chiropractic services
If you are experiencing pain, we want to help! We are dedicated to helping patients regain pain-free lives. Oftentimes, people do not seek help for pain until it worsens. We want to help at the onset of symptoms, so they do not progress.

Nutritional Consultations

Nutrition

Here at Ragon Chiropractic Health Center we want to help you on your journey towards health and wellness. Our goal is to help you achieve total health and balance with your body. In order to achieve that goal, we are here to offer specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to help you maintain a healthy weight.

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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are many types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities). People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons; for example, to reduce stress and anxiety, to relax muscles, to rehabilitate injuries, to reduce pain and to promote overall health and wellness.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an old healing practice of traditional Chinese medicine dating back over 4,000 years. It still remains effective today as a way to strengthen the body rather than merely treating symptoms. It is primarily used to relieve pain as well as treat other conditions. More than 3 million Americans and 200,000 children in the U.S. have had acupuncture to help relieve a symptom or condition. Because of its low side effects, it has been the treatment of choice for many doctors across the country. It is even more popular in other countries.

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Acupressure

An acupressure chiropractor uses a combination of treatments to help aide in orthopedic patient recovery. This combines two different types of medicinal practices. The eastern and western practices are combined into service to give a patient optimal benefits.

Acupressure is used to treat pains and many other types of soft tissue problems while chiropractic service uses forceful or gentle touch to help manipulate and correct an out-of-balance structure through the body. When both types of practices are applied, the benefits are experienced in a timelier manner.

Definition of Acupressure

An acupressure chiropractor, combines both acupressure and chiropractic measures. Acupressure is based on an oriental philosophy. They believe better health is achieved by carefully applied force to specific areas - Qi. This is the energy that flows through people. In acupressure, blocked joints are opened through massage and massage takes place with either hand or finger pressure rather than needles. The needles are the traditional form called acupuncture. There are also different forms of acupressure.

Chiropractic uses forceful or gentle touch, and sometimes a combination of both. The movement technique is meant to correct spinal imbalances. When the spine is not aligned, pressure on the spinal cord can happen. This can have a domino effect throughout the body. A Chiropractor maintains balance in the body so it will function correctly. This helps with pain found in certain areas of the body and corrects certain situations. This is a big part of acupressure chiropractor.

Are There Similarities Between Acupressure and Chiropractic Service?

With acupressure, the combination both work with back pain. Acupressure works to alleviate the pain and chiropractor works to maintain a balance in the spine. When people wait too long, and the spine has caused several problems, an acupressure chiropractor is a better benefit. The acupressure will help to alleviate the pain caused; while the chiropractic will work at maintaining a balance in the spine.

Both areas help to deal with pain. So combining both with acupressure chiropractor together will get you the best of both worlds. If you have a problem with the spine, and particularly if you have had it for a long time, you will want to go to an acupressure chiropractor. These doctors can help with more than one problem at a time. They go hand in hand together. Complimenting each other with the areas, they help with.

You will enjoy the benefits of the acupressure chiropractor you go to see. With both combinations, you should see a difference in the pain area quickly, and essentially enjoy the happiness of more comfort by going to an acupressure chiropractor. These doctors are well versed in both forms of massage and gone are the days when you have to use needles.

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Applied Kinesiology

Have you ever wondered why Dr. Ragon applies light pressure to your arm or leg and it feels too weak to hold up? And if that wasn't bizarre enough, Dr. Ragon tests you again after performing a few manipulations or touching a particular point on your body (that seems completely unrelated) only to find that you are no longer weak but quite strong indeed! What is Dr. Ragon doing?

Dr. Ragon is certified in a specialty technique known as Applied Kinesiology. Chiropractors have many techniques in their repertoire; just as a baseball pitcher might have many different pitches that he/she has learned to utilize while taking into account the many factors surrounding the ball game and the batter at the plate. Dr. Ragon is well-known in the field as an Applied Kinesiologist for his vast knowledge and understanding of the structural-chemical-mental continuum that surrounds health and wellness, coupled with his background in nutrition that produce results for his patients that they have otherwise been unable to achieve..

What is Applied Kinesiology?

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis using muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person's body is functioning. When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis will determine the best form of therapy for the patient. Since AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies, it provides an interdisciplinary approach to health care.

