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Correcting Your Problems with Non-Force Chiropractic Techniques

Tension and pressure cause problems. Therefore relief requires gentle treatment.

  • No twisting.
  • No cracking.
  • No after-treatment swelling.

Initial Office Visit

  • The first treatment addresses many chronic and rooted patterns your body has amassed up to this point.
  • Includes history, exam and treatment – approximate length of visit is 45-60 minutes.
  • Please arrive a few minutes early to fill out paperwork or download our patient intake form to complete and bring with you.

Second Office Visit

  • Because the body desires to be in a corrected state, much (sometimes all) of the work done in the initial visit will hold. The cause of any residual patterns or symptoms can usually be identified and addressed at this point.
  • Follow-up history and treatment – approximate length of visit is 30 minutes.

Maintenance

  • On each office visit, you are given a 100% cotton, opaque gown to wear which closes in the back. You will be covered the entire time except for the area along the spine.
  • Place marks may be made with a hypoallergenic pencil for treatment accuracy.

Office Visit in New York City

Roll your heavy stuff

Be sure to treat your body gently while in transit to and from Dr. Leder’s office.

Preparation

Carrying backpacks, gym bags, briefcases, heavy purses, and/or shopping bags on your shoulders can hurt you prior to your arrival and undo the good of your treatment.  We recommend using a  wheeled-cart to roll your heavy stuff.

Definitely use a cane if you feel even the slightest need for extra stability.  There’s a reason for the adage, “Pride goeth before the fall!”  We recommend owning a folding cane or collapsible trekking poles which are light-weight, store easily, and can be carried unobtrusively when no longer needed (such as after a treatment).

Going Home

You will definitely feel better after your visit to Dr. Leder!  The treatment and how good you’ll feel are the beginning of your healing process.

If possible, plan on relaxing after your session rather than going to the gym or grocery shopping as, even if you feel great, your body is still responding to DNFT adjustments. If you don’t give yourself time to relax after treatment, you could feel a little sore and, possibly, further aggravate your body.

The Next Day or So . . .

A highly productive adjustment corrects problems that have developed over a long period of time and, sometimes, can make you feel sleepy. We encourage you to lay down when you get home, if this is your experience, and continue to relax if you feel tired the next day.  Be gentle with your body for a day or two.  Rest always aids healing.

Be aware to analyze your movements, such as those you make when sitting, standing, walking, and leaning. Observing what may cause and/or contribute to your problems will yield more healthful living.

Fine Tuning

By observing the tissue-deep nature of your problem and your behaviors, Dr. Leder will help you identify how to move correctly. Upon request, he will also make suggestions for diet and nutritional supplements.

Consider bringing to your session(s) photos or videos of you in positions that you think might be causing problems. Visual examples of how you move in a chair or walk with heavy items, for example, may reveal answers to speed your recovery.

Good Patient Policy

Please be considerate to:

  • Be on time to appointments; and
  • Contact Dr. Leder ASAP if you are unable to keep an appointment. Someone may be able to gain relief in the time that you forfeit.

What to Expect

Briefly, Dr. Leder observes your body’s reaction to light touch when applied to specific areas. If touching on one side of the spine produces a contraction in an extremity (for example, your leg or arm), a problem is identified. Gentle pressure, such as a light press on the opposite side of the spine eliminates the contraction and allows your body to align itself without force.  Because the body desires to be in a corrected state, much (sometimes all) of the work done in the initial visit will hold. The cause of any residual patterns or symptoms can usually be identified and addressed at this point.

The Gown

During your treatment you are given a 100% cotton, opaque gown to wear which closes in the back and exposes your back for observation and treatment. Unlike standard, hospital gowns, you are fully covered with only your back exposed.  You will be covered the entire time except for the area along the spine.

The Shoes!

Dr. Mark Leder, DC

DNFT – Examination shoes

Muscle contraction causes subluxation (spinal misalignment) and usually causes your heels to be uneven in length. The funny-looking, half shoes with thick heels are placed on your feet to observe when your heels line up during treatment.

When Dr. Leder touches a hot spot (tender spot) on your back, one of your legs will contract, causing the shortened leg to lift slightly.

The Treatment

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DNFT examination starts by marking a patient’s back

After discussing your problem(s) with Dr. Mark, you lay face down on an examination table while Dr. Mark marks your spine with light (easily removable) lines with a hypoallergenic pencil on top of each spinal bone, as well as on some other areas. These marks allow him to accurately apply gentle pressure to problem areas during treatment without having to hunt for the exact spot each time he begins a new procedure. Place marks may be made for treatment accuracy.

Gentle Motions

With your back and corresponding hot spots marked, Dr. Leder systematically presses until all spasms are relieved.

Dr. Mark Leder, DC

DNFT pressure, not twisting or cracking, relieves pain

While most patients experience instant relief of their most painful problems, it may take a few more visits before everything is OK because, often, several problems are present at once. These include head, neck, arm, hand, leg, and foot problems, plus pain in the back itself. Sometimes, pain in one area is so intense that it masks pain in another. When the first pain is relieved, the second is noticed and able to be corrected.

 

Illustrations by Karen Little

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