Dr. Leonard

About Dr. Leonard

In today’s society, more and more people are looking for non-drug solutions to achieve health. My purpose as a chiropractor is to help as many people as possible do that. Through chiropractic care I work with my patients to help them strive for 100% health and wellness.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Sam Houston University, I earned my Doctorate in Chiropractic from Parker College in Dallas. My certification in six different adjustment techniques enables me to meet each patient’s individual health needs. My practice is family-based, so I treat everyone from babies to senior citizens. I also have experience as a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In addition, I serve as a speaker through Pinnacle Management and give lectures on a variety of health topics such as optimal nutrition, peak performance, and stress reduction.

Through my experience as a chiropractor I have a great opportunity to help others. Here at Leonard Family Chiropractic you can be certain that you will get the best treatment possible. Come in and see for yourself how we can make your life better, to live without pain, and to feel more energized.

How Does Chiropractic Work?

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is designed to be a self regulating, self healing organism. The brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body control these important functions.

Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. A common interference to the nervous system is dysfunction of the 24 moving bones of the spinal column. A loss of normal motion or misalignment of these bones can impair the function of the nervous system. This is not always noticed by the patient. Out of all the nerves in the body, only 10 percent have to do with pain, the other 90 percent have to do with bodily function.

Through a series of adjustments (manipulation) the chiropractor works to realign and restore proper spinal health.

Dr. Leonard works with a patient
Dr. Leonard Works with a Patient

The Chiropractor’s Education

Most people will be glad to know the education your chiropractor received was very extensive and demanding. The average medical doctor will attend approximately 4,250 hours of education, depending on the specialty, while the average Doctor of Chiropractic has attended 4,485 hours of education.

After 2 to 4 years of undergraduate work in basic sciences, a rigorous 3-5 year chiropractic program begins, which is very similar to that of medical school. Course requirements include gross anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, radiology, spinal and extremity adjustment techniques, along with other health related subjects. Doctors of Chiropractic are also trained in identifying disorders that are beyond their scope of practice and provide outside medical referrals when needed.

After graduation, National Board Exams must be passed before a license to practice chiropractic will be granted. Each state requires continuing education and the majority of chiropractors routinely exceed these CE requirements.

Subluxation

In the simplest of terms, a subluxation is when one or more vertebrae move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate, spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves. Good health, in part, depends on the normal alignment of the body’s parts, and this subluxation or misalignment can be a major factor in illness.

Proper alignment of the spine is critically important because of its central role in nervous system function. Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body.

Chiropractic treatment focuses on locating and correcting subluxations. This is done through a series of specific chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractors are experts who undergo years of training to correct subluxations. Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments can relieve pain and help with structural disorders and ailments.

Dr. Leonard works with a patient
What to expect on

Your First Visit

  • 01

    Consultation

    During the consultation, a clear understanding of your condition helps Dr. Leonard decide whether chiropractic care may be of benefit to you.

  • 02

    Examination

    Orthopedic, neurological, spinal examination and surface electromyography are performed to have a better understanding of how he will be able to help you. If necessary, X-rays may be taken to further assess the health condition.

  • 03

    Report of Findings

    Once all the information and examinations have been performed, Dr. Leonard will give you a report of findings and tell you recommendations for treatment.

  • 04

    Treatment

    Treatment methods, along with the adjustment, may include electrical muscle stimulation, intersegmental traction, exercise prescription, and nutritional counseling.