Chiropractic Care in Topeka
The Center for Manual Medicine and Regenerative Orthopedics is Topeka’s only multidisciplinary practice treating musculoskeletal problems of the back, neck, arms and legs.
Our Chiropractic Treatment Advantage:
- We combine manipulation and traditional medical treatments.
- Rehabilitation to improve posture and key movement patterns completes each manual treatment.
- Same or next day appointments.
- Evaluation and treatment plans will be sent for your doctor to review.
- Our treatment method helps prevent surgery and expensive procedures.
- We empower patients and emphasize their role in recovery.
- We identify problem causes early and act as a central point of communication with other healthcare professionals.
We specialize in:
- Back and neck pain – mechanical or radicular
- Pre and post-surgical rehabilitation
- Same or next day appointments
- Hip and knee pain
- Ankle and foot pain
- Shoulder and elbow pain
- Wrist and arm pain
- Trigger fingers
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tendonitis / Bursitis
- Work, auto, and sports injuries
- Movement Anxiety
- Helping to decrease fall / fracture risks in elderly patients by increasing strength, balance and confidence
- Medication and local injections available
- Ultrasound diagnosis
- Ultrasound guided injections
Our Chiropractic Practice
MEET OUR NEW CHIROPRACTOR, Dani Steffen, DC
Dr. Dani Steffen, a Florida native, attended Fort Hays State University where she participated in women’s basketball and track. In 2012, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance with concentrations in Health Promotion and Biology. Then in 2014, Dani earned her Master’s Degree from Fort Hays in Health and Human Performance with a focus on Movement Studies.
Following her passion for Chiropractic, she attended Cleveland University – Kansas City and graduated in December of 2018. While in school, Dr. Steffen earned certifications in Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab (FAKTR) Soft Tissue with Instrument Assisted Techniques, FAKTR Taping, Activator Methods, Webster Technique, and Trigger Point Dry Needling.
Dr. Steffen completed internships with the Kansas City Care Clinic, Kansas City VA Hospital, and The Center for Manual Medicine before being hired on in January 2019. Dani continues to take additional seminars through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, or ICPA and is in the process of earning her Diplomate in Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics, or DACCP, an additional 400 hours of study.
Having a widespread variety of techniques is important to Dr. Steffen, so she is able to offer and perform the following: Diversified, Sacral-Occipital Technique, Thompson, Activator, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Flexion-Distraction, Soft Tissue Work, and Rehabilitation Therapies.
Outside of work, Dr. Steffen excels at multitasking by keeping up with her 2 young children (Weston and Banks) as well supporting her husband Drew at all of his coaching activities. She also enjoys running in 5K’s, traveling, and learning the secrets of having “green thumbs”.
The vision of Dr. Steffen is that many musculoskeletal problems stem from abnormal movement patterns that can be changed. Problems may develop after trauma, but in many cases the pattern has developed over a long period of time. The position we sit and stand and lie in along with the actions of work and play can create asymmetric forces that strain our bodies. The end result may be a tightening or locking up that prevents normal movement. Usually this goes unnoticed until it causes pain. A vicious cycle develops: strain from repeated positions and movements causes the area to become irritable. Pain is felt with certain movements or when the area is touched. If the strain continues the area becomes irritated or inflamed and a constant discomfort occurs. The process may be gradual or explode into pain. These problems may respond to rest or a change in activity. When they continue, improving the movement can relieve the strain and the pain. But that is only half of the problem. If the habits that caused the initial problem continue, it is only a matter of time before the pain returns.
Both doctors use hands on or “manual” methods in order to improve the movement. Techniques may focus on the joints or on the surrounding soft tissue including ligaments, muscles and tendons. Usually more invasive therapies such as medication and local injections can be avoided, but are added when necessary.
The final and perhaps most important leg of treatment involves helping you create new ways to live your life. Our Chiropractors or Physical Therapists will work with you one on one. Their job is to make you aware of faulty movement and positions and help you to create new, healthy habits. Thus the cycle of poor movement patterns and pain is reversed. We work as a team to reach the goals of pain relief, improved function and preventive care. Team members include you and your primary care or referring physician. Although many patients come to us by word of mouth, most are referred to us by medical doctors including primary care physicians, neuro surgeons, and orthopedic surgeons. When we are all working in the same direction, excellent results can be achieved.
What is a DABCI?
A DABCI certification (Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists) requires doctors to attend and complete a 300 hour post doctorate course (classes), pass a national certification examination and requires 12 hours of continuing education in advanced coursework each year. The DABCI program is recognized by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and certified by the Board of Chiropractic Internists.
The DABCI philosophy is based on the model of natural, functional, and preventive medicine that focuses on putting out the fire (underlying cause of dis-ease) and NOT just the smoke (signs/symptoms); promoting a wellness plan that treats dysfunction before disease develops. Chiropractic Internists fuses biochemical and biophysical medicine to offer patients the best in comprehensive integrative health care.
Is this similar to Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. So IFM and DABCI have many similar principles and guidelines but vary in the educational pathway slightly.
What can this model do?
“The scope of practice for internal medicine according to the Council on Diagnosis and Internal Disorders (CDID), established in 1985, which is an educational board and specialty council of the American Chiropractic Association that administers and coordinates the post doctoral degree, Diplomate in Diagnosis and Internal Disorders (DABCI). Our physicians are trained in modern medical diagnosis, functional medicine, and natural therapeutics. Chiropractic physicians with a DABCI post doctoral certification utilize conventional medical diagnostics, specialized functional testing, and holistic medicine diagnostic evaluations. DABCI physicians routinely employ methods sch as blood laboratory studies, urinalyses, electrocardiograms, vascular doppler ultrasound, spirometry, DEXA bone density testing, salivary assay hormonal and neurotransmitter tests, IgG food allergy testing, diagnostic imaging to include x-ray, CT, MRI, comprehensive gastrointestinal stool analyses, and many other diagnostic tools. A DABCI uses therapeutic methods to emphasize conservative and minimally invasive approaches and minimize risk to the patient. Diplomates in diagnosis and internal disorders use treatments such as clinical nutrition, dietetics, exercise, vitamin and mineral supplementation, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, acupuncture, natural hormone replacement, and pharmacological counseling. Many conditions and disease states can be resolved by utilizing these natural methods. The Council on Diagnosis of Internal Disorders promotes our physicians as uniquely qualified to provide this type of comprehensive natural medical care.”
Should You See a DABCI-Certified Doctor?
According to the CDID, more and more people are turning to DABCIs first when they get sick or are experiencing health issues. It’s another alternative to care with a provider that can spend more time with you to figure out what is truly going on. More importantly, Dr. Steffen, DC, strongly believes in coordinating care with additional healthcare providers to effectively create a care plan for you.
Dr. Steffen, DC, is in the courses for her diplomate. She started winter of 2020 and will continue monthly for 26 months prior to sitting for boards.