Chiropractic  -  How We Are Different

In today’s insurance environment, reimbursements for chiropractic is dwindling. You may have noticed shorter and shorter visit times (5 to 12 minutes) or more work being done by the assistant than the doctor. Dr. Harasha is unable to perform his style of chiropractic in that short of a time frame and he also supervises his assistants more closely so you are sure to get adequate time and doctor experience during your visit. All our visits are 20 to 30 minutes long (60 minutes for new patient visits).

Dr. Harasha uses primarily Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT©) which is an advanced practice chiropractic technique with some similarities to Osteopathic techniques. It involves carefully reading indicators on the body to guide the doctor to what is needed and a clear plan with defined end points and goals. His adjusting is also much gentler than most chiropractic techniques using gentle rhythmic motions, instruments and blocks that patients lie on to perform the adjustment. He rarely ‘twists and cracks’ your neck or back (unless you want him to).

Chiropractic Care For:

  • Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Stenosis

  • Neck Pain, Pain/Numb/Tingling in Hands

  • Headaches

  • Hip or SI Joint Pain

  • Postural Problems

  • Spinal Care after an Accident

  • Maintenance of Function

  • Reduce General Stiffness or Pain

Dr. Harasha's original specialty is chiropractic. The beauty of chiropractic is the belief that the body has an innate ability to heal itself, and one great thing we can do is to remove any interference blocking those abilities. Chiropractors believe the Spine and Nervous System are foundational systems and a freely moveable spine with balanced nervous system function are key.

Chiropractic spine health

Most chiropractors choose to specialize in one or several techniques for diagnosing and treating the spine. Dr. Harasha uses a combination of:

  • Sacro-Occipital-Technique (SOT) - an advanced system of analysis and gentle adjusting using blocks and/or hands

  • Logan Basic - a gentle technique used to balance the sacrum (taught at Logan University in Chesterfield)

  • Diversified adjusting - a hands on technique for adjusting the spine and extremities

  • Torque Release and Integrator adjusting - a system of analysis and adjusting with an instrument (gentle)

  • Soft tissue modalities - muscles and fascia affect the spine and need to be addressed

By utilizing this combination of spinal analysis and adjusting techniques, Dr. Harasha is able to assess/diagnose your spine and adjust you in the most gentle and effective method possible. 

Frequently asked questions

How much chiropractic care will I need?

This is obviously case dependent. Everyone is of different age, health status, injury type, lifestyle, genetics, etc. Patients also have different reasons for coming. For most acute problems Dr. Harasha prides himself in being particularly efficient and successful. On average you can expect about 6 visits for acute problems. Acute problems (short term, sudden onset symptoms, usually moderate/severe) require a more aggressive approach. Dr. Harasha usually has success with a schedule of 3 visits the first week, 2 visits the second week and once a week thereafter until you are feeling good. However, most people have chronic issues or acute issues that manifest because of an underlying/complicated reason. Dr. Harasha usually works with chronic problems with a 8-10 visit treatment plan (It is estimated that the average chiropractor requires 10-12 and Medicare will pay for up to 12). ​​ People usually enjoy how much better they feel and like having a maintenance schedule to keep feeling that way. Again, this varies by the individual and their lifestyle and ranges from once a week to once every 6 weeks. The most common is once every 3-4 weeks.

Does Dr. Harasha take X-rays or recommend MRIs?

Dr. Harasha's experience and hands-on diagnostic techniques greatly reduce the need for X-rays or MRI's. If you already have them they may be helpful, so please bring the report (and images if you have them). Sometimes in a Personal Injury case they will want documented imaging exams to justify care and you will be referred to a nearby facility. On occasion the treatment plan does not get the results expected or it is taking too long and Dr. Harasha will refer out for imaging to see if there is something unusual going on.