Dr. Gloria Adkins
Adkins Chiropractic Clinic in West Seattle opened at 6021C California Ave. 2 years ago. As a chiropractor with over 23 years of experience, my goal is to help restore function and well-being to each patient. I have a genuine desire to help you get great results.
As a lifelong Chiropractic patient, I can relate to what it is like to go into a clinic in pain, worried that it will hurt or the treatment will be too heavy handed and make me worse, even though I know that a Chiropractic treatment is the quickest way to get me back on track. I want my Doctor to figure out what is causing my problem and explain it to me, as well as solutions. If Chiropractic care is what I need after a thorough examination, a comprehensive gentle treatment that will not make me anxious or worse, is what I’m hoping for. I also want fast results. When I am out of pain, I want a tailored exercise plan to help me heal and prevent further injuries.
My approach for providing care is based on my experience as a patient, along with years of expertise as a doctor. Through the years I’ve integrated a variety of techniques to choose from when delivering care. These methods require careful scrutinizing of areas of ligament laxity, and areas of decreased mobility. For example, a person with a low back sprain/strain will have ligaments that are not holding well, so use of my SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique) blocks is very effective. These blocks or wedges are strategically placed under the pelvis and the patient’s body weight on them produces a gradual and calming adjustment without putting more strain on the ligaments. Some people are fearful of being adjusted, or have conditions that should not be adjusted manually. In cases where it is at all questionable, I use gentle mobilizing methods and/or an Arthrostim instrument, which gives rapid relief.
Many people have other health problems along with pain. These problems often affect the person’s ability to heal and are taken into consideration while they are receiving treatments. As a Chiropractic Physician and a Wellness consultant, patients come to me for help figuring out why they are not getting better. Some have several other doctors, so we look at the whole picture to find ways to get improvement or resolve.
I provide more than pain relief. The best Chiropractic care gives patients more energy and protection from disease. It is a wellness plan for life and is safe all the way from birth through old age.
Some of the services I provide are:
Chiropractic treatments based on Sacro Occipital Technique
Individualized exercise protocols using bands or tubing, exercise balls and stretching
Trigger Point therapy
Nutrition counseling and Applied Kinesiology
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE FIRST VISIT: It takes about an hour. A complete evaluation will be performed. I will also determine whether further tests such as X-rays, MRIs or labs are needed. Then treatment options will be discussed. The gentle treatments are done with complete attention to your comfort and are very specific to how you are feeling at that time and what you can tolerate.
Chiropractic has been helping people with musculoskeletal pain for over 110 years.
Back Pain Relief
Chiropractic restores the health and mobility of the spine to provide lasting, effective relief of back pain.
Neck Pain Relief
Chiropractic can correct dysfunctions in the spine to relieve neck pain and disability.