At Sound Body Health & Chiropractic, we work with your body and brain’s natural abilities to heal and be well. You can find the natural solutions that your entire family can benefit from with our team.
Our Chiropractic Techniques
Chiropractors are experts at joint motion and there are many ways to adjust you. Dr. Halvorson is skilled in various techniques, such as
- Applied Kinesiology
- Sacro Occipital Technique®
- Thompson Drop
- Extremity adjusting
Manual and instrument-based methods can be used according to your preferences and what will get you the best results.
The Importance of Brain-Based Care
Your brain runs on patterns and habits. Because the brain is changeable, we can use brain-based therapies to interrupt unhealthy patterns, changing your habits permanently. Your periodic return visits will ensure that the healthy patterns remain uninterrupted.
You are what you eat-and what you don’t eat.
In modern medicine, the medical doctor’s job is to treat disease. But why not look at how you can prevent reaching the point of having a disease? That’s where functional medicine (FM) comes in. It’s all about creating and maintaining health.
Chronic Health Issues
If you’ve been struggling for years, you’ve probably tried many avenues without success. You’re sick of being sick. Your medical doctor can’t help you, and you might feel ready to give up. There are many concerns that can be cleared up through this form of alternative medicine. We can help you remember what true wellness feels like.
The benefits of FM include weight loss, mood enhancement, clearer thinking and a higher quality of life.
Who Is Functional Medicine Right for?
People typically seek out this approach because they’re experiencing a symptom of ill health. Some of the most common include:
- Not sleeping all night
- Mood swings
- Hormone imbalance
- Blood sugar fluctuations
- Digestive issues
- Sugar cravings
All are indications that there is some type of dysfunction happening in the body. Since the functional medicine practitioner has a vastly different viewpoint than your medical doctor, we’ll take a fresh look at your body and its systems to determine the root causes of your symptoms.
How We Help
You’ll be given different forms of testing and assessment, which includes having a comprehensive blood panel at a nearby facility. Once we receive all this information back, it can be studied so that our team can determine how best to help you. There may be dietary changes in addition to medicinal and nutritional supplements.
Look for the Cause
In functional medicine, the goal is to discover the WHY behind something that isn’t working as it should. For example, allergies don’t mean you have to avoid a certain food. The problem may lie in your intestinal lining, which can be repaired. By restoring the balance to your brain and body, you can reach a higher level of wellness.
Working With the Brain
We provide biofeedback, which works with your brain to retrain it. You’ll use our in-house equipment to complete biofeedback. You’ll change your diet at the same time and use our medicinal and nutritional protocols. The biofeedback is designed to reduce inflammation in your brain.
Massage therapy is an essential part of your health care because relaxing and de-stressing improves your body’s function. This therapy works with the muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments of your body to move your brain and its nervous system to a rest/repair state.
Massage therapy awakens your brain to poor motion and stressed muscle patterns. Sometimes done through soothing touch and other times through therapeutic pain. The effect is an overall sense of relief, a wholesome response to stress, and a very worthy investment toward your well-being.
“Our team of massage therapists averages 16 years of experience. They continue to learn and challenge themselves to be better. Their mindset is to help. This level of talent is very rare in the massage industry these days.” -Dr. Halvorson
Massage Memberships & Packs
Relax Mentally, Physically and Emotionally
Massage is a great way to treat yourself. But it’s also about finding patterns of dysfunction in the body; massage and chiropractic interrupt those patterns, working to restore proper motion and efficiency. We like to remind our patients that the therapist doesn’t heal you—what they are doing is allowing you to heal.
Get Better Results, Faster
Dr. Halvorson says, “Joints first, muscles second”. When you combine chiropractic and massage therapy you will most likely experience accelerated results. That’s why the doctor recommends chiropractic adjustments before your massage.
