As with all professions, principled chiropractors have a large number of various methods to evaluate and take care of patients. In our office, Drs. Tonnos uses numerous gentle and effective techniques such as Thomson, Activator, Toggle, and Diversified techniques.

Principled Chiropractic is the art, science and philosophy of realigning vertebrae (bones) that are out of alignment in the spine to restore function in the nervous system (nerves).

Nerves control the human body. Everything (circulation, breathing, elimination, etc.) is under the direction of this unbelievably complicated system. If the impulses of this network are transmitted normally to and from the brain without interference, the body will be at its optimum and able to ward off disease to the best of its ability. If these impulses are stopped or interfered with, the area dependent upon them will malfunction and/or become diseased. A vertebral subluxation occurs when a vertebra in your spine becomes misaligned, and it causes nerve interference.

Principled Chiropractic is the only profession that utilizes gentle spinal adjustments to free pinched nerves so the body can heal itself. Principled chiropractors focus on the spine and the origin of the nervous system to correct problems throughout the body without the use of drugs or surgery

This is where the principled chiropractor comes in. The doctor applies a gentle force to the spine that unlocks the vertebra (bone) that is out of alignment and corrects their vertebral subluxation. Once the vertebrae are in alignment, the body can restore its normal nerve function.
Drs. Tonnos is dedicated to learning how, when, why, and where to apply that gentle force called a Chiropractic adjustment, and to help you, the patient, prevent your subluxation from recurring.
Everyone can benefit from modern, safe, effective, and painless principled chiropractic care. In our office, we use principled chiropractic techniques that are extremely effective for everyone including the elderly and infants.
How quickly a person responds to principled chiropractic care can vary greatly depending on the length of time the vertebral subluxation has been in their spine, though most people feel immediate improvement. It is important to remember that even though you may feel better, the underlying condition may take much longer to correct. In many cases it may take several adjustments or a series of adjustments to make permanent changes in the spine. Each patient’s progress is closely monitored by the principled chiropractor and different options are discussed.
A subluxation is a vertebra in the spine which is out of alignment putting pressure on a nerve affecting health in the body. Furthermore, a vertebral subluxation is a serious spinal condition that interferes with the health of the nervous system, the vertebral column (spinal column) and the general health of the entire body as a whole.

Three different types of stress can cause subluxations:

1. Emotional Stress: According to research, the #1 cause of subluxation in North America today is emotional stress. Emotional stress can result from family problems, financial difficulties and work or school related problems. It is important to understand that emotional stress can cause tension in your muscles that in time can pull vertebrae out of alignment.

2. Physical Stress: Physical stress can be caused by accidents, sports injuries, falls, and other trauma, poor posture, repetitive movements that gradually wear down your body parts and difficult birth. Although vertebral subluxations are the most common forms of interference with nerve messages, they are by no means the only ones. Broken bones, arthritis, tumors, direct pressure (when your legs or arms ‘go to sleep’), and neurological diseases, such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, polio and cerebral palsy, can also damage nerves.

3. Chemical Stress: Poor nutrition, chemical addiction (drug intake), being over medicated, or being exposed repeatedly to industrial chemicals can cause Chemical Stress.

Different people have different reactions depending on their condition (i.e. presence of swelling, inflammation and muscle spasms), the amount of time the condition has existed and the person’s degree of sensitivity. Many people however will feel the following:

1. Peace and relaxation:
After an adjustment you may experience a feeling of deepening peace and relaxation. This relaxed feeling may last for the rest of the day or the week and may lead to deep refreshing sleep. Other patients have reported a warm feeling flowing to various parts of their bodies which is very soothing. Some patients feel very energetic and do all their chores or business that day with a light, happy feeling.

2. Relief of symptoms:
Other patients may find their symptoms begin to disappear, and the problems that initiated the visit to the principled chiropractor begin to lessen after the first visit. Some patients feel no difference after an adjustment. This does not mean they are not benefiting from their adjustments, but rather they’re not feeling any external reaction.

3. Overall improvement:
As you continue your principled chiropractic care and your spine and nervous system continue to release deep seated stress, you may begin to notice better balance, smoother movement, and as a result, more energy. Other benefits include increased awareness of your spine and its movements, areas of tightness and/or restrictions; awareness of your body stress; and more emotional relaxation. You may spontaneously change your eating habits, feel an increased desire to exercise, go for walks or become more sensitive to your work and leisure.

No. In our office we use gentle effective techniques which are painless and provide excellent results. After removing the vertebral subluxations of the spine the body is once again able to return to its normal function.

In our office, we recommend that you do the following once we have corrected your spinal misalignments.

1. Exercise
2. Follow proper nutrition
3. Reduce stress
4. Maintain proper posture
5. Get the proper amount of rest and sleep
6. Keep a positive mental attitude

We understand that you can not change your lifestyle overnight. However, if you incorporate these ideas slowly, you will most definitely enjoy better health. Keep in mind that you are responsible for your health.

Principled Chiropractic is one of the most affordable forms of health care available. The fee will vary from person to person based on the type of care required. You will be informed of any fee before a procedure is performed.
In the words of the New Zealand government’s inquiry, principled chiropractic care is “…remarkably safe.” It is safer than back surgery, muscle relaxers, and even aspirin. All ages from babies to the elderly enjoy safe, effective care.
A recent study by Nilsson in Denmark reports that children under principled chiropractic care are healthier than other children, miss less school, are more attentive and have less need for drugs. Children with conditions such as earaches, colic, bed wetting, scoliosis, “growing pains”, torticollis, and asthma respond wonderfully to Chiropractic Care.

There are 3 types of care in Chiropractic:

1) Initial Care to remove symptoms.

2) Corrective Care to correct the cause of the underlying muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative change.

3) Wellness Care, similar to brushing teeth, tuning up your car or regularly visiting a dentist, wellness care is important for maintaining optimal health, saving money, and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. How long you decide to benefit from principled chiropractic is always up to you.

Absolutely not! A Doctor of Chiropractic is a primary contact physician, meaning you do not need a referral. If yours is not a Chiropractic case, a responsible principled chiropractor will refer you to the appropriate health care provider.