Is chronic or acute muscle pain preventing you from embracing a healthy and active lifestyle? The team at Integrated Health Solutions offers holistic physical rehab services to restore muscle function and help you regain the strength, mobility, and endurance you need to live an active life.
Dr. Charbel structures his physical rehabilitation services around the practice of functional rehab. Dr. Charbel is certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), also known as functional analysis. The SFMA method of functional analysis and rehab is a standardized clinical model which helps to diagnose and treat the source of the pain.
Functional analysis is a practical way of analyzing your entire system to find imbalances. The source of your pain may not be the same as the site of your pain; instead, it might be caused by an imbalance or overuse of another site that is putting stress on your body. Through a Selective Functional Movement Assessment, we can not only determine the source of your pain, but also restore joint mechanics and full movement of your muscles. Techniques to restore function often use your own body weight, allowing you to improve coordination; reduce pain; and increase muscle balance, extendibility, and range of motion. Functional analysis is also the start of reactivating and loosening muscles that have been overworked or impaired.
Why Functional Rehab is So Important
Functional rehab and analysis is a unique tool for diagnosis and healing in that a doctor assesses each muscle, ligament and tendon based on how it functions as a part of the entire body. Through this throughout analysis, we can discover imbalances in your muscles interactions in order to synchronize their functioning and eliminate your pain.
In addition to poor muscle balance, bad posture is often a culprit for back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as a primary cause of headaches in many patients. As a chiropractic rehabilitation and wellness center, we are trained to restore the natural posture of the body, which can include properly aligning your spine and restoring balance to related muscles, joints, and tendons. We believe in the importance of evaluating pain and dysfunction holistically in order to restore maximum function to your body’s soft tissues.
Who Can Benefit from Our Physical Rehabilitation Services?
When your life is interrupted by pain, let the experience of Dr. Charbel and his compassionate staff help you get back to your everyday life and activities. If you are experiencing arthritic pain, leg pain, neck pain, muscle strain, shoulder pain, or an injury related to stress or sports, contact our office 317.449.2020 to find out how the physical rehabilitation treatment plans offered at Integrated Health Solutions can benefit you.
Whether you are a professional athlete or you just like to stay fit, almost anyone who is physically active will experience some type of injury during his or her life. An injury may come in the form of a sprain or a broken bone, but more often injuries are subtle and invisible. Strains, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, recurring headaches, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and many other types of muscle related injuries occur in almost every athlete’s body. Because pain in one part of the body can often be caused by injury in a related but entirely different area, traditional MRI or x-ray techniques are often inadequate.
Because these injuries are subtle, persistent, and have the potential to cause long-term harm, correcting them and removing an athlete’s pain ensure that you can continue running, jumping, and competing for longer. Many athletes have had to abandon their passion for a sport due to inadequately treated injuries, so for many, the choice to play revolves around their full recovery.
How Can IHS Assist in Sports Injury Recovery?
At Integrated Health Solutions, we do not look at injuries as an isolated event. Through a full-body, functional analysis for each injury, we are able to pinpoint the source of pain, and eliminate dysfunction. More importantly, a short series of visits at IHS can reduce the risk of future injuries through physical rehabilitation services and soft tissue therapies.
Dr. Charbel is certified to perform a Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) to analyze your pain. Even if you have visited other doctors and they cannot find the source of your injury by using x-rays or MRI’s, Dr. Charbel uses advanced techniques such as Active Palpation and functional analysis to carefully examine the function of individual muscles and how they interact with each other in order to discover the root of the problem.
In addition to these techniques, the team at IHS Indy offers you a range of services to put you on the road to recovery. Sports injuries can be devastating if not dealt with, and our goal is both to alleviate your pain and to permanently heal your injuries.
We will work with you to eliminate every source of your pain, rebalance your body, and restore full muscle function so you can get back to the game you love. By teaching you exercise techniques in preventing future injury, we will help you learn methods you can use to sustain an active, injury-free lifestyle.
Types of Sports Injuries IHS Treats
Many sports injuries are completely reversible with the right combination of physical rehab, soft tissue treatment, and sometimes even acupuncture. IHS treats most soft-tissue and sports related injuries including:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Muscle Strains
- Shin Splints
- Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Tennis or Golf Elbow
- Knee Pain or Runner’s Knee
- Recurring Headaches
If you are suffering from any of these, the team at Integrated Health Solutions can help you reach a full recovery and maximize your potential as an athlete! Give us a call today at 317.449.2020 to schedule your first exam.
Soft Tissue Therapies
If you are experiencing chronic or acute muscle pain, one likely cause of this pain is that your soft tissues have sustained an injury. You may not have been involved in an accident, and perhaps you may not notice that an injury has occurred. This is because injury is not always caused by trauma. Even if you are careful and take good care of your body, years of repetitive use can cause soft tissues to develop micro-traumas and tears that lead to the build-up of scar tissue.
