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At Ripley Greene Chiropractic Wellness Center, we offer a wide variety of natural and alternative health care methods. Rather than try to fit you into our favorite technique we listen, and together find the one that is right for you.

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Chiropractic
Acupuncture
Massage Therapy
Reiki

Chiropractic
Like most of the other natural or alternative health care methods, chiropractic seeks to optimize your body's innate healing abilities. A strong body will be better able to fight off the daily interactions--we all have--with bacteria, viruses, pollution and stress. The primary method used by chiropractors to treat your ailments is the chiropractic adjustment (also called chiropractic spinal manipulation). An adjustment is performed when the chiropractor places his or her hands over the bony protrusions of your spine and uses them as levers to reposition the mis-aligned vertebrae or create motion in a joint that has been injured.

Common uses for chiropractic include mechanical problems such as; low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Non-mechanical, or "organic" problems treated by chiropractic include; asthma, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches and general maintenance of health.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing arts known to man, dating back to 3000 B.C. in Inner Mongolia. However, it was not until the 1970's that it began to be accepted by western medicine. Today acupuncture is often used to supplement the treatment of many conditions, including low back pain, headaches, and other conditions that are unresponsive to conventional therapies. The basic premise of acupuncture revolves around the concepts of "yin" and "yang. These two basic elements are to each other as the two sides of a coin, head or tails. Each can not exist without the other, and each serves to balance the effects and attributes of its counter part. Together these to concepts are attributes of the universal life force know as "Qi" (pronounced "Chee").

Qi flows through everything, including each of our bodies. The pattern of energy flow within us can be mapped as "meridians," or channels running on either side of our bodies. There are six paired meridians on each side of your bodies, and two unpaired that run down the center, controlling the other twelve. If one of these channels becomes blocked or stimulated above normal levels, then the normal flow of Qi is changed and the balance between yin and yang is disrupted. It is this imbalance that allows disease to gain a foot-hold.

The acupuncturist attempts to restore the balance between yin and yang by opening your energy channels. He or she does this by introducing a very thin needle into a point along the effected meridian. These predetermined points are called "acupuncture points." It is believed that Qi can exit and enter the body at these 365 known acupuncture points. The insertion of needles, serves to stimulate or decrease the flow of Qi into the affected point.

Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is most likely the oldest form of healing. Rubbing, pushing. holding are all throw-backs to the grooming behaviors of our primitive ancestors. All of the ancient cultures including the Chinese, Indians, Greeks, Romans and Japanese utilized forms of massage therapy in the treatment of disease. In late 1800's a Swedish "physiotherapist" name Per Henrik Ling, used massage techniques to treat many ailments and injuries. Based on his methods, The Society of Trained Masseurs was founded in 1894.

There are three basic types of massage strokes. Effleurage (light stroking or rubbing), petrissage (deep kneading techniques) and tapotement (percussion therapies). Modern techniques include, myofascial release (deep pressure to ligaments and tendons) and cross friction massage (vigorous rubbing across a muscle or tendon).

Common uses for massage include, relaxation and stress reduction, muscle and joint pains, low back pain, headaches, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and digestive disorders.

Reiki
Energy therapies are one of the most controversial aspects of alternative health care because they deal with the unseen forces of spirituality. While there are many different forms of energy work, each of them holds that human beings are more than just our physical forms. They contend, that we are also patterns of energy and spirit, and that these patterns can be directed, re-enforced and repaired through the interaction with the energy patterns of a healer. It is believed that our spiritual energies flow within channels running up and down either side of our bodies (know as meridians) or lie within energy centers know as "chakras". These energy centers and channels give off and take in energy from the universal energy field that ties us all together. When they become blocked or imbalanced, then the individual is not functioning at 100% and can potentially become diseased.

Some of the common energy therapies include, Reiki, Aura Cleansing, Biodynamic Massage, Color and Light Therapies, Polarity Therapy, Qi Gong, Sound Therapy, Crystal Therapies and Zero Balancing. Practitioners of energy healing claim to be able to feel or even see these energy fields surrounding the body. By observing the color and intensity of the various chakras, an energy worker can identify a blockage and attempt to correct it by manipulating it with the use of his or her own personal energy.