At Achieving Wellness Chiropractic Center, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic care to our patients. Below is a sampling of the different chiropractic services we offer in our St Lucie West office.
- Chiropractic Care utilizing KST, Activator and B.E.S.T. techniques
- Massage therapy
- Corrective Exercises
- Lifestyle Advice
- Nutritional Assessment
- Spinal & Postural Screenings
- Custom Made Orthotics to stabilize the spine
- Custom Made Support Pillows
We provide advanced spinal correction utilizing "state of the art" chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic have we been able to provide the level of help and expertise that now exists. These newer correction methods are even safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr.Kerri has years of training and experience in spinal adjustment, specifically KST, Activator Method, NET, and BEST. She is an Advanced Proficiency rated doctor in the Activator Metnods Chiropratic Technique.
What is KST?
In late 2003, as a result of research and clinical experimentation, Tedd Koren developed an improved form of chiropractic spinal care that he now calls Koren Specific Technique. Patients can be more thoroughly analyzed than ever before, with the adjustments holding better and for longer periods of time.
What is Koren Specific Technique? The procedure is made up of three steps (the 3 Cs):
The first step, challenging, is part of the analysis procedure. In a relatively short period of time the entire structural system can be checked: skull, spine, discs, hips, ribs, sternum, shoulders, arms, legs, hands, feet - literally anything that is out of position can be analyzed.
The second step, checking, tells me if the body part is in its proper position. The base of the skull is used as a yes/no device.
Thus we have a binary or yes/no system telling us if an area needs or does not need to be corrected or adjusted. This system is akin to muscle testing (applied kinesiology or AK) wherein a muscle will become weak when confronted with a negative impulse.
Correcting, step three. When an adjustment is needed the area is corrected using the Arthrostim™ adjusting instrument.
The ArthroStim™ is an FDA approved instrument developed by IMPAC technology in Oregon. It has been continuously refined and perfected over its 22-year history. It introduces energy/force/information to the body to realign segments and remove nerve pressure at a speed of 12 "taps" per second (12 hertz); it is a fast, accurate, low force and controlled adjustment.
The ArthroStim™ gives patients a very specific adjustment, meaning that only the segment that is out of position is adjusted; there is no twisting, turning or "cracking" of joints. This technique permits adjusting in different postures.
This is very important because sometimes a problem can only be reproduced in a certain position. For example, a driver in a car accident (sitting) may not reveal their spinal damage or subluxations when standing; therefore they must be analyzed and corrected in the seated position. This is especially noticeable with people who suffer pain, neurological problems, TMJ and other conditions.
Adjusting people in the standing position has the added benefit of working with gravity. I don't have to say, "OK, please stand up and see how you feel" because the patient is already standing. Their body can process the adjustment or correction immediately.
HOW SHOULD A PATIENT FEEL?
Most people report a feeling of ease, relaxation and well-being as their structural nerve stress (subluxations) releases/diminishes. Some people feel very relaxed and they should listen to their body and go home and sleep if at all possible.
The next day some people feel as if they've had a good workout, often in places they never knew they had. This is usually felt only after the first adjustment, is temporary and usually disappears within a short time.
People have many layers. After the correction of what the body is showing at the time, older injuries, older distortions, older subluxations and older symptoms (both physical and emotional) may surface to release. The release and healing of old injuries is known as "retracing" and is usually part of the healing process.
On occasion patients have reported "cleansing" symptoms such as diarrhea, pus, mucus, headache, fever, etc. as toxins leave the body. These symptoms are usually temporary. It is helpful to be told if unusual symptoms arise. These symptoms may take the form of emotional releases: old memories coming up or unusual dreams.
Sometimes an area is so weak and the distortion so extensive that a segment put in place may not stay in position and may need correcting again.
-Tedd Koren, D.C
Dr. Kerri also utilizes the B.E.S.T. technique.
|Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.)|
B.E.S.T. is a non-forceful, energy balancing hands on procedure used to help reestablish the full healing potential of the body. Understanding the body makes no mistakes regarding health and longevity, B.E.S.T. principles acknowledge the concept of Interference we create with our conscious mind. This Interference caused imbalance in the autonomic nervous system leading to exhaustion of our organ systems over time. Researched at major universities, taught in several Chiropractic Colleges and in professional continuing education seminars, B.E.S.T. is recognized as an effective healing science. The principles and concepts of Morter HealthSystem and B.E.S.T. technique are available to families, therapists and health care practitioners.
Emotional B.E.S.T. utilizes advanced technology developed to update higher brain interference from expression in the physical body. When emotional thoughts such as worry, guilt, fear, judgment, to name just a few, become the overriding factor in our memory patterns, interference with the divine plan for our perfect health and wellness becomes the norm. This interference, formulated by conscious thought which in turn becomes a pattern, prevents the true expression of our physical bodies healing capability. Emotional B.E.S.T. is an advanced procedure to help identify this emotional pattern, update the interference, and then allow the body to function based on current situations rather than past experiences. This is the core of B.E.S.T. technology. This is the pattern for health and wellness. The pattern unlocks the power. This procedure can be utilized by both practitioners and patients depending on their level of expertise and usually takes between 5-15 minutes to complete.
Julie "Jules" Wallace is our massage therapist. .
Jules Wallace is trained in various massage and bodywork modalities in order to customize your session for optimal healing benefits. She utilizes the following modalities as needed: acupressure, aromatherapy, conscious breathwork, deep tissue, myofascial release, prenatal and postnatal, Raindrop Technique®, reflexology, sports, Swedish, and trigger point. She was trained in a private school in NC and has been practicing since 2012 as a licensed massage therapist.
Jules is trained in Raindrop Technique® through CARE (Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education). This is the only approved Young Living training center for this technique.
Massage Therapy can help alleviate pain due to soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday stress, chronic pain, and muscle overuse.
Massage is a natural, non-invasive approach to overall wellness and will help allow the body to naturally heal itself.
There are many wonderful benefits of massage such as:
- Increasing circulation
- Increasing range of motion (ROM) and joint flexibility
- Decreasing anxiety/stress
- Reducing muscle spasms
- Increasing endorphin release, which is our body's natural painkiller and "feel-good" hormone
We teach our patients special "blueprint" exercises designed just for them to help strengthen and correct their own unique problem. These exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction by as much as 30-40%. In addition to skeletal misalignment, muscles and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use. Specific exercises and stretches can help your body stay in balance and in health.
We often find it helpful to "coach" our patients on certain activities they should avoid or do differently to avoid aggravating their particular health challenge. Our goal is to help every patient achieve a fulfilling and happy lifestyle full of the activities they enjoy most. We recognize that each our patient is a whole person, and help them reach true health and wellness is a collaborate effort between our professionals and our patients.
We provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance our patient´s return to optimal health. Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? Dr. Kerri can provide a structured nutritional program based on your individual needs.
Spinal & Postural Screenings
Posture and spinal screenings can reveal important health information and unlock the door to improved health and well-being. We provide screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment. Contact us today to arrange a screening at your event or workplace.
To complement and enhance the healing effects of Dr. Kerri's specific Chiropractic Adjustments, we also provide the following physiological therapeutic procedures:
- Interferential electrical muscle stimulation
- Mechanical traction
- Moist heat therapy
- Trigger Point Therapy