• The Ultima Wellness Philosophy

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    Health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Here at Ultima Fitness and Wellness, we strive to provide our members all the necessary resources to optimize their health, wellbeing, and performance.

    As the Chiropractic Physicians on-site at Ultima, we provide care for clients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions and a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. These, often painful conditions can involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. Not unlike a dental cavity, you may have a dysfunction for a long time before symptoms appear. Your body is very adaptive and pain is seldom associated with early occurrence of dysfunction. When pain is present, it may diminish or disappear without corrective action, but often months later emerge as a far worse condition. As an integrative approach to health and wellness here at Ultima, we work side by side with our personal trainers, massage therapists, acupuncture physician, and registered dietician, to create the optimal atmosphere to prevent these dysfunctions from settling in and becoming long term problems.

    So what do we focus on to prevent dysfunctions from becoming long term problems? As you might be aware, your spine is the foundation for all movement. Proper positioning and stabilization of the spine are critical to not only staying out of pain, but also optimizing performance. At Ultima, prioritizing spinal mechanics is the first and most important step in rebuilding and ingraining functional motor patterns, optimizing movement efficiency, maximizing force production, and avoiding injury. The spine is the base in which all movement occurs. Your spine allows you to safely and effectively transmit force through your core and into your extremities. Simply put, the spine is the most important part of the kinetic chain. Just as dysfunction in the foundation of your house can cause extensive damage throughout, dysfunction in your spine can lead to issues throughout your body. We will look at the segmental motion and position of your spine and specific vertebrae, evaluate joint restriction and overall motion through movement to create a plan that best fits your individual needs.

    As part of a health and wellness care plan at Ultima, we not only want to get you out of pain, we want to find the cause of the pain and prevent injury from reoccurring. Pain can often be a “Check Engine” light to other underlying pathology. Often times, people are plagued with the same reoccurring condition. After rest or treatment, the pain may go away, but the underlying cause of injury remains. As the pain reoccurs, this prevents you from being active, either here as an Ultima member or outside of the facility. To solve this, we use a step-wise approach to what we call “pre-habilitation”.

    1.After a thorough evaluation we will give you an objective diagnosis on what we feel is the source.

    2.If pain is present, our first phase of treatment will be to “put out the fire” and reduce or remove the pain.

    3.In the next phase, we will correct the underlying cause. We feel strongly that many neuromusculoskeletal conditions have multiple causes, and we aim to treat as many as we can.

    4.We establish a follow up regime that includes activities and evaluations to prevent the issue from returning. This is why we compliment traditional chiropractic manipulation with soft-tissue treatment, corrective rehabilitation, and maintenance exercise.

    We believe this provides our patients with the best possible outcome. We treat all the common conditions of the neck, back, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, and feet, but we focus mainly on improving your daily performance, whether in sports, fitness, or everyday living. At Ultima, our goal is to be as pro-active as possible and help you be the best you can be.