Traditional medicine at Alternative Therapy as we join forces with Elizabeth Pulawski, M.D., our integrative family practitioner.
Meeting our patient's needs and exceeding personal care has been our mission since 1990. Working in tandom with traditional medicine to provide our patients with ultimate health is our goal. We believe our collaboration with Dr. Pulawski will fulfill a community need while expanding our continued committment to whole body wellness. In our ever-growing area it is becomming increasingly difficult to find a physician who is accepting new patients, is accessible when needed (when you are sick) and will spend the time to really get to know their patient. Alternative Therapy hopes to return to the days when your physician asked about the kid's or grandkids. The kind that remembers your name, calms your fears and assures you with their professional experience. That kind of doctor is Elizabeth Pulawski, M.D.
What does haveing a physician at Alternative Therapy mean for you?
Simply phrased: Comprehensive Healthcare.
Integrative Family Physician
Full Service Medical Doctor
Sports and School Examinations
Skin Tag Removal
Nutrition & Weight Management
Osteopathic therapy is defined as healthcare based on the principle of treating the body as a unit, the functions of which are interdependent. The patient is considered to be a balance of body, mind and spirit; the structure and function of these three parts are inter-related and capable of self regulation and healing. Through seven yearsof education and further research, Andrzej Strzalkowski, RPT has created a technique; based on the above principles, for treating and often eliminating ailments of the body, awakening the mind and liberating the spirit in an extremely efficient, non-invasive manner.
A hands-on procedure normalizing joint motion through the spine, rib cage, pelvis and appendages by using a technique of muscle contraction and relaxation.
Is a hands-on treatment (a type of "passive positional release") that attempts to alleviate muscle and connective tissue tightness by the use of very specific treatment positions held for 90 seconds. During the procedure, the involved tissue is "slackened" causing a relaxation of the "spasm" which, in turn allows local areas of inflammation, trapped within the painful tissue, to dissipate. Following this release, there is an immediate reduction of pain and tension in the involved tissue. This relaxation can restore normal joint mobility and release other structures in the region that may have been compressed.
Passive prone technique
A hands-on therapy consisting of manipulation of the spinal joints to reverse the forces creating the malady. This procedure is extremely gentle, allowing total release of the spinal column.
A manual therapy intervention involving a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint. It is usually aimed at a "target" joint with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect. When applied to the spine, it is known as spinal mobilization.
Cranial osteopathy and cranial therapy are forms of bodywork or alternative therapy using the therapeutic touch to manipulate the joints of the cranium. A practitioner of cranial-sacral therapy may also apply light touches to a patient's spine and pelvis.
Total body adjustment
A gentle range of motion and manipulation treatments of the spine and nervous system, total body adjustment can intervene and aid in disease prevention.
Myofascial release (MFR)
Is an alternative medicine therapy that treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. As in most osteopathic therapies, it is a gentle, hands-on procedure.
At optimal health, the relationship between the organs (viscera) and structures of the body (bones, muscles, membranes and fasciae) remains stable despite the motion of the body. Problems occur when one organ does not move in harmony with its surrounding viscera, due to abnormal tone, adhesions or displacement. The discord works against all the body's organs and structures; producing fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body is forced to move around. This chronic irritation spawns disease and dysfunction. Visceral manipulation is gentle, hands-on therapy that maneuvers the body's visceral system (the heart, intestines, liver and other internal organs) to detect and diminish these abnormal points of tension throughout the body. This specifically placed, gentle manual pressure is applied and encourages the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissue. Andrzej Strzalkowski, RPT uses his extensive, traditional osteopathic training to determine the rhythmic motions of the viscera, evaluating how abnormal forces interact and affect normal body functioning.
"Physical Therapy" is defined as health care specialty based on treatment of the musculoskeletal system through evaluation, diagnosis and therapy. Alternative Physical Therapy augments this specialty, focusing on gentle body structural manipulation, restoring balance, relieving restrictions in the connective tissues and internal organs. Andrzej Strzalkowski, RPT is a licensed and registered physical therapist with the addition of seven years of osteopathic training. He encourages each patient to be an active partner in their rehabilitation process; through education and training he helps patients to maintain their health and mental balances.
The patient's muscles are actively engaged on request, in a precisely controlled position and direction with a distinctly executed counterforce from the therapist.
