At Bradley Chiropractic Clinic, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic care to each and every patient. We have included information below about the different chiropractic services offered in our Marion chiropractic office, but please call us at 618-997-5959 if you have any questions!

Chiropractic Care

"It is not a cliché when I say that I would like EVERY patient who we treat to feel like they are an immediate family member.  This is a promise that I can assure you that I will uphold everyday that I practice chiropractic. I feel like I have the luckiest job in the world, I never regret having to get up in the morning to go to work. I love the fact that I can give relief to so many people who suffer from spinal pain, just being involved in that life changing process is an inspiration to me. My goal and drive is to do the very best that I can for every patient who is treated at my office, God bless." -Dr. Michael D. Bradley, D.C.

Bradley Chiropractic Clinic began operation in 1987. All patients at Bradley Chiropractic Clinic can take great comfort in the knowledge of the vast clinical experience that Dr. Bradley has accumulated during this length of time. Dr. Bradley's clinical experience and skill are beneficial for patients seeking chiropractic care. Dr. Bradley uses this experience in the initial diagnosing, and the subsequent treatment of all patients. There have not been many spinal conditions that Dr. Bradley has not seen in his many years of practice. Bradley Chiropractic Clinic has diagnosed, treated and compiled over 17,000 patient files during its inception. Dr. Bradley's expertise and chiropractic experience is certainly something that a patient can trust.

Bradley Chiropractic Clinic provides many of the latest technologies in chiropractic medicine, with the most advanced spinal correction and chiropractic adjustments utilizing "state of the art" chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic care have chiropractors been able to provide the level of help and expertise that is available today. Some of the newest chiropractic techniques that will be discussed later will include the Pro Adjuster Technique.  

Dr. Michael Bradley utilizes many chiropractic techniques, but the Diversified Technique has to be one of the favorite techniques that is used in our practice.  This technique was refined and developed by the late Otto Reinert, DC, to address bio mechanical failure in each section of the spine, as it relates to specific subluxation. The focus is on restoration to normal bio mechanical function, and correction of subluxation. In addition, Diversified methods have been developed to adjust extremity joints, allowing for beneficial applications in treating sports injuries and other injuries. Another treatment protocol and chiropractic technique is the Cox® Flexion Distraction Table which is used for decompressing the spinal column and restoring the spinal joints to their proper alignment and range of motion which many lower back patient can get great relief from their pain

We have invested greatly in the latest of medical and chiropractic technologies. Chiropractic has evolved with science, which is the approach that is taken at Bradley Chiropractic Clinic. Dr. Bradley's primary objective is to stay up on these latest techniques and purchase any equipment that may help patient recovery.

Another one of many chiropractic techniques utilized by Dr. Bradley is the Pro Adjuster Technique. This technique is a very sophisticated computer aided machine that helps to free up and mobilize frozen or stagnated spinal segments which can ultimately cause pain and problems to any person. Many patients feel that this is a comfortable and effective option in chiropractic care. 

For the lumbar disc patients, we have the original lumbar decompression system, the Vax-D Table. This device, according to the University of Illinois at Chicago, along with the Coosa Medical Group, reveals from their research that the Vax-D Table is effective in treating lumbar spine conditions with an astounding 71% success rate, after following 778 cases of lumbar disc patients. The lumbar problems followed included failed disc surgery, degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine. disc herniation or bulging and facet encroachment. This 71% success rate is a remarkable percentage, as any disc patient sufferer realizes, these lumbar disc problems have no easy solution. If the Vax-D Table can help someone who has a diminished change in their activities of daily living, the treatment cost is well worth getting back to that normal life they are used to living. To this day, VAX-D is the only device shown in clinical research to decompress the discs to negative levels (Ramos G., Martin W. Journal of Neurosurgery).

Dr. Robert Channey, M.D.
Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Health and Human Services

"I had a back problem in 1977. We found that the discs had deteriorated at the L4-L5 and L5-S1 area. In July of 1993, I ended up with excruciating pain in my back, and this time all of the way down the left leg to my toes. It wasn't until the latter part of September in 1993 that I found a program on TV about VAX-D. It looked like the thing, but I was suspicious. I called the office and made an appointment for the next day. At that time they did an extended exam on myself and recommended that I have an MRI. The MRI showed deterioration at the L4-L and L5--S1 areas. They recommended that I start on VAX-D and stay on it for 15 straight days, missing my weekends at the beach and on the boat.

