Best Locally Owned Businesses in St Joseph - Activate Your Health
Our real estate team is committed to supporting local businesses right here in St. Joseph, Missouri! One locally owned business we love is Activate Your Health chiropractic. Lorrie Ramseier, our team leader, sat down with Dr. Henry Copple to discuss their new location and the services they offer.
Enjoy watching the video above or reading their conversation below!
Lorrie Ramseier: Hi, I'm Lorrie Ramseier with Ramseier Realty Group of Keller Williams. We're here today with Dr. Henry, of Activate Your Health and just wanted to talk to him a little bit about his business. We know you've been in a new building for about a year now. So you've done some amazing changes, it looks absolutely gorgeous. So we'll take you around and show you that in a little bit. But I just wanted to ask you a few questions. To begin with, what's your biggest change since moