Acupuncture & Soft Tissue Therapy
Dr Eric’s care gets to the root of your pain using Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Therapy. Dr Eric is a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture and certified in Active Release Technique (ART) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). Geneva Acupuncture & Bodyworks can help you down your path to wellness.
Whether training for a triathlon, practicing yoga, or simply working at your computer, the body has to work as a whole to accomplish mechanical tasks. In most cases the site of pain is not the root problem. The injured tissue is overworked because it is trying to do the job of others around it that have stopped functioning properly. Our chiropractic & soft tissue assessment hones in on fascial problems and dysfunctional movement patterns that are the root of your problem or a risk factor for injury.
Dr Eric looks at a series of simple every day actions including the ability to touch your toes, reach overhead, or perform a lunge. Poor movement is often masked by compensations that develop overtime and daily repetition of this can ultimately result in injury and pain. The Functional Movement Assessment helps Dr Eric identify regions in the body that lack mobility (range of motion), or stability (motor control), allowing for an accurate treatment to restore pain-free function and movement.
Active Release • Graston • Cupping
Overuse of soft tissues through repetitive motion or athletics can cause your body to produce dense adhesions that bind up and tie down tissues that need to move freely. This can cause muscle tightness and reduced range of motion, loss of strength, pain, even numbness and weakness.
Active Release Technique (ART), Graston and Massage Cupping help break-up trigger points and fascial adhesions to allow for free and unimpeded movement of muscles, tendons, nerves and joints; to allow for a dramatic change in comfort, flexibility and strength and to improve your form and function for better performance.
Works by stimulating areas of your brain linked to pain and healing – greatly speeding recovery along with a host of secondary benefits. We focus on making your treatment painless and relaxing.
Joints that become restricted force your body into dysfunctional movement patterns — abusing surrounding tissues or irritating nearby nerves. Chiropractic adjustments add motion back to these stuck joints to restore ease of movement and nerve function.
We understand not everyone feels comfortable with getting a chiropractic adjustment and in some cases there are even better options. Some of the more gentle joint mobilization options we may substitute are Flexion Distraction or McKenzie Exercises.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Elite athletes and professional sports teams depend on Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) for its ability to enhance tissue recovery and speed up injury healing time. LLLT stimulates your mitochondria (your cellular engine) to produce ATP (cellular fuel). Since more energy is now available, the cell may utilize this fuel to function or operate more efficiently, including its ability to heal.
Multiple systemic and metabolic disorders are often at the root of fibromyalgia. Addressing these underlying and often overlooked causes of fibromyalgia are another one of our specialties.
Eric Spicher, DC FIAMA SFMA ART
Chiropractor | Acupuncture | Soft Tissue Specialist
Education: National University of Health Sciences
- Doctor of Chiropractic
- BS Biomedical Sciences
- Valedictorian & Summa Cum Laude
- International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment
- Active Release Technique
Holly is your typical desk jockey / running fanatic. Like most, Holly spends the majority of her day at her desk hunched over a computer.
Holly’s main concern is she is training for a marathon but has to stop at the 6 mile mark due to severe IT band pain. Your sciatic nerve runs between some deep muscles in your butt and down the middle of your hamstring. Because Holly sits most of the day, hers has become stuck to her hamstring.
Now every time her hamstring contracts it pulls on the sciatic nerve, but not enough to cause sciatic pain down the back of her leg. Your hamstring is the most important knee stabilizer, especially while running. Holly’s hamstring and attached sciatic nerve is able to deal with the abuse for awhile but once mile 6 comes along enough is enough.
As her hamstring struggles to do its job of knee stabilization, other secondary stabilizers try to perform more than their intended share of the load. Secondary knee stabilizers such as the quads, gastrocnemius, and in Holly’s case… IT band.
For tissues to stay healthy they need a constant supply of blood. Blood is what carries oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and takes away waste products. Think of your muscles like a sponge. As you squeeze and release, it draws water in and out of the sponge. Your muscles are designed to do the same thing as you move; drawing in fresh oxygen and nutrients and pushing out waste.
Think about this concept next time you’re stuck at your desk all day. Notice how your glutes are compressed against the chair seat, your upper body is rounded forward causing back and neck muscles to stretch like a wrung out rag, your forearm is burning from the constant grip of the mouse or some other tool. Not a lot of fresh blood being drawn into your muscles is there?
Your body is a precision machine made up of multiple layers of muscle, each with its own action and line of pull to help you optimally perform tasks. But what would happen if you dripped a glob of glue (i.e. adhesion) on a muscle? This is essentially what happens to a muscle without a constant supply of fresh blood.
Not only would it limit the performance of that muscle to contract or stretch, it would also invade the layers around it. Now muscles, nerves, and blood vessels that were meant to glide past each other to perform optimally are all anchored together. To make matters worse, you might subconsciously adopt movement patterns that avoid this problem completely leading to a secondary overuse injury.
