Dr Rich King, DC

11946 W. 95th St.

Lenexa, KS 66215

913.599.KING (5464)





Q: What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic Care emphasizes the diagnosis and treatment of problems with the spine, nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems to help other body systems function properly. They believe that problems within these particular body systems lower a person’s resistance to disease and affects how the rest of the body works.

Chiropractors also believe that body pain is caused by skeletal imbalance and vertebral dysfunction, affecting the nervous system and altering the rest of the body’s functions. Chiropractors are also referred to as chiropractic physicians or doctors of chiropractic and may specialize in areas such as pediatrics, diagnostic imaging, sports injuries, nutrition, orthopedics, internal disorders, and neurology.

Using a holistic treatment approach, chiropractors emphasize the importance of overall wellness and acknowledge that various factors affect health such as diet, heredity, environment, rest, and exercise. They encourage patients to improve their lifestyles by adjusting sleep, eating, and exercise patterns. Without using surgery or drugs, chiropractors treat patients by focusing on the natural healing and recovery abilities of the body.

Q: Chiropractor Training and Job Qualifications?

Licensure is required for a chiropractor to practice in all 50 states. Although each state demands different examination and educational requirements to obtain a license, agreements have been made between some states to recognize each other’s requirements for licensure.

For a license, State boards generally require the minimum of a 2-year undergraduate degree. Many states now require a bachelor’s degree. In addition to a degree, chiropractors must graduate from a 4-year accredited chiropractic college.

The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners gives a four-part test that most State boards require to be passed for licensure. Some States require supplemental examinations for licensure.
 Continuing education is necessary to maintain a license. Programs are often offered by accredited chiropractic programs and chiropractic associations. Chiropractors can attend specialty councils while continuing their education to obtain “diplomate” certification, or clinical specialty certification in sports injuries, internal disorders, nutrition, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, neurology, occupational and industrial health, and thermography.

Applicants to a chiropractic institution or program must have a minimum of 90 credit hours of undergraduate study, but a bachelors’ degree is required before admission to many Chiropractic colleges. These credit hours must include courses in physics, organic and inorganic chemistry, psychology, biology, humanities, and English. Pre-chiropractic study and also a bachelor’s degree program are offered by several chiropractic colleges. As of 2003, the Council on Chiropractic Education recognized the accreditation of 2 chiropractic institutions and 16 chiropractic programs in the U.S.

The majority of chiropractic programs in the first two years focus on laboratory work in science fields including pathology, public health, anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, and physiology. Clinical experience in geriatrics, neurology, nutrition, orthopedics, physiotherapy, and in laboratory and physical diagnosis, along with courses in spinal adjustment and manipulation are provided in the final two years of a program. After four years of study, the degree obtained from chiropractic institutions and programs is Doctor of Chiropractic.

Q: What is a an Adjustment?

A: Manipulation, also called "an adjustment," is a manual technique in which a high velocity, low force thrust is performed on a joint (typically of the spine) in order to restore normal joint mechanics. Anywhere there is a joint in the body, an adjustment can be performed (feet, ankles, knees, hands, fingers, wrists, elbows, etc…).

Q: Can you adjust infants and children?

A: Yes! Infants and children respond quickly to adjustments for a number of health conditions; back and neck pain in your children and teens, colic in infants, tummy pain, ear infections, sinus problems, growing pains to name a few. There are a variety of ways to gently adjust infants and children.

Q: What does "holistic" healthcare mean?

A: Holistic healthcare seeks to treat the root cause of a symptom(s). In order to do this properly, a holistic physician must consider the patients symptoms within the context of his or her whole health; thus the term "holistic".

Consider this analogy.If the branches of a tree were to represent your symptoms, then traditional medicine would say to treat the branches. The doctor may prune them or treat them in some other way. A holistic physician, by contrast, would say to treat the soil, the roots and the trunk in order to make the branches strong and able to heal themselves. Since symptoms are manifestations of dysfunction within the body, it is considered more effective to correct the underlying dysfunction and to restore health then it is to merely suppress symptoms.

Rather then "chasing" symptoms, the holistic physician seeks to restore the health and vitality of the body's various systems. A holistic examination therefore requires inspection of the 7 "key" systems, or factors, of health.

Q: What is a Chiropractic Internist?

A: A Board Eligible and Board Certified Chiropractic Internist is a physician who specializes in treating ailments that occur within the human body without the use of prescription drugs or surgery. Chiropractic Internists are required to be highly competent in both traditional medical diagnostics and the latest in alternative assessment and therapies. Chiropractic Internists must complete over three hundred hours of post-doctoral education and training in the use and assessment of medical diagnostics (laboratory testing, EKG's, lung studies, venous studies, etc, etc.) and the utilization of natural treatments. Because of this training and experience Dr. King is uniquely qualified to provide his patients with both sound medical assessment and the best in "alternative" analysis and treatment.

Q: What is a delayed food allergy or sensitivity?

A: The easiest way to understand what a delayed food allergy (also often called a sensitvity) is, is to explain what it is not. The best-known form of food allergy is called an immediate-onset allergy. This type of immune reaction happens when allergic symptoms to a food occurs quickly, right after consumption of a small amount of the allergic food. The cause-and-effect relationship between the food and the symptoms is obvious. Doctors will typically perform a skin test to check for this type of allergy.

There is a much more prevalent, far more subtle and insidious type of allergy then this however. Such allergies are known as delayed-onset food allergies or food sensitivities. Once thought to be uncommon, this type of allergy is now believed to be the most common form of food allergy in children and adults.

Allergic symptoms in delayed reactions typically do not appear for at least two hours and not uncommonly showing up twenty-four to forty-eight hours later. Delayed food allergies, due to a combination of delayed symptoms and multiple offending foods, are rarely self-diagnosed. These allergies can be identified with a laboratory immuno-assay known as an ELISA test.

Q: What is Leaky gut?

A: The lining of your intestines is vital to your good health. It protects your body from toxins and dangerous micro-organisms while absorbing valuable nutrients from the food you eat. Pain killers, antibiotics, excessive alcohol, stress, micro-organisms and even certain foods can cause a leaky gut by irritating and inflaming the intestinal lining. This causes "holes" in the lining of the gut that proteins can "leak" through. A combination of food allergy and candida testing has proven very effective in helping to heal and restore healthy intestinal lining.