Scar tissue in the muscles can severely limit mobility and cause extreme pain. In order to restore movement to these muscles and remove the pain you are experiencing, the team at Integrated Health Solutions offers a number of soft tissue therapies that have been proven to break up scar tissue, allowing you to return to your favorite activities.
Soft Tissue Treatment is Proven Effective
At Integrated Health Solutions, we diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries in many different ways. Common solutions begin with a thorough functional analysis and are followed by a combination of physical rehabilitation, the Active Release Technique, the Graston® Method, and acupuncture.
In order to diagnose soft tissue injuries, Dr. Charbel is certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). The SFMA method is a standardized clinical model that helps us identify the root cause of the pain you are experiencing. SFMA is not a method to treat pain; rather, it is a tool used to assess and analyze each muscle, ligament and tendon to determine the root cause of the problem. SFMA is unique because, instead of just looking at one muscle group, it evaluates the cause of pain based on how a soft tissue functions together with the whole body. The result is a holistic understanding of the problem in order to find a precise and permanent solution.
Once an assessment has been completed, IHS may offer physical rehabilitation services. This is often the first step in beginning the process of healing soft tissues and involves the use of hands-on movement therapies. Our goal is to synchronize the function of your muscles by breaking down scar tissue and removing fascial restrictions such as scars and inflammation. Physical rehab can restore proper blood flow to the muscles, as well as rehabilitate global movement and joint mechanics.
Another possible treatment method IHS doctors use is the Active Release Technique (ART). This treatment is different from all other muscle and soft tissue treatment programs in that it works to eliminate the cause of your pain rather than just alleviating the symptoms. ART is an evidence-based soft tissue therapy that requires doctors to have a more in-depth and thorough knowledge of the human body and its function in comparison to other soft tissue therapies. By using coordinated muscle massage techniques, an ART-certified doctor can restore proper functioning not just of one body part, but of the entire muscle or tissue group it belongs to.
In addition to these treatments, we employ the techniques of the Graston Method®. The Graston Technique® is patented technology used by clinicians which, much like ART, works to break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. Where ART typically involves a practitioner using his or her hands, the Graston Method® uses specialized instruments to analyze, diagnose, and treat areas suffering from soft-tissue injury or chronic pain.
IHS therapies may also include traditional acupuncture and dry needling therapies. Though these two therapies are similar, acupuncture involves gently inserting very thin filaments along the body’s meridian lines, whereas dry needling involves inserting thin filaments slightly deeper into muscles, fascia, and joints to re-calibrate and relax these parts. Both treatments can facilitate improved energy flow, reduced pain and tension, and a general restoration of tissue function. We offer these treatments as a way to pursue whole-body rejuvenation and deep tissue healing.
Can You Benefit from Soft Tissue Therapy?
If you are suffering from joint pain, built up scar tissue, fascial restrictions, sports injuries or other types of muscle pain, you will see improvement in your symptoms and a dramatic reduction of pain through the Soft Tissue Therapies administered by train and certified doctors at Integrated Health Solutions.
When you visit the team at Integrated Health Solutions, we will identify the cause of your pain and assist you in eliminating your dependency on rehabilitation care and prescription pain medications. Call our offices today at 317.449.2020 to schedule your Selective Functional Movement Assessment.
Back Pain Therapies
At Integrated Health Solutions, we know that even minor back pain can be debilitating when it comes to performing everyday tasks and fully living your life.
Our goal is to help you discover the cause of your pain in order toonic back pain, you know how much of a struggle it is to even get out of bed in the morning, much less completing everyday tasks like going to work and spending time with family and friends.
Our team at Integrated Health Solutions is trained and certified to first identify the cause of your pain, then to use hands-on and holistic treatment techniques to alleviate symptoms and resolve the cause of your pain. If you are experiencing chronic or acute muscle pain, one likely cause of this pain is that your soft tissues have sustained an injury. You may not have been involved in an accident, and perhaps you may not notice that an injury has occurred. This is because injury is not always caused by trauma. Even if you are careful and take good care of your body, years of repetitive use can cause soft tissues to develop micro-traumas and tears that lead to the build-up of scar tissue.
What are the Causes of Back Pain?
Back pain can begin from any type of traumatic incident but can also develop up over time as the result of small, repetitive injuries. If you are suffering from back pain, it is likely that one or more factors in your lifestyle are contributing to that pain. Undue stress, anxiety, strenuous activity, poor posture and even a sedentary lifestyle can all contribute to back pain.
The doctors at Integrated Health Solutions can help you identify the factors in your life that are causing the back pain from which you suffer. Through a functional analysis, we can pinpoint imbalances in your system. We will then work with you to implement treatment methods and minor lifestyle adjustments that will restore global movement and joint mechanics.
