The Brost Clinic is a chiropractic clinic which uses some of the best products and leading technologies in natural healthcare. Chiropractic adjustments are accompanied by other services and therapies which vary depending on the individual patient. At The Brost Clinic, each patient is tailor-made a treatment plan utilizing the best possible treatments and therapies for their condition.
The doctors at the Brost Clinic are trained in a variety of adjusting techniques. Traditional manual adjustments, drop table adjustments, or low-force activator adjustments are used depending on the patient’s condition and preference.
Along with Chiropractic adjustments and other therapies, therapeutic exercise with one of our Doctors or Rehab Assistants offers muscular re-education, increasing range of motion, improving balance and strengthening. Different stretches and exercises are used depending on patients’ conditions, age, wants, and needs.
The Brost Clinic’s staff massage therapists help patients who need more substantial muscle work or stress reduction. Our experienced team of massage therapists offer a variety of techniques to suit each patient’s individual needs.
All of our chiropractors are also trained and registered to use meridian therapy. Acupuncture is performed with traditional acupuncture needles, but acupressure or a laser can be substituted. Acupuncture helps balance the energy meridian system in the body and is also very effective for pain control.
The Brost Clinic was the first to offer the top name in spinal decompression in Minnesota: The DRX9000. The clinic is the most experienced provider of spinal decompression therapy in Minnesota. Our lumbar and cervical spinal decompression machines offer safe alternative to surgery for people suffering from herniated discs, sciatica, facet syndrome, and other degenerative disc diseases.
Ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, intersegmental traction, infrared cold laser, hot packs, cold packs, infrasound and/or manual muscle work are often used to prepare the patient for an adjustment. One or more therapies are used depending on the patient’s condition.
The doctors at the Brost Clinic are all trained in clinical nutrition. Specific supplements are often suggested in our treatment plans. We carry several lines of excellent supplements at our office and can tailor a program specifically for each patient, from simple multi-vitamins to Functional Medicine Treatments.
Homeopathic remedies are very effective in treating many conditions. They are all natural, totally non-toxic, and can be used for children as well as adults. We carry an excellent line of traditional German homeopathic remedies which, in many cases, can replace over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
Custom Foot Orthotics
We have a foot scanner with which we can have Foot Levelers custom soles made for your shoes. Foot Levelers’ custom-made, flexible foot orthotics are scientifically designed for the individual’s unique postural problems. Orthotics help to stabilize the feet, which helps level the pelvis, improve balance, and restore postural stability.
Federal laws require anyone applying for a commercial driver’s license to pass a DOT physical examination every 24 months. Dr Ryan Elton at The Brost Clinic in Wayzata is certified to administer these exams, and he can usually see a new patient within 24 hours of scheduling.
Most health insurance plans cover chiropractic care. Auto and workers” comp insurance cover care at 100 percent. Our Office staff will contact your carrier on your first visit to verify the terms of your coverage as it pertains to your chiropractic care. We will explain your coverage at your second visit, during your Report of Findings. Patients with no or limited coverage qualify for our affordable, in-house WellCare Plan.
If you have questions about your insurance coverage or billing, call our clinic at 952.473.9637 and ask for our insurance manager, Rebecca. You may also e-mail your questions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
All six doctors at The Brost Clinic Wayzata are certified in acupuncture and meridian therapy. By combining traditional Chinese acupuncture technique with high-tech Electronic Meridian Imaging (EMI), the doctors are able to diagnose and treat conditions that are undetectable to most physicians. The following is to help you understand more about Acupuncture and EMI.
Electro Meridian Imaging (EMI)
Ryodoraku evaluation of the acupuncture meridians, also known as “Electro Meridian Imaging,” is an extremely accurate diagnostic meridian/acupuncture examination. The exam may be accomplished in less than five minutes and may be performed by either the doctor or trained technician. First discovered and developed by Dr. Yoshio Nakatani of Japan in 1952, its use has revolutionized the way acupuncture is being practiced by both medical/chiropractic practitioners and traditionally trained acupuncturists globally. Just as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) relies on the ancient principles and proper evaluation of the 28 pulse characteristics, EMI may be referred to as Contemporary Asian Medicine (CAM) which is technologically advanced electronic diagnosis and treatment.
