Your body has the power to heal itself.
Throughout her 30 year healing practice as a Santa Barbara chiropractor, Dr. Girard has seen that when a spine is well aligned , a powerful feeling of well being is experienced within the patient. When the body’s pure energy is flowing without impedance, there is an innate force that heals from within. Valerie's primary intent in her work with the spine and extremities is to not only relieve pain and symptoms but to restore this flow of energy to each patient.
CONDITIONS TREATED USING DR. GIRARD'S ADVANCED CHIROPRACTIC HEALING PROTOCOLS
- All spinal injuries: low back, pelvis, sacrum, neck, mid back and ribs.
- Sciatica and all radiating nerve syndromes into shoulders, arms and upper back.
- Injuries of the hips, shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles, fingers and toes.
- Disc injuries and degenerative joint disease.
- TMJ (jaw)
- Muscle strains, pulls, weakness and spasms.
- Complex sports injuries.
- Injuries resulting from auto accidents and personal injuries.
During your appointment, you can expect to be thoroughly listened to as you share your complaints as well as your thoughts and feelings. Patients remain fully clothed while Dr. Girard tests the strength of all the muscles around the area of complaint. Each adjustment is delivered with precision and low force and all weak muscles are retested to show an immediate improvement.
Some of the various chiropractic techniques that she uses are:
- Diversified Adjusting
- Activator Non Force Adjusting
- Applied Kinesiology
- Total Body Modification
- Educational Kinesiology
- Cranio-sacral Technique
Dr. Girard always performs a thorough exam at the time of the first visit, as well as needed yearly re-exams. She is adept at reading blood work to assess nutritional needs and to diagnose physiological imbalances. Although she generally treats without the need for X-ray films, Dr. Girard will order and read X-ray films as needed to diagnose complicated cases. In addition, she will order MRI's as needed.
Valerie will offer you an assessment of your condition as well as a treatment plan. Over the course of your treatment, she will also offer appropriate suggestions for diet and nutrition as well as exercise therapy to support your health and wellness beyond the recovery of your injury or condition.
Dr. Girard may use various forms of physical medicine to diagnose and treat various complaints and imbalances. These include:
Dr. Girard may also integrate nutrition into your treatment. She has acted in the family doctor role for thirty years, assisting her family of patients who have sought alternative therapy for basic health issues. Dr. Girard utilizes blood work and symptoms analysis as well as employing a strong intuitive process to assess her patient’s exact nutritional needs. She has studied with some of chiropractic’s finest and has developed nutritional protocols and treatments for the following:
- Acute and chronic infection (non emergency)
- Adrenal insufficiency
- Bowel Imbalances
- Immune enhancement
- Recovery from surgery
- Sports injuries
You may learn more here.
UNDERLYING EMOTIONAL CAUSES
Valerie also may assist you in “tuning into” any emotional or mental stresses that may be contributing to your condition as well treating those conditions with body-centric techniques. Over the years, she has acquired numerous techniques for clearing stressors that may inhibit her patient’s full recovery. She is willing to integrate this into your session if neccessary. You may read more about her emotional and energetic work here.
She will also work with other health care providers to insure that you receive the care you deserve. If she determines that she cannot treat your problem, she will make appropriate recommendations to other practitioners.