Chiropractic Physicians are trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Historically, they represent a broad range of philosophical interests in primary non-surgical spinal health care. Though not limited to vertebral adjustments, most tend to view their health care treatments as nerve, bone and muscle related and their techniques, while varied, are designed to manually, and with other equipment, alter the tissues to achieve structural and injury homeostasis and repair.
The manipulation of soft tissues, the spine, and other joints with manual therapy is, for most chiropractors, perceived to be physiologically based. They use exams and modern diagnostics to sort out clinically significant disturbances affecting patients’ physical health. The American Medical Association, in l987, was found to engage in restraint of trade and conspiracy, which ended their de facto boycott of chiropractic. The bias against this profession still lingers from this era.
The subjective experience that patients seek out from chiropractors results from techniques designed to maneuver the three joint complex of the spinal column, using thrust, or sudden force, which increases a joint’s range of motion. Likewise, other joint problems can be mobilized through manual and other techniques.
Dr. Robin Glass
Dr. Robin Glass, who grew up in New Mexico, began his Chiropractic studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. He graduated as salutatorian (second in class) from Palmer College in 1982.
After graduating from Palmer College, Dr. Robin Glass began practicing in Nebraska, Albuquerque and Farmington, NM. In 1984 he then took over a practice in Bloomfield, NM.
In the 90’s Dr. Robin Glass obtained his certification as a Chiropractic Neurologist. While doing so he learned instrumental adjusting techniques for relieving spinal pain and restoring normal neurological function. This, in turn, taught him the many intricacies of how spinal function profoundly affects the function of the nervous system.
Dr. Robin Glass counsels his patients in many ways, some of which include:
- Spinal exercises
- Proper postural habits
- Proper sleeping positions and habits
- Regular exercise
- Avoidance of stress
- Weight control counseling
Dr. Beamer comes to us from Bellingham, Washington, and will be mainly helping us to build chiropractic services at Whole Body Wellness.
Dr. Beamer came to chiropractic, like so many, because he was in pain. Constant, daily low back pain had become normal life for him and the traditional medical community had little to offer besides pharmaceuticals. “I wanted natural health care options and every time I went to the chiropractor I was fascinated by what they were doing. I always asked tons of questions about schooling and why they were doing the adjustments they chose. Eventually, I decided to go back to school to help other people.”
Dr. Beamer has always been interested in a holistic health model of care and recognizes the deep connections between each of the body’s systems. “Without looking at the whole, you are simply managing symptoms. Eventually, most people want to know why they feel the way they do and how to fix it, that’s where chiropractic shines.”
Dr. Jay Bunker
Dr. Jay Bunker began hands-on healing work in l983 as a Structural Integration Practitioner. This training included postural instruction and deep tissue massage designed to better align patient’s musculo-skeletal structure while reducing chronic tension and promoting better function. The improvements he saw convinced him to further his knowledge and skill by going back to school. He obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College – West in 1992 and started a practice near Berkeley, CA where he worked for over 20 years.
After moving to New Mexico, Dr. Jay began practicing at Northern New Mexico Health Center. He brings a wealth of clinical experience in a variety of adjustive techniques, including gentle low force adjusting. The use of these techniques are designed to reduce tension in the spinal cord, which can be the source of many neurologic and health problems. His training in Sacro Occipital Technique is employed for low back pain, digestive, and other organ dysfunctions. He is trained, and teaches, balance and alignment, which is designed to produce postural changes to reduce tension and pain.
Jay is attentive and thorough in his evaluations to optimize therapeutic outcomes and give patient’s the best treatment options for their situation.