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The right adjustments

Atlas Alternative Health Center of Houghton specializes in new spinal-corrective procedure

January 26, 2011
The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Drs. Andrea Dibley and David Campain have taken chiropractic care to the next level with the opening of their new state-of-the-art clinic in Houghton.

Atlas Alternative Health Center, located at 706 W. Sharon Ave., Suite 2, opened in January to offer patients of all ages low-force traditional chiropractic care as well as a new spinal-corrective procedure unique to the entire Upper Peninsula.

"It's called Atlas Orthogonal, or AO," Dibley said of the technique. "Orthogonal means 90 degrees in Greek so that's what we are trying to do with our adjustments is getting the head to 90 degrees from the shoulders and the shoulders to 90 degrees from the rest of the spine."

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Drs. Andrea Dibley and David Campain demonstrate a new spinal-corrective procedure at their chiropractic clinic in Houghton.

AO is a highly specialized technique within the chiropractic field, Campain said, and only 300 doctors in the world specialize in the procedure. Prior to the Atlas Center opening in Houghton, the nearest clinic offering AO was in Wausau, Wis.

"The AO doctor utilizes an ultra light force method of specifically adjusting the spine," he said. "This method is extremely gentle and effective."

Dibley said patients with neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, and Parkinson's disease have responded well to the treatment. Additional symptoms and ailments such as acid reflux, athletic injuries, arm pain and numbness, chronic pain, whiplash, headaches, ear infections, and infertility, among many others, have been helped successfully with AO procedures.

One of the most obvious differences between AO and other chiropractic techniques is the gentle, painless way in which the adjustment is given.

"No manipulation (twisting or cracking) is ever employed or needed," Dibley said. "Also, the accuracy of the procedure affords the patient longer lasting effects."

One or two adjustments, in many cases, is usually all that is needed to get proven results. That means far fewer visits resulting in less time spent at the office.

The main goal of the Atlas Center is to increase the health of community residents. Since the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions in the human body, removing nervous system interference by realigning the spine will result in greater overall health, allowing each patient to function to their full potential.

"We had a young patient in a couple weeks ago who has had migraines since October and she's been kind of nonfunctional for the most part," Dibley said. "We got her adjusted and they went away."

Campain said an AO chiropractor is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, who in addition to six or more years of education, was required to complete 100 hours of study in the AO program.

In the near future, they will be offering nutritional analysis for patients using a BioMeridian machine.

"It analyzes points on your hands and feet that correspond with your organs," Dibley said. "From there we are able to determine what nutritional deficiencies our patients have and they we'll have whole food supplements to give them to help along with those nutritional deficiencies."

Nutrition is important to patients' health, she said, because if the body is not getting what it needs it's not going to be able to heal properly.

Campain, of Iron River, and Dibley, of northern Indiana, are graduates of Palmer College of Chiropractic. Campain said they met while on a two-week Clinic Abroad trip to India where a group of 50 students provided chiropractic care for as many as 8,500 people.

The couple, who are engaged, said they toured all over the U.P. and lower Michigan looking for a place to settle and open their practice.

"We wanted to find a place where we were both happy and loved because then we'd love serving that community," Campain said. "So we came up here."

Dibley said it was a perfect fit since they love the outdoors.

"No matter what the season it is, there's something to do," she said. "That was very enticing for us."

Together, Dibley said they're looking forward to serving the community and helping people to understand the importance of their health.

"It's exciting to be able to unlock the potential that people have," she said.

For more information, or to make an appointment, call the Atlas Center at 483-3388 or find them on Facebook by searching "The Atlas Center." Clinic hours are 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Atlas Alternative Health Center of Houghton. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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