Make your own free website on

Medley Chiropractic Center Dr John M Medley

Treatment Options

Spinal Health
Treatment Options
History of Chiropractic
About Us
Our Location
External Favorite Links

Treatments available in our office 

Our primary treatment is based on the adjustment of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spine.  
Specific adjustments are applied to the first vertebra, the atlas in relation with the head and the other cervical vertebrae, to correct occipital misallignments that may be causing migraine headaches.
                     unajusted.jpg picture by spraycasso
     If you are like many who suffer from chronic back pain, you have probably tried several prescribed remedies to help ease your discomfort. Frequent bed rest, high doses of pain medication...perhaps even a non-traditional approach such as acupuncture. And like so many, you have probably come to accept the fact that you just have to learn to live with your pain.  Well this is not always the case!  First we must identify what is causing the pain.
    Common causes of back pain
spinal cord slice

Your central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord. Vertebrae (bones) protect the spinal cord, which in turn, are protected by discs made up of a gelatin-like substance. Functioning as a shock absorber to the bones, discs undergo tremendous amounts of stress, often resulting in a herniation or "bulging" of the disc. This is the most common cause of lower back pain.

Another common cause of back pain is disc degeneration, caused by a drying out of the disc area. Over the course of time, or through injury, dried discs will degenerate and induce pressure on nerves. The result is extreme muscle tension and back pain.


Laser-Closeup9.jpg image by spraycasso
Laser therapy ML830 by Micro Lite

80% of the adult population has an ache or pain and most people learn to live with it. For those who are inactive due to their discomfort or pain, we may have the answer. Our goal is to get everyone active so that they can enjoy life.

We are the first location in Carlsbad, NM. to have Class IV therapeutic laser technology. Laser Therapy can alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with:
Shoulder Pain
Tennis Elbow
Knee and Hip Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Plantar Fasciitis
Rotator Cuff Tear
Herniated Discs…
and this is just a partial list of conditions that have responded to Class IV Laser Therapy. Sessions for relief are typically just 10 minutes long or less.

Carpal Tunnel

spinal cord slice

A new, non-surgical treatment option for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it is a welcome relief for many CTS sufferers. Looking more like a flashlight than a sophisticated medical device, the Microlight ML 830 Cold Laser helps physicians relive patient's Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a repetitive stress injury that affects the hand and upper extremities. Until recently, treatment options for CTS have included wrist splints to prevent movement and anti-inflammatory drugs and/or steroid injections to reduce swelling or surgery to reduce pressure. Success of these options has been mixed.

Using this medical breakthrough, our clinicians apply the Microlight ML 830 to the surface of the skin on 4 locations of the wrist and hand. In this painless procedure, infrared (invisible) light passes through the skin and penetrates deep into tissues below. Further damage to the tissue is prevented because the laser is cold and involves no heating of the patient's tissue.

It is believed that the infrared light energy helps “jumpstart” the cells to increase circulation and reduce swelling in the treated areas.

CTS Symptoms

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may cause hand pain, numbness and tenderness waking you at night or swelling, tingling and burning in the fingers and hands. As CTS progresses, these sensations may become so acute and persistent that persons no longer can perform the simplest of tasks such as grasping objects. The longer the swelling compresses or pinches the median nerve, the greater the chance that some of the nerve cells will die. When enough nerve cells die, hand muscles deteriorate and lose their ability to grip. CTS sufferers may become permanently disabled if they ignore the symptoms.

About the ML 830 Low Level Laser Therapy

Designed by a team of doctors and leading medical engineers, the ML 830 is a patented, low-power, non-thermal laser capable of penetrating deep into the tissues of the human body. Once delivered, the light energy promotes the process of photobiostimulation.

Microlight ML830
Virtually all light has some penetration properties; however, it is often absorbed by the outermost skin layers. Traditional thermal (hot) laser light, on the other hand, can penetrate but often destroys tissue. As it is well known that damaged cells benefit from light, the objective was to develop a non-thermal and nondestructive deep tissue, delivery vehicle. The ML 830 Laser is a non-thermal laser capable of penetrating deep into tissue. Once delivered, the light energy promotes the process of photobiostimulation. In human tissue the resulting photochemical reaction produces an increase in the cellular metabolism rate which expedites cell repair and the stimulation of the immune, lymphatic and vascular systems.

The ML 830 laser is a portable, handheld, battery-operated low-level energy laser. Treatments typically last 15 to 20 minutes and are delivered three times a week over a five-week period. Treatment lengths may vary.

What results can I expect with the ML 830?

The results, observed in clinical trials to date, are the apparent reduction in pain, inflammation, edema and an overall reduction in healing time.

Chiropractic Care


Chiropractic Care is an evidence based approach to wellness.  Through this care people of all ages, abilities, disabilities, conditions and lack of conditions, realize a greater quality of life!


