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Wellness | Chiropractic Medicine

Wellness | Chiropractic Medicine




An important shift from a “crisis” mindset to a “preventative” mindset is essential. Many people wait until the pain or chronic illness they’re experiencing is unbearable before seeking help.  We must begin to realize that taking an active role in your health is the key to saving time, money, and most importantly, how you feel.  Take the time to listen to your body and do not ignore what it’s trying to tell you.  Time is of the essence and only you can take the first step and make the decision to feel well again.  Tranquility Wellness is dedicated to serving and supporting you, every step of the way.

Dr. Emily Loveland and Dr. Kalli Prater have extensive and diverse medical and wellness backgrounds, specializing in chiropractic/manipulative therapy, massage therapy and bodywork, acupuncture, Graston therapy technique, Kinesotaping and various other rehabilitation and nutritional therapies.  They understands patients’ needs and assists them in carefully examining the cause of their pain, followed by effectively administrating treatment plans, while encouraging healthy eating, exercise, and stress-management practices.  Drs. Loveland and Prater’s one-on-one approach gives you the individualized attention you deserve.  Their careful consideration and interest in each and every patient is what sets Tranquility Wellness apart from other Chiropractic clinics.

What We Expect

The Tranquility Wellness staff encourages all patients to take their health into their own hands.  We expect our patients to follow the treatment protocols that are prescribed, whether it is keeping your appointment, following at home exercises/rehabilitation and self care recommendation, or complying with your Wellness/ nutritional program.  We, at Tranquility, can give you the foundation, support and guidance to recovery, but good health and habits are ultimately, in the hands of the patient.

Be Realistic

No problem can be solved over night.  And even though the pain or dysfunction may have abruptly begun, it may take some time for it to subside.  The symptoms that lead patients to the doctor are often chronic in nature and pain is usually the last symptom to develop.  Begin to shift your mindset into working proficiently toward healing the cause, so that your pain becomes the first symptom to dissipate.  It takes more than just “wanting” to feel better; it also takes “will”.  We can help you with that- it’s not always easy, but we’re here to help, you’re not alone.  Tranquility is here for YOU.

Your First Chiropractic Visit

Your first chiropractic appointment will last approximately one hour.  During the first part of your session, your physician will review with you your completed health history questionnaire and conduct a physical examination.  This examination may include vital signs, neurological and orthopedic testing, gait analysis, postural examination, muscle testing, and functional biomechanics.  The second half of your visit consists of “touch” diagnostics to evaluate your area of complaint and/or surrounding areas.  The use of touch allows Drs. Loveland or Prater to locate muscle and joint restrictions, scar tissue, trigger points and other types of dysfunction that may be contributing to your symptoms.  Depending on your presentation, a radiological exam referral may be necessary for further diagnosing.  You will be educated on all the findings and their significance.  Once a diagnosis is determined, a treatment plan will be recommended that best suits your needs.  Drs. Loveland and Prater also work in conjunction with other health care providers at Tranquility, allowing patient’s access to the care and services they provide, including Thai stretching/strengthening bodywork, AIS therapy, and yoga therapy.  If your condition(s) are beyond the capabilities of this office, your Tranquility practitioner will help you with a referral to the appropriate physician.


Hands-on Therapy


Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy
Chiropractic Manipulation/Spinal Manipulation or “adjustment” refers to gentle pressure, mobilization or thrust to help restore function and motion to a joint that has become restricted.  The manipulation also stimulates the nervous system to help reduce pain and relax local musculature.  Dr. Emily Loveland and Dr. Kalli Prater utilize several manipulative techniques, including diversified or manual adjustments, activator technique and/or toggle drop technique for the benefit and comfort of each patient.  

Soft Tissue and Body Work

Therapeutic Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Pre-natal Massage, Joint Mobilizations and Cross Friction are just a few examples of body work offered thru Tranquility Wellness.  These techniques combine gentle stretching and soft tissue mobilizations using pressure and positioning of the body to coax muscles in spasm to relax and breakdown painful adhesions in the fascia.  These techniques can be used to ease restrictions in the fibrous bands of connective tissue, or the fascia which encases muscles throughout the body.  Sheaths of this dense and elastic connective tissue weave about blood vessels, bones, and nerves as well, forming an intricate, 3-D web that supports your organs and joints from head to toe and acts as the body’s shock absorber.

Scarring or injury to this network of connective tissue is a major cause of pain and impeded motion.  Body work aims to alleviate these problems by breaking up, or “releasing,” constrictions or snags in the fascia.

For pregnant patients, a prenatal pillow is available to allow the mother-to-be to lay face down for complete comfort and relaxation.

Cupping

An ancient technique has found its place in the modern world of healing.  Through suction and negative pressure, cupping releases rigid soft tissue; drain excess fluids and toxins; loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue; and bring blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles.

Graston Technique

This therapy is a patented instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables the break down scar tissue and soft tissue restrictions.  This technique utilizes stainless steel instruments that are designed to specifically locate and effectively treat areas that exhibit soft tissue fibrosis and chronic inflammation.  For more information, check out www.grastontechnique.com

Kinesio Taping
The Kinesio Taping Method involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support while maintaining full range of motion, enabling the individual to participate in physical activity with functional assistance.  At Tranquility Wellness, Kinesio Tape may be used in conjunction with other therapies, including rehabilitation exercises, chiropractic manipulation and/or body work therapies.  The patented tape is Latex free, ultra hypoallergenic, water resistant, breathable, and worn for up to 5 days per treatment, providing continuous reinforcement of the neuromuscular re-education process.

