Articles by Dr. John Conca
HOW TO PICK A CHIROPRACTOR
By John Conca DC
Today, 80% of Americans do not yet know enough about the origins of true health to go to a chiropractor. That’s like saying 80% of Americans don’t brush or floss their teeth! Imagine the dental problems if that were the case.
Just as we all have teeth we all have spines. Our spinal structure needs maintenance just like the teeth in our mouth. The spine houses the our body's main electrical system that is responsible for properly running all the other systems of the body. Most spines have 24 segments, and we should include the sacrum and ilium for this article. These hollow spinal segments protect the nerves when they are all in alignment but impinge upon these same nerves when misaligned. So the purpose of chiropractic spinal care is to locate which specific segments of the spine are misaligned and interfere with the proper function of the nerves, and to introduce a force sufficient to assist the spine in re-aligning itself and thus relieve the nerve interference.
PURPOSE OF CHIROPRACTIC
Chiropractic is an Science, Philosophy and Art. This article will deal with the Art of Chiropractic, that’s where the “rubber meets the road” as they say. How well skilled the chiropractor depends on two factors: professional training and education, and nuance from years experience in practice.
- Training in chiropractic school. Here’s another saying, “You can’t teach what you haven’t learned anymore than you can return from where you haven’t been.” Notwithstanding all the governmental accreditation etc, etc that schools and doctors have to go through, there is still a lot to be said about the training and the teachers that first influence the graduate doctor of chiropractic. Because I am a patient of chiropractic care and a Doctor of Chiropractic, I KNOW if a chiropractor is doing their job well. So my most important criterium for finding a chiropractor that’s right for you is:
- Specificity. How specific is your chiropractor’s technique? If your sixth cervical vertebra (C6) is misaligned and you have numbness in your right middle finder, and your chiropractor isn’t specifically contacting and adjusting the sixth cervical vertebra – the misaligned segment is not going to be adjusted. This is the Art of Chiropractic. The more specific the analysis and adjustment, the better the chiropractor and the better the service you are receiving.
There are many types of spinal adjusting treatments used by chiropractors. The most commonly used is manual or “by hand”. The effectiveness and comfort of chiropractic adjustments depends on your doctor being specific in the spinal analysis and contact of the misaligned spinal segment, and making sure that the adjustment is focused on the specific misaligned segment(s). I find gross manipulations are no substitute for a specific adjustment. You can ring a door bell with a shot gun blast or you can go up to it and gently use one finger. Which would you prefer?
DR. CONCA'S TEXTBOOK ON SPINAL ADJUSTING:
People like it when they start seeing results right away. So it’s very important for the doctor to know where and how to adjust someone’s spine. The more specific the spinal adjustment, the better the outcome. The more accurate the doctor performs each follow up adjustment the better the outcome.
The longer you’ve had health problems the longer it takes to see positive results. We are not educated in Public Schools as to the true cause of ill health so I’ll share that ‘secret’ with you. Nerves run the body. The brain and spinal cord are the first organs to form. They are completed protected by the hardest substance in the body: bone (three times stronger than cast iron!).
Spinal misalignments called subluxations are a major interference to your nervous system and the number one offender to your health. Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to locate and correct subluxations to relieve that pressure on your nerve system. A specific spinal adjustment means the body works better and health is restored naturally without drugs!
Not all Doctors of Chiropractic are equal. Not all Chiropractors adjust the spine either! Since Chiropractic is an Art, Science & Philosophy there are a great number of variables among my colleagues when it comes to patient care.
In 2000 I authored a professional textbook on specific spinal adjusting. I teach it to other doctors for their yearly continuing education credits. The book incorporates the study of spinal muscle palpation to determine were your spine is out of alignment, along with the most comfortable style of spinal adjusting – the instrument adjusting tool. The spring loaded adjusting tool is the second most used system for spinal adjusting among DC’s. More than half my book is devoted to the science and art of specific spinal analysis.
For a copy of my textbook: Chiropractic Spinal Adjusting Made Easy, send $120.00 (USD) made payable to: John Baptist Conca, POB 1116 Hermosa Beach, California 90254. Postage paid in continental US. Educational & Training programs are available upon request.
