Gates Chiropractic has been a part of the fabric of the Pascack Valley community for almost 50 years. The father-daughter team comprises the experience and extensive chiropractic knowledge of Dr. Douglas Gates and his daughter, Dr. Stephanie's fresh perspective and innovative techniques. The father-daughter duo is working to make the Pascack Valley community healthier through chiropractic.
What is the chiropractic approach to health care?
Chiropractic is based on the body's ability to maintain itself in a state of health while having the ability to heal itself. Imbalances and misalignments can cause nerve interference by creating pressure on the surrounding nerves. Like a garden hose with a kink in it can prevent proper water flow, the nerve system works the same way.
Physical, chemical, and emotional stressors affect proper neurological and bodily performance. A chiropractor focuses on displacements of the spine that interfere with proper nerve function. They address the cause rather than the symptoms of the problem, allowing the body to function optimally.
How does chiropractic care help pregnant moms?
Prenatal chiropractic care aims to achieve pelvic balance and improve the nervous system so the body can function better. We can accomplish this through the Webster technique, a chiropractic analysis, and gentle adjustment of the spine. If the pelvis is not balanced during pregnancy, it causes an imbalance in the surrounding musculature and ligaments, restricting the baby's ability to get into the optimal birth position.
And the practice can help babies too?
Chiropractic care for babies and children is safe, gentle, and essential for a little one's growing spine. Many parents have reported improved disposition, immune function, and better sleeping habits. Chiropractors are specifically trained to check for subtle subluxation or misalignments that occur throughout all stages of growth and development. Our practice uses INSiGHT scanning to determine where the spinal interferences are and how these stressors may affect your nervous system. Through the scans, we can get a baseline score of how your body adapts and performs. This new technology is thermal-based, making it completely safe for kids and prenatal patients!
What drew you to chiropractic science?
Both of us were drawn to the sensibility and logic of the chiropractic philosophy.
Stephanie: "I grew up with chiropractic, so it was all I knew. As I got older and experienced its health benefits, it only made sense to become a chiropractor myself. I have always loved working with people and having a 'hands-on approach.' Because of my personal experiences growing up, I wanted to share those benefits with as many people as possible."
What is it like to work with each other in your practice?
Stephanie: "Practicing alongside my father for the past five years has been a rewarding and grateful experience. Even before I joined the practice, I worked in the office and got to know many patients. I saw how much they enjoyed being under my dad's care. They placed their trust in him—I saw this firsthand. Although I have big shoes to fill, I learn so much from him on a daily basis!"