During stretching procedures, active stretching eliminates force and its adverse effects. It stimulates and prepares muscles for use during exercise. Active stretching not only stretches the muscle and tissues, but prepares the muscle for the action by warming them up and activating them.
A form of static (body at rest) stretching in which an external force exerts upon the limb to move it into a new position. Passive stretching resistance is normally achieved through the force of gravity weighing down on the limb or on the body. It can also be achieved with the help of a partner, stretch bands or mechanical devices. The more force exerted on the limb, the less time it will take to deepen the stretch.
A classification of exercise which involves training the body for the activities performed in daily life.
A gait abnormality is a deviation from normal walking (gait). When this abnormality occurs, gait training is needed. Watching a patient walk is the most important part of the neurological examination. Normal gait requires that many systems (strength, sensation and coordination) function in an integrated fashion. Many common problems in the nervous system and musculoskeletal system will show up in the way a person walks.
Closed kinetic chain
Closed chain exercises, or closed kinetic chain exercises (CKC) are physical exercises performed where the hand (for arm movement) or foot (for leg movement) is fixed in space and cannot move. The extremity remains in constant contact with an immobile surface, usually the ground.
Refers to the way we move during daily activities. Proper body mechanics can help you avoid injury and muscle fatigue. Body mechanics are important for the health of the body. Alternative Therapy teaches body mechanics with rehabilitative techniques from Andrzej Strzalkowski, RPT, and alignment based yoga taught by Brook Longobardi, CYT, Y4C.
Is an important part of recovery after stroke, assisting the patient in relearning skills lost as a result of the stroke.
Manual manipulation of the lymphatic ducts consisting of gentle, rhythmic massaging of the skin to stimulate the flow of lymph and its return to the blood circulation system. The procedure of lymphatic drainage is very gentle and a typical session (lasting approximately 40 to 60 minutes) will involve drainage of the neck, trunk and affected extremity.
Aging affects the ability of these systems and contributes to poor balance in older adults. As a result, the elderly are at an increased risk of falling. At Alternative Therapy, we address treatment to each of these systems to improve balance and reduce risk of injuries. An even distribution of weight enabling someone to remain upright and steady. Maintaining balance requires coordination of input from multiple sensory systems including:
Parts of the inner ear and brain controlling balance; processing information on the position of the body in space.
Relating to or denoting a sensation, such as pressure, pain or warmth that can occur anywhere in the body, in contrast to one localized at a sense organ such as sight, balance or taste.
Visual - sight related
Coordination: is a global system made up of several elements working together and not necessarily a singulary defined ability. Balance, rhythm, spatial orientation (the natural ability to maintain our body orientation and posture in relation to the surrounding environment; at rest and during motion) rolex copy watches and the ability to react to both auditory (sounds and visual stimulus have all been identified as elements of coordination. Current research suggests; if a person is able to walk, with or without mobility aids, physical therapy should include an exercise program addressing these five components:
Static Balance (Standing Still)
Dynamic Balance (Moving)
Trunk-Limb Coordination (control of arms and legs in relation to the trunk of the body)
Contracture (reduced joint mobility) Prevention
The therapists of Alternative Therapy
The therapists of Alternative Therapy strive to exceed expectations with balance and coordination. Andrzej Strzalkowski, RPT accompanies our gait and balance patients around the office and grounds of our lovely location to assess and train the patient. Under his skilled eye, the patient experiences a variety of surfaces on which to sharpen their balance and coordination skills, such as:
Ultra-sound - sound vibrations having an ultrasonic frequency
Interferential Current (IFC) - is essentially a deeper form of TENS. IFC modulates a high frequency (4000 Hz) carrier waveform with the same signal produced by a TENS unit.
Tens - stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, and is predominately used for nerve related (acute and chronic) pain conditions.
TENS machines work by sending stimulating pulses across the surface of the skin replica watches and along the nerve strands. The stimulating pulses help prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. Tens devices also help stimulate your body to produce higher levels of its own natural painkillers called; Endorphins.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) - also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses.
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Medlight therapy is a hand held light effective for pain caused by arthritis, cramps and strains. It can be used in treating acne, psoriasis and eye floaters. Medlight is used in reducing the healing time of bruises, cuts fractures and other injuries.
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
Below is an example of an injured patient who sought treatment through acupuncture and herbal medicines with Ellen Teeter, AP, DOM at Alternative Therapy. The remarkable results are just one example of the astounding health solutions that can be attained.