ANALYSIS OF THE SPINE:
How do we even know if a spinal bone is misaligned and where? Unfortunately pain is not a good criterion to determine where or when the spine is out of alignment; although pain can surely accompany nerve irritation. Feeling the muscles that attached to the spinal bones is the most common form of spinal analysis used by chiropractors. Here again feeling is an art – it’s called palpation. Some people have it and some don’t. Among those that do, even fewer are gifted. The KEY to finding where the spine is out of alignment is in the skill of palpation, not an x-ray. X-rays can be deceiving because not all bones are symmetrical. In other words, on x-ray some bones may appear misaligned but aren't really. Personally, I don’t want a chiropractor who relies solely on x-rays to tell me where I’m out of alignment, would you? Once the level of misalignment is discovered, the process of pushing the bone back into place - called the adjustment - is also a skill and an Art.
ADJUSTMENT OF THE SPINE:
The spinal adjustment is a profound opportunity for the body to heal itself. A specific spinal adjustment by hand is the hallmark of the chiropractic profession. A hand full of chiropractors might pooh-pooh this statement because they use computerized adjusting systems but well over 95% of chiropractors in practice are using the traditional “hands on” spinal adjusting technique. Instrument practitioners are not exempt from these standards of specificity of analysis and adjustment. Just because they have a $20,000 computerized adjusting device doesn’t mean they are immune from using it properly.
FINDING A CHIROPRACTOR THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU:
The better doctors will explain to you the patient what chiropractic is and what they are about to do. They will show you models and help relieve your concerns by showing you what it is he or she will be doing for you regarding chiropractic technique. Keep in mind that not all licensed doctors of chiropractic have the same skills when it comes to the Art of specific spinal adjustment.
For more information or a personalized consultation and spinal analysis please contact the author:
John Conca, DC
Post Office Box 1116
Hermosa Beach, California 90254
Doctor Direct: 310-955-0606
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Quality of Life
Have you every known anyone who suffered through a back surgery and the months of agony that followed? Well here’s some good news. A recently published 10-year medical study showed 31% fewer spinal surgeries in people who use chiropractors. This is especially important if you are self-employed. Dr. John Conca utilizes the APA disc decompression therapy along with traditional spinal adjustments as his standard of in-office care, accelerating healing processes and keeping spinal discs well-lubricated.
A Word to Employers:
Your company can save money and reduce employee down time by hiring Dr. John Conca to operate an on-site chiropractic wellness station. Under a company-wide chiropractic wellness program, employees of Coors Brewing Company found they became healthy, happier, and more productive people! There was less employee down time and a dramatic drop in back surgeries due to job related injuries. It’s a win-win situation for everyone, because on-site wellness program has been shown to even reduce the overall insurance premiums. According to an article in Financial Executive, March/April 1995, The Coors Brewing Company estimated an average return of $6.15 for every dollar invested in its wellness program. Their total health care costs decreased 6.4% in 1993, compared with a national average increase of 8.9% .
Weekly Chiropractic Adjustments Can Actually Save You Money!
Forty-five million Americans no longer havehealth insurance, so those who do have insurance found their benefits reduced. That’s where Dr. John Conca comes in. South Bay residents find that they actually save money on their health care expenses by seeing a chiropractor for wellness and preventive care.
Studies show that chiropractic can double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immune system fights colds, the flu and other sicknesses. So you’re saving money because you’re not running off to the Urgent Care as much and you’re no longer sick and tired.
II. Human Interest
ABOUT THE CROSS AND SEALS
Dr. John Conca’s investiture into the Order of
Knights of Rizal, September 3, 2010
Dr John Conca’s Investiture into the Order of the Knights of Rizal is a great honor. The Knights of Rizal is a Philippine Order of Knighthood named in honor of Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero of Philippine Independence from Spain dating back to 1911.
Pictured (below left) is Sir Dr. John Baptist Conca, DC, KR with Regional Commander Sir Reynaldo Banta, KGOR at the formal investiture ceremony into the Knights of Rizal.
Rizal’s guiding political philosophy proved to be the study and application of reforms, the extension of human rights, the training for self government and the arousing of spirit of discontent over oppression, brutality and inhumanity.
Regarding his ethical philosophy of life, Dr. Rizal counseled his people that the object of marriage was the happiness and love of the couple and not financial gain; and advised every one that love and respect for parents must be strictly observed.
Dr. John Conca’s investiture into the Order of
Constantine the Great, October 10th 2009.