What can I expect at my Chiropractic appointment with Dr Eric?
Initial Visit: ($95) 45 – 60 minutes. Visit begins with an assessment of functional movement patterns and joint motion to gain a holistic perspective of what is driving your problem followed by active release or other soft tissue therapies and chiropractic adjustment. Severe pain may focus more on acupuncture and other therapies that require limited movement. May be submittable to insurance.
Chiropractic & Soft Tissue Therapy: ($55) 20 – 30 minutes. Blend of chiropractic, active release or other soft tissue therapies tailored to your problem. May be submittable to insurance.
Acupuncture, Chiropractic & Soft Tissue Therapy: ($65) 60 minutes. Visit focuses on acupuncture with about 15 mins chiropractic, active release or other soft tissue therapies as time allows followed by 25 mins to rest. May be submittable to insurance.
Prices reflect our prompt pay discount when paying at the time of service. A portion of your care may be able to be submitted to your insurance for pain conditions. Feel free to have our office check your insurance and estimate cost.
How should I prepare for my Chiropractic appointment?
- Please fill out all forms prior to your visit.
- Wear clothes that allow for movement and if possible, access to the problem area. Avoid skirts or dresses if we are working on an issue anywhere between the low back to the feet. If getting acupuncture, most points are between the elbow/knee and fingers/toes.
- You may feel a little dizzy after acupuncture. To help avoid this, eat a light snack 1-2 hours before your appointment.
- Drink extra water after your treatment. Did you know the recommended daily intake of water is half your body weight in ounces? That means a 150 lbs person should drink 75 oz of water a day. That’s equivalent to almost 6.5 average sized plastic water bottles.
- Please try to avoid performing activity that aggravates your problem. This will slow down the healing process.
- You may be a little sore the day after your first treatment, similar to a mild workout soreness.
What pain conditions can Dr Eric Treat?
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Ankle Injuries
- Bicipital Tendonitis
- Chronic Compartment Syndrome
- De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Disc Bulges
- Dupuytren’s Contracture
- Pseudo Fibromyalgia
- Foot Pain or Injury
- Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis
- Gait Imbalances
- Golf Injuries
- Hammer Toes
- Hand Pain or Injuries
- Hip Pain
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Impingement Syndromes
- Joint Dysfunction
- Knee Pain or Injuries
- Leg Injuries
- Lower Cross Syndrome
- Meniscus Injuries
- Muscle Pulls or Strains
- Muscle Weakness
- Neck Pain
- Nerve Entrapment Syndromes
- Performance Care
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Post Surgical Pain
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Rib Pain
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome
- Running Injuries
- Sacroiliac Pain (SI Joint)
- Scar Tissue Formation
- Shin Splints
- Shoulder Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Swimmers Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Throwing Injuries
- Upper Cross Syndrome
- Weight Lifting Injuries
- Wrist Pain or Injuries
Will I need full spine X-rays for Chiropractic?
We practice a form of chiropractic assessment called Motion Palpation which looks at joint motion instead of measurements that require a full spine X-ray. That said, we may still require imaging from time to time for similar reasons as your MD, to rule out a serious condition or significant trauma.
Motion Palpation is a diagnostic method in which the chiropractor moves the spine in different planes of motion to find the “stuck” or “locked up” joint. A perfect analogy would be a squeaky door hinge. If you want to find out which hinge is squeaking you would swing the door back and forth while listening for the squeaky hinge. This is what we do when we check the spine, we gently move the spine through its range of motion while feeling for the locked up joint.
Billing & Payment
Fees are due at the time of service. If we are in-network with your insurance and able to submit a covered service, your estimated portion is due at the time services are rendered.
If your plan has chiropractic or acupuncture benefits, only musculoskeletal pain conditions are covered. Please be aware, insurance coverage no longer means free care and with rising deductibles it is common for insurance to not pick up any of the cost of services.
We will do our best to estimate your portion prior to your first visit so you can budget accordingly but you are ultimately responsible for all charges not payed by your insurance.
Please notify us ASAP so we can adjust your scheduled time if there is a new health concern or change in your condition that would require Additional Consultation time. Notifying us before your next return visit will ensure that we are taking the time to give the best care possible.
If unable to keep your appointment, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance. Appointments missed and not cancelled at least 24 hours in advance will still incur full charges and cannot be billed to, nor reimbursed by insurance.
Please turn off or silence cell phones before entering the office.
Where are you located?
Geneva Acupuncture & Bodyworks is located on the NW corner of 38 and 5th above the Private Bank. Elevator access is off the main entrance on 38, stair access is available from the rear parking lot.
Thank you for choosing Geneva Acupuncture & Bodyworks.
We would like to take a brief moment to welcome you into our office as the newest member of our growing family of patients. Please print and fill out our Pain & Wellness form prior to your Initial Visit. If you are coming for fertility, also fill out our Reproductive History form along with the Pain & Wellness form.