In general, the applied kinesiologist finds a muscle that tests weak and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly. A weak muscle is an outword signal that the brain can not handle to conflicting messages at the same time. The practitioner will then evaluate and apply the therapy that will best eliminate the muscle weakness and help the patient.
Therapies utilized can include specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian therapy, clinical nutrition, dietary management and various reflex procedures.

In some cases, the examiner may test for environmental or food sensitivities by using a previously strong muscle to find what weakens it.
Applied kinesiology uses the - triad of health - chemical, mental and structural factors - to describe the proper balance of the major health categories.

The triad is represented by an equilateral triangle with structural health as its base, and the upright sides representing chemical and mental health. When a person experiences poor health, it is due to an imbalance in one or more of these three factors.

The triad of health is interactive and all sides must be evaluated for the underlying cause of a problem. A health problem on one side of the triad can affect the other sides. For example, a chemical imbalance may cause mental symptoms. Applied kinesiology enables the practitioner to evaluate the triad's balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides. Example of How AK Works:

Migraine Signs or Symptoms
Severe headache with visual and nauseous symptoms

Description
This is the most severe type of head pain. It is accompanied by visual imbalances and usually with severe gastric upset. It can last for hours or at times days

Causes
As with other common problems, the cause is unknown. It is associated with hormonal imbalances, stress and sensitivities.

Standard Treatment
Strong medications to reduce the symptoms are used. These are taken at the first sign that the migraine is starting.

AK Approach
The examination begins with local factors in the head. These include testing to determine the normal motion of the bones of the skull, imbalances in the muscles of the jaw, and the tension of the muscles that hold your head on your neck. If there are imbalances that are found, then testing is done to find what is causing the imbalances. Common factors are food sensitivities, environmental factors like perfumes, stress, bite imbalances, hormonal imbalances and spinal, especially neck, problems. The approach is to find the local imbalances that cause the headache and the triggers that cause them to occur.

Treatment encompasses both of these aspects by correcting the underlying physical faults and removing or minimizing the triggers. Consequently, cranial corrections, spinal work, balancing of the muscles of the neck, head and especially those of chewing, and nutritional support for aimed at supporting the systems that trigger the headaches are all intertwined into a personalized treatment program.

What is an AK examination?

Applied kinesiology interactive assessment procedures represent a form of functional biomechanical and functional neurologic evaluation. The term "functional biomechanics" refers to the clinical assessment of posture, organized motion such as in gait, and ranges of motion. Muscle testing readily enters into the assessment of postural distortion, gait impairment and altered range of motion. During a functional neurologic evaluation, muscle tests are used to monitor the physiologic response to a physical, chemical or mental stimulus. The observed response is correlated with clinical history and physical exam findings and, as indicated, with laboratory tests and any other appropriate standard diagnostic methods. Applied kinesiology procedures are not intended to be used as a single method of diagnosis. Applied kinesiology examination should enhance standard diagnosis, not replace it.

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The Webster Technique

What is the Webster Technique?
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment for pregnant women. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated. Ragon Chiropractic Health Center is happy to be certified in the Webster Technique.

Chiropractic care in pregnancy is becoming more popular as women are discovering the many benefits associated with chiropractic care during pregnancy and childbirth. It is vital to the physiological function for both the mother and baby throughout pregnancy and birth. The Webster Technique assists in making this process a smoother transition.

Is the Webster Technique safe?
It is extremely, gentle safe and effective.

Is the Webster Technique able to re-position babies in the womb?
The Webster Technique is not a baby-turning technique. There is no direct external forces used on the baby.

What are the benefits of the Webster Technique during pregnancy?
Sacral subluxations may contribute to difficult labor for the mother known as dystocia. This can be caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction or baby mal-presentation. By correcting all of these areas throughout pregnancy, it can have a positive effect on the causes of dystocia. According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (2002), an 82% success rate is seen by Webster Technique Certified Chiropractors who work with mothers with babies presenting breech or transverse. Another added benefit of utilizing this technique during pregnancy is a greater chance of your child being in proper position for childbirth.

Here at Ragon Chiropractic Health Center, we value the health of you and your baby and want to be a part of your journey during this beautiful life experience. We recognize the importance of a child’s well-being which begins in pregnancy. If you or someone you know is interested in pregnancy care, call us today at . We are happy to answer any questions you might have.

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What is Intersegmental Traction?

It is a way of inducing passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints, increasing mobility.

