Over a thousand years old, acupuncture is one of the oldest continually practiced medical modalities in the world. The treatment involves the insertion and manipulation of flexible, hair-thin needles at specific points along the body’s meridian pathways, which are channels where energy is known to flow. It is a safe, effective, narcotic-free way to promote the body’s remarkable self-healing ability. It is used to prevent and treat disease, relieve pain, enhance athletic performance, balance mood and hormones, and much more.
Osteopathic Manipulation (OMT)
Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. When appropriate, OMT can complement, and even replace, drugs or surgery. In this way, OMT brings an important dimension to standard medical care.
OMT helps people from all ages and backgrounds and is used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. OMT is often used to treat muscle pain, but it can also help patients with a number of other health problems such as asthma, carpel tunnel syndrome, menstrual pain, and migraines to name a few.
Dr. Price believes that one of the most important prerequisites for good health is a well-balanced diet. Whether patients hope to lose weight, compete in a race or manage a chronic illness, their eating habits can make a tremendous difference. Nutrition counseling is an ongoing process in which Dr. Price works with the patient to assess his or her usual dietary intake and identify areas where change is needed.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Cold Laser Therapy or Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and helps accelerate the healing process. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions, such as back pain, Fibromyalgia, tendonitis and more, in order to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms, and increase functionality.
Dr. Price uses a device about the size of a flashlight. The laser is guided in a wand-fashion over the injured area for 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the dose provided by the cold laser unit. During this time, the non-thermal photons of light that are emitted from the laser pass through the skins layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin). This light has the ability to penetrate 2 to 5 centimeters below the skin at 90 mw and 830 nm.
Once the light energy passes through the layers of skin and reaches the target area, it is absorbed and interacts with the light sensitive elements in the cell. This process can be compared to photosynthesis in plants. When cells absorb this light energy, the results are a reduction in pain, inflammation, edema and an overall reduction in healing time by increasing intracellular metabolism.