The most common therapy performed by chiropractors is known as “chiropractic manipulative therapy,” also called “spinal adjustments.” The purpose of this therapy
is to restore normal motion to the joints of the body. This can have a major impact
on the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. It can decrease degenerative
changes in the bones and muscles and improve how the nervous system functions. Restoring normal motion to joints allows the bones to return to a more proper
position and your body to function as it should.
When performing an adjustment, Dr. Patenode applies a precisely directed force to a joint that is not moving correctly. Usually this is done with her hands using a Diversified Manual Technique. However, some patients are better candidates for alternate techniques such as drop-table, instrument assisted, and/or mobilization. Dr.
Patenode will determine through the history and physical exam which technique is
best suited for you.
Increasingly, research has shown the efficacy of chiropractic care for a variety of different conditions. Most often it is used during an acute episode of neck and back pain. It can also be used during non-symptomatic periods to maintain wellness and prevent relapses.
Most insurance companies now have in-network and out-of network chiropractic benefits! Call your insurance company to find out your specific benefits. In Oregon, most car insurance policies will cover injuries related to a car accident.
Dr. Lisa Patenode is a magna cum laude graduate of Western States Chiropractic College. She is an Oregon native and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University. In the past, Dr. Patenode was the first and only chiropractor to offer chiropractic services at OHSU in the Integrative Medicine Program. She has also taught locally at Western States Chiropractic College and nationally by working as a patient trainer for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Dr. Patenode is dedicated to the health and well-being of each and every patient. She offers customized treatments incorporating chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, exercise, and nutrition to help speed recovery and maintain wellness.
In her spare time, Dr. Patenode enjoys spending time with her family and staying active. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, and exercising.
Ruth was born and raised in Washington State and moved to Oregon in 2012. Ruth previously worked as an office manager for a property management company and head cook at an organic cafe. She is also a licensed cosmotologist.
Ruth first came to know Dr. Patenode after a motor vehicle accident. Being a former patient, Ruth experienced firsthand Dr. Patenode's individualized care and customized treatments. Over the last five years as an office manager for BalanceNW, Ruth has observed that same dedication and genuine care given by Dr. Patenode for each patient.
In her free time, Ruth enjoys spending it with her husband of 35 years, her 2 kids, and 6 grandchildren. Ruth's hobbies include reading, cooking and gardening.