Chiropractic Basics

Chiropractic is probably the most prejudged and misunderstood profession on earth. Most people think chiropractic is a treatment for back pain. The truth is that chiropractic is that and so much more. It is an alternative approach to health.

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your nervous system controls the function of virtually every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your body. Nervous system dysfunction, caused by the misaligned bones of the spine can be a common cause of ill health. This is called a subluxation.


A subluxation is a condition that occurs when a vertebra or group of vertebra misalign to the extent that they cause an interference to the tiny nerve fibers that travel through the spinal column.

A subluxation may produce just about any symptom you can imagine, yet often times has no symptoms at all. It can take many years after the spine has misaligned before a symptom may appear. Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy of locating and correcting subluxations. An adjustment is a chiropractic method of correcting subluxations.

The adjustments are performed utilizing drop pieces on adjusting tables. We use no rotational type adjusting procedures and there is no such thing as a routine adjustment. We adjust subluxations only when present. The soft tissue is also a part of the musculoskeletal condition, so we also do trigger points to the muscle to eliminate muscle spasm or hypertonicity.

Dr. Kathy O’Connor


Dr. Kathy O’Connor is a graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1994.  Dr. O’Connor has been in practice in Petaluma since 1995.

Dr. O’Connor’s welcoming office utilizes the best of the older techniques combined with the latest technology to correct your spine and/or extremities to get you pain and symptom free and keep you that way.  Results are paramount

Our chiropractic technique, founded by Dr. Walter Vernon Pierce, was established in the early 1970’s and is also known as the “Pierce Results System”. It involves analysis of spinal motion to identify loss or limitation of spinal function.

Palmer8Dr. Pierce was taught by BJ Palmer, the developer of Chiropractic.  Both were avid pioneers and researcher in the Chiropractic field.  Dr. Pierce took the teachings of BJ Palmer to a higher level.Dr. O’Connor had the honor of studying with Dr. Vernon Pierce personally.

Dr. Pierce was a world renowned chiropractor who spent his life trying to find better ways to get the best chiropractic results.  Dr. Pierce traveled the world teaching his technique to both chiropractic students and chiropractors already in practice. In our opinion, the most important idea Dr. Pierce stressed was results. The Pierce Technique brings both physical/objective and x-ray findings together to determine where the subluxations exist. He believed patients should be x-rayed to identify structural distortion and restriction in motion.

The Heart of Healing

HeartOfHealing_600Dr. Kathy O’Connor is a co-author in this book “The Heart of Healing”. She is in the good company of Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, Bernie Siegel and Dean Ornish.

Heart of the New Healer is a compilation of original essays from many of today’s leaders in the healing arts. Both world-famous authorities, and intriguing new voices, are combined in this unique survey assembled by award-winning editor Dawson Church. Fifteen years ago, Dawson edited a best-selling book called The Heart of the Healer (New American Library, 1989). It was an influential book, reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal and many other places, excerpted in the LA Times and other national media, and used by many colleges as a supplementary text.

Now, Heart of the New Healer surveys some of the most fascinating healers and thinkers of a new generation. From the most cutting-edge scientific studies to ancient techniques like Hindu Pranic healing, with humor, wisdom, and vast experience, the authors chart the seismic changes that are radically reshaping our society’s concept of health. If you want to know where the future of health care is headed, or get a spectrum of brilliant and current perspectives and practices to support your personal health, this book is essential reading.  Click here to buy now.

Dr. Kathy O'Connor

What our clients say

“I Was Able to Throw Away My Walker”

My experience with back pain and problems goes back many years. Five years ago I proposed marriage to my present wife. Upon rising from my knees, I needed assistance to stand. Within one year, I was on a walker, barely able to walk, and out of ER’s for back pain. I began experiencing dizzy spells. One morning while trying to take a MRI, for the possibility of a brain tumor, shoulder pain of such intensity caused me to be unable to withstand the test.

I realized at that time that I needed to go see Dr. Kathy O’Connor. Upon conferring with her, an examination, X-rays and treatment, within 1 month’s time, I have thrown away my walker and am able to walk again. My arm pain and dizziness are almost gone. My future now looks very bright. The near future will be to take my new bride dancing.

Sincerely, Emmett Keller

P.S. My wife thanks you also!

Emmett Keller
Steve Terre 9.16.12 8961

“When I met Dr. O’Connor I was in pretty bad shape. I was hobbling around in constant discomfort due to severe back issues: to be exact, I had scoliosis, stenosis and sciatica. I had been to 3 chiropractors without relief and an orthopedic surgeon who was advocating surgery.

Long story short, after a few months of care, I noticed significant improvement. After 1 year, I was fully functional and again using my pitching wedge for playing golf, NOT a cane! I cannot say enough good things about Dr. O’Connor and her work!”
— Steve Terre

Steve Terre
todd vine 12.10.12

“I had constant severe low back pain, neck pain and headaches from an Auto Accident one year earlier. No one else was able to help me. I am now pain free thanks to Dr. Kathy O’Connor’s treatment.”
— Todd Vine

Todd Vine