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Chiropractic to me is balancing the body. I look for symmetry, motion and muscle balance. If the body is off in any of these, I use a variety of techniques to restore the body. With every session, I use muscle work, stretching, and adjusting. Every person is different and requires multiple approaches to restore movement. Styles used are Diversified manual adjusting, Activator instrument adjusting, Thompson Drop Table adjusting, manual muscle massage, trigger point therapy, and active release technique.
I use acupuncture often in my practice to help with challenging cases. It is a nice adjunct to chiropractic. With the use of acupuncture needles, we place them in appropriate positions in the body to help restore the healing energy to the areas that need help.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a form of medicine that applies low-level (low-power) lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to the surface of the body. Whereas high-power lasers are used in laser medicine to cut or destroy tissue, it is claimed that application of low-power lasers relieves pain or stimulates and enhances cell function.
Some studies suggest that LLLT may be modestly effective, in relieving short-term pain for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, chronic low back pain, acute and chronic neck pain, tendinopathy, and possibly, chronic joint disorders.
Nutrition consults are mainly done by taking a health history, completing questionairres and creating goals for you. From there, we can work towards those goals with nutritional supplements, lifestyle changes and stress management.
Dynamic Body Balancing: Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Unwinding
As a chiropractor, I balance the body by addressing the musculoskeletal regions, which influences the nervous system. Dynamic Body Balancing incorporates these on a deeper level. Craniosacral Therapy works by lightly laying hands on the cranium (head). I assess all of the cranial bones and correct imbalances through movement and intent. The cranium is connected to the sacrum via the spine, which houses the spinal cord, membranes and Cerebral Spinal Fluid. To maintain proper health, the CSF moves rhythmically between the cranium and sacrum. Any imbalance can create disease and/or dysfunction of the body. Working on the entire spine and pelvis is also crucial to remove interferences within this chain.
My training with Dr. Carol Phillips and Carol Gray has allowed me to work the body head to toe to restore function and create balance. Some techniques also include Myofascial Unwinding which is using movement to unwind the fascia of the body. Fascia is the covering of all internal parts that interweaves between muscle, bone, tendons, and ligaments. Any injury to the body creates altered tension on the connections. I correct that tension with muscle work, adjusting and unwinding.
Massage therapists at Gerhardson Chiropractic are:
Allie and Alysse
With Gerhardson Chiropractic, Melissa will be changing roles and working as a chiropractic assistant and helping out with the front desk. She has decided to take a break from massage therapy at this time.
Jill will be staying at her current location at the TLC daycare building and working independently. Her contact number is (218) 255-4394 (phone or text). You can also schedule through Schedulicity.com and search for "Jill Petron Massage".