Dr. Alex Oh decided to pursue chiropractic after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Chiropractic was a profession that Dr. Oh was unaware of until a friend’s relative, who is a Chiropractor, began talking to him about chiropractic. A profession that helps people get well without the use of drugs and surgery, and often times results are immediate. Everything about chiropractic appealed to Dr. Oh. He went back to the University of Maryland and completed his pre-med courses. He then enrolled at Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1991, which is considered the “fountainhead” of chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. This is where chiropractic started in 1895. Prior to graduating from Palmer College, Dr. Oh sought a position as an associate doctor in Washington State. He had a long desire to live on the west coast. After graduating from Palmer College, he moved to Tacoma, WA. He worked in several clinics before acquiring a clinic in Bellevue two years later. After practicing in Tacoma for a few months, Dr. Oh felt a bit frustrated that chiropractic alone couldn’t address all of the symptoms and health conditions that people were suffering from. This is when post graduate courses in nutrition and energy medicine became a greater interest. His passion at that point and to this day is to learn a much as possible about nutritional therapies and energy medicine. He has studied with a variety of great doctors and healers. Dr. Oh’s mission is to help as many people as possible through non-invasive treatment procedures that are highly effective. His passion is staying on the cutting edge of new research and treatments in the area of holistic medicine.
People often ask me why I changed from regular/traditional chiropractic practice to what I do now. I respond by saying that when patients came in with some sort of pain, they were often on several medications for different health issues. Many patients were looking for an alternative to the medications that they were taking due to the side-effects. I didn’t feel chiropractic alone could help with their other maladies. In the fall of 1996, I received a letter for a post graduate course in energy medicine called B.E.S.T. (Bioenergetic Synchronization Technique). What I read regarding B.E.S.T was every intriguing, so I decided to register and attend the class. It was truly an eye-opening experience, as the old saying goes “when the student is ready the master appears”. The main take away from B.E.S.T was being able to touch two points on the body and helping people with pain and discomfort almost immediately. This helped balance the autonomic nervous system from being sympathetic (flight or fight response) dominant and allowing the parasympathetic (healing, relaxing) nervous system to have a greater role. The results were as good or better than adjusting the spine, without the risk of hurting anyone. I really liked the idea of the gentle approach to care without having any contraindications.
The next class that I attended was CRA (Contact Reflex Analysis). Having a good background in nutrition from chiropractic school, CRA was a way of applying clinical nutrition into my practice. This technique was about testing various reflex points on the body corresponding to different organs and glands. Muscle testing is used to identify if someone has a “weakness” in a gland or organ. Once identified, we can see if there are food sensitivities, toxicity, pathogens, and emotions that was creating the weakness. We can then take a step further and test nutritional supplements to see if it would strengthen the weak gland/organ. It eliminated the educated guess work to figure out what the patient/client needed.
N.E.T (Neuro Emotional Technique) was the next class on the list. Having a bachelor’s degree in psychology, I knew how powerful emotions can play on a person’s health. NET with the use of muscle testing, we can pin-point the emotion(s) and allow the body to release the emotional charge from stress/trauma. In eastern medicine, each organ/gland has a specific emotion, for example the liver energy is related to anger. NET also uses homeopathic remedies to help people maintain the treatments that they have received.
The next treatment that I want to discuss is NIS (Neurological Integration System). This treatment procedure has been my “bread and butter” for the last several years. Stressors/trauma on a physical, emotional, biochemical, and pathogens can create disruptions in the signaling pathways from the brain to the rest of the body. The main premise of this work is to figure out where the issues with signaling pathways exist via muscle testing various areas of the body/brain and then turning the circuits back “on” through light tapping of the post central gyrus (back portion of the cranium) helps to alert the brain. It is a very gentle procedure, but profound changes can happen when the signals are redirected and turned “on”. Through my training with these and other treatment procedures, I’m able to help more people with a variety of health issues, that chiropractic alone couldn’t help. This is what drives me, finding ways non-invasively to help more people achieve health and reach their potential in life.