If you have not had blood tests done in the past year of two, please talk to us about tailoring the proper panels that your body needs. We have very affordable options to get the labs that you need to properly assess your health.
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