Chiropractic Services

What is Chiropractic?

Through injury, trauma, or even daily life, vertebra in the spine can become misaligned. Misalignments and joint dysfunction can not only cause pain and muscle spasm, but over time degneration of joints and discs can occur. The resulting degeneration often hinders the functioning of the nervous system; this is usually experienced as tingling and/or numbness in an arm or leg or muscle weakness and atrophy in more severe cases.

Using gentle pressure, chiropractors restore proper motion to the joints. Once the joints are functioning properly, not only do pain and muscle spasm decrease, but the nervous system is also allowed to function more efficiently. Once proper communication between the brain and the rest of the body is restored, the body can then begin to repair any damage to soft tissues and start to heal.

What You Should Expect

Your first visit will consist of a thorough history, exam, and x-rays if necessary. Each person is unique, and therefore requires a fresh approach so we can determine the cause of your particular condition. On your second visit, your x-rays will be explained, and we will give recommendations for care at that time.

If you have health insurance, our office will be happy to verify your chiropractic benefits. We are preferred providers with Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Traditional and PPO), Aetna/Cofinity, United, and Medicare.

For those without chiropractic benefits, the pricing of an exam and consultation is $45, an adjustment – including ART work – is $70, and x-rays cost $30-$50. You can expect a first time cash visit will cost between $115 and $165, depending if x-rays are necessary and how many. We also have affordable package plans available.

We strive to help people with compassion and dedication by being the best doctors we can be for you and your family. If you have any questions about chiropractic, ART, and how we can help you, please feel free to email us or call the office.

3D Gait Analysis

At BodyWorks, we see a lot of runners – recreational runners and competitive runners alike who run varying distances, anywhere from short distances, sprint triathletes, 10k runners, half marathoners, IronMan competitors, and ultra marathoners. Unfortunately, we also see a lot of running injuries as well!

Many times the running injuries I’ve worked on come with a change or increase in training volume. There are, of course, many different reasons why people get injured running, and gait analysis can help us pinpoint why some injuries occur. To help get an in-depth view of your gait, we offer 3D Gait Analysis, which is the gold standard for analyzing gait. 3D analysis uses 2 cameras with a marker-less system and generates reports on many different gait characteristics, including foot strike pattern, cadence, running economy, step separation, and knee position, along with many other variables.

The process is simple: Ideally, I like to run 3 different tests at different speeds. Each test takes about 30 seconds of running time. I’ll take the data generated and break it down for you and present some of my recommendations in a separate visit.

The reports generated from this can be used to help me or our massage therapists work on areas that may be contributing to injury, pain, or limited range of motion. You can also take these reports back to your orthopedic doctor, physical therapist, running coach, or athletic trainer to help develop treatment or exercise plans to get you back on track with running.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! To schedule your 3D Analysis today, call at 248.688.9260 or email our practice manager, Ericca.

Certified RockDoc

I’m also a certified RockDoc, which means that I use RockTape, a specific brand of kinesiotape, to help support muscle function and movement.  Kinesiotaping is a new area of sports science, and research indicates it can help with pain management, reduce inflammation and swelling, as well as delaying muscle fatigue.

I’ve found that RockTape has helped a variety of my patients recover from injury and enhance performance – whether it is for improving squat mechanics, reducing shoulder pain for that golf swing, helping recover from a knee replacement, or decreasing postural stress from hours at a desk.

RockTaping is a nice compliment to the ART care I provide and can help get you up and moving about faster.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization – IASTM

IASTM is based on an ancient Chinese technique called gua sha, which used ivory tools to ‘scrape’ along the surface of the skin, creating a healing effect.  New research with IASTM (and mobility work in general) indicates that we are affecting the nervous system with the work we do. Depending on how the tools (IASTM tools, foam rollers, and other mobility tools) are used, we can affect the tissues in a couple ways, either by ‘down regulating’ or ‘up regulating’ the nervous system – in essence helping tissues relax or ‘wake up.’ Unlike other IASTM techniques out there that can cause discomfort and bruising, this methodology is far gentler. IASTM tools, and we use RockBlades in particular, are a great adjunct to go along with chiropractic and ART and help us get some really great results.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a great form of bodywork that helps alleviate stress, reduces muscle tension/spasm, and can decrease pain.  Massage is also a great adjunct to chiropractic care and the care that our chiropractors provide!  Unlike franchised massage locations and spas, our chiropractors and massage therapists work together to get the best result for each client.  If you have any questions or concerns about getting a massage, a consult with Dr. Q or Dr. Eli can be scheduled in advance of your massage.

We have 2 massage therapists, Ryan and Caitlynn, ready to help!

Massages can be scheduled Monday through Saturday – please see our home page with the massage hours listed.

Ryan – Ever since I was a kid, I have had a fascination with all things living.  When I was younger, I was very active and loved being outside.  I began playing baseball when I was 6 and starting playing the drums when I was 8.  In high school, I began running cross country and even began training for my first marathon.  A car accident during my freshman year of college changed that plan, however.

The therapy I received following my accident made me very aware of my body, and I already knew a lot about body health from my athletic career.  My massage therapist convinced me to look into school for massage therapy.  All it took was a tour of Irene’s Myomassology Institute (one of the highest rated myomassology schools in the country) to tell me I was where I needed to be.

I began school in 2010 and through the study of myomassology, I learned a great deal about the human body and how massage directly affects health.  I began focusing on therapeutic massage and as the year went on I realized that massage is about balance and that I should balance my technique.  I realized that massage therapy can be relaxing and relaxation can be therapeutic.  This was reinforced shortly after graduation where I worked alongside the CMU Volleyball training staff.  The athletes were a prime example of someone truly in need of massage therapy.  Sometimes just getting the athletes to relax was the best therapy.

I have training in many different styles – from basic Swedish or deep tissue massage to those more in depth modalities, such as trigger point, myofascial release, or reflexology.  I blend these styles to best fit the needs of the client and help them get the best results.

Caitlynn- I was first acquainted with massage through a class at the equine trade school I attended after completing my Bachelor’s degree.  This course stressed massage therapy as a tool to aid athletic achievement of both horse and rider.  It was always satisfying to see a horse move better and more in tune with their partner in the arena after a session.  After returning home from school, I wanted to treat people with massage as well.  After seeing how well this therapy worked with equine athletes, it was not a far jump to think how much it would benefit athletes – professional or not – of the two-legged variety as well.

I attended Irene’s Myomassology Institute and graduated in 2014 with my license from the State of Michigan.  My style blends Swedish, Reflexology, Myofascial Release, Thai, and Reiki in each session to benefit the client.  I am excited to be a part of the BodyWorks team and help people attain their goals on the track, trail, road, and path of their choice.  Life is sometimes hard, but movement shouldn’t be.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, crafting, running, and gardening.

To book a massage appointment, you can book online directly, call the office (248.688.9260), or email Ericca, the practice manager.

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