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Dr. James P. Urban


Aloha and welcome to the office of Dr. James P Urban. We are located in Kahului on the beautiful island of Maui. Whether you are just visiting the island or an established resident and looking for a great chiropractic experience from an exceptional chiropractor in Maui, Dr. Urban is just the person for you!

Being a chiropractor on Maui is nothing short of a blessing! Maui boasts an incredible climate with an abundance of natural food resources and outdoor activities that truly enhance our greater health and wellness potentials…a perfect recipe to a chiropractic venue!

Dr. James P. Urban

Dr. Urban is proficient in the “Gonstead” technique; a technique used to skillfully analyze and specifically adjust the spine. Dr. Urban takes great pride in delivering a “specific” spinal adjustment to his clients. His approach does NOT treat everyone with the same twisting of the neck and lower back from both the right and left and the middle back from top to bottom.

This approach could potentially harm individuals with an inappropriate impact on the joints of the spinal column that can result in “neurological insult”. Dr. Urban prefers to access each of his clients individually so to skillfully perform an appropriate “specific” spinal adjustment with the least amount of force that is carefully delivered to adequately address his client’s structural and neurological needs.

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Common Misconceptions

Just because you hear a “crack” or “popping “noise does not mean that there is a correction! Anyone can twist the body and make a popping noise but very few people are capable of making a specific adjustment.  A well and timely delivered adjustment is truly an art! The correction comes from properly setting the bone in the correct direction and restoring vital nerve function. Something that takes many years of practice to become proficient!

How Chiropractic Can Help You Achieve Results

Most people do not realize the lengths chiropractors had to go through to succeed in their profession. Hours and hours of constant training and education, which translate to those of a physician, are required to even graduate school. After 4 years of undergraduate medical education, chiropractors must continue on with another 4 years in a chiropractic college. Building and testing their knowledge rigorously, chiropractic school is no joke.

Gentle and precise adjustments are the main works of a chiropractor. These adjustments should realign the spine, resulting in fully functioning muscle tissue and neurological pathways. A correctly aligned spine is the start a restoration of health and pain relief because there is no blockage in the communication of nerves throughout the body.

If you would like to schedule a new patient visit with Dr. Urban, feel free to call our office (808) 573-2000 or better yet, take advantage of our online scheduler.  Come see what we can do for you!

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Frequently Asked Questions
About Chiropractors in Kahului

1. What does a Chiropractor do?

Chiropractors restore “normal” nerve transmission/function to the body through specific adjustments to the spinal bones.  “Abnormal” nerve function (too much/too little) comes from misaligned bones or what chiropractors commonly refer to as “subluxations”.

These “subluxations” can create a state of “dis-ease” in the body…sometimes resulting in certain conditions.  Specific adjustments bring the body back to it’s “EASE” state, oftentimes restoring one's state of health.

2. Does Chiropractic work?

To determine whether chiropractic will be effective or not, one must consider a few important factors:

  1. Age of patient
  2. To the degree that the condition has progressed
  3. The body’s own innate ability to heal
  4. The chiropractor's ability to correctly analyze and adjust your spine
  5. The time you allow for recovery

3. Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No.  Adjustments are intended to be specific. The specificity is what makes chiropractic unique! Treating everyone the same way with the same twisting of the neck and lower back from right to left and popping everything in between is not at all specific. Anything less than specific is not chiropractic and may do more harm than good to the patient!

4. Why should you choose our office?

Dr. Urban uses the Gonstead method of adjusting and analyzing the spine. Dr. Urban is the only chiropractor on Maui that exclusively uses the Gonstead method. By thoroughly analyzing the spine through the use of x-ray, instrumentation, visualization, static and motion palpation you can expect a properly delivered adjustment.

5. Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Yes, chiropractic adjustments are safe…given that they are performed by a skilled and competent chiropractor! Like I tell patients, anyone can make a “popping” or “cracking” noise but very few people can make a proper adjustment. This is an art or skill that takes years to become efficient at. Chiropractic has been around since 1895 with a proven track record of success!

6. What other conditions can be treated by chiropractic care?

Besides the more common symptoms of neck and back pain, patients may often find relief/support with other symptoms such as:

  • Vertigo/dizziness
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Menstrual issues
  • Digestive issues/Diarrhea/Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Asthma
  • Pregnancy
  • Carpal Tunnel

Just to name a few!

7. Can I get chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Absolutely! During pregnancy, a women’s body goes through some pretty dramatic changes that can create stress along the spine. If the spine was already stressed before pregnancy, chances are it will intensify during the pregnancy. Great care is taken to be sure that both the mother and her baby are safe when performing an adjustment. Dr. Urban utilizes special adjusting tables with different modifications to give the most gentle and accurate adjustment up to the time of delivery.

8. Why can’t I adjust myself?

Unfortunately, most people associate a “popping” or “cracking” noise as being on the same level as an adjustment. Certainly, If you rotate your spine hard enough you will likely create a loud noise! However, this in no way constitutes an adjustment and may prove to be more harmful than good! Adjustments are specific! For instance, the Gonstead technique that Dr. Urban utilizes created a listing system that helps the doctor determine how the misalignment is occurring and the best way to make the correction. It’s important to adjust the bone in the proper direction in accordance to how the bone is misaligned. It’s of even greater importance that the adjustment reduces and eventually eliminates nerve pressure and restores vital nerve function.

9. How does a chiropractor help sciatica?

Sciatica often presents itself as pain down one leg or both. Often times the pain may travel all the way to the foot. Typically, when there is misaligned bone (subluxation) in the spine, this will induce an inflammatory response in the disc that can potentially irritate the spinal nerves…in this case, the nerves the travel down the leg.

With a proper analysis, the doctor can specifically determine how a vertebrae has misaligned and where the nerve pressure is being affected. This information is then used to determine the best approach to restoring proper position and motion of the subluxated vertebrae that may be affecting, in this case, the sciatic nerve.