Electronic Meridian Imaging allows this clinic to be able to determine meridian imbalances and to know how to effectively restore them quickly and easily. It has dramatically helped thousands of patients worldwide. By measuring dermal electronic resistance, the electro-magnetic condition of the primary or musculo-tendino meridian may be quickly and accurately ascertained. EMI is a new instrument that can actually measure and assess the energy levels in your acupuncture meridians. It is an acupuncture “fingerprint” which gives a “blueprint” for treatment which works wonderfully in conjunction with chiropractic care. This is a very objective way to assess your problems and follow your progress to better health by actually measuring your health and energy improvements.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture, simply stated, is a health science which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body.Acupuncture has its roots deeply planted in China. In fact, authorities agree the science is between 5,000 to 7,000 years old. Its use spread throughout ancient Egypt, the Middle East, the Roman Empire, and later into Western Europe, as merchants and missionaries to China told of the amazing discoveries the people of the Orient had developed. Acupuncture did not become known on a national level in the U.S. until 1971 when diplomatic relations between China and America were relaxed.At first glimpse, Acupuncture appears strange; as its primary notoriety is the utilization of needles placed in the skin at various locations to relieve pain or affect a body part.Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin in which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures at over 1,000 “Acupoints” on the body. This energy works in harmony with the body”s circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary and all other systems of the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key “Acupoints” on the body may restore harmony to the affected area.Historians have stated, “More people have benefited from Acupuncture over the course of fifty centuries than the combined total of all other healing sciences, both ancient and modern.”
What is Meridian Therapy?
Meridian therapy is the accepted name employed by those who practice the principle of Acupuncture without the use of a penetrating needle. Acupuncture is a principle, not a technique. Therefore, there are many ways to stimulate an Acupoint other than a needle, just as there are many strokes used in swimming. Many practitioners use electronic stimulatioins, laser beam or pressure massage to treat Acupoints. The Principle of Acupuncture does not change, only the technique.
How does it work?
Far too often in the medical professions, a patient is told after extensive examination, “There is nothing wrong, It is all in your head,” or “Sorry, you”ll have to learn to live with it.” The examining doctor, unable to find the cause of the problem, has little else to tell the patient. Fortunately, many physicians are now referring their patients for an Acupuncture evaluation as a last resort.The human body”s energy flow courses over twelve meridians or channels that are normally well balanced. If a disruption of energy flow exists, it can alter the entire system, producing pain or symptoms in the body.If we were to compare a 175 pound man on one end of a seesaw and a 45 pound child on the other end, it becomes obvious the seesaw would be “broken” due to the fact the heavier person would be sitting on the ground and the lighter would be dangling in the air. Even though the seesaw is producing a symptom of being broken-extensive examination would not reveal anything wrong with the seesaw. The obvious answer is in the balance. Correction of the balance corrects the problem.This is Acupuncture”s goal – to restore normalcy to the body”s energy balance by utilizing a combination of Acupoints located on the twelve meridians. This is accomplished by a variety of means, the needle is just one.Medical research continues in this country and others to attempt to explain in western scientific terms what the ancient Chinese seventy centuries earlier described. Today, many theories have been postulated as to why Acupuncture is so effective in pain control. However, as more discoveries are made, more research is indicated.
Is treatment painful?
One would assume inserting a needle into the skin would be painful since most of us can relate to being stuck with a pin or having a hypodermic injection. However, four Acupuncture needles can easily be inserted into the hollow tube of a hypodermic needle! Because of the extreme slenderness of the needle, most people compare the sensations “less than a mosquito bite.” A phenomena referred to as “TEHCHI” occurs when the energy is contacted. This sensation is felt as a mild to moderate heaviness or tingling.Needles obviously still have their place in clinical practice. However, many physicians certified in Acupuncture and licensed Acupuncturists are employing electronic and laser stimulation to the Acupoint with equal effectiveness as the needle. Both of these procedures are painless and are quickly becoming a standard worldwide.The tapping needle “teishein” is not really a needle as it does not pierce the skin. It produces a mild to moderate sensation. Compare it to tapping a ball point pen on the skin. This form of stimulation has been used successfully for centuries. Thumb pressure is equally impressive and not considered painful.
How many treatments are usual?
Obviously the number of treatments varies with different conditions and individuals. Chronic problems generally require more treatment than acute ones. Some patients notice an immediate improvement after the first treatment, whereas others may not notice any effect until the seventh or eight visits. It has been shown that a certain percentage of patients receive maximum benefit up to three months following a course of therapy.A small number of patients will experience a worsening of symptoms, as the body”s energies are returning to normal. This is usual and no need for alarm. It is followed by improvement. Researchers internationally agree the usual number of treatments is between eight and sixteen. The usual frequency between visits is between two to four times a week.Patients are urged not to enter an Acupuncture program with the thought of “taking a few” to see what will happen. Even though it is possible to achieve success; coming to all your visits would have a better chance of success. Patients are encouraged to be patient with the healing process. If the treatments are recommended and results occur in just five visits, the doctor may elect to discontinue treatments or continue their use to stabilize the condition.
Are results psychological?
Many critics of Acupuncture have suggested that the science is hypnosis or “mind or matter”. This criticism is totally unfounded as Acupuncture has startling effects in infants and toddlers as well as veterinary applications. The effect it has in surgery as an anesthetic further disclaims the skeptics. Even total disbelievers report favorable response to Acupuncture.However, a positive outlook is obviously beneficial in all phases of life including the healing process.
