Our bodies have an ability to heal themselves. Think about it, you don't have to tell your heart to beat or your lungs to breathe. If you get a bruise or a cut, in a few days you won't even see them anymore. This healing is done by our Central Nervous System. So what does this have to do with your spine? Your Nervous System is made up of the brain and spinal cord which are protected within your spine. Nerves exit between each vertebrae of the spine to receive and send information to each and every cell, tissue, and organ in the body so we function properly. Misalignment of the spine, also known as Subluxation, can cause interference to this system, and therefore, dysfunction. Long term, this can lead to a plethora of health issues and dis-ease. By maintaining the spine, not only can we move our best and prevent nagging neck and back pain, but we can promote overall well being by allowing the brain to communicate properly with the body.
Functional Health addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. Functional health addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and chronic disease. In this way, functional health supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Dry Needling is a form of therapy in which thin, monofilament needles are inserted into Myofascial Trigger Points, tendons, ligaments, or near nerves, in order to stimulate a healing response in painful and/or dysfunctional Neuromuscular conditions. Dry Needling is NOT Acupuncture, as in, the treatment is not used to alter the "Qi" or energy as in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dry Needling is a modern, science based intervention for the treatment of pain and dysfunction in musculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain, back pain, headaches, TMJ (jaw) pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, plantar fascitis, shin splints, etc.
Body tempering is a soft tissue treatment technique that involves deep and heavy pressure to muscles using weighted steel cylinders that are held statically on or moved slowly along the length of a muscle. Body Tempering appears to help prepare soft tissue for activity and improve muscle recovery, with possibly longer-lasting results than static stretching, massage, or other soft tissue interventions. BT has become increasingly popular, particularly among athletes, and it was recently credited with reducing soft tissue injuries in professional football (i.e. NFL) players by 30% during the 2017-2018 season. Notably, while improvements in pain, soft tissue extensibility/relaxation, circulation, hydration, recovery/tissue repair, and enhanced proprioception are all considered goals of BT, the physiologic mechanisms associated with the improvements following the use of BT remain to be elucidated.