jeff_popup2bI’ve been an athlete all my life, which started with learning to ride a bike as a young child. My riding gave me a freedom that I hadn’t experienced prior, and I spent as much time as I could with my bike exploring my growing world. I spent my youth and mid adulthood in competitive swimming, wrestling and martial arts. The sport I continue to return to is biking; I love to ride all mountain. I got my first mountain bike in 1985 and I am still riding today a couple of times a week. In addition to getting out on the great trails around Phoenix, I regularly train my body several times a week for general strength and balance. Life for me is movement; to not move is to die.

I’ve spent the majority of my professional life learning about movement of all sorts. Physical movement and muscle balance, the passage of nutrients through our bodies to fuel the trillions of cells that compose our bodies (as well as the removal of waste products and toxins), and the flow of energy through acupuncture pathways. What I’ve learned is that balance in these three dimensions of life- the physical, metabolic and energetic dimensions, is the key to efficiency of the body. When the body is efficient in the use of its available energy, it creates a reserve. This extra energy can be used to help heal the body of any issues (if needed), but more importantly it fuels continued growth and improvement of the individual.

The bane of any active person and athlete is being unable to move in the way and timing they desire. Sometimes this is due to pain and injury, but even after healing, the compensatory pattern adopted to provide favor to the injured area can continue, and alter normal biomechanics. This can create imbalances that generate pain or restriction in movement, and drain energy rapidly. These imbalances can also develop without any injury or trauma because of poor training methods or postural stress. A physical balance examination, which looks at posture, movement, strength and flexibility is the first step to determining if there is an abnormal physical movement pattern.

Recovery is another area where competitive endurance athletes suffer. The schedule of training prior to an event, such as a triathlon, is so time and energy intensive that it is easy to deplete vital nutrient reserves, leaving the body unable to return to a balanced state prior to the next training session.  This can lead to all kinds of issues, but it depletes energy reserves, which leaves the body open to injury. A metabolic “terrain” analysis, looking at the balance of your nutritional system, helps us to identify any abnormal patterns of metabolic flow. Additionally, heart rate variability testing, looking at the variation of the timing between beats of the heart, is an emerging tool in determining your body’s readiness for training, and is part of the evaluation.

Is your head in the game? Can’t seem to get motivated to move? Your mental state is a huge part of your training, because everything starts in the mind before your body takes that first movement. If you are depressed, grieving, angry, fearful, worried, and or anxious, these imbalances are draining vital energy reserves. You have probably heard the expression, “Emotions are energy in motion.” The body’s energetic system is the acupuncture system, whose balance we can measure using sensitive equipment.

Our clinic, which we call the Well Life Center, blends these dimensions and more into a unique approach towards your health and wellness. We utilize many balancing tools; chiropractic techniques (both spinal and extremity adjusting, with instrument or manually), tuina (an ancient practice the utilized manipulation of joints with acupuncture- a precursor to contemporary chiropractic), various muscle and fascia manipulative techniques (such as trigger point therapy and active release technique), active partner stretching techniques, acupuncture with needles or cold laser, cranial work, and auricular therapy (points on the ear that work to regulate the nervous system. We combine these in-office approaches with specialized eating plans and supplements, if needed, as well as targeted exercise programs. The heart of the program is coaching clients in how to better manage their environment (stress), and establishing new habits and patterns that better serve their needs.

I call this approach the Well Life Blueprint because it is just that- an outline for a life of health, balance, efficiency, and a ton of energy. The plan is there, it just takes work on your part to make it happen. My job is to help you figure out what areas need addressed, and how best to quickly bring you balance.

My care and how I address of your issues will be much different than the traditional medical model, and lends itself to those clients looking beyond symptom relief.  My clients understand good health is the foundation for a great life, but they also work to create the energy reserves that continue to fuel their busy lives.

It’s an approach that I’m passionate about, because I live this lifestyle. I have the energy to power the many facets of my busy life, and continue my growth. Not to mention mountain biking; I have plenty of energy for that, too. Let me help you become the best you can be.

Dr. Jeff