What conditions are accepted?
Acupuncture textbooks list well over one hundred different conditions that respond well to Acupuncture. The World Health Organization, working in close harmony with the International Acupuncture training center of the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has indicated Acupuncture is effective in the following conditions:Acute and Chronic pain relief, migraine, tension cluster and sinus headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, bladder dysfunction, bed wetting, cervical (neck) pain, mid-back pain, low shoulder, tennis elbow, post-operative pain relief, gastric problems, asthma, allergies, skin conditions, abnormal blood pressure, fatigue, anxiety, neurologic syndrome, various eye problems, knee pain, etc., etc..This is only a partial list of the numerous conditions Acupuncture has been credited with helping.
Is Acupuncture expensive?
The cost of Acupuncture treatments varies in different parts of the country. However, the average appears to be between $50.00 and $85.00 per treatment.
Are the results permanent?
For acute problems where there has been little or no organ system or tissue damage, results are often permanent. For chronic conditions, symptoms may recur from time to time. Generally a few additional treatments are sufficient to obtain relief. It”s suggested that patients with severe or chronic conditions return for a booster treatment two to three times a year.
Perhaps the cornerstone of an Acupuncture examination is pulse diagnosis whereby the trained practitioner, by feeling the pulse, is able to determine the balance of the twelve (12) meridians. This ancient method of diagnosis is giving way to modern electronic evaluation referred to as “Ryodoraku” or “electro meridian imaging” (EMI). The doctor places a small painless electronic pen on the skin over specific Acupoints. By way of a sensitive metering device, the electro potential of the point is measured. This exam is extremely reliable and is quickly becoming the standard method of diagnosis internationally.Many physicians utilize applied kinesiology, which is an examination involving testing certain muscles and correlating then to the associated meridian. Case history and consultation play a vital role in determining what is abnormal as does simple palpation over specific body parts.
Acupuncture has gained a great deal of notoriety in recent years concerning its considerable success with addiction control. It was been shown that Acupuncture has a very positive effect in the area of both drug and alcohol addiction. This procedure, in conjunction with professional counseling, has been proven extremely effective. One of the most noteworthy addictions acupuncture helps is smoking. The average patient will reduce their intake by at least one half within twenty four hours of the first treatment. Several additional treatments generally allow the patent to stop without experiencing the negative side effects of quitting. Acupuncture also has a favorable effect in weight control. Currently there are several clinics in the U.S. devoted solely to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
On the ear there are more than one hundred Acupoints which relate to various organ systems and parts of the body. During fetal development, the first structure to form is the brain and spinal cord. At about the same time, what later becomes the external ear also develops. Accordingly, there is a very strong relationship between the external ear and the central nervous system.The Ancient Chinese viewed the ear as resembling an upside down fetus with all the body parts proportionately arranged in and on the ear. Therefore, the lobe of the ear would relate to the head, brain, stem, face, etc. whereas the top of the ear relates to the knee, foot, ankle, etc. The success rate in Ear Acupuncture is remarkable. Thousands of American physicians have begun using Ear Acupuncture as an adjunct to their practice.
Hand and Cerebral Acupuncture
Throughout the body there are a number of Acupoints which have a particular effect. This is of particular significance on the hand and scalp. Cerebral Acupuncture consists of a number of zones which are primarily use for serious neurologic conditions, whereas hand Acupoints are used for a variety of common conditions. By stimulating specific hand points, headache, sore throat, neck and shoulder pain, even toothache may be successfully treated.
-Dr. John A Amaro
International Academy of Clinical Acupuncture
The Brost Clinic prides itself in staffing some of the most sought-after massage therapists in the Twin Cities. Each therapist is experienced and extremely proficient in several different types of massage. Current and former clients include professional athletes and dancers.
Massage therapy has been shown to reduce back pain, headaches, depression and anxiety, improve sleep, job performance, range of motion, mood and a sense of well-being, and reduce stress and fatigue. www.miami.edu/touch-research
The Brost Clinic offers several massage modalities:
Swedish – most often practiced in the United States: long smooth strokes varying in pressure from light to medium to deep. The massage therapist will use the pressure that is most comfortable to you.
Deep tissue – Swedish massage targeting deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Deep tissue is best for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. The therapist may incorporate pressure point work (pressing and holding various points on the muscle with thumbs, hands or elbow) and stretching.
Sports (pre- and post-event) – specifically designed for those involved in strenuous physical activity. Pre-event Sports Massage is designed to increase peak performance, prevent injury and improve flexibility. Post-event massage is aimed at treating injury, loosening muscles, and alleviating soreness. Current and former clients of Brost Massage Therapists include professional athletes and professional dancers.