Our Approach to Treating Your Back Pain
When you visit IHS, we will first conduct an intake exam involving a functional analysis of your soft tissues as well as an interview to determine the root cause of your back pain. Our doctors will perform a thorough examination of your areas of pain, and record a detailed history of your medical care and any chronic problems. Later, Dr. Charbel will perform a Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), a through assessment of how adequately your muscles and other soft tissues are interacting. As one damaged tissue can often affect the functionality of other tissues over time, SFMA is the most reliable method in understanding the full scope of soft tissue pain and injury. By combining a SFMA with our state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation techniques, Dr. Charbel will analyze your body as a holistic system, and reset your muscles and soft tissue systems to their original state.
In addition to SFMA and physical rehab, we offer traditional acupuncture therapies to clients suffering from back pain. Traditional acupuncture, as well as modern dry needling techniques, improve energy flow and remove blockages from your system. While acupuncture involves shallowly placing needles along the body’s meridian lines, dry needling consists of strategically placing needles slightly deeper into affected areas. These therapies work to restore a healthy balance to your body, accomplishing deep tissue healing and whole-body rejuvenation.
Contact our office today 317.449.2020 if you are dealing with back pain of any kind, and let us perform a functional analysis to begin your process toward healing.
Car Accident Injury Treatment
Whether you had a mere fender bender or a serious car accident resulting in total vehicle damage and severe injuries, the lasting effects to your body may be deeper than you initially realize. One of the most common injuries we treat in our office is whiplash. Whiplash is an injury of the neck and surrounding soft tissues that occurs after a sudden acceleration or deceleration, such as in a rear-impact car accident. In an accident that occurs at speeds even as low as 8 mph, whiplash is possible and can cause a patient trouble for years to come if not treated properly.
Whiplash is not the only injury that can occur from a car accident. Car accidents frequently cause lasting spinal and muscle issues, including: back pain, headaches, tendon and ligament injuries, soft tissue injuries, and TMJ.
These issues, if left untreated, will only become worse over time as scar tissue leads to increased soft tissue strain and restricted motion.
At Integrated Health Solutions, our goal is to help car accident patients eliminate the source of their pain, restoring optimal health as quickly as possible. We do this by analyzing, diagnosing and healing any injuries you may have sustained. We will provide you with the tools to lessen dependence on pain medications as well as methods to help you prevent injuries from turning into chronic pain.
What Treatments Can IHS Offer You?
At Integrated Health Solutions, we offer a number of whole-body treatments that can be personalized to fit your needs. Whatever type of car accident injury you have, we will work with you to develop a plan for holistic healing. Our treatment plans include the use of chiropractic care, Active Release Technique (ART), Graston, Acupuncture, and Physical Rehab.
ART is a soft tissue treatment that focuses on eliminating the cause of pain rather than alleviating symptoms. Dr. Charbel Harb is an ART expert who has trained with a team formed by Dr. P Michael Leahy, developer of the ART technique. ART is one of the most modern methods for treating overused muscles, and Dr. Charbel is well versed at the ART techniques and protocols that effectively heal various soft tissue conditions such as headaches, back pain, muscle tears, and many more.
In addition to ART, certified IHS doctors employ the techniques of the Graston® Method. The Graston Technique® is patented technology used by clinicians which, much like ART, works to break down scar tissue and fascial (fibrous tissue) restrictions. This technique uses specialized instruments to analyze, diagnose, and treat areas suffering from soft-tissue injury or chronic pain.
We also offer holistic physical rehabilitation services to restore your muscle health and help you regain the strength you need to live an active life. Dr. Charbel’s physical rehabilitation services are rooted in the practice of functional rehab. Dr. Charbel is certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). The SFMA method of functional rehab is a standardized clinical model which uses full-body movement evaluations to help diagnose and treat sources of pain.
After Dr. Charbel performs a detailed analysis of your injury, another common treatment method is the use of traditional acupuncture and dry needling therapies to improve healing, decrease pain and inflammation, and remove blockages from your system. These methods assist in restoring a healthy balance to your body and can be used to achieve deep tissue healing and whole-body rejuvenation.
How Soon Should I Seek Treatment After A Car Accident?
It is never too soon to begin treatment after you are involved in a car accident unless you are required to be hospitalized for other bodily injuries. Even if you do not immediately feel symptoms of muscle or soft tissue injury, this does not necessarily mean that no injury has occurred. At IHS, we can diagnose and reverse micro-traumas before a patient even begins noticing pain. Detecting soft tissue damage before symptoms set in allow for quicker healing. Leaving injuries untreated may eventually result in extreme and chronic pain or damage, so it is critical to address car accident related injuries as soon as possible after the accident occurs. Sometimes pain might not be felt until weeks or even months after the event.
If you have been involved in a car accident, call the Integrated Health Solutions team today and let us get you on the path to restoration. Our caring staff members are waiting to speak with you and help you schedule your first visit. Call us at 317.449.2020 .
Disc Herniation Treatment
Spinal disc herniation (bulging) causes different types of pain, that depend on how the disc is herniated and whether or not it is pinching surrounding nerves in the process.