I said, well it's worth a try, so I started. I was there one Saturday morning and was talking to another gentleman who was also a physician, and I said I thought this was doing well for my back but I was doubtful about the sciatic pain in my left leg. He was of the same opinion but we were going to continue on anyway. On the 27th of September, being my birthday, my family (which I have a large one) , took me for a seafood dinner down by the bay. All the way down and all the way back I could not get any relief from the aches in my back and particularly in my left leg.

I continued on with treatment and after the fifteenth session I only had a slight twinge occasionally. Since that day on, I am completely free of the pain in my back and my left leg. I jog the same as I used to, as I did last evening, not a very long one, down to the park and back. I cut the lawn, I'm back without any pain at all, and I've got to say that VAX-D was the thing that did it for me." -Robert Channey, M.D.
Assistant Surgeon General

Other Physical Therapy Modalities

Cold (Low Level) Laser Therapy for conditions that include inflammation as a causative agent by reducing pain related to this inflammation by lowering, in a dose-dependent manner, levels of prostaglandin E2, prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2, interleukin 1-beta, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, the cellular influx of neutrophil granulocytes, oxidative stress, edema, and bleeding.

Ultra Sound Therapy is a physical therapy device that uses alternating compression and rarefaction of sound waves with a frequency of >20,000 cycles/second ultra sound for deep injuries and for the promotion of healing. muscle stimulation to strengthen the spinal muscles and other standard physical therapy devices for any spinal condition that may be presented.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. Electrical muscle stimulation delivers a small pulsating current to the muscles and nerve endings, which encourages blood circulation, muscle stimulation, strengthening and healing to an injured region.

Supine Cervical Motorized Traction is a therapeutic device that helps to relieve pain by stretching and realigning the cervical spine. Placing this traction or stretch on the spine separates the vertebrae and helps to relieve direct nerve pressure and stress on the vertebral discs. Cervical traction is a common nonsurgical treatment for a bulged or herniated disc in the neck that relieves pain by opening up the cervical foramen to reduce pressure on compressed nerve roots exiting the spinal canal.



The essential difference between Western medicine and Traditional Chinese medicine is that the former aims to treat the symptoms of a disease, while the latter aims to diagnose the patterns of a disorder and treats it by bringing the body into homeostasis (balance).  The use of acupuncture with electroacupuncture, based on the energy flow (qi) which runs through the body via acupuncture channels, is widely used by modern medical practitioners. For those patients interested in acupuncture, Traditional Chinese methods are done by Dr. Bradley, who has also been an instructor at John A. Logan College department of continuing education where he has taught several classes in acupressure.  Acupuncture at Dr. Bradley's office is a 20 to 30 minute session with a cost of $35., including the use of electroacupuncture, which is an increasingly popular form of treatment, and is used by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine for a wide array of conditions, with some studies revealing that it increases the effectiveness of acupuncture by much higher percentages than used without electroacupuncture.

Dr. Bradley has completed rigorous educational and clinical hours in the study and practice of the art of acupuncture.  Dr. Bradley began his acupuncture education by taking formal classes starting in May of 1996 in St. Louis and later in Chicago. For those patients who are motivated by a desire to approach healing with Eastern traditions that have a holistic philosophy, acupuncture is the thing for you.

Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to resist or overcome illnesses and conditions by correcting imbalances. Acupuncture also prompts the body to produce chemicals that decrease or eliminate painful sensations.

There are hundreds of acupuncture points (called acu-points) along the body’s 14 major meridians, or energy-carrying channels. Sixteenth century Chinese doctors used the term “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) to describe the energy that circulates through meridians. The belief is that illness is caused by a disruption of Qi, which leads to an imbalance of energy.

A way that Western researchers look at acupuncture is that basically, acupuncture causes the mid brain (hypothalamus and pituitary gland in particular) to secrete three major chemicals.  1.) Endorphins, which are agents that resemble opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a feeling of well-being. 2.) Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH), also known as corticotropin, which are agents that principally effects and increases production and release of corticosteroids, or natural anti-swelling agents in the body. 3.) Prostaglandins, which are agents that help the body heal by acting on such things internally, like aiding in healing of smooth muscle cells, causing aggregation or disaggregataion of platelets and by sensitizing spinal neurons to pain.

The World Health Organization (WHO), whose authority concerning health-related matters internationally cannot be challenged, has compiled a list of symptoms, syndromes, disease processes, pathologies, traumas and conditions that have definitely been proven as effectively treated by acupuncture. The (WHO) has also compiled a list of diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture has shown definite therapeutic effects, but more proof is needed to establish acupuncture as a mainstream form of treatment. Should a curious patient, insurance company or colleague require proof of acupuncture's effectiveness, the following list is something you will want to keep on file. Its use will be inevitable.

In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the (WHO) has listed the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture: Low back and neck pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, knee pain, periarthritis of the shoulder, sprains, facial pain, headaches including migraine headaches, dental pain, TMJ dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis, induction of labor, morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, postoperative pain, stroke, essential hypertension, primary hypotension, renal colic, leucopenia. adverse reaction to radiation and chemotherapy, allergies and rhinitis, acute epigastralgia, peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis are some mentioned by the World Health Organization. 

People ask daily what conditions acupuncture is good for, this is a good list that could be helpful to our visitors. Other conditions not listed, such as plantar fascitis and hormone dysfunction are also conditions that acupuncture is very effective in healing.

Corrective Exercises

At Bradley Chiropractic Clinic, we teach our patients how to perform special "blueprint" exercises which can help strengthen and correct the irregularities in their body which may be causing pain. Many of these corrective exercises can actually be performed in the comfort of your own home to help improve the effectiveness of your chiropractic care and spinal correction plan. In addition to skeletal misalignment, you may be experiencing pain that is caused by muscles and connective tissues which are out of their proper place. Other types of pain such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches are caused by muscles and tissues that are being used improperly, causing injuries over time. In each case, targeted corrective exercises and stretches from our experienced chiropractor will help you feel good while also helping your body achieve balance and health.

Lifestyle Advice

Many of our patients come to see our chiropractor to address a specific pain symptom such as back pain, neck pain or headaches. While our chiropractor will address each patient's specific condition with chiropractic care, we often find it helpful to "coach" our patients towards achieving a healthier lifestyle. For example, there may be certain activities that you should avoid or do differently to prevent yourself from unintentionally aggravating your particular health challenges. The goal of including lifestyle advice with a chiropractic care plan is to help each and every patient achieve the fulfilling and happy lifestyle they deserve, one that is full of the activities that are enjoyed most. We recognize that every single one of our patients is a whole person, and we use our expertise to help them reach total health and wellness.

Nutritional Counseling

What does nutrition have to do with chiropractic care? The goal of chiropractic care is to help patients achieve total health and balance with their body, and as part of that goal we provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices. Nutritional counseling by our experienced chiropractic health professionals can assist a patient on their return to optimal health. Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? Do you know how these supplements and vitamins interact with one another? At our Marion chiropractic clinic, we can provide each patient with a structured nutritional program that is based on their individual needs.

Massage Therapy

At Bradley Chiropractic Clinic, a deep relaxing massage may just be what the doctor ordered. Massage treatment is helpful and relaxing, which can soothe your muscles, or just to aid in healing spasms and even traumatic injured muscles. Esmerelda and Emily both have great feedback from the patients who has utilized their service, both are passionate about their work and care very much about the patient being satisfied with their massage. Their work can be customized according to what the patient desires and needs are. Massage therapy does more than make you feel good, it can actually help your body achieve balance and health. Massage therapy offers a natural  treatment approach which actually relieves musculoskeletal pain for many patients. Our office provides specific massage and muscular therapy that is complimentary to their chiropractic care. Each massage therapy plan is tailored to meet the patients unique pain condition or injury. The benefits of massage therapy may include the increase of blood circulation, a localized reduction in swelling and the relaxation of muscles. Massage has been known to relieve muscle pain and spasms, increase a patients range of motion, while also aiding in a patients recovery. Some investigative studies have even indicated that a single session of massage may help boost your immune system!

Spinal & Postural Screenings

There is a saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Your spinal health is no exception. Posture and spinal screenings by a trained and experienced chiropractor such as Dr. Michael Bradley can help reveal important health information, unlocking the door to improved health and well-being. In order to help the Marion community, we provide screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment. Contact us today at 618-997-5959 to arrange a screening at your event or workplace.

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