Oriental Medicine is a gentle and effective treatment option to eliminate disease, reduce pain and restore health.
Specific treatment options are determined by honoring the patient's preferences and responding to the results of a full body evaluation. These time tested approaches to healing promote a long, healthy, energized life.
Relaxing, invigorating, calming and energizing! Acupuncture brings the body into balance, supplying individual needs to speed healing and restore optimal health.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used to treat any illness or injury. From the common cold to high blood pressure, these methods are pain free and widely successful.
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine - Info
Physical pressure applied to specific points on the body to stimulate the body's internal regulatory system.
Chinese herbal medicine
Herbal teas, balms and patches used to treat illness, balance digestion, relieve pain, revitalize and nourish the body. Benefits are typically realized within 24 hours with little to no side effects.
A form of Chinese manipulative therapy to bring the body into balance.
(Qigong) - low impact exercises designed to treat specific diseases or conditions, boost energy, improve mobility and circulation and promote longevity.
The insertion of fine needles on the body to stimulate specific points for pain relief and therapeutic purposes.
Adjusting nutrition to maintain health, treat illness and create vitality.
The skilled hands of Alternative Therapy's licensed massage therapists practice a wide variety of massage styles designed to treat specific ailments by reducing pain, improving mobility, relieving depression and enhancing rest and relaxation. Massage therapy is provided as part of physical therapy to enhance our patients' response to treatment. Alternative Therapy provides massage therapy on a "by appointment" basis as well.
Bamboo-Fusion® Massage (Our Signature Massage)
Created and taught throughout the world by our very own Nathalie Cecilia, Bamboo-Fusion® is a massage that is quickly gaining international recognition for its therapeutic and restorative benefits. Smoothed to a silken sheen, the bamboo sets are warmed and lubricated with skin specific oil or cream; providing uniform pressure and a supremely luxurious massage.
Using five styles of long, flowing strokes this massage improves circulation, reduces pain and joint stiffness.
Deep Tissue Massage
Designed to relieve severe muscle tension this therapy is recommended for relief of consistent pain from over exertion, athletic or other physical injuries.
A simple therapy allowing the energy system of the body to re-balance improving immune system functionality, promote wound healing and revitalize the body's natural healing capabilities.
Practiced fully clothed on a floor mat or chair with no oils or lotion, this technique stretches muscles and improves energy. MM 16653.
Improve your balance, strengthen your muscles and quiet your mind with the gentle practice of yoga. Certified in body-structural, alignment based yoga, our instructor; Brook Longobardi, CYT, Y4C will lead you, step by step, through a system of poses (asanas) specifically designed to enhance physical strength, improve coordination and address specific health issues.
With a view of the lily padded lake, Alternative Therapy yoga students practice an Iyengar style asana practice, based on class ability with emphasis on body alignment. Detailed instructions combined with gentle adjustments promote safety and an opportunity for the practitioner to grow in understanding of each asana. Beginning with meditation, Brook leads her class on a step by step journey, instilling confidence and encouraging them toward their personal best. Then, winding down the class with restorative poses gradually taking them to savasana described by one student as "Infused Serenity".
Meditation begins and completes each yoga session. Before asana practice, sukhasana (seated meditation) assists the practitioner in turning their attention inward, focusing on quieting the mind to attain improved mental clarity to promote awareness of breath and body. Upon completion of the asana practice, replcia rolex savasana (restful pose) provides time for the body to enter a deep state of relaxation where muscle memory created from the poses practiced during the class can be retained and an opportunity to store the peacefullness. This peaceful state can then be "recalled" when stress levels rise and life is not so peaceful.
Alternative Therapy yoga students enhance their meditation and improve their yoga practice with guided breathing techniques. These practices called "pranayama" encourage centering, allowing the practitioner to receive the full benefit of their meditation and asana practice. Pranayama is effective in balancing stressed energy, reducing anxiety and it can also build core strength.
Practitioners at Alternative Therapy enjoy class sizes that afford them plenty of room and one-on-one time with Brook. Our therapy center offers group classes, private instruction (both on and off site) and workshops designed in body-structural, alignment based yoga. Smaller class sizes afford each practitioner one-on-one, replica zenith watch hands on attention in an environment that both physically and emotionally safe.
Group classes are held weekly and range from raw beginners to advanced practitioners.