"Benefits" Associated with Chiropractic Care             

A recent retrospective study1 of 2,818 patients in the United States and worldwide demonstrates that Network Care is associated with statistically significant, profound and consistent improvement in self-reported health and wellness issues, including:

        1.  Improved PHYSICAL WELL-BEING:

    • improved flexibility of the spine
    • more energy, less fatigue
    • fewer colds or flu
    • fewer headaches
    • reduced pain

2.  Less STRESS relative to:

    • emotional well-being
    • coping with daily problems
    • family
    • significant relationship
    • work


    • positive feelings about self
    • decreased moodiness, temper and angry outburst
    • less depression, more interest in life
    • fewer concerns about small things
    • improved ability to concentrate
    • less anxiety over vague fears
    • improved ability to stay on task
    • less distress about physical pain


    • openness to guidance by Inner feelings
    • experience of relaxation and well-being
    • positive feelings about self
    • interest in maintaining a healthy life style
    • feeling open when relating to others
    • confidence in dealing with adversity
    • compassion for others

5.  LIFESTYLE CHANGES (i.e. increase in):

    • regular exercise
    • Tai Chi / Yoga
    • meditation / prayer
    • relaxation / self-hypnosis
    • health foods / vitamins
    • vegetarian / partial vegetarian
    • less us of prescription medications

       6Overall QUALITY OF LIFE (Improvement relative to:)

    • personal life
    • oneself
    • extent one adapts to change
    • handling of problems in life
    • actual life accomplishments
    • life as a whole
    • overall contentment with life
    • significant other
    • job
    • life being what one wants it to be
    • romantic life
    • actual work done
    • relationship with co-workers
    • physical appearance

1 Blanks RH, Boone WR, Schmidt S, Dobson M. Network Care: A retrospective assessment of Network Care using a survey of self-rated health, wellness and quality of life JVSR 1997- 1(4)15-31


As a whole, what does a chiropractor do? There still exist a number of different philosophies about what a chiropractor should do. My philosophy is simply to find the safest, fastest, most economical solution to neuromusculoskeletal problems. In general, a chiropractor locates and corrects spinal subluxations and helps restore normal neuromusculoskeletal function and balance. Correction of subluxation means an improvement of the alignment and/or motion of the joints of the spine and pelvis. Part of the process of improvement may involve retraining, stretching, and strengthening related supportive structures such as discs, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Rehabilitation strengthening and home exercises are used to provide additional stability.  Chiropractic is concerned with the total health and well being of the individual through a nervous system that is free from interference.

Call today to make your appointment: 505-887-0565

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand." Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment.

It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.

The conditions which doctors of chiropractic address are as varied and as vast as the nervous system itself. All chiropractors use a standard procedure of examination to diagnose a patient's condition and arrive at a course of treatment. Doctors of chiropractic use the same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination, laboratory analysis and x-ray examination as any other doctor. In addition, they provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, paying particular attention to the spine.

The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function is what makes chiropractic different from other health care procedures. Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the base of your skull and end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network which influences every living tissue in your body.

Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.

Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs,  wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health.  While chiropractors make no use of drugs or surgery, Doctors of chiropractic do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are indicated. In fact, chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists and other health care professionals now work as partners in occupational health, sports medicine, and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.

What to expect on the first visit


The first thing the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) will do is ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. The doctor will also ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem

A physical examination will be performed in accordance with the doctors clinical judgment, which may include x-rays, laboratory analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital to our doctor of chiropractic in evaluating your problem.

An "adjustment," as doctors of chiropractic use the term, means the specific manipulation of vertebrae which have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. Doctors of chiropractic spend years learning motion palpation (the art of examining by movement or touch) and other forms of spinal examining procedures, so that they can administer specific and appropriate spinal adjustments.

Once the DC has identified the problem, he will begin care by way of these adjustments or "manipulations." Particular attention will be paid to that area of your spine where a spinal derangement or "subluxation" has been detected. The adjustment is usually given by hand or "activator" type instruments, and consists of applying pressure to the areas of the spine that are out of alignment or that do not move properly within their normal range of motion.

Doctors of chiropractic use many sophisticated and varied techniques, and the specific procedure to be used will be determined and explained completely to you following a careful evaluation of your radiographs and physical findings.

Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds. Adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of 1 million to 1.

Chiropractic Table used for adjusting patients
table.jpg picture by spraycasso

Mechanical Traction Table


Time for a Spinal Tune-up

When you care about your car, you take it to the shop for the tune-ups it needs – oil changes, tire rotations, new brakes, etc. Your spine is no different. It needs a regular “tune-up” as well, complete with chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic tune-ups can serve three purposes:

1. Evaluate the state of your body, even if you have no pain.

Even people who feel fine have areas of their spine or extremities that are out of normal alignment. When we adjust those bones back into place, people feel better in some way. If we waited until we felt pain, we would all wait until we needed root canals or crowns before going to the dentist!

2. Address major or minor pains you currently have, but haven’t been too worried about.

Have you had any nagging discomforts or pains coming from your spine or extremities? Do these discomforts prevent you from doing the activities you enjoy? Instead of wondering if the pain will continue to get worse or stay that way for the rest of your life, give chiropractic a try. You don’t have to live with pain.

3. Prevent future problems that can and likely will arise from your joints being out of alignment and not functioning at 100 percent.

Our society is moving toward preventative health care. Chiropractic has been at the forefront of this concept since the chiropractic profession was founded in 1895. Arthritis, overuse injuries (like carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow), rotator cuff injuries and knee problems are just some examples of conditions that may be prevented with chiropractic care.

Scheduling chiropractic tune-ups allows you to take care of your body so that your machine functions as well as it possibly can. Please remember to make time to care for yourself; you are worth every penny.



Medley Chiropractic Health Center * 926 N Canal St. *Carlsbad, NM * USA * 88220 (575) 887-0565