Dr John Conca’s Investiture into the Order of Constantine the Great, on the evening of Saturday October 10th 2009, was a great honor. Several nobles and royals from Europe attended along with notable guests. Local and international press were present. During the Investiture Ceremony eight distinguished inductees recite the Knight’s Oath lead by Master of Ceremony U.S. General Michael Teilmann (Ret).
Dubbing Knights into this 1700 year-old dynastic Order began in the year 312 by Constantine at the Milvian Bridge near Rome. Facing a battle of unfathomable odds, Constantine prayed to the Lord, and the Holy Spirit told him, “By this Cross you shall conquer!” With these words he dubbed his first fifty Knights and won the battle, changing forever the history and direction of the Western civilization.
After the Knighting Ceremony, royalty and nobles from Europe posed with Knights for photographers.
Official Decree and Seals:
PAS - Parental Alienation
I never thought this could happen to my family. When I tell the story of the loss of my only child people cry. What has happened to my daughter happens to tens of thousands of families each year! It's called "Parental Alienation" and it effects more that 200,000 children in the U.S. every year. This is one loving Dad's way of reaching out to his daughter...
You're Awesome, Arianna!
call or text me anytime!
My mobile phone is 310-955-0606
Hi Arianna, I really enjoyed meeting your 8th Grade teachers at September's Back to School Night. I introduced myself to all of your teachers - including your gym teacher. Your advanced math teacher remembered me from last year. He says your an awesome student and I agree! I love you dearly, Dad.
Hi Arianna, I want to congratulate you on your Grades: A average! That's awesome Arianna! "A is for Awesome!"
Hi Arianna, I had a wonderful time at your guitar recital at your school this past June (2108). It brought joy to my heart to see you, at least from the audience. I was intently watching as your fingers delicately moved along the guitar while you played several classical pieces. Linda enjoyed it, too. We have a recording of your performance. I can only feel that your tears were out of confusion as to why your mom won't let us have our time together.
I have learned that some parents have a super deep fear that their child will love the other parent and not them, so they do everything in their power to keep the other parent from having any contact with their child(ren). This is called Parental Alienation. You and I have been affected by "Parental Alienation". You may have been told things about me that were said to make you feel bad about me so you won't call me. The alienating parent is preventing me from calling you, too, or giving you birthday gifts and Christmas presents; she has prevented any direct contact between us. I just want you to know that I didn't abandon you. I'd love to hear from you. We haven't spoken since June 4, 2016. I've written you numerous letters and sent you gifts, including your guitar. I never receive "thank you's" or even know if you receive them. Arianna,
you have the right to Love both your parents! I have always
been a loving Father to you. I love you, you know that in your heart. I am interested in your life and talk to your teachers at school. I look forward to going to "Back to School Night" to meet your teachers this year. You may contact me anytime. I would like that very much. You have the right to call me and email me and find out what's going on with me. As your Dad, I am here to help you during any difficult times you may have, or just to talk. I'd like to be part of
your life in any way that I can. Your freedom to know your Dad has
been taken away, unjustly, by certain people. Arianna you will be 14 years old soon. Please call Legal Services for Children at 415-863-3762. Ask them to discuss your rights under the law. At age 14, you can tell them you want to live with your father; I would never keep you from seeing your mother. You have options. I will help you any way I can. Check out RyanThomasSpeaks videos on YouTube. Ryan Thomas is a victim of Parental
Alienation, and his videos help people understand our family dynamic. I
highly recommend to anyone reading this open letter, to get your hands on a copy of the ISNAF Handbook. I'm glad I did. We are not alone. This
class action law suit addresses the systematic violation of our
civil rights and my right to be your parent. Certain people and
institutions conspired to deprive us of that life together.
I hope the outcome of this federal law suit stops future
violations of parental rights.
Their website states why the law suit was filed:
those regarding flagrant injustices within the child
custody/support/visitation realm ("family court" actions
between two natural/biological parents over their minor child/ren),
those regarding flagrant injustices within the child protective
services realm ("family court" actions by government social
workers versus one or both natural/biological parents over child
custody), along with those intended to shutdown and terminate all
related federal fundings ($4+ billion annually on Title IV-D and
similar, and $2-3 billion annually on portions of Title IV-A, IV-B,
IV-E and similar), i.e., all of the carrot and stick federal funding
schemes driving many injustices in both of those two "family
court" victimization realms. See our Arguments page
Arianna, your Dad loves you and misses you.
P. O. Box 1116
Hermosa Beach, California 90254