Overall Well-Being Starts With a Healthy Musculoskeletal System
A common misconception of chiropractic care is that it addresses only neck and low-back pain. Dr. Niki Sullivan at Gentle Force Integrative Health wants to correct this myth and offers a detailed description of her craft.
The truth is chiropractic is much more than a quick fix for musculoskeletal discomfort, she said. It recognizes the interconnectedness of the body’s systems, with a particular emphasis on the nervous system.
“Gentle Force Integrative Health is a leading proponent of this holistic perspective, aiming to help individuals achieve overall wellness and live a healthier life,” Dr. Niki said.
Understanding the Nervous System.
As the control center of our body, the nervous system regulates every function, movement and sensation. It comprises the brain, spinal cord and an intricate network of nerves that branch out to all parts of the body. Conventional medicine often focuses on treating symptoms; chiropractic care recognizes the importance of a healthy nervous system and its impact on overall well-being.
Restoring Nervous System Function.
Chiropractors are experts in the musculoskeletal system, which directly interacts with the nervous system. They use a variety of methods, including gentle spinal manipulations using the Activator technique, manual manipulations and other noninvasive methods, to correct misalignments for optimal nervous system function. By aligning the spine, chiropractic care helps restore communication between the brain and the rest of the body, facilitating the body’s innate healing abilities.
Beyond Pain Relief.
While chiropractic care is effective in alleviating neck and low-back pain, it also offers a wide range of benefits. Regular adjustments can improve joint mobility, enhance posture, increase flexibility and boost the body’s natural immune response. When nerve interference is reduced, various conditions can be relieved, including migraines, digestive issues and hormonal imbalances.
Preventative Care and Holistic Wellness.
Chiropractors focus on preventive measures and holistic wellness, and work to identify and address potential issues before they develop into major health concerns. The doctors at Gentle Force adopt a personalized approach and educate and empower individuals to make positive lifestyle choices that support overall well-being. Advice may be given on nutrition, exercise, stress management and ergonomics, tailored to individual needs.
A Partnership for Optimal Health.
The staff at Gentle Force is dedicated to partnering with each patient to create a healthier life. The caring team understands that each person is unique. Customized treatment plans are created to address individual needs. By combining chiropractic expertise with an understanding of the body’s interconnectivity, the holistic approach extends beyond mere pain relief.
It Was Personal
A personal experience with an injury as a college student fueled Dr. Niki’s desire to become a chiropractor. After her primary care physician gave her pain medication, she realized she could not function at school while medicated and decided to visit a chiropractor for pain relief.
“After one adjustment, the pain was gone, and I knew this is how I wanted to help people, with an alternative to traditional treatment where narcotics tend to be prescribed,” she said.
“Chiropractic is unique to the individual and offers many different avenues for treatment, from muscle work to nutrition, whatever the individual needs. It’s not the chiropractor who does the healing. The human body is made to heal itself. We just need to get out of the way sometimes. My job is to clear any interference and let the body do its job.”
Dr. Niki is advanced-proficient in the Activator technique and her associate, Dr. Betsy Carlo-Vega, also is Activator-technique proficient. Dr. Jack Dahlhauser, a former Life University instructor, uses the Thompson and Gonstead adjusting techniques. Therapeutic massage therapy by licensed therapist Tamatha Willis is available, along with therapeutic exercise and stretching with Dawn Mitchell, CPT, CNC and CSF.
“This was my first experience with a chiropractor, and I didn’t know what to expect, but I was tired of living in pain, and massages just weren’t helping long term. I’m so happy I found Gentle Force! Dr. Niki and team are all phenomenal, friendly and informative, and patient! A mom with a 2-year-old can be stressful at appointments. After just three appointments, I was already telling a huge difference. It’s a commitment upfront, but after that, it can be quick unless you use the ‘extra tools.’ I got my husband going, and he is feeling much better!”
“The entire practice is amazing! Dr. Niki has built a great team with incredible expertise and compassion for patients. Their services go well beyond chiropractic to include massage therapy, physical therapy, cold laser, remedy testing and more. The team is dedicated to finding solutions to any kind of health problem, and when you are there, you feel like part of the family.”
‘We Have Something for That’
The doctors and staff at Gentle Force Integrative Health treat patients from infancy to geriatric, addressing symptoms that include low-back and neck pain, joint issues, immune support, sports injuries and auto accidents.
“Our motto is, we have something for that,” Dr. Niki said. “We go beyond chiropractic to work with you to bring total wellness to your body.”
The extensive list of services includes:
- Instrument and full-spine adjustments.
- Decompression therapy for neck and low-back disc issues.
- Cold laser therapy that treats soft tissue and nerve damage.
- Therapeutic massage.
- Therapeutic exercise.
- Vibration plate, to assist in bone and muscle strength, and weight loss.
- Ionic foot detox.
- ZYTO Scan.
- Nutritional testing.
- PEMF therapy to increase circulation and improve healing.
- Foot scan for foundational support and foot pain.