Myofascial Release – The direct myofascial release (or deep tissue work) method works through engaging the myofascial tissue restrictive barrier, the tissue is loaded with a constant force until tissue release occurs. Practitioners use knuckles, elbows, or other tools to slowly stretch the restricted fascia by applying a pressure. Direct myofascial release seeks for changes in the myofascial structures by stretching, elongation of fascia, or mobilising adhesive tissues. The practitioner moves slowly through the layers of the fascia until the deep tissues are reached.
Cranial Sacral – A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which allows them to tune into the craniosacral rhythm.The practitioner gently work with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position.
Reflexology – pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on what reflexologists claim to be a system of zones and reflex areas that they say reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.
Pregnancy (prenatal) – specialized, gentle massage; expectant mother is properly positioned and supported throughout the massage with exceptionally comfortable cushions, specifically designed to support the changing body.
Chair massage – typically lasts 5 – 20 minutes, and is performed while fully clothed with the client relaxing in a specially designed chair. Seated massage is an excellent introduction for those never having experienced massage before.
The Brost Clinic Massage Hours
Mon-Fri 7am – 7pm
Saturday 7am – 2pm
- 30 min $62
- 60 min $87
- 90 min $127
- 120 min $182
- Pregnancy Massage $107
*Note: We are a professional healthcare facility, and gratuities are not accepted. Tax not included in prices above.
Before you resort to back or neck surgery, please read on. Effective treatment for back pain, neck pain and leg pain sufferers is here, without the risks – and possible disappointments – of costly back surgery. The DRX-9000 by Axiom Worldwide, first offered in Minnesota at The Brost Clinic, is endorsed by many leading medical and chiropractic experts. In clinical outcome studies, a high degree of success has been shown, even with difficult and long-standing low back conditions.
If you think that back surgery is your only hope, please call us at 952.473.9637 first for a free consultation.
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How Spinal Decompression Works
The DRX-9000 works by creating a gentle pumping action on the discs of the spine. This causes decompression (or release of pressure) of the discs and other structures in the lower back or neck that cause pain. The decompression also promotes fluids and nutrients to move in and out of the disc at a much more rapid rate increasing the rate of healing.
For a typical therapy session on the DRX-9000, the patient is fitted with a comfortable upper harness that holds the upper body immobile on the deeply padded and very comfortable treatment table. A pelvic harness is fitted to the patient to provide the lower back decompression. The treatment parameters are then set into the computer. This includes the treatment (pulling) weight, the proper disc level to be treated, and the number of treatment and rest cycles (typically 18 per session). The patient then stands on the treatment platform, leans back, and is slowly lowered into the treatment position (face-up). A comfortable bolster is then placed under the knees, and a lower back support is pumped up to the patient”s comfort level. A strap is connected to the pelvic harness, and the computer begins a slow pull that gradually increases up to the pre-set treatment weight and targeted disc level. This is usually half the patient”s body weight, plus 20 pounds. The maximum pull allowed is 150 pounds. The gentle pumping action of eighteen one-minute pulls and eighteen 30-second rest cycles then continues. Most patients relax completely, and some even fall asleep during the treatment. Advanced Back Technology is equipped with a video monitor that displays a lower back injury prevention program and an exercise program. Relaxing video and music programs also are available.
Following the DRX session, ice and comfortable electrical muscle stimulation are applied to complete the treatment. A gentle adjustment with an activator instrument ensures spinal alignment. Acupuncture is also available at this point in the session to provide further pain relief, if desired. The entire treatment session takes just under one hour. Exercise and rehabilitation programs can also be included later in the program, if needed. We also can use very important disc nutritional supplements, lower back support belts (if necessary) and a custom water bottle to encourage increased water intake. Patients enjoy their treatment sessions, and report significant pain relief following one to eight treatment sessions. A total of 20 treatments are required for lumbar disc herniation treatment, given over a six-week period. Flexible treatment hours are available Monday through Saturday.
The Brost Clinic offers several options when it comes to personal training and therapeutic exercise. They can be done in our rehab room or off site at the location of your choice.
Therapeutic Exercise and Rehab – In House
Your Chiropractor may recommend therapeutic exercise as part of your treatment plan. In this case, you will spend some one-on-one time with a trainer who will guide you through specific stretches and exercises to speed recovery and reeducate muscles to maintain wellbeing. This therapy is usually covered by insurance.
Personal Training – On Site
Personal Training is usually done off-site at the location of your choice. These services include, but are not limited to, weight loss, cardio-health, sports training and overall fitness. Our trainer will work with you to customize a workout routine that fits your wants, needs, and abilities. This is a great option for people who have a gym or exercise equipment in their home and want to maximize what they get out of it.