Consider this car analogy: suppose your front tires are wearing out unevenly. Is that a tire problem or an alignment problem? It’s an alignment (joint) problem that is affecting the wear on your tires (muscles). Fix the joint motion with chiropractic and have better results with massage therapy or physical therapy.
What to Expect
Our office runs on time. To enjoy your massage to the fullest, it’s best to arrive early. Starting late shortens your massage time and contributes to stress. Before your first massage, there will be a short form to complete and then you will sign in. You can disrobe to your level of comfort before your session. Your privacy will always be protected. If the client is under 18, a parent must remain on the premises with them or sign a release.
If you have any concerns, please communicate them to the front desk. There are no hard or fast rules when it comes to creating the massage you want. Your wishes are always respected.
We are passionate about helping patients develop and discover what their health and lifestyle goals are meant to be. Different age groups, families and individuals all have varying needs such as weight management, nutrition, general wellness and stress management. Through nutrition, we also can help address autoimmune conditions, metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, Type II diabetes, before and after surgery nutrition, kidney disease, thyroid conditions and more.
Offering a Suite of Services
- One-on-one and family nutrition counseling
- Group counseling through The RESTART® Program
- 10-day blood sugar support programs
- Shopping lists
- Meal plans with recipes
- Educational handouts
- Exercise programs
- Stress management
- Calories vs Nutrition
- Keto, Mediterranean and intermittent fasting programs
Nutritional Counseling in Lakewood CO
Now more than ever, people are focused on their health. The consequences of a lack of awareness of our well-being are extremely serious. If you’ve been thinking more and more about what you’re putting in your body and want to have some guidance, Sound Body Health & Chiropractic has options for you. Our nutritional counseling patients typically see us for one of two reasons: to eat better by changing their diet or to make lifestyle alterations such as stress management or getting proper sleep.
How to Get Started
NutritionPageThe first step is to have a diet journal, where you record everything that you eat for a week. Then you’ll have an appointment to go over your diet journal. The intake process takes 45-60 minutes, ensuring that there is plenty of time to address all of your concerns. We will go in-depth to find out about your eating habits and lifestyle. Are you skipping breakfast? Eating on the go? Unable to find time to cook healthy meals?
Whatever obstacles may be in your way, we’ll determine what they are and find the personalized solutions that will work for you. Every recommendation is suited to your individual needs.
You’ll have periodic check-ins with us to make sure you are on track. These follow-up appointments take just 15-30 minutes.
Working With Dr. Halvorson
If you are interested in functional medicine, nutritional counseling is a vital part of that. Dr. Halvorson will make recommendations for supplements or further testing as needed. We will give you individualized advice on what you can do, such as taking specific supplements or how to better manage your stress levels.
If you first see Dr. Halvorson as a new patient, you are likely in pain. From your paperwork or consultation, we may uncover other issues that can be helped with nutritional counseling or our other services. If that’s the case, Dr. Halvorson will inform you.
Health Conditions Welcome
Often, a person is interested in nutritional counseling because they struggle with a serious health condition. You might have read online that nutritional counseling can help you manage your condition, or your medical doctor may have recommended a nutritional counselor or functional medicine practitioner. If so, you can get the help you need at Sound Body Health & Chiropractic.
You can purchase any supplements you need as part of your plan right from us. We carry practitioner-grade products from Apex Energetics™, Standard Process® and Bio-Botanical Research. Our supplements are whole-food or plant-based, making them a superior choice.
The RESTART Program
The RESTART Program is great for people who love the accountability and community involved in being in a group. You’ll meet virtually with us and other participants for five weeks, each meeting taking an hour. It’s for people who want to learn how to eat healthy for life.
You’ll receive our support, materials such as handouts and be able to lean on and learn from the other participants.
Do You Offer Nutrition Support for Kids?
Yes! Although most of our nutrition patients are adults, we work with kids sometimes. That means we also will work with the parents since they are the ones who cook for their children. If you need to have more than one family member come in for nutrition, we will offer discounted rates.