Work with our instructor one-on-one to develop your own personal yoga routine. Available by appointment.
"Off site" instruction at your time and place is available. Home, Office, Assisted Living Facility, Church, School or other appropriate location. Available by appointment.
Yoga Class Schedule
Alignment based, Hatha Style. Form a Class All Your Own! Three or more people may choose a convenient time and attend their very own Group Yoga Class. Gather some friends and take advantage of this unique offering!
Tues., Wed. & Thurs. Mornings 9 am
60 Minute Group Class$18.00
Saturday Morning 10:45 am
90 Minute Group Class$20.00
60 Minute Class$70.00
10 Group Class Program$150.00
Specializing in empowering our patients choices in finding the path to their emotional and physical healing. Providing side-effect free therapies in osteopathy, physical therapy, lymphedema therapy, oncology massage, acupuncture, herbal remedies and yoga, Alternative Therapy tailors treatment plans to each patient's individual need. Cancer attacks more than just the anatomical body. Working in tandem with allopathic practitioners, Alternative Therapy nurtures the body, mind and spirit to achieve healing from within.
Osteopathic & Physical Therapy
Our mission at Alternative Therapy is to relieve the suffering of patients with cancer and diminish reactions to cancer treatment. Andrzej Strzalkowski, a 25 year veteran in the war on pain, administers gentle osteopathic treatment, hands-on manipulation; myofascial and energy release. These therapies reduce swelling and sooth hypersensitive responses to chemotherapy such as; nausea, joint & muscle pain, digestive issues and insomnia. Embracing advanced levels of healing, Andrzej initiates a sense of wellbeing by sharing the self-quieting techniques of meditation. Calming the emotional state of the patient promotes healing and significantly reduces recovery time.
Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Therapy
Acupuncture calms, soothes and relaxes; countering side effects of chemotherapy and radiation like nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, fatigue and insomnia. It restores balance from emotional distress following cancer treatment. Ellen offers nutritional counseling to advance healing. After radiation, breitling replica watches herbal salves and formulas protect and soothe skin, remedy gastrointestinal distress and clears thinking; revitalizing the post treatment body.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a manual technique used to stimulate and redirect the static lymphatic fluid to the venous system. The effective treatment should be performed by a certified provider. Often this treatment is accompanied by compression bandaging, decongestive exercises and skin care for the affected area. Alternative Therapy has the most experienced and educated lymphedema therapist in the area; Le Anne Strange. Come in to experience relief.
Oncology massage is beneficial for every stage of the cancer journey; to ease isolation and nurture the well being of the patient. Our therapists are specifically certified in oncology massage; a gentle therapy that can reduce pain, promote sleep and alleviate side effects of treatment. Alternative Therapy has the only certified Lymphedema therapist in the area certified in Kinesio Tape and compression garment fitting for lymphatic drainage. MM16653.
Side-effects, both physical and emotional, from cancer and treatment leave patients weak and demoralized. Gentle Yoga can stabilize immune systems, improve flexibility and reduce anxiety. Specifically tailored classes address each patient's need while creating a safe atmosphere for peaceful warriors to share their journey to recovery.
Further supporting our goal to assist and maintain your optimum health, our clinic offers additional wellness therapies. We provide relief for the cancer patient, meditation guidance, cleansing of the mind, body and spirit with aromatherapy, nutritional direction, detoxification and light therapy.
Did you know meditating can change the brain? At Alternative Therapy we believe meditation; quieting the mind, is the swiftest path to recovering and sustaining your health. Read the links below to learn more about meditation. Then, visit Alternative Therapy and learn what meditation can do for you!
Ellen Teeter, DOM, AP has the training and experience to evaluate your body's nutritional needs and set up a plan of cleansing, diet and herbal supplements that will promote healing and increase your energy. Diabetics, patients who suffer from chronic conditions such as irritable bowl syndrome can balance their metabolism and find relief from symptoms. Visit Alternative Therapy to learn how your quality of life can improve through nutrition.
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Alternative Therapy provides independent comprehensive healthcare with an integrative family physician; complemented with a staff of professionals practicing gentle and intuitive physical therapy, lymphedema therapy, massage therapy (including Bamboo-Fusion), acupuncture and yoga. Alternative Therapy is a warm and inviting health care haven offering progressive therapy to ease pain in the body, center the mind and soothe the broken spirit.