“There is a vast difference between treating effects and adjusting the cause.”
-D.D. Palmer, Father of Chiropractic
The main goal of chiropractic care is to restore your body back to its normal, optimal state by treating subluxations, or joint misalignments in the spine and extremities. These misalignments may cause restricted motion, pain, muscle spasms, altered nerve signal transmission, and reduced ability of the body to adapt to the environment.
Your first visit begins with a history and examination with Dr. Shannon. Using the information gathered during this initial consultation, she will create an individualized treatment plan that may include trigger point therapy, stretching, and heat to encourage blood flow and reduce muscle spasms, as well as a variety of chiropractic adjusting techniques – including activator-assisted, drop table, and manipulation by hand – to mobilize joint misalignments.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, healthy means your body is in a state of complete energy balance. This energy is known as Qi (or Chi). When Qi is stagnant or blocked, the body reflects it in both our physical and mental well being. In order to restore balance and a healthy energy flow, thin needles are placed at points of blocked or stagnant Qi. These needles are inserted into the muscle just deep enough to keep from falling out and left in place for several minutes. This should cause virtually no pain. Your practitioner will be by your side throughout the visit, guiding you through the experience.
Your first treatment begins with an in-depth consultation with one of our practitioners who specializes in your condition. Using the information gathered during this consult, your practitioner will create an individualized treatment plan. Your practitioner will address your health concerns as well as any they uncover during the consultation. After the consultation, you will receive your first acupuncture treatment.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of creating a partial vacuum either by heat or suction. Cupping promotes blood flow and increases circulation.
Similar to cupping, Gua Sha helps promotes circulation by moving stagnant blood. In addition, Gua Sha helps breaks up scar tissue.
Electro-Stimulation & Electro-Therapy Point Stimulation
Electro-Stimulation is used with acupuncture needles in order to stimulate muscles and nerves with small electrical impulses. These impulses are similar to those used naturally by the brain to communicate with the muscular system. This allows “retraining” of specific muscles in order to improve function.
Electro-Therapy Point Stimulation or ETPS is also very effective at treating muscle injuries. ETPS was specifically designed to treat pain, increase circulation, relax contracted muscles, break up scar tissue, decrease nerve pain, and release endorphins.
Ultrasound is used to provide a deep heat to soft tissue structures in the body. Deep heating soft tissues increases circulation and helps decrease pain. Increasing circulation to soft tissues is thought to help speed the healing process.
Massage is defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body. At Well Balanced, we offer Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy (MFTPT) as well as Complete Decongestive Therapy.
Myofascial trigger points are an extremely common cause of pain. Trigger points are painful when pressed on and can cause a shortening of the muscle fibers. Our massage therapists work to release the trigger point with compression while taking the muscle through its full range of motion. MFTPT helps to eliminate trouble spots and restore optimal function.
We work with patients to empower them, so that they can continue to target areas of pain outside their sessions by using specific self compression exercises and stretching. We also look at perpetuating factors such as diet, posture and sleep to correct those things that undermine our ability to be pain and inflammation free.