Gentle Chiropractic

Dr. Gina Marino practices a technique which utilizes both light touch and gentle structural spinal adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations. This helps to facilitate improved spinal and nervous system function, thereby allowing for a better expression of health.

This gentle and honoring, systematic two-step method releases the soft tissue structures that can twist, pull and bind the spinal bones.  These soft tissue structures include the muscles and "Saran wrap-like" sheath that surrounds the brain and spinal cord called the meninges.  Releasing these soft tissues that bind the spinal bones brings greater ease to the whole spinal system. She can then structurally guide the misaligned spinal bones into proper alignment using minimal force or movement.

The spinal adjustment process is easy and more effective because tight soft tissues will relax and will not repeatedly pull the bones out of alignment. When the body is allowed to correct many of the bony misalignments itself then it starts to learn and remember how to be more self-correcting and self sufficient.

The focus of our treatment is to:

Establish the capacity of your nervous system to detect and correct areas of tension and impaired function. 

Enhance your ability to generate automatic respirations and movements which help your spine and nervous system dissipate tension, increase circulation and energy flow and promote healing. 

Monitor improvement in coordinated function of nerves, muscles, vertebra and soft tissues which promote a healthy spine and nervous system.

Assist your body in removing spinal interference to communication between your brain and the cells of your body, increasing your body's ability to properly respond to its experiences, challenges and needs.

Help you develop lifetime strategies for self awareness and healing. 

Allow you to assess the significant improvement in your health and quality of life through a very wide range of indicators. 


The first and most vital kind of subluxation is called the Facilitated Subluxation, where the nerves and spinal cord are actually stretched, twisted or scarred.  This causes irritation and malfunction of the nervous system.  The facilitated subluxation is adjusted with extremely gentle pressure on the spine.  This type of subluxation is most likely associated with emotional, mental and chemical stress from which the body-mind could not recover.

The second kind of subluxation is the Structural Subluxation, where a vertebra is misaligned.  This may cause a pinching or crushing effect on the nervous system that control the functions of your body.  The structural subluxation will be gently and precisely realigned with the rest of the spine.  Sometimes a small click may be heard when this kind of subluxation is adjusted.  A structural subluxation is usually caused by a mechanical or physical stress from which the body could not recover.  Like a fall, car accident, sports injury, poor posture or bad work environment.


You probably don't know, unless you've had your spine checked recently by a Doctor of Chiropractic. Vertebral subluxations may be painful but often they are not.  Some of the symptoms associated with Vertebral Subluxation may be headaches, neck or back pain/stiffness, radiating pain into arm or legs, numbness, fatigue, clicking jaw, a feeling of wanting to "crack" your neck, back or other joints.  Often you may have no symptoms.  If you look in a mirror and notice uneven hips, shoulders or ears, or generally have poor posture, you probably have one or more Vertebral Subluxations. 


Each Spinal Adjustment is specifically designed for you. This moment-to-moment honoring of what your body needs makes the healing process gentle, empowering and effective for the patient. We use the lightest force possible to create the maximum effect.  This gentle touch is  intended to enable the body's own self generated mechanisms of movement and respiration to assist in the correction of mechanical tension and interference to the nervous system.

The contact points are made along the spine and are as gentle as the pressure that you could comfortably apply to your closed eyelid. Since the regions the chiropractor is seeking to adjust are not the regions of maximum tension, fixation, inflammation or pain, but instead regions often remote from them likely to generate these conditions, minimal force is required for correction.

We use the principle of leverage when making these lighter force adjustments, using a gentle touch or pressure or tapping motion. As soon as the patient's body responds and starts to work with the adjustment, the doctor steps back and lets the patient's body work with the adjustment.  In this way we are not overpowering the patient's nervous system, but instead allowing it to do most of the work itself.

The body has a striving to utilize energy most efficiently and to self correct. The body's own self organizational intelligence responds to the specific touch to generate a correction. This encourages and actually teaches the body's self-regulating mechanisms to become self-corrective and more self-reliant for the future.


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