805 Madison Street, Suite 2-D
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Phone: (256) 924-0881
Caroline Choppa, MSPT
Meredith Johnson, MPT
Nicholas Choppa, LMT / LAc
Let’s talk flexibility! Why is it important? When should you do it?

Flexibility is the ability to move joints effectively through an unrestricted and pain free range of motion. You need to stretch your muscles to increase their length and allow for full movement in your joints. Flexibility is an important component of fitness, overall health and well being.

Below are 6 benefits of improving your flexibility:

  1. Fewer Injuries
  2. Less Pain
  3. Improved Posture and Balance
  4. A Positive State of Mind
  5. Greater Strength
  6. Improved Physical Performance

As we age we lose a small amount of flexibility but we can train flexibility and improve it. If you are stretching before a workout or “cold” then you should do dynamic stretching. For example, if you are headed out to walk your dog try gently swinging your leg side to side to stretch out the hip or march in place. If you are stretching after a workout then the most effective way is a static stretch where you hold the stretch for 30 seconds -just don’t go past your “edge” to where the stretch hurts.

Want to learn more about flexibility training and how to apply it to your workouts and in your daily life? We are happy to help you improve your flexibility and reap the benefits.

As always, remember, Movement is Medicine!
~ Meredith

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Hello friends and clients of True North Physical Therapy and Wellness! Today’s ‘Conversation’ will be focused on just what is Craniosacral therapy?

I am often asked to say exactly how this techniques works, and honestly, it can be difficult to describe! So I will do my best here to highlight what I find to be the most important aspects of Craniosacral therapy, and to bring a better understanding of just how it works.

When practicing Craniosacral therapy, I evaluate and treat a client through assessing the Craniosacral rhythm, assessing the subtle movement of cranial bones, spine and sacrum, and treating any restrictions or loss of movement that affects the body.

Assessing Craniosacral rhythm (CSR) means monitoring the flow of Cerebrospinal fluid through your head, down your spinal column to your pelvis and back up. It is a natural rhythm that everyone has, and the flow is constant. Once the CSR is noted, then I begin to feel where your system may have a restriction which causes the rhythm to be affected.
Assessing Cranial movement is extremely subtle, and very important. There are over 20 bones in your skull, and their very subtle movement is necessary to maintain the movement of Cerebrospinal fluid giving your CSR. Just like anywhere in your body, this subtle cranial movement is affected by illness and injury, and restrictions may develop that can affect your overall health. Examples of possible Cranial injury include; falling and hitting your head, concussions, broken nose, black eye, whiplash, Car accidents, severe or repeated sinus infections, Allergies, TMJ, wearing braces, Neck/Back injury/pain.

Now let’s look at the lower part of the Craniosacral system which involves the Sacrum and pelvis. Everything that impacts the pelvis plays a role in the health of the craniosacral system. The bones of the pelvis are always in motion with any activity, and can be impacted by injury, illness, pregnancy, and abuse. Examples of some possible Sacral or pelvic injury include; severe falls, falling onto tailbone, injuring or breaking a leg, pregnancy and childbirth, abuse, incontinence or GI issues.

Treatment through the CranioSacral Therapy (CST) technique is very gentle, and yet profoundly healing. Because a primary factor of CST deals with the flow of cerebrospinal fluid,  it always monitors the health of your central nervous system (CNS). Everything you think, feel, see, and every movement you take must be processed through your CNS. For this reason Craniosacral therapy is tremendously helpful in healing not only physical pain, but also in promoting health on emotional issues as well. It has been my privilege to work with people dealing with a host of issues.

I hope this was helpful, and answered some questions! Please contact me if you have any comments or new questions!

Be Well!
Caroline Choppa

Cupping has become one of my “go to” treatments because it consistently helps my clients. The positive results from cupping include significant pain reduction and increased mobility. Cupping provides a type of Myofascial release treating a layer of tissue that is commonly overlooked. I have had great success with clients with a variety of diagnosis. Here are a couple of examples;

One client had injured her knee and had two knee surgeries. Following the surgeries she had chronic pain affecting her entire leg. She had received PT, massage, and still was not able to walk without pain. This client came to me specifically for Cupping. Her results were amazing. After several cupping sessions she is now walking easily and hiking up to an hour without pain.  

A second client came to me with chronic back pain and SI pain. She had not been able to sit with her legs crossed in18 months. After one session of cupping her mobility significantly improved. She was able to cross her legs!

A third client had a history of multiple hip surgeries and chronic back pain. Following his first session of cupping he had immediate and significant reduction in pain. He reported feeling better than he had in a long time.

These are just a few examples of how myofascial release with Cupping is helping reduce pain! Please let me know if you would like to schedule an appointment to try out cupping for yourself.

Hello! I am Nicholas Choppa and it is my honor working with individual clients helping them on their journey to health and wellness. I am a Nationally Board Certified and Licensed Acupuncturist and a Licensed Massage Therapist. It is my passion to combine my training of both Acupuncture and Medical Massage in order to provide unique, therapeutic treatment sessions designed to reduce pain, promote healing, and restore balance to your system. I strive to make sure that everyone’s unique needs and circumstances are treated with care and the utmost professionalism. Your treatment will always be carefully considered and discussed, and your best interests will be held in the highest regard. I recognize that each individual is destined to walk a unique path to Wellness.  Your privacy will always be respected, your pain will always be heard, and you will always be cared for in your personal treatment process.
Would you like to schedule an appointment?
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805 Madison Street, Suite 2-D
Huntsville, AL 35801
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