Chiropractic adjustments help maintain a healthy lifestyle and decrease your experience of pain. They do so by 1) stimulating the vital connection between the brain and body, 2) reducing the amount of inflammation in the areas involved, 3) decreasing muscle spasms, 4) restoring/increasing mobility, and 5) helping to break the neurological feedback loop of pain.
Joint manipulation is an ancient art which has presented itself in many different healing traditions over time. Chiropractic is one of the more recent iterations. Range of motion is often increased and proper alignment is often restored from a chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic techniques range from very gentle to extremely vigorous and can be used on almost any age and body type. Dr. Smith blends a variety of techniques to craft a treatment specific to the individual. His more commonly used styles include: Palmer Diversified, Extremity Adjusting, SOT, Thompson Drop, Activator, Gonstead, & Craniosacral
Massage & Soft Tissue Therapeis
While Chiropractic focuses on joints and mobility, Massage focuses on the soft tissues of the body (namely muscles, ligaments, and fascia) and movement patterns. Doctor Smith uses a wide variety of massage techniques based upon the patient’s symptoms, body type, and tolerance to pressure.
Massage can help to reduce muscle tightness, break-up scar tissue, reduce pain and swelling, improve circulation, and improve one’s overall state of health. Dr. Smith leans towards the more intense massage modalities which have more therapeutic effect.
Dr. Smith’s most commonly used styles include: Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Active and Passive myofascial release, Orthopedic Massage, Prenatal Massage, & Geriatric Massage.
Reiki (ray-key) is a natural healing technique used by a majority of people across the world as the first step in addressing a health problem. Even though it has only recently become popular in the West, Reiki has been practiced in various forms for hundreds, probably thousands of years.
It is simple to learn but can have profound effects on the body. It is one of the many things that helps the body to heal. Western medicine has yet to accept Reiki as a valid healing technique, but that is mainly because we don’t understand it.
Reiki is given by the laying on of hands. A standard treatment includes placing the hands in positions around the head, shoulders, stomach, and feet. In addition, the practitioner may use other positions for specific concerns the client may have. Each position is held for between five and ten minutes and the entire treatment lasts right around an hour.
A treatment is deeply relaxing and benefits both the client and the practitioner. Reiki is not as focused on specific issues as is often the case with both Chiropractic and Massage. Rather, it is a full body approach helping to energize and balance the receiver.