Directional Non-Force Technique®

Spinal Adjustment

A gentle and effective chiropractic technique that uses low-force adjustments without twisting, popping or cracking, to correct nerve interferences in the body and restore biomechanical integrity in the musculoskeletal system.

Discover a unique and gentle form of chiropractic with Directional Non-Force Technique® Chiropractic. It is a method of diagnosis and treatment which analyzes subtle changes in body position to locate misalignment and imbalances, then correcting with a low-force thrust to bones, muscles, organs, ligaments and discs without twisting, popping or cracking. As the body begins to realign, pressure is relieved from nerves allowing proper body function to occur which enables the healing process to begin.

Providing the body with a gentle, but yet, specific method to restore itself is to acknowledge our highest intelligence in self healing. When doing so, we free ourselves up to unlimited potential in healing our bodies. It is with our body temple that we store the life force, and use it in our daily lives. With greater ease in the body the greater our capacity to express ourselves more authentically and improve our quality of life.

Very effective in treatments for acute and chronic back and neck pain, sciatica, migraines/headaches, sport injuries, TMJ dysfunction, neuralgia,  hiatal hernia, general musculoskeletal tension and stress.

Questions Commonly Asked About D.N.F.T.® Chiropractic

What is the purpose of D.N.F.T.®?

The purpose of D.N.F.T.® is to fulfill the highest aspirations of chiropractic. This includes relieved pain, restored motion, and improved health by structurally aligning the body and thereby removing nerve interference. When the nervous system is free from the distress of structural insults, it can orchestrate the natural healing potential of the body.

What makes D.N.F.T® different from other forms of chiropractic?

Chiropractic has, over the years taken many forms. D.N.F.T.® employs a unique and sophisticated method of diagnosis. This procedure allows the patient’s body itself to indicate the existence and precise location of nerve interference as well as the directions of misalignment of the structure(s) in question. With such precise information, it requires no more than a low force thumb thrust to introduce a complete and long lasting correction to any structure in the body.

What are the causes for misalignments in the spine?

The most common cause of spinal misalignments is trauma. Trauma, however, has broad definition and may take many different forms including even a relatively light pressure on a specific point over a period of time. Repetitive non-therapeutic motion and poor posture may over time cause weakness in the body and compromise the biomechanical integrity of the spine which may lead to misalignments. Emotional and nutritional stress may as well cause spinal muscles to weaken, leading to imbalance, misalignment and pain.

What are the advantages in receiving D.N.F.T.® type of chiropractic?

Knee AdjustmentSome potential patients have been reluctant to receive chiropractic care because they don’t like the type of thrusting and popping sounds which they might receive with conventional chiropractic. D.N.F.T.® involves no hard thrusts or popping sounds as the correction is delivered by a light impulse of the thumb. Many patients appreciate the specificity and attention to detail which results in profound and long lasting corrections to their problems. Another advantage is the relatively few number of visits required for both initial correction and maintenance.

How many visits does it require to correct a chiropractic problem?

This will vary with each patient as a result of the nature of the problem, the patient’s history, the extent of the involved area(s) of the spine, and other factors. On the average, a given area (such as neck or low back) may take two to six adjustments to achieve relief of symptoms of that area.  A full spine correction may take six to ten treatments for the average patient. A very difficult or complicated case might take ten to fifteen or more adjustments. Whatever the situation, the intention is to handle all chiropractic structural problems with the fewest number of visits.

What to expect for your first appointment:

○ Expect to set a side 1 1/2 to 2 hrs as the initial consultation and evaluation may take up to 1 hour.
○ Bring any x-ray, MRI, CT film/reports taken within the last 5 years. If you do not have any, not to worry. It is not needed for initial visit.
○ You will be gowned in a white cotton gown as to access the back for direct contact.
○ All the adjustments will be done while you are on the treatment table face up laying on your back and face down laying on your stomach, in neutral position.
○ The treatment ends with an application of therapeutic grade Essential oils and Flower Essences to strengthen and align both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body, as well as create ease in sore muscles.
○ Home care recommendations will be offered in support of your healing.

What to expect after your first appointment:

Cervical AdjustmentDuring the first 24 to 48 hours afterwards, the body will be healing and settling. This is called “Retracing”. This time may be experienced with some ease of symptoms or change of symptoms. About 20% of patients report back a sense of soreness liken to having worked out a little harder than usual. This may be due to lack of adequate hydration as well as active changes in the soft tissue as it is releasing old cell memory and restoring proper function. After the “Retracing” period the body is then ready for a follow up in order to continue correction of the problem. It is important to support the momentum of healing as to reduce the risk for compensatory tendencies of the body while going through your initial treatment plan. It is recommended to be mindful with your level of activity so that you may afford the body an opportunity to recover and  time to heal.

“I discovered Directional Non-Force Technique (DNFT) chiropractic when living in Tallahassee, Florida.  When I moved to San Diego, I knew I had to find a DNFT practitioner, and was so fortunate to cross paths with Dr. Sandra Beddor. “Many chiropractors spend all of 15 minutes dealing with the one issue that brought you into the office.  Dr Beddor treats holistically, taking the time to check alignment from head to toe.  Her gentle adjustments prove there’s no need for bone crunching, loud popping, violent movements.  Most important are the results.  Walking out of her office is always better than when I arrived. “If asked to describe Dr. Beddor, I use words such as professional, capable, competent, an active listener, caring, thoughtful, focused on you, and a communicator who shares her findings and explains what her findings means.  If you are experiencing skeletal pain, make Dr. Beddor your first call.”