How does Intersegmental Traction work?
The patient lies face up on a bench table which has roller-type cams beneath its surface. These rollers can slowly travel the length of the spine, stretching spinal joints.

What does Intersegmental Traction feel like?
Most patients find this form of treatment to be relaxing and very helpful. The gentle rolling action is restful, exercising the spine without effort.

Why is Intersegmental Traction used?
Since discs have a poor blood supply, they get nutrients from the circulation of fluids surrounding spinal joints. Fixations prevent this natural circulation and can cause disc thinning and degeneration. Intersegmental traction helps increase and restore necessary elasticity and motion to the spine.

Patient Benefits

  • Comfortable and relaxing
  • Increased mobility
  • Improves circulation of spinal fluids
  • Most patients enjoy the relaxing motion and the increased mobility gained from Intersegmental Traction.

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Interferential Electro-Therapy

What is Interferential Electro-Therapy?
It is a therapeutic treatment to aid in the relief of pain and the promotion of soft tissue healing.

How Does Interferential Electro-Therapy work?
Tiny amounts of electrical impulses are induced into the tissues in the vicinity of the injury. Where these waves intersect below the surface of the skin, a low-frequency stimulation is created. This prompts the body to secrete endorphins and other natural pain killers to help relieve pain.

What does Interferential Electro-Therapy feel like?
Most patients find Interferential Electro-Therapy to be extremely beneficial and describe the treatment as a faint "pins and needles" sensation.

Why is Interferential Electro-Therapy used?
Interferential Electro-Therapy is most often used for pain relief and to aid in reduction the swelling of soft tissues. Ligament sprains, muscle strains and spasms often respond to this treatment, helping to reduce atrophy and increase blood circulation.

Patient Benefits

  • Reduces painful symptoms
  • Decreases local swelling
  • Promotes muscle tone
  • Restores normal movements
  • Releases the body's natural pain killers
  • Accelerates the healing process
  • Simply relax as the soothing waves of treatment diminish your discomfort.

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Microcurrent Therapy

What is Microcurrent Therapy?
Microcurrent Therapy uses extremely small amounts of electrical current (millionths of an amp) to help relieve pain and heal soft tissues of the body.

How does Microcurrent Therapy work?
Injury to the body disrupts its normal electrical activity. Microcurrent Therapy produces electrical signals like those naturally occurring when the body is repairing damaged tissues. By applying similar electrical currents, the healing process is enhanced.

What does Microcurrent Therapy feel like?
The electrical current used in Microcurrent Therapy is so small that is its rarely felt. However, the water moistened electrodes or gel used to conduct the current may seem cool when first applied.

Why is Microcurrent Therapy used?
Microcurrent Therapy is often recommended in cases involving soft tissue inflammation or muscle spasm. Since Microcurrent Therapy mimics the body's electrical fields it is helpful in relieving pain and stimulating the haling of soft tissues.

Patient Benefits

  • Can help speed the healing process
  • Reduces swelling and inflammation
  • Masks acute and chronic pain
  • Releases muscle trigger points
  • Improves soft tissue regeneration
  • Microcurrent Therapy approximates the natural electrical currents of the body to enhance the healing process.

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Corrective Exercises

Corrective exercises are the use of bodily movements and/or postures to restore desirable changes in diseased or injured tissues. The corrective exercises are movement strategies that minimize or eliminate compensation. Corrective exercises should precede more integrated exercises, because they can cue the patient’s motor system to respond in a more desirable way and assist in removing or improving biomechanical constraints.

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Graston Technique

Graston Technique

The Graston Technique® (GT) is an innovative, evidence-based form of therapy that utilizes an instrument to assist in soft tissue mobilization. This enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. GT utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The use of GT instruments along with therapeutic exercises helps restore pain-free movement and function. The Graston Technique® was originally developed by athletes to treat soft tissue injuries. It has grown in popularity as an alternative approach in treating acute and chronic soft tissue injuries.

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Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is a non-invasive mechanical procedure performed within our office to help alleviate back pain. It involves gently stretching the spine to take pressure off the spinal discs (the cushions that separate the vertebrae in the spine). By relieving this pressure, bulging discs can retract back into place which takes pressure off the nerves in the spine. By decompressing the spine, it permits water, oxygen and other fluids to work their way back into the discs allowing them to heal naturally. Spinal decompression is an excellent option for anyone with chronic back pain who wants to get back to living a pain-free life as quickly as possible.

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