Dr. Mark Chiungos
I am primarily trained to diagnose subluxation (spinal dysfunction) utilizing Sacral Occipital Technique, a comprehensive neurological indicator based system that aides in the detection of spinal injury and dysfunction. I am also trained in the following diagnostic systems: AppliedKinesiology, Postural Assessment and Motion Palpation. I treat using a variety of techniques; the higher speed adjustments like Diversified and Gonstead, as well as, the lower speed mobilization and traction techniques ( I would include pelvic blocking and Cranial Manipulation into this group).
Chiropractic Patient Process
New patient appointments are approximately 1 hour and scheduled on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday either at 10:30 AM or 6:00 PM.The first appointment is the most critical; it is where I learn about you, your health status, what is causing your condition(s) and making a plan of what we are going to do about it.
Follow up visits are usually scheduled with one patient every 15 minutes. Treatment days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 7:AM to 10:15 AM and 3:00 Pm to 6:15 PM. I perform administrative duties up front (collecting copays and scheduling appointments), find out about your progress, treat if appropriate and then document our encounter. I do not have standard treatment frequencies. I treat week by week initially. Patient care is a dynamic process and I like to make alterations in our plan;at the time the changes are occurring. In general it is efficient and based upon your unique response to care.
Chiropractic Treatment Goals
The goal of Chiropractic treatment at this office is to treat subluxation (spinal misalignment/improper spinal motion) so that interference to the nervous system is reduced allowing the bodies innate ability to heal to express itself. All people do not respond to Chiropractic the same. Responses to care and recovery times are often effected by a number of variables: weight status, work habits, attitudes and demands, mental status, existing disease states (diabetes, arthritic changes, auto-imunnity ect.), medication schedules, mattress health are among the most common detractors to progress. It has been my experience that patients who develop a trust in their doctors, take suggestion, show up for treatment and work to communicate with them honestly have better outcomes.
I often work in conjunction with other professionals; Orthopedists, Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists and Exercise Specialists. When treatment is not progressing as expected, I will call upon other professionals for second opinions. It is a great way to insure against underlying, undetected problems that may further effect your health negatively.
Once care is completed many patients choose to stay on for periodic chiropractic treatments (Wellness/Supportive Care) to help keep their gains and to continue to promote their spinal health.