Integrated Health Solutions works with our patients to identify the root cause of the injury and your pain. Often common activities can cause severe disc related pain due to poor lifting techniques, poor mechanics, or weakness of the muscles in your back or core. IHS Indy seeks not only to rehabilitate you and restore full health to your spine, but also to teach you the techniques you can use to prevent injuries from happening again. This process of diagnosis is called a functional assessment, as we analyze the full function of related parts of your body to determine the true source of the injury. This assessment can be combined with an orthopedic or neurological exam if necessary, and once completed we are trained to offer our patients a wide array of treatment options to facilitate their healing journey.
What Treatments Can IHS Offer You?
The IHS Indy team offers multiple therapy options for clients who are suffering from herniated discs, including Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), physical rehabilitation, and acupuncture therapies.
SFMA gives us the ability to analyze your movement and the way your muscles are coordinating with each other in order to better understand how your body is functioning as a unit. A functional analysis will include hands-on techniques that allow us to pinpoint the cause of your pain. In order to properly heal a herniated disc, it is vital to know the exact location and in which direction the disc is herniated. Typically this is not information which can be detected by x-ray or traditional orthopedic testing alone.
The physical rehabilitation services offered at IHS Indy are guided by the hands-on principle of the SFMA, allowing our chiropractors to determine ways to engage and activate all of your muscles. We then synchronize their function, helping to balance your whole system. We work to help you lessen your dependence on prescription medications and painkillers, as well as to eliminate both acute and chronic disc pain. Physical rehabilitation can strengthen your spine as well as your core, improving your body’s overall mechanics and restoring the integrity of your discs.
Additionally, Dr. Charbel is certified in the McKenzie method of treating back pain. This involves specific directed movement to the spine in order to centralize pain into one location, then teaching the patient active “self treatment” that will prevent pain from returning in the future and prevent future injury to these vulnerable areas of your body.
We also offer acupuncture in its traditional form, where needles are strategically placed barely below the surface of the skin to catalyze the body’s healing mechanisms, and in the modern form of dry needling or medical acupuncture. These techniques help balance and synchronize your muscles, reducing pain and eliminating inflammation. Acupuncture also facilitates and expedites your healing process by removing blockages in your system. Dr. Charbel is certified in the acupuncture techniques and dry needling by Dr. Ma, a world-renowned expert in modern dry needling sciences.
Is IHS Right for You?
If you are searching for a medical team in the Indianapolis area that will listen to your needs, assess the function of your health in a holistic way, and assist you in developing a treatment plan that will not only eliminate your pain, but also decrease your dependence on chiropractic care, then Integrated Health Solutions is the right choice. We want to help empower you to have control over your health, giving you the techniques you need to prevent future injuries and pain.
Dr. Charbel and the entire staff of IHS will work with you to personalize a healing plan to relieve the pain of your herniated disc. We want to heal the site of injury, and restore you to full health so future injuries can be prevented. If you want to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment to begin your treatment, call us today at 317.449.2020 .
Headache & Migraine Treatment
Headaches and migraines can be debilitating for those who suffer from them, but at Integrated Health Solutions, we partner with you to find the source of your pain and eliminate its cause. Sore muscles, stress, tiredness, overuse of muscles, eyestrain, poor posture, and TMJ all commonly cause headaches. Different from headaches, migraines are chronic head pain that are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, blind spots in vision, extreme sensitivity to light and sound, as well as arm and leg pain.
If you are dealing with constant headaches or migraines, Integrated Health Solutions can help you get your life back. We work with each individual patient to develop a treatment plan that suits your needs and takes advantage of our variety of holistic therapy methods.
What to Expect When you Visit IHS
When you visit Integrated Health Solutions, you will be met by a team of experts who all share the same goal: to restore your health and help you avoid future injuries and pain. The first step on your journey to healing will be to undergo a full functional analysis to diagnose problem areas and help our team know what treatment options will be of most benefit to you.
A functional analysis involves hands-on techniques that identify pain sites and their root causes. Dr. Charbel is certified in Selective Functional Movement Analysis (SFMA), a movement-based examination designed to begin the process of functional rehab by diagnosing areas of pain that cannot be found through x-ray or MRI. In the case of recurring headaches and chronic migraines, functional analysis is key to discovering the location from where the pain is stemming.
Once you undergo an SFMA, Dr. Charbel will work with you to develop the treatment options that are right for you. We work with a variety of holistic therapies, including Physical Rehabilitation, Traditional Chiropractic Care, Soft Tissue Therapies, Active Release Technique, the Graston® Method, Postural Analysis, as well as Traditional Acupuncture and Dry Needling Techniques.
Can IHS Help Me?
Because of the unique methods we offer at Integrated Health Solutions, patients walk away with a renewed sense of energy as well as restored health. Our goal is to decrease your dependence on prescription drugs and painkillers, give you the tools you will need to maintain your health and reduce the likelihood of recurring headaches and migraines.
