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What is Chiropractic

Even though at Total Health Clinic we offer several services, this web site is designed to help you understand why residents of San Bruno, San Francisco and the Peninsula, as far away as Sacramento come to our office for Dr Phillip Dietrich's, Chiropractic care. Our office is a family practice, which cares for individuals from infants to Baby Boomers.

Much like your dentist, our chiropractic care takes a Preventative Maintenance approach. Because the spine houses the spinal cord, which is the "Master switch" of the entire nervous system ( which in turn impacts all the other organs and systems in the body), maintaining proper alignment can help in all physical and physiological functions. Therefore, in addition to treating back pain caused by injuries we recommend a regular schedule of visits for patients of all ages.

chart of nervous system

At our facility with our Chiropractic approach, we get to help people, who suffer from a variety of health issues. Naturally, chiropractic helps traditional neck and back problems, but chiropractic has produced wonderful results with a variety of organic and systemic problems.

Chiropractic is safe.. Chiropractic is natural. And Chiropractic works!

Find out why other residents prefer our chiropractic care and refer to our office friends and family to Total Health Clinic. From their very first visits patients realize there's something more to Total Health Clinic than alleviation of back pain. No question, we address pain issues first and foremost. But we don't stop their.

The adjustment may correct a possible spinal misalignment, the vertebral subluxation complex, or called bone out of alignment, permit the restoration of normal nerve transmission and activity to the body. Thus, the body is able to function at its peak performance and better resist external and internal causes that might create unpleasant symptoms.


What Conditions Respond to Chiropractic Care?

  • Headaches including migraine
  • Low Back pain and other types of pain located in the neck, arm, hand or shoulder, facial and also hip, leg or foot pain
  • Numbness and tingling (paresthesia)
  • Slipped disc, lumbago and sciatica
  • Whiplash, sports and other types of acute injuries, falls sprains and strains
  • Pregnancy-low back discomfort
  • Infants to young adults
  • Stress, repetitive and Sports injuries
  • Chronic ailments such as bursitis and other inflammations of the joints
  • A variety of other systemic and skeletal illnesses which involve the nervous system


Dr Dietrich Explains to each patient
Throughly what is going on with
their Spine. So together we can
put you on the right path to Health.




















What Type of Treatment we use

The Gonstead technique is a system used to analyze and care for the spine. It is gentle, effective technique that is specific, accurate and precise in evaluating and adjusting the spine. The Gonstead system uses several different methods of analyzing the spine, such as: 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.


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 edema), 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-ray films enable your doctor to visualize 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.

After the evaluation using these 4 methods of analysis there is no guess work. The Gonstead system is considered the Gold standard for chiropractic techniques because of its record of safety and effectiveness in correcting misalignment of the spine.

Our patients want to get relief or out of pain as quickly as possible and with this specific technique we are able to target which bone is out of place along with were the nerve pressure is and area of inflammation with a gentle adjustment (treatment) release it and get on with your life.

In addition to the treatment if you need some physical therapy to brake up those tight and stiff or knotted area's we have the right high tech instrument solutions for that too! This instrument gently releases those tight, stiff and knotted areas of your spine . After your Adjustment and Physical therapy you will feel like a new person. Energy back- Ready to take on the world again- More energy for work-More energy for family- Stress is released- Happier-Your calmer..



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