-Dr. C. Gee Silberman, CEO at Efficacy Enterprises

The 3 phases of care

Chiropractic care addresses core physiological and biomechanical  aspects of the body without drugs or surgery. This process takes some time. Depending on the condition it may be resolved in a few treatments or it may take a few months.

Here are the 3 major phases of care:

Relief Care

This first phase is to stabilize the condition and reduce the patients discomfort. During this phase progress is usually rapid. The number of treatments varies and is dependent upon your specific condition. It could be as few as 4-6 initial treatments or up to 15 treatments. If stability is not achieved during this phase, you will be referred to another healthcare practitioner.

Conditioning Care

Once your condition has stabilized, you now have an opportunity to really address the underlying cause of the injury or discomfort. This is the phase where the doctor does less and the patient does more. In this phase we focus on strengthening the muscles and improving overall tone and balance of the spine and extremities. This is done through exercises and lifestyle modifications. You will be receiving less treatments and they may also include more Bioenergetic supportive care.

Once you are experiencing less discomfort you may think all is well and resume your normal activities. Remember, pain is the last thing to appear and the first thing to go in any condition. So this phase is crucial to your overall well being and also to prevent a relapse of your condition. This is the phase that will make the difference between healing and curing. (Healing= a process in which health is restored. Curing= a method that promotes healing)

Wellness Care

In this phase a personal wellness care program will be designed for both preventative and continued progressive care. The primary focus is on increasing neurological integration, structural agility and endurance in order to enjoy life at it’s fullest. As it has often taken many years for your body to start showing symptoms, it also may take a longer time for recovery and rehabilitation in order to then transform your health and vitality to a higher functioning level.

Many patients stay with the wellness care program much like you would go to the dentist for cleaning to prevent cavities to form. Our bodies are resilient and with the proper care, the right mindset and support there are no limits to our potential for healing and transformation.

Factors Affecting Your Recovery Time

○ Duration of your symptoms
○ Severity of any trauma
○ Intensity of your pain
○ Number of similar prior episodes
○ Your lifestyle and attitude
○ Your health at initial injury

○ Your weight
○ Your age
○ Your occupation
○ Your genetics
○ The degree to which you cooperate and participate in your own healing

Back Pain Bible Notes

○ Back pain is a warning sign.  Its purpose is to force you to react and remove yourself from the cause of the pain.  If you ignore the pain symbols and fail to remove the cause of the pain, the problems can worsen and become chronic, causing serious consequences throughout your entire body.

○ The total length of peripheral nerves in the human body is about 93,000 miles.

○ The back is composed of thirty-one bones, 24 of them are movable.

○ There are four major sections of the spine:

  1. Cervical region: C1-C7, Main characteristic is exceptional flexibility
  2. Thoracic spine: T1-T12, Relatively immobile due to rib attachments
  3. The lumbar region: L1-L5, Carries the majority of the weight of the upper body
  4. The sacral and coccygeal region: Sacrum and coccyx, The base of the spine

These vertebrae must be properly aligned for a healthy, pain free back! The natural curves support you when you move and act to evenly distributed your weight throughout the spine, thus reducing your chance of injuring your back.

Disc: They are like jelly doughnuts-A soft center surrounded by a firm outer ring.  Back flexibility, as well as the ability to move and bend is accomplished through the movement of fluid within the nucleus.  This allows your vertebrae to rock back and forth on your discs.

Vertebral ligaments: They attach one bone to another. Strengthen and support joints like hinges on a door. Ligaments are flexible but not very elastic. Once stretched beyond their limit, they can never return to their original size or shape.

Vertebral muscles: Muscles can go through this tension/relaxation cycle for an indefinite period. Spasms and pain develop, however, if a muscle is under sustained tension without an alternating relaxation phase. This tension can develop from:

○ Poor posture ○ Certain repetitive movements ○ Environmental stress ○ Nutritional deficiencies ○ Injury ○ Sustained, continual tension can keep the muscles from relaxing and can set you up for back pain.

Maintaining the strength and flexibility of several different muscle groups is of particular importance to a healthy back.  In addition to their role in movement, muscles provide support for the entire body and help to keep the spine erect.

Vicious cycle of back pain: Muscles go into spasm in an attempt to protect the back and to keep the damaged area immobile. By not removing the cause of the pain, we set ourselves up for a vicious cycle of muscle spasms that lead to pain, which then increases the muscle spasms that cause more pain. Emotional, physical and nutritional stress can cause spinal muscles to weaken, leading to imbalance and pain.

Physical, emotional and nutritional imbalances: Emotional stress hits us from every angle, upsetting our body’s delicate balance and causing perpetual back pain. Anything short of an optimal diet will leave your body unbalanced and more vulnerable to back pain. When back pain has no obvious origin, it may be caused by an overlapping of physical, psychoemotional, spiritual and nutritional imbalances.

( D.N.F.T. and Directional Non-Force Technique® are registered trademarks of Christopher John, DC of Beverly Hills, California)

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