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Healing Hands: Dr. Specht

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By: Kelly Taggart
Photos: Allen Carrasco

Based in Encinitas, California, Dr. Andrew W. Specht has been helping people achieve optimum health for over two-dozen years. Unlike most Chiropractors, he uses many methods of treatment including Applied Kinesiology, Clinical Kinesiology, Active Release Technique (ART), Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), acupressure, and deep tissue work as well as traditional chiropractic adjustments.

According to many of his happy patients, including Health Beauty Life’s very own Patrick Dockry, Dr. Specht achieves the desired health improvement goals by treating the entire person, not just the specific localized issue.

The Treatments Defined

 Active Release Technique (ART) active release technique

Using a combination of examination and treatment, Dr. Specht uses his hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves and then treats any abnormal tissue. These treatment protocols offer over 500 specific moves unique to ART, which allow him to identify and correct the precise problems that are affecting each individual patient.

Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)

NET is a mind-body stress-reduction technique that uses a methodology of finding and removing neurological imbalances related to the physiology of unresolved stress. It’s a tool that helps improve mental and physical health. NET can neutralize past or present traumas, self-sabotaging behaviors, and situations that are bothersome or cause discomfort, both physically and emotionally, in very little time. NET is a technique with the greatest scientific validation published within peer-reviewed literature.

Applied and Clinical Kinesiology

In common medical usage, Kinesiology is the study of muscles and muscular movement but when coupled with the term Applied or Clinical, whole new concepts are invoked. These techniques use manual muscle testing to evaluate body function. By manually testing specific muscles, areas of dysfunction can be identified. These areas can then be treated by K-Laser and/or by therapeutic reflex points and acupuncture points to restore function and reduce pain. There are Clinical Kinesiology muscle testing manuals for the low back, hip, knee, ankle and foot, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, neck and head including the muscles of the TMJ (jaw).

Dysfunction, pain and disease begin first as an imbalance in the body’s energy fields that, if sustained, progresses on to the physical plane. Weakness in a muscle is an energetic phenomenon, which can be used to identify health problems (sometimes before symptoms appear), thereby allowing Kinesiologists to begin to correct the imbalance and practice prevention.

K-Laser Treatments

K-Laser is a high tech tool that delivers physiological benefits by stimulating an energy-bearing molecule found in all living cells called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). Increasing ATP production and enhancing cell membrane permeability, the K-Laser is a hot laser that helps injuries heal by providing bio-stimulatory from photochemical reactions in cellular tissue. FDA cleared to relieve pain, Dr. Specht has developed a unique use for the K-laser to reactivate particular muscles to both alleviate pain and restore specific function.

Treating Patrick

treating patrick dockry

Our publisher, Patrick Dockry, has been seeking treatment from Dr. Specht for many years, receiving relief from a variety of sports and activity-related aliments. This visit he came in with some pain and strength issues in his right arm, as he was unable to perform pull-ups without intense pain. Dr. Specht initially tests for some general nutritional and dietary imbalances as part of his regular treatment in healing the entire body. He looks for imbalances and how everything affects muscles, bones and neurological function. In Patrick’s case, he started the exam with a manual muscle test, which works as an indicator to see if Patrick’s ileocecal valve is in proper order. Described as a guard gate between the small and large intestine, if the ileocecal valve is not operating correctly, bowel disturbances can occur, which affects the entire body. Once the preliminary tests checked out, Dr. Specht moved on to testing specific muscles in Patrick’s right arm utilizing Clinical Kinesiology methods. Through these tests, Dr. Specht isolated three individual muscles that were dysfunctional and very weak. He treated these areas using the K-Laser on very specific points in the muscles and then retested to insure correction.

For each of the three affected muscles, Dr. Specht quicklyconducted a series of tests to determine if there wersystemic underlying causes for the muscle imbalances. These causes could include nutritional deficiencies, toxicities, allergies or homeopathic imbalances. The lastfew tests checked for general inflammation and hydrationissues, which Patrick passed with flying colors.

In the end, Dr. Specht treated three particular muscles,recommended a nutritional supplement to help maintainthe balance of the muscles, reset the body by stimulating specific spinal points, and then isolated theprobable dietary cause of the issue. Patrick left the office with renewed strength in the problem areas, enabling himto do pain-free pull-ups, and feeling better overall. Not bad for less than an hour in his favorite Chiropractor’s office!

Dr. Specht holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Rochester, a Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School, and received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis, MO. To keep his skills current, he attends many seminars throughout the year including: chiropractic neurology, immune system functioning, exercise technique and form, muscle work and stress release.

Andrew W. Specht Chiropractic Clinic
230 2nd street, suite 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: 760-632-0098


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