If you are suffering from headaches or migraines, our team can help you begin your journey to healing. Give us a call today at 317.449.2020 to schedule your first appointment with IHS Indy.
Knee Pain Treatment
Knee pain may arise suddenly, or it may be a chronic issue you have been dealing with for years. Regardless of how long you have been suffering through the inconvenience of knee pain, Integrated Health Solutions can help you determine the cause of your pain, working to heal it at the source.
Our goal, no matter the type of injury or pain involved, is to identify the root of the pain you are experiencing, and reverse it through a series of holistic and integrative treatments. After conducting a thorough analysis of a patient, we will create a treatment and rehabilitation plan that revolves around you, your lifestyle and the type of pain or injury with which you are dealing.
Since the knee is a weight-bearing joint, injuries to this part of the body are frequent. Injury is not the only cause of knee pain however. Knee pain can also be the result of many types of rheumatic or immune diseases, which frequently lead to arthritis. Unbalanced mechanics in your legs or hips, over- or under-active muscles, and bad posture or stability can also lead to long-term knee pain. Because most of these causes cannot be detected on a traditional orthopedic exam, IHS Indy conducts a full functional analysis of your knee and related joints and muscles to accurate identity the source of the pain.
What Type of Treatments Can IHS Offer You?
Integrated Health Solutions offers whole-body treatments. We believe that healing comes through an in-depth analysis of how each part of your body cooperates to create a fully functioning system. Rather than attempting to isolate and treat only the site of your pain, we offer treatment that aims to eliminate pain and strengthen your whole body in the process. Our treatment methods include the Active Release Technique (ART) as well as the Graston Technique®, physical and functional rehabilitation services, dry needling and acupuncture.
ART is a soft tissue treatment that works to identify and treat the root cause of pain, rather than treating only the symptoms. Dr. Charbel Harb is an ART expert who has trained with a team formed by Dr. P Michael Leahy, developer of the ART technique. ART is one of the most modern pain treatment methods available, and it is primarily used to loosen and reactivate overused muscles. Dr. Charbel is certified in the ART techniques and protocols that are used to heal soft tissue conditions such as headaches, back pain, muscle tears, and many more.
In addition to ART, we employ the techniques of the Graston® Method. Graston® is a patented technique used by clinicians which, much like ART, works to break down scar tissue and fascial (fibrous tissue) restrictions. This technique uses specialized instruments to analyze, diagnose, and treat the source of soft tissue injury, which is not always the same as the site of the pain.
We also offer holistic and integrative physical rehabilitation to treat a variety of common soft tissue dysfunctions. Dr. Charbel grounds his physical rehabilitation services in the functional rehab method. Dr. Charbel is certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). The SFMA method of functional rehab is a standardized clinical model which helps to diagnose and treat the source of the pain. SFMA involves a patient conducting a series of coordinated body movements which are carefully analyzed by our doctors to identify dysfunctions that may not always be evident in traditional X-ray or MRI exams.
After Dr. Charbel performs the SFMA, another treatment method that can be used independently or in conjunction with other tools is medical acupuncture therapies. Acupuncture is primarily used to improve energy flow and remove blockages from your system, assisting in restoring a healthy balance to your body. Similar to acupuncture, dry needling can be used to catalyze deep tissue healing and whole-body rejuvenation. When used in conjunction with functional rehab, ART, or the Graston Method, acupuncture and dry needling can expedite healing, decrease pain, improve function and restore health.
Start the Journey to Healing
The doctors at IHS Indy share a common goal of treating the root cause of your pain then teaching you the necessary techniques needed to maintain a pain-free life. Most pain can be resolved with a short series of visits, and our Indianapolis chiropractors look forward to helping you get back on track.
At Integrated Health Solutions, we understand how knee pain can negatively affect your life. Regardless of long you have been dealing with the pain, healing is possible and the sooner the process is started, the better. Give our office a call today at 317.449.2020 to speak with one of our caring staff members and schedule your first evaluation.
Neck & Shoulder Pain Treatment
At Integrated Health Solutions, we know neck and shoulder pain can be debilitating when it comes to performing everyday tasks and living your life to the fullest. If you are suffering from chronic neck and shoulder pain, we understand how difficult simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning, going to work, and carrying on with your life can be.
At Integrated Health Solutions, our goal is to find the root cause of your pain so we can develop a permanent solution, helping you move on to a healthy lifestyle free of chronic or acute neck and shoulder aching. Because soft tissue pain in one area can often be caused by injuries in other areas, finding the problem is often not possible using traditional MRI or x-ray analyses. Our team at IHS Indy is specially trained and certified in the latest medical techniques used to evaluate your symptoms in order to accurately diagnose the problem. Once we have identified the cause of your neck or shoulder pain, we will use hands-on and holistic therapies that will alleviate the symptoms of soft tissue trauma and help you become pain-free.
What is the Cause of my Neck and Shoulder Pain?
