Dr. Keifer Biography
For over 43 years Dr. Keifer continues to be committed to the most advanced procedures in healthcare. As a certified Brimhall Practitioner, he incorporates cutting edge therapeutics based upon thousands of hours and years of experience contributed by many colleges, to create a well organized, methodical approach to health.
Understanding that symptoms are mearly the body's signals that an imbalance is present at some level, the goal is to identify the six interferences to health, which are structural, electromagnentic, allergic, emotional, toxic, and nutritional components. These interferences to health are identified and eliminated through a sequencial six step protocall, envolves a meriad of procedures fully explained within this web-site.
Dr. Keifer's curriculum vita includes the following:
1973 Graduated with honors from
1980 Graduate of
1980 Chiropractic license -
1980 Graduate of National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
1980 Fellow of the
1980 Certified in Physical Medicine Modalities & Therapeutic Procedures -
1982 Certified in Acupuncture -
In addition, many hours of seminars and experience in chiropractic techniques, (activator, SOT, Diversified, Gonstead, NMT), applied Kinesiology, Homeopathy, Herbalogy, Detoxification Techniques, Emotional Release Techniques, Magnetic Therapy, Chi Kung, Meditation, etc.
Chiropractic/Wholistic Health Care And “The 6 Steps to Wellness”
written by: Dr John R. Keifer, D.C.
Dr John Keifer, D.C. has been practicing Chiropractic and wholistic health care in Tucson for over 38 years. As a Chiropractor, he does adhere to the basic Chiropractic philosophy that spinal and other musculoskeletal imbalances can interfere with health and wellness. Many people associate Chiropractic care with such conditions as neck and back pain, headaches, arm and leg pain, etc.
However, many other conditions can effect our overall spinal, musculoskeletal and general health that may fall under the concept of wholistic health care. In addition to gentle, light force Chiropractic adjustments, Dr Keifer has utilized a number of modalities and procedures to accelerate health and wellness. Over the years, he has studied and applied many techniques such as Applied Kinesiology, nutrition, homeopathy, detoxification, electromagnetic techniques, color, light and sound therapy, meditation, Chi Kung, exercise, neurofeedback and relaxation techniques.
What is interesting, is the method of application to determine what and when to apply such modalities. When giving public lectures, Dr Keifer may ask, “What symptoms do you think wholistic health care treats?” After the audience names a myriad of symptoms, the correct answer is, “None!” “We treat patients with symptoms, not symptoms with patients.” Obviously, symptoms such as pain, etc., can have an underlying and different cause from one patient to another.
So what is this method of approach that allows the practitioner to determine the priority and sequence of assessment and treatment? It is what is known as “The 6 Steps to Wellness,” founded by Dr John Brimhall, D.C. over 40 years ago, built upon the foundation of many doctors and clinicians preceding him and beginning with the inception of Chiropractic in 1895 by Dr D.D. Palmer. The giant contribution and discovery of Applied Kinesiology in 1964 by Dr George Goodheart, D.C. (1918-2008) accelerated the discovery and evolution of the 6 Steps to Wellness, which follow and will be explained after an introductory explanation.
When a patient is first seen, a thorough history and examination is performed. Standard diagnostic tests may include orthopedic, neurological, blood, hair, urine and saliva testing for various nutritional, metabolic and other imbalances. What is unique about the testing is the use of Applied Kinesiology (AK), known as “muscle testing,” for various imbalances. Although a subjective assessment utilized in addition to standard evaluation procedures, it does give a general indication of energetic imbalances that can contribute to health concerns. As we all know, everything is energy and nothing is not. The Chinese knew over 5,000 years ago that the body has an energy system, known as meridians and acupuncture points that, when out of balance with either too much or not enough energy (or chi), can produce disease. AK is simply a system of muscle testing to quickly evaluate where the energy blocks are and to eliminate them for a better expression of health.
More of an art than a science, muscle testing is obviously somewhat subjective as noted, and requires years of practice and experience to gain any degree of efficiency. Many people can test a muscle for a weak or strong response with varying results. But like any skill, proficiency can be gained after years of practice. There are schools of training and certification courses in AK, such as the ICAK, Touch for Health, etc. These are not to be confused with kinesiology, which is the study of human and non-human body movement. Dr Keifer has been studying and utilizing AK for over 38 years and has obtained a fair degree of expertise that when correlated with standard diagnostic tests, can give an indication of what level of health is being compromised.
The 6 Steps to Wellness
In consideration of the above mentioned, the evaluation and treatment can be based upon the following parameters:
- Structural: Spinal, cranial, orthopedic, organ, fascia and other problems
- Electromagnetic: Cell phones, Wi-Fi , television, blue tooth, etc., can all affect your energy
- Nutrition: rebuilding the nutrition for organs/glands, including adrenal, checking for infection, digestive enzymes, bowel flora, etc.
- Allergies/Sensitivities: multiple food/environmental allergies can create much inflammation and symptoms
- Emotion: Stress and aberrant emotional patterns can be identified and often balanced.
- Toxins: Removing heavy metals and other toxins from the body
After identification of the above, such modalities as gentle spinal and other adjustments, cold laser, electromagnetic and detox protocols, nutrition, supplements, etc., treatment and lifestyle changes can be made to maximize health and wellness.
For further information, please feel free to contact our office. We offer a complementary consultation with Dr Keifer to best determine your health needs. 520-577-1717 email: [email protected]