ST. GEORGE – To many, a chiropractor is just another stop on the track to ease a bad back, step into a practitioner’s office for an hour and get that needed ‘snap crackle pop’ to keep moving. But what if a clinic offered health and wellness care that went beyond the snap, crackle and pop – that could provide lasting relief not only for the well-to-do in a suit but for anyone of any age at any stage of need?
Dr. Thomas Johnson and associate Michael Mennella opened My Family Chiro, Chiropractic Health and Wellness center in St. George, with a different kind of healing vision for their patients. Johnson and Mennella – or Tom and Michael as they prefer to be called – met in chiropractic school and formed a lifelong kinship. Tom, a former combat medic and pharmacy specialist, Michael, a former firefighter, are no strangers to treating injuries of all types.
Chiropractic care is for the whole family
“We’re family oriented,” Michael said, “So much so we even have a room where the children can entertain themselves until it is their turn to see the doctor,” something not commonly seen in chiropractic offices. “Some will just treat sports injuries, some just the elderly, and some even treat just young people; we help and serve everyone – from the newborn to those advanced in years,” he said with a big grin.
“We can help improve symptoms from ADD, ADHD, autism, bed wetting, asthma, headaches – migraines, bipolar, muscular sclerosis;” Johnson said, “we can even address fertility concerns.”
While one might not think of a chiropractor when it comes to some of those concerns, My Family Chiro sees them all as having to do with nerve flow. Trauma or injury to the vertebrae of the spine – which many patients may not even realize has occurred – can result in limited range of motion and impairment of the nerves that emerge from the spinal chord. This is called “subluxation” – which is, simply put, a disruption of nerve flow. Since chiropractic addresses the relationship between the spine and the nervous system, it works to get that nerve flow functioning at its optimum which often eliminates those kinds of symptoms. Dr. Tom explained it as a misaligned vertebra squeezing a nerve and out of that can come pain or damage to other parts of the body that patients wouldn’t think of as targets for a chiropractic solution.
Specializing in upper cervical with the atlas orthogonal
The most significant changes in symptoms seen at My Family Chiro are through treatment with the atlas orthogonal, an advanced upper cervical (neck) specific device which aligns the top cervical bone in the neck into its intended neutral position and holds your head up straight. Because it is the apex of the entire spinal column, when the atlas vertebra makes an unintended shift, it disrupts the entire alignment of the spinal column, nerves, and blood flow to the head. Symptoms particularly associated with misplacement of the atlas include headache, balance, pain, vertigo, to name a few.
The following video demonstrates how the Global Atlas Orthogonal procedure works:
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Pain and empathy
When you see someone in pain, you can tell by their eyes, Dr. Tom said. Pain is a message communicated through the spinal cord to the brain via the central Nervous System. The spinal column houses the spinal cord which is directly attached to the brain; so, when our spine is stressed, it sends the message of pain to the brain. Pain is the body’s signal that something is out of order. Pain is, therefore, an imperative for treatment.
“Pain is usually the last to show up, but a chiropractor can make it the first to go,” Dr. Tom said.
The empathetic care the two primary caregivers of My Family Chiro are able to offer makes them special. Each has either witnessed up close or experienced it himself; these exceptional experiences all the practitioners to give an empathetic attention to their patients.
“We’re different because overall health and wellness isn’t just physical for us,” Michael said, “it’s mental – when we give the exam, if the person’s real down, it’s mental and that affects the overall body as well.”
An arsenal full of modalities
Besides My Family Chiro’s star, the Global Atlas Orthogonal procedure, the clinic also uses other tools, to treat and heal. An impulse gun, for example, may be used on an elderly woman who needs a gentler but as effective treatment; hands cannot be over-emphasized, both practitioners like to use their hands to heal, as does a staff masseuse trained in therapeutic, sports and Swedish massage; laser therapy applies pulses of light that will penetrate the skin and excite the mitochondria – a segement of the cell that produces energy for healing – increasing the healing process ten-fold; X-rays identify problem areas; traction and a slate of personalized therapies contribute to the healing treatments; and extremities work – working on legs, arms, fingers, toes alleviate pain and level the body.
Patients for life
Although we live in an era of “quick fix” mentality, Family Chiro has an unabashed interest in caring for their patients for life.
“Have you ever been to an eye doctor who said your eyes are fine?” asked Tom. “And did that mean they were so OK that you never needed to go back?”
Chiropractic is the same thing, he said. You’re working with your vertebrae, your nerves, your muscles, your ligaments. We need to retrain them back into their true anatomical normality. Periodic treatments keep them all functioning as they were designed to. Even if only every 6 months to a year, regular checkups are encouraged.
Affordable, insurance friendly
Besides setting rates that are affordable, My Family Chiro accepts most insurance, including Medicare.
“We’ll work something out with someone financially,” Michael said. “My Family Chiro is here to help anyone who needs it – not just the business man who can easily afford it. If it’s a single mom with three kids, do you think we’re going to turn her and her kids away? No. Not gonna happen on my shift,” Michael said – spoken like the true former firefighter he is.
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My Family Chiro, Chiropractic, Health and Wellness
Address: 446 South Mall Drive, Ste. B5, St. George, Utah 84790
Dr. Thomas Johnson, D.C. / Telephone 435-229-4969 | Michael Mennella, C.A. Telephone 435-531-8921
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