While every patient we see is different, most neck and shoulder pain cases stem from one or several of the following causes:
- Strain and overexertion, which leads to microtraumas in the soft tissue
- Sports injury
- Instability and weakness in the joints
- Nerve damage, which is typically a result of soft tissue injury
- Poor posture
- Faulty shoulder mechanics
Perhaps you have suffered an acute injury that directly caused your pain, or maybe the onset of your pain has been gradual and increasingly severe. Either way, the certified doctors at Integrated Health Solutions can help you. Because each patient has different needs, our team is trained in a variety of therapies and treatments that we cater specifically to you in developing a pain recovery plan. Our goal is not only to heal your injury, but to educate you on how to prevent future injuries.
What Type of Therapies Will I See at IHS Indy?
As we develop a treatment plan for your neck and shoulder pain, we will choose the most beneficial combination of methods from a wide variety of therapies that best suits your body’s needs. The first step in your treatment will be to undergo a Selective Functional Movement Analysis (SFMA) along with analyses of your soft tissue, spine, and joints.
Dr. Charbel is certified to perform SFMA, which is a clinical model that helps diagnose the root cause of your pain. This analysis varies from other tests in that it allows a doctor to look at muscles, ligaments and tendons based on how they function as a unit rather than individually.
The treatment options you will see at Integrated Health Solutions include the Active Release Technique, the Graston® Method, as well as Postural Analysis, traditional chiropractic care, traditional acupuncture, and the Dry Needling Technique.
In addition to our many holistic treatment offerings, we provide Physical Rehabilitation to continue facilitating your healing process, giving you tools you can use on your own to help prevent future soft tissue and muscle damage. We approach your treatment from the viewpoint of functionality, assessing the movement of your entire body, working to properly synchronize your movements and muscles, and eliminating any imbalances in your system.
If neck and shoulder pain has been disrupting your daily life, the certified doctors at Integrated Health Solutions in Indianapolis are ready to facilitate your healing. Call 317.449.2020 today to schedule an appointment.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Treatment
Are you experiencing pain between your collarbone and your first rib (thoracic outlet)? Perhaps you feel pain, tingling or even numbness that shoots into the arm? If so, you may be suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. This syndrome can be difficult to diagnose and is even more difficult to treat with conventional medicine, but at Integrated Health Solutions, we are certified to administer the most modern clinical techniques to facilitate your recovery.
As part of our holistic treatment options, we help our patients by finding the source of their pain and working to eliminate the cause of injury or dysfunction. With Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, the pain can usually be traced back to a traumatic event (car accident or other notable injury), but often this pain is the result of nothing more than repetitive motion and micro-traumas which have occurred in the soft tissues over time. At Integrated Health Solutions, we will identify the cause of your TOS, develop a personalized treatment plan, and work to heal the traumas causing your pain.
Treatment Options for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
While conventional medicine will likely suggest surgery or other medicated options for healing, IHS Indy will help you identify treatments which can reverse the effects of muscle and tissue damage in your thoracic area. The treatments we offer include the Active Release Technique, the Graston® Technique, traditional chiropractic methods, traditional acupuncture therapies, the dry needling technique, as well as physical rehabilitation.
Before you begin your treatment with us, the first step toward healing is to identify the cause of your pain. We accomplish this through a comprehensive exam and a Selective Functional Movement Analysis (SFMA). SFMA is a clinical method used to analyze movement and imbalances in your muscles and soft tissues. By performing this analysis, we are able to determine what steps to take to provide you with pain relief. Dr. Charbel is certified in SFMA, and uses this technique as a way to personalize treatment for each patient he sees.
At Integrated Health Solutions, one of our primary goals is to decrease your dependence on painkillers, prescription medication, and even long-term chiropractic care. Through a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs, we can rehabilitate your injury, work to eliminate the source of your pain, and even equip you with the tools you will need to decrease future incidents.
If you are suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, call Integrated Health Solutions and let us help you get on the road to recovery. Dr. Charbel and our team of experts can treat any type of soft tissue or muscle pain you are experiencing. Call Integrated Health Solutions today at 317.449.2020 to schedule your Selective Functional Movement Assessment.
Active Release Technique
Are you suffering from chronic or acute muscle pain? Chances are, you’ve tried your fair share of pain relief methods, and have perhaps had little or no success. If you are tired of merely alleviating symptoms instead of discovering a permanent solution, the team at Integrated Health Solutions is excited to offer you the Active Release Technique.
Active Release Technique (ART) is a soft tissue treatment that focuses on eliminating the cause of pain, rather than covering up symptoms. ART is a patented, evidence-based soft tissue therapy. Because of its advanced techniques, providers are required to have a thorough knowledge of the human body and how tendons, muscles, and tissues interact. Understanding how these elements cooperate is necessary in discovering why there is pain and what must be done to permanently resolve it.
Dr. Charbel Harb is an ART expert who has trained with a team formed by Dr. P Michael Leahy, developer of the ART technique. ART is one of the most modern methods for treating overused muscles, and Dr. Charbel is well versed at the ART movements and protocols that effectively heal various soft tissue conditions such as headaches, back pain, muscle tears, and many more.