It’s just as important that children see a chiropractor as it is for adults. Think about it: during the first years of life, children are growing at incredible rates. Their skeletal system and spine won’t be fully matured until they reach their late 20s. Though they may not complain of pain or dysfunction, an issue now can lead to tremendous problems later in life if not addressed.
As the Tree Grows
Think of a bonsai tree. It’s a unique form of a tree that can be trained to grow in any direction you wish. Your child’s body can be thought of in the same way. If it moves in a compromised direction, the “tree”-their body-won’t grow as it was intended to. Chiropractic optimizes the motion in a child’s body so they can have proper alignment and movement.
The Importance of Posture
Think of a child’s active life. They move, play, fall. Today, they’re on phones, computers and playing video games more than ever before. The habit of improper posture becomes ingrained in the brain and body.
Many children are unable to sit straight. Because their bodies have become so accustomed to slumping, sitting properly can actually cause them pain! Chiropractic can optimize your child’s posture and take the pain away.
When it comes to adjusting your baby or child, we use the softest touch. There is no manual twisting or cracking of a kid’s spine. Since a child’s visit takes less time, there is a discount on the fee.
You want your child to be as active as they wish. Chiropractic can help them get there. One of Dr. Halvorson’s patients was a kid who played freshman football. With back pain, he was unable to perform as he wanted. After getting care, the young man was able to drop a second or two off his 40-yard dash time. More importantly, he was pain-free. As a parent, you know that a child who is feeling good is far easier to live with than one who isn’t!
While pregnancy is often viewed as an exciting life-changing event, significant discomfort can also accompany it.
“A pregnant woman is no different than a training athlete in that their workout stress continues. It takes a lot of work to be pregnant. It just gets harder and harder as your center of gravity changes while you get further along in your pregnancy. A mom-to-be’s workout load continues to increase month to month, and just like an athlete, pregnant patients need chiropractic,” said Dr. Halvorson.
The Benefits of Safe & Effective Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic can address low back pain, hip pain, nausea, headaches and other uncomfortable pregnancy-related symptoms. Chiropractic also helps you maintain proper joint motion as the weight-bearing load continues to increase.
Chiropractic care is safe and indicated for all trimesters, particularly the last trimester. Rest assured that adjustments are gentle, comfortable body position is always considered. Special “Pregnancy Pillows” are often employed to provide comfort and relaxation. We also sell these special pillows so mom can lay face-down and take a load off her back.
Being under chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can often help reduce labor time and decrease the need for interventions during the birth process.
Pre and Post Natal Chiropractic Care
Becoming and being pregnant is a special experience. With that said a woman needs to be healthy and strong enough to be able to carry a pregnancy to term. This is the hard part. Factors such as Nutrition, Anemia, Thyroid, Autoimmune, Stress, Depression, and varied Menstruation should all be checked and addressed for success. Dr. Halvorson can do comprehensive blood panels and symptom surveys to help you be ready to deliver.
Postnatal: now there are two of you and you both need loving care. Nutrition, chiropractic adjustments for both you and baby should continue. The trauma of birth for both mother and baby is a very real occurrence. Dr. Halvorson can help you both.
Relaxin & Round Ligament-Related Discomfort
During pregnancy, the hormone Relaxin is produced. As the word suggests, Relaxin relaxes ligament tensile strength so that the Pelvis’ and Sacrum can spread farther than usual in order to deliver ‘junior.’
While Relaxin in the body serves an important purpose, it also makes your joints loose and susceptible to subluxation. That’s why lower back pain is common with pregnancy, because of this increased joint motion in the face of increased weight gain.
The second big player during pregnancy is Round Ligament development, which occurs deeper in the pregnancy. The round ligament goes from the pelvis to the belly button, creating support for the fetus as the belly grows. Keeping these two ligaments symmetrical and pliant is key in allowing your fetus to ‘turn’ head-down into the birthing position. Asymmetry here is painful for mom, and the cramped space contributes to breech presentations.