Services & Techniques

At Chiropractic Bodywork, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic care to each and every patient. We have included information below about the different chiropractic services offered in our office, but please call us at 805.373.2639 if you have any questions!

What is Chiropractic Medicine?

Chiropractic is a hands on technique based on improving the health of the entire body through focusing on the function of the muscular-skeletal system and the flow of the nervous system. Chiropractic medicine aims to encourage the bodies natural ability to heal itself. By improving the function of the bodies muscular-skeletal system, the nervous system’s channels of communication become clearer, and the bodies natural ability to communicate and heal itself is enhanced.

What is Active Release Technique® (ART)?

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system and movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. This Treatment is excellent for top athletes and desk bound computer workaholics alike. However active or sedentary you may be, ART is highly effective in yielding impressive, lasting results.

What is Trigger Point Therapy?

TPT was developed by Dr. Janet Travel, M.D. She recognized that when certain areas of the body were tight they could cause pain in a completely different area (Referred Pain). She was able to demonstrate that when these particular areas were treated, pain could be resolved.

Trigger point therapy is similar to Shiatzu and Acupressure in that it focuses on specific points of tension, or trigger points, to relieve muscle spasm and tension.

What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial release refers to Myo=muscle and Fascial=fascia. Fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue that covers all muscles. This layer of fascia allows muscles to act independently. Essentially allowing them to glide over one another. Fascial layers are theorized to adhere to one another. When these adhesions happen restrictions in movement and function occur. Myofascial Release focuses on finding and removing these restrictions.

What is S.O.T.?

Sacro Occipital Technique (S.O.T.) is a gentle and subtle Chiropractic technique intended to restore proper motion and alignment using "blocking" or props to realign the pelvis, spine and head. Sacro-Occipital Technique was originally formulated by Major Bertrand DeJarnette who was a Doctor of Chiropractic and Osteopathic Medicine and an Engineer in the 1920’s

SOT stands for Sacro Occipital Technique. “Sacro” means “related to, or associated with, the sacrum.” The sacrum is the foundation for the spine. “Occipital” means “related to or associated with the occiput.” The Occiput refers to a bone at “the back of the head.” SOT is a method of normalizing the movement relationship between the foundation of the spine and the top of the spine. It is this relationship and how these two bones get along with one another, that has been proven to be so important in the normal functioning of the brain and spinal cord.

There is a wavelike oscillation within the covering of the brain and spinal cord. Although quite subtle, this motion is essential for the normal functioning of the brain and spinal cord, and thereby the rest of the nervous system and the rest of the body. It functions much like breathing air, in that it has a cyclic tightening and loosening phase. The normal function of the cranial sacral respiratory mechanism is recognized as a primary function of life in the body and must be normal if all functions of the body are to be normal. Like other chiropractic techniques, SOT also corrects abnormal spinal mechanics and any associated nerve problems. These can include back pain, headaches, dizziness, arm and leg pains

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves creating a series of low energy acoustic wave pulsations that are directly applied to an injury through a person’s skin via a gel medium. The concept and technology originally evolved from the discovery that focused sound waves were capable of breaking down kidney and gallstones. Generated shockwaves have proven successful in a number of scientific studies for the treatment of chronic conditions. Shockwave therapy is its own treatment for a lingering injury, or pain resulting from illness. You don’t need painkillers with it - the purpose of the therapy is to trigger the body’s own natural healing response. Many people report that their pain is reduced and mobility improved after the first treatment.

Shockwave Therapy is a modality used for the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, primarily applied to chronic conditions, particularly those affecting medium to large sized tendons and their insertions on bone such as:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonopathy
  • Retrocalcaneal Bursitis
  • Lateral Epicondylosis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylosis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Calcific Tendonitis (supraspinatus tendon, etc.)
  • Patellar Tendinosis (Jumper’s Knee)
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Chronic Stress/Non-union Fractures


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Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Excellent work ethic and bed-side manner. He's not the type to give you heat/stim/roller bed and call it a day. Dr. Chris will really get in there and try to give you immediate relief. His ART techniques in particular are very effective. I highly recommend giving him a try for upper or lower back problems"
  • "Dr. Chris Tosh is by far the best chiropractor I've seen. I've been to doctors with injuries from running and playing basketball and those doctors would just tell me to stop and give up on those activity without even trying to find a cure or help me out with my injury. Dr. Chris works with you with great care, patience and provide detailed information on the cause and the problem. His A.R.T. (Active Release Therapy) technical works well on many treatments from psoas issues to joint problems. He can also find any imbalance in your body that may have caused issues before running into injuries. This guy is the man to go to for sports related injury. Don't give up on what you're passionate about. Make an appointment and see what he can do for you. - Highly recommended."
    - Kevin C.