In conjunction with other complementary therapies used by Integrated Health Solutions, the Active Release Technique is one of the building blocks in creating wellness and healing plans that are tailored to each individual patient.
What conditions can be treated using ART?
If you are suffering from chronic pain, ART can be used as a treatment option for dozens of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shin splints
- IT Band Syndrome
- Shoulder pain
- Achilles and calf pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Knee pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Other soreness in tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves
Most joint and muscle soreness in the body is due to scar tissue that has formed after an injury. Through the use of coordinated massage techniques, scar tissue can often be permanently removed, healing patients and increasing tissue mobility.
What should I expect with ART treatment?
When a patient comes into the IHS offices to undergo ART treatment, a comprehensive history, intake exam and careful analysis of the soft tissue functionality will be conducted to better understand the underlying cause of the pain. The soft tissue analysis is accomplished using Active Palpation, a hands-on technique developed to detect soft tissue abnormalities and dysfunction typically without the use of ultrasound or MRI technology.
The Science and Philosophy Behind ART
If you are experiencing tightness and pain, you may be suffering from built up scar tissue or other problems preventing full use and range of motion of your soft tissue. As a result, this dense scar tissue can bind your muscles, causing serious pain and restricting movement. Through ART, scar tissue can be identified, and the process of gently releasing your affected muscles and removing that scar tissue can begin.
The patients of Integrated Health Solutions are witnessing dramatic results and enjoying restored muscle movement, as well as the elimination of pain. The field success of ART is proving what the studies have already shown: It is effective in healing both severe and minor injuries; it is effective in permanently alleviating pain at the source; and it is effective in restoring tissue extensibility which can cause knee pain, tennis elbow, and other conditions.
When a patient comes into the IHS offices to undergo ART treatment, a comprehensive history, intake exam and careful analysis of the soft tissue functionality will be conducted to better understand the underlying cause of the pain. The soft tissue analysis is accomplished using , a hands-on technique developed to detect soft tissue abnormalities and dysfunction typically without the use of ultrasound or MRI technology.
Our Personalized Approach to Your Health
Dr. Charbel Harb knows that each person’s experience is different, as is each person’s pain. Integrated Health Solutions works first toward understanding your unique symptoms before developing a comprehensive, personalized healing plan. Through the use of integrated techniques that combine traditional medicine with the latest discoveries in science, we are able to offer clinically tested and proven therapies.
Additional therapies offered at IHS that can complement ART techniques include acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, and posture analysis, as well as specialized treatments for sports injuries, TMJ, headaches and neck pain. The therapies we use have been developed through years of training, scientific research, and evidence-based clinical experience in an effort to bring our patients the widest variety of effective healing methods and rehabilitation options.
All of the doctors in the IHS office have years of experience with these therapies, as well as professional training, medical degrees, and individual research which assist in their ability to offer each patient a personalized healing plan that is not only specific to their needs but also based in the most recent developments in medicine.
Do you find yourself suffering from acute or chronic muscle pain? Do you ever feel like your energy is low, or your body is not functioning at the level it should be? Of all the patients we see, the majority are dealing with pain stemming from the same cause: poor posture.
According to the Postural Restoration Institute, posture can affect the functionality of various systems in your body, determining how you breathe, move, and sleep.
While you may have always thought of posture as simply how straight your shoulders are, in reality there are many elements that contribute to proper posture. Your posture and the alignment of your spine directly affect the function of your entire nervous system which can positively or negatively influence the functioning of vital organs.
The Benefits of A Postural Analysis
As the first step to restoring proper posture, the team at Integrated Health Solutions offers our patients a functional analysis of their whole-body system. Because there are many ways that posture can be compromised, conducting a thorough root-cause analysis is absolutely necessary in finding an affective and permanent solution. Dr. Charbel is certified to perform Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) in order to understand the bigger picture of how your body is performing as a cohesive unit.
Through this functional posture analysis, we determine imbalances in our patients’ systems, restoring health and full functionality to compromised areas. Our team is trained to recognize and correct asymmetries in the body, as well as use functional chiropractic rehabilitation to reactivate tired muscles, restore joint mechanics and global motion. Common health problems that can be restored at IHS include:
- Over or under development of any muscle group
- Uneven height of shoulders or ribcage
- Inability to touch your toes or squat properly
- Spinal curvatures
- Abnormal muscle weaknesses
- Noticeable asymmetry of any particular body part
- Head, neck, shoulder, knee, and back pain
After conducting a posture analysis, your doctor will develop a customized treatment plan designed specifically for your body and your needs. Whether you are suffering from a sports injury, a chronic condition such as arthritis, or from tense soft tissue or muscle pain, we can facilitate your healing process and restore your body’s natural posture through our active and functional rehabilitation programs and advanced chiropractic care. Contact us today 317.449.2020 to set up your first appointment and get on the road to recovery.
TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, is a disorder involving stiffness or tightness that occurs in the hinge joint connecting your lower jaw to your skull bone. While these joints are designed to be incredibly flexible and allow for nearly constant movement (whether through breathing, eating, talking, or other movements) there are several factors that can cause pain in this joint, severely inhibiting mobility.
TMJ can be extremely painful, limiting your ability to talk, eat, move your neck and even sleep comfortably. If you are suffering from pain in your jaw or around your ear, you may be experiencing symptoms of TMJ. At Integrated Health Solutions, we can help you determine the sources of your pain, working to resolve any dysfunction and restoring the full functional ability of your jaw. We use a wide variety of therapies to diagnose, treat and help eliminate the pain you are experiencing, all while tailoring a treatment plan to you and your lifestyle.
Causes of TMJ
TMJ can be caused by non-direct sources such as a stressful lifestyle, but there are often other factors that contribute to the pain you may be experiencing. If you deal with any of the following, you should contact our offices for an evaluation of your pain:
- Direct injury to the head, neck or jaw
- Grinding or clenching of your teeth
- Car accident
- A dislocation of your jaw
- Any type of arthritic pain in your jaw
- Strain to the neck muscles
Treatment for More Than Symptoms
Many forms of treatment for TMJ revolve around covering and alleviating the symptoms of pain, often including the use of painkillers, other prescription medication, or even certain night splints. At Integrated Health Solutions, our goal is to pinpoint the source of your pain, eliminate the cause, and decrease your dependence on long-term care and prescription medications.
The treatment you will receive will begin with a Selective Functional Movement Analysis (SFMA). Dr. Charbel is a certified in administering SFMA. A clinical diagnostic tool that allows doctors to analyze the movement and interaction of your muscles and joints in order to find imbalances in your system. Through the use of this tool, Dr. Charbel and his team can then develop a plan to synchronize the function of your neck, jaws and muscles to facilitate your healing.
Once we have completed your functional analysis, we will tailor a unique treatment plan for you based on a variety of clinical methods. When recovering from TMJ, it is important to select the right combination of treatment methods that will eliminate pain as quickly and permanently as possible. Treatments our Indy chiropractors are certified in include the Active Release Technique, the Graston® Method, traditional chiropractic and acupuncture therapies, dry needling, and physical rehabilitation.
Call our offices today at 317.449.2020 if you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ to schedule your comprehensive exam with our team and start your journey to wellness.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Plantar Fasciitis is a unique type of pain, typically developing in those who are extremely active or on their feet for large portions of time. As one of the most common causes of heel pain, Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the Plantar Fascia (a long, flat ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes) becomes inflamed or irritated.
Plantar Fasciitis not only occurs in those who are extremely active or on their feet all day; it also occurs in those who have an imbalance in their walk, and in patients who have tightness or soft tissue damage in their Achilles tendons or calf muscles.
Can Your Plantar Fasciitis Be Corrected?
With special treatment and thorough rehabilitation, Plantar Fasciitis can be corrected. Because treatment methods for Plantar Fasciitis are highly specialized, most chiropractic facilities are unable to offer thorough treatment for this condition. At Integrated Health Solutions, we use a variety of holistic treatments that analyze the function of your whole body to find imbalances, and work to heal soft tissue damage. These methods can be used to treat Plantar Fasciitis, healing your injuries and restoring full function to the tendons and muscles in your feet.
The therapies we utilize include the Active Release Technique, the Graston® Technique, Postural Analysis, traditional chiropractic care, traditional acupuncture, dry needling, and Physical Rehabilitation.
All of the methods we use are based on a functional analysis of your whole-body system. Dr. Charbel is certified in Selective Functional Movement Analysis, which is a clinical method of analyzing the movement of your muscles to identify errors in the synchronization of your whole body. This diagnosis tool can be used to correct imbalances and develop methods that will eliminate pain. In the case of Plantar Fasciitis, a functional analysis will tell Dr. Charbel which muscles in your legs and feet are causing the pain, and help determine the right course of action for treatment.
Come Visit Us
When you come to Integrated Health Solutions, you will be greeted by a team of professionals whose goal is to set you on the path toward healing. Dr. Charbel and the rest of the team at IHS Indy will work to reduce your dependency on any type of prescription medications or painkillers. Additionally, we will teach you methods to maintain your soft tissue health, and reducing your dependence on long-term treatments.
Call us today at 317.449.2020 to schedule your Selective Functional Movement Analysis with Dr. Charbel and begin your journey toward wellness.
About Integrated Health Solutions
Dr. Charbel Harb is a licensed chiropractic physician and the Medical Director of Integrated Health Solutions. Our core belief is that each patient who walks through the doors is a person, not just a medical record or chart. Our greatest pleasure is bringing joy to our patients and helping them to fully embrace life, allowing them to enjoy each day: active, healthy and pain free.
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