Exercise Rehabilitation, Thai Stretching/Strengthening, AIS Therapy and Yoga Therapy
Palpation of soft tissue (skin, fascia, tendons and ligaments), muscle length, joint mobility, along with inspection of posture, gait, breath and movement patterns leads to the emergence of a picture of the patient’s major functional disturbance.  Our goal is to look for a connection between the dysfunctions and the condition to create an individualized rehab program.  Rehab may include but is not limited to, traditional stretching, yoga therapy, Thai stretching/ strengthening, balance, postural re-education, AIS therapy, and core work.  We encourage exercise and yoga as a lifestyle change to maintain flexibility, functional strength and endurance in avoidance of chronic limitations and pain.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is based on the principle that there are energetic pathways, or channels, throughout the body that influence associated internal organs and structures. Energy from these pathways surfaces at various points on the body, identified as acupuncture points. Each of these acupuncture points serves as a tunnel, or access route, to the deeper circulatory channels within. Extremely fine gauge needles are inserted at selected points, stimulating these points and thereby activating the body’s natural healing abilities.
 
Ear Candling
Ear candling involves inserting a long, cylindrical candle into the ear and lighting it on the other end. Heat produced from the candle helps to draw out excess ear wax and other debris which may be present in the ear canal. Benefits of ear candling include relieving tinnitus (ringing in the ears), helping to relieve sinus pain and pressure, removing excess wax build up, assisting with relieving Swimmers` ear, assisting with headaches, relieving severely itchy ears (often caused by yeast, mould or dairy allergies) and helping to unplug ears (often due to illness).  Other potential benefits may include improved lymphatic fluid flow through the body, improved colour perception, a more balanced emotional state and clearer thinking. 45

What type of conditions does a Chiropractor treat?

Chiropractors are known to specialize in neck and back pain.  While this is true, chiropractic care can improve many conditions, including:
  • Migraines & Headaches
  • Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist & Hand conditions
  • Hip, Knee, Foot & Ankle conditions
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Poor Posture
  • Sports Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Auto-Immune diseases
  • Prenatal / Pregnancy care
  • Auto Accidents
  • Work related injuries
  • Prevention & Wellness care
What will my insurance cover?
Most health insurance companies offer coverage for Chiropractic and Physical Therapy.  Some even cover Acupuncture. Every insurance policy is different.  However, it is important to note that most insurance policies only cover treatments as the result of injury or illness or for conditions that are expected to improve or resolve within a reasonable length of time.    Maintenance, elective, preventative and/or wellness care are typically non-covered treatments, fees for these services are expected at the time of service.  You may request a bill of services to submit to your own flex spending account or health savings account for potential reimbursement.  Want to know more about your individual coverage? Download the Insurance Coverage Worksheet and contact your insurance company’s benefits department.

What is the cost of treatment?

The initial cost for a chiropractic evaluation begins at $50; additional treatment costs will depend on what treatments would best suit your individual condition.  More complex or serious conditions will likely require more extensive treatment.  Each case is different.
Tranquility Wellness strives to keep fees affordable as to encourage wellness and prevention.  Taking care of yourself now may prevent extensive medical bills in the future.  Do not rely on your health insurance to keep you well.  Your health is your responsibility!

How long will it take before I start to see improvement?

Our goal is to get you healthier.  Progress is the key! For chiropractic care, improvements may be instantaneous.  More complex conditions may take longer.  Remember to be realistic.  The Tranquility Wellness practitioners and staff are dedicated to teaching you self care and life-style changes to reduce chronic symptoms or likeliness of re-injury.  Health and wellness is an ongoing process and Tranquility Wellness is here to help you every step of the way.

Meet the Tranquility Wellness Practitioners and Staff


Dr. Emily Loveland, Chiropractic Physician began her collegiate career at Grand Valley State University just outside of Grand Rapids, MI were she received a Bachelor's of Science degree in 2000.  While at GVSU, she completed the athletic training program which qualified her to sit for the National Athletic Trainer’s Examination.  For the next two years she provided health care services, as the head athletic trainer, to the student/athletes of Cascade High School and Middle School in Clayton, IN.  In June of 2002, Dr. Loveland completed massage therapy training at the Midwest Academy of Healing Arts in Brownsburg, IN.  She has since worked in the spa setting, specializing in Swedish, therapeutic, deep tissue, prenatal, and hot stone massage.

Dr. Loveland received a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from the National University of Health Sciences in 2006.  While attending chiropractic school, she received certification to perform acupuncture, Graston technique, and Kinesiotaping.  She has also attended numerous continuing education courses in rehabilitation and nutritional therapies.  Dr. Loveland prides herself on providing her patients with compassionate, individualized hands on care that focuses on wellness of the body, not just treatment of the symptoms.

Dr. Kalli Prater, Chiropractic PhysicianClick here to read bio.

Donna Burg, Yoga Therapist helps to get patients active with care and healing through gentle yoga stretching and strengthening.  She provides patients with a customized yoga sequence to incorporate into your self-care routine.  Donna’s style of yoga is gentle enough for all fitness levels.
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