Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or — believed to flow through pathways or meridians in the body. By inserting several thin, sterile needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will be restored and dis-ease will be impacted. Acupuncture has been used for over 5000 years to treat a variety of conditions and is commonly used today to treat pain, to aid in managing stress, or for overall wellness.
Active Release Technique®
ART is a patented, state of the art soft-tissue-based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.
Every ART session includes both examination and treatment. Your certified ART provider uses their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
Corrective exercise is a functional movement system that generally includes a series of specific exercises to aid in the rehabilitation and prevention of injuries to your major joints, such as the knee, ankle, hip, shoulder, etc...
Your Upright Health provider will determine which exercises are appropriate for you, assist you with performing them correctly during your visit and educate you on how and when to perform them at home, for best results.
Cupping involves placing a vessel on the skin and reducing the air pressure inside it either through the use of a hand pump or by heating the air with a fire source. This drop in air pressure pulls tissues into the cup which creates separation in the underlying tissues, potentially releasing adhesions within. Additionally, cupping draws blood into the underlying tissues which aids in muscle relaxation. We use both fire cupping and hand pump cupping in clinic and each offers a different experience.
Dry needling is the practice of utilizing solid filiform medical-grade needles in order to reduce or eliminate muscular pain. These needles are solid, thus do not inject a solution; hence the name ‘dry’ needling. The needles are typically inserted into trigger points or knots within muscles with the goal of stimulating the tissues to relax or release. The duration of time the needles remain within the tissues is less than that of acupuncture.
Flexion-Distraction is a therapeutic technique used to treat a variety of pain symptoms that don't seem to respond well to other treatment approaches. Flexion-Distraction is a painless, non-invasive procedure performed using a special treatment table that allows the practitioner to gently stretch and bend the spine in various directions while your provider applies gentle pressure to specific areas of the spine. The specialized table moves in a smooth, rhythmic motion - there are no "jerking" movements at all with the Flexion-Distraction technique.
Graston Technique® treats scar tissue, which limits range of motion, and in many instances causes pain, that can prevent normal muscle function. Graston Technique® incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables your provider to effectively detect and treat scar tissue anywhere in the body.
Graston® tools are stainless steel instruments used to "comb over" and "catch" on any fibrotic tissue present, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue and improve function.
Kinesiology taping is a therapeutic method designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process by providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion.
Kinesiology taping techniques have a "lifting" effect on the skin that can alleviate pain, facilitate lymphatic drainage and decrease inflammation. Kinesiology tape is latex-free, waterproof and wearable for days at a time.
Manual Lymph Drainage
Manual Lymph Drainage is a gentle manual massage treatment technique that employs four basic stokes designed to manipulate lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels with the goal of increasing their activity and promote the flow of lymph. Manual Lymph Drainage is an effective way to manage swelling caused by lymphedema.
What you put into your body on a daily basis can have a greater impact on your health than anything else you do. There are many myths, fads and just plain misinformation about food that make it difficult to really know what’s good for you and what’s not – and to make it even more complicated, that answer isn’t the same for everyone. Your Upright Health provider can help you develop (And stick to!) eating habits that will have a positive effect on your specific health goals.
Spinal Manipulation & Mobilization
Spinal manipulation and mobilization techniques are a non-invasive, therapeutic treatment for neck, back and extremity pain or discomfort, as well as osteoarthritis and migraines.
Spinal Manipulation is the traditional high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust that often results in an audible "pop," as your provider uses their hands to apply controlled force to a specific joint, while the body is positioned in a specific way.
Alternatively, Spinal Mobilization is a low-force or gentle chiropractic technique that can be applied after careful consideration of the patient's pathology, size, comfort level, and/or preference.
Sports Physical (Preparticipation Physical Evaluation)
Most middle and high school sports activities require student athletes to complete a Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE). A PPE is a clinical examination used to evaluate a student's physical ability to safely participate in sports or a specific sport. The standard exam covers personal health history, family health history, injury identification, risk assessment and internal organ assessment. Your Upright Health provider will also assess if any musculoskeletal issues are present.
Muscle therapy or therapeutic massage is the manual manipulation of superficial and deep layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process and promote relaxation and well-being.
This type of soft tissue therapy can provide many benefits, ranging from general stress reduction to severe pain relief through corrective muscle therapy techniques, like deep-tissue, trigger point therapy or myofascial release. Your therapist will consult with you before each session to understand your preferences and desired outcome(s).
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- 30 Minutes ($45)
- 60 Minutes ($80)
- 90 Minutes ($115)