Walla Walla's Premier Chiropractic Clinic

Dale Elmenhurst, DC, DACNB

Dr. Dale was born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington. His interest in becoming a chiropractor was sparked by the influence of his first partner, his father. His desire to work with people and help them overcome pain, achieve better health, and experience a better quality of life drives Dr. Dale's approach to the care he offers his patients.

He completed his undergraduate education at Gonzaga University, and then from Palmer College of Chiropractic he earned his Doctorate degree. He returned to Walla Walla in 1993 to join his father in practice.

Dr. Dale has actively continued his education through various colleges in the study of biomechanics and spinal trauma, adjusting techniques, and whiplash and soft tissue injuries. He completed a 360-hour neurology program, passed both written and practical board examinations, and is recognized as a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB).

Functional Neurology
As a DACNB, Dr. Dale is part of an emerging field in healthcare known as Functional Neurology. No system of the body functions independent of the others. The nervous system is one of the key systems that binds all others. Thus, extensive knowledge of the nervous system is integral in understanding health and disease.

Sensory receptors in all parts of our body send information to the brain. Sensory input drives the brain and influences all brain output. Brain output may be observed in such functions as muscle tone, coordination, balance, thoughts, digestion, circulation, etc.

Because we know what areas of the brain are responsible for specific functions, careful observation of outputs can help us determine when specific brain areas are not functioning optimally. Because we know what inputs go to specific brain areas, we can choose specific inputs (treatments) to fire certain brain areas. And we can monitor the output to measure the effectiveness of treatment.

With this specialized knowledge, effective and efficient patient care is achieved through;

  • Accurate diagnosis
  • Personalized treatment
  • Empowerment through education

Diagnosis goes beyond simply naming the problem. It involves asking a series of “why” questions until you discover the source of the problem.

Other than with blunt trauma injuries, most symptoms of the musculoskeletal system are part of a bigger picture of function gone awry. Discovering and addressing the upstream problems that are contributing to the complaint are key to determining appropriate and efficient treatment.

Reviewing function of all systems and considering how all symptoms may be related are part of a thorough assessment process.

Based on findings from the history and physical assessment, it may be necessary to order imaging, labs, and other special tests.

Though Dr. Dale uses only low-force, instrument-assisted manipulations, spinal manipulation in any form powerfully stimulates the nervous system. Treatment with Dr. Dale routinely involves testing, treating, and retesting to monitor not just symptoms but how treatment is affecting other body functions.

Treatment is chosen that will both alleviate symptoms and improve overall health. Assessing such functions as strength, coordination and balance give valuable insight to the global effects resulting from the treatment.

For quick recovery and to prevent recurrences, it is necessary to understand the problem and how it developed. This will dictate a list of both do’s and don'ts.

Commonly factors of posture and activities of daily living need to be modified.

At times metabolic factors need to be addressed. For example, headaches and dizziness are often associated with eating habits that do not maintain stable blood sugar.

Dr. Dale spends time explaining and instructing so that you may be empowered to both restore and maintain better health.