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At Skrien Chiropractic Clinic P. A., we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic wellness care to our patients in the North Mankato and greater Mankato area. Below is a sampling of the different chiropractic services we offer in our North Mankato office.

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We provide advanced spinal correction utilizing "state of the art" chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic have we been able to provide the level of help and expertise that now exists. These newer correction methods are even safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. Dr. Skrien is trained in the Gonstead Method of chiropractic care. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Parrish Skrien has years of training and experience in spinal adjustment.

What is Gonstead Chiopractic Care?

Chiropractic began with Daniel D. Palmer giving his first adjustment in September 1895 in Davenport, Iowa. Today, there are many methods used by chiropractors to correct spinal misalignments, joint dysfunctions and subluxation complexes. Many techniques are identified by the name of the person who was most instrumental in their development. One of the most advanced and scientific methods is a technique called: The Gonstead System.

Dr Gonstead developed his procedures as a result of extensive clinical research in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. These procedures were developed over many years of clinical observation and research to work out how to get sick patients well. Doctor Gonstead’s fifty-five years of continuous practice and over four million chiropractic adjustments resulted in a most complete method of biomechanical analysis for use by today’s doctors of chiropractic. Dr Gonstead was asked by other chiropractors to teach them what he did and how he got the results that he did. This lead to the development of the Gonstead Seminar in the mid 1940's and a systematic approach to explaining the way he practiced and got sick patients well.  A full history of the Gonstead Seminar is available at www.gonsteadseminar.com.

The Gonstead System is taught in many Chiropractic schools around the world. In Australasia Gonstead programs are taught at Macquarie University (Sydney), RMIT (Melbourne) and New Zealand College of Chiropractic (Auckland). The GCS runs several seminars a year in Australia and New Zealand and conducts regular workshops for Chiropractors and students to further their skill and knowledge of the Gonstead System. The Gonstead Chiropractor conducts a thorough analysis of your spine using a variety of tools to detect the presence spinal dysfunction known as the vertebral subluxation complex.

History - Your Chiropractor will take a thorough history of your presenting complaint and include your overall health and medical history. This can assist in determining if you are a Chiropractic case 

Visualization – Visualization is a way to cross reference all the other findings. Your chiropractor is an expert in looking for subtle changes in your posture and movement which could indicate any problems.

Instrumentation – The instrument of choice in the Gonstead System is the Nervoscope. The Nervoscope detects uneven distributions of heat along the spine which can be indicative of inflammation and nerve pressure. This instrument is guided down the length of your back and feels like two fingers gliding down each side of your spine.

Static Palpation – This is simply the process of feeling (or palpating) your spine in a stationary (or static) position. Your chiropractor will feel for the presence of swelling (or oedema), tenderness and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissues of your back.

Motion Palpation – This process involves feeling the spine while moving and bending it at various angles. This enables the chiropractor to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different directions.

X-Ray Analysis – X-rays enable your doctor to visualise the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint and disc integrity, vertebral misalignments and ruling out any pathologies, or recent fractures that may be present or contributing to the patient’s condition. These full-spine radiographs are taken in the standing, weight-bearing position to fully substantiate the examination findings.

When all this information is combined, a trained Gonstead Doctor will immediately let you know if your health situation is a Chiropractic case. If it is not, a referral to the appropriate health provider will be given. If your case is a Chiropractic case, the trained Gonstead practitioner's goal is to utilise the dynamics of the effectual Gonstead Specific Adjustment to get you back to optimal health as quickly as possible, with no "pre-planned" treatment programs. The goal of a Gonstead practitioner is to get a patient back on the road to health as quickly as possible and then leave the patient alone. In the words of Dr. Gonstead, "Find the subluxation, correct it, and then leave it alone".

Gonstead chiropractic is so effective and popular with patients because it is:

  • Gentle Safe
  • Thorough
  • Gets lasting results relatively quickly
  • Is based on uniquely sound biomechanical and neurological principles

A great deal of skill and knowledge is required to perform a Gonstead adjustment. Your Gonstead chiropractor has spent many years developing this level of expertise, including 5 years of tertiary study and ongoing post graduate seminars, workshops and private study. What makes the Gonstead system so different is the detail of the analysis, the specificity of the adjustment and the principles of patient management.

The Adjustment: In the trained hands of the Gonstead chiropractor, the adjustment is simply a gentle direct movement of the misaligned spinal segment towards normal alignment and mobility.

Corrective Exercises

We teach our patients special "blueprint" exercises to help strengthen and correct their own unique problem. These exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction. In addition to skeletal misalignment, muscles and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use. Specific exercises and stretches can help your body stay in balance and in health. Dr. Skrien is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and will put together a exercise program spicifically for your needs and wants.

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Lifestyle Advice

We often find it helpful to "coach" our patients on certain activities they should avoid or do differently to avoid aggravating their particular health challenge. Our goal is to help every patient achieve a fulfilling and happy lifestyle full of the activities they enjoy most. We recognize that each our patient is a whole person, and help them reach true health and wellness is a collaborate effort between our professionals and our patients.

Nutritional Counseling

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We provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance our patient´s return to optimal health. Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? Do you know how these supplements and vitamins interact with one another? Dr. Parrish Skrien can provide a structured nutritional program based on your individual needs.

Dr. Skrien is a Certified Medical Examiner #328871785 and also Certified to do DOT Examinations and also is a Certified to do DOT Drug and Alcohol Screenings .

The DOT requires drivers to have a current Medical Examiner's Certificate that they are physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle. Anyone who does any of the following will need to have this...

  1. If you drive a commercial vehicle that is over 10,000 lbs.
  2. Transport hazardous materials.
  3. Capable of carrying  8 or more passengers (including driver) for compensation.
  4. Capable of transporting more than 15 passengers (including driver) not for compensation.

The physical includes a health history (please bring in address of any other Dr. that you have treated with in the past for any health conditions), vision and hearing exam, heart and lung auscultation, blood pressure/ height/ weight, neuro- muscular examination and urinary analysis.

What do you need to bring to the examinations?

1) Driver's license as proof of identity

2) If you take any medications you need to bring a list of all current medications (including over the counter and supplements), their dosage, and prescribing doctor's name.

3) If you wear contacts of eye glasses please have them in or bring them.

4) Payment is to be paid at time of the examinations. We take cash are credit card.

Spinal & Postural Screenings

Posture and spinal screenings can reveal important health information and unlock the door to improved health and well-being. We provide screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment. Contact us today to arrange a screening at your event or workplace. We have some of the latest screening tool to do this, they include computerized screening tools.


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