I have been going to A Touch Above for about two months now and thought it was time for a review! A Touch Above specializes in Act Release Technique (ART) chiropractic care, as well as, some traditional manipulation methods.
Why did I decide to start seeing a chiropractor?
I have been dealing and suffering through upper/mid-back pain for some time and while a believe and have experienced some relief from movement, yoga and weight lifting, I wanted some extra help. The pain would go away for a week or a few weeks at a time but always seemed to return. I also would seem to injure my right hip every few months and figured there was something chronic going on. Every person’s body is different – from the way we are put together to our body’s history (injury, dominance, etc) – you will need to decide for yourself whether chiropractic care is for you.
Ok, back to A Touch Above…
One thing I love about this place is that it isn’t just a couple of cracks (manipulations) taking 5 minutes or less and you’re on your way. They actually spend time with you during every appointment. I haven’t had an appointment that has taken less than 30 minutes. Your first appointment is longer, usually about an hour.
I have been seeing Dr. Jen and she’s always bubbly and high-energy. She takes the time to listen to your concerns that day and get right to work.
Most of the appointment is spent doing ART. ART is a treatment specifically for soft tissues and adhesions (what we sometimes call ‘knots’). It sort of feels like a torturous massage but leaves you feeling better after. During the “massage” you will move different limbs at times. After, sometimes, I will receive some manipulation (most to help correct some rib malalignment).
I always ask about homework – what should or shouldn’t I be doing to keep progressing? After all, 30-60 minutes per week is a small drop in the bucket of what my body experiences. She gives me some tips and tricks, both in stretching and strengthening.
So, what’s the verdict?
While the pain isn’t 100% gone, I do believe that I am improving. I have had 6 total treatments, I have one more regular appointment and then they told me I will go into maintenance mode.
Update: I went into ‘maintenance mode’ and my pain is back. It feel worse than ever and there haven’t been any substantial changes to my movements. I am meeting back up with Dr. Jen to try to figure out what is going on. After such a large (to me) investment, this is really disappointing. We will see what happens after this next appointment.
There are a few things I really appreciate:
- They want you to get better and not have to see them all the time! They told that within 6 treatments or less, I would be 50% better. No other chiropractor has ever said that to me. It always seemed like an endless hamster wheel – come once a week for the rest of your life and never really feel like you’re getting better (I actually had one chiropractor tell me that I should treat it like brushing my teeth). It was almost like they didn’t want me to get better, so I would keep giving them my money. Dr. Jen told me during my first visit that they can’t afford not to get you better because they have so many people to see.
- They spend time with you. You are not a number or a stranger everytime you go in. They listen to your concerns. I feel like “I am getting somewhere.” Not just getting an adjustment to return to the same pain in a few days.
- Homework. I actually get a response to this question – What can I be doing when I’m not here to improve? Other chiropractors seemed to roll their eyes at me. I developed a set of exercises that I do most days (blog post coming soon!).
There are a few drawbacks…
- It is not cheap. Be prepared to spend a bit of money on these treatments. They do not accept insurance, likely because ART is not something that can currently be billed and covered.
- They book out well in advance. Good problem for the practice, possibly not great for you. It took me a month to get in for my initial appointment and I made all of my following appointments after my first visit. They do have a waitlist that seems to open up here and there.
- They offer some other questionable services. I was a bit thrown off by the banner for cellulite treatment, shelf of supplements and reiki appointments. But they do not push any of that on you. I have never been told it’s something I need or felt like I was getting sold to.
Am I continuing?
For now, yes. I am working my plan of action (visits plus my own movement practices) and we’ll see how it goes for the next few weeks. If you feel like you’ve ‘tried it all’ when it comes to chiropractors and still don’t feel like you’re improving, this might be a great option for you to check out. Is it a cure-all? Like most things, nope.
If you’re in the Las Vegas area and want to check them out, here’s there information:
A Touch Above Chiropractic & Wellness
6053 S Fort Apache Rd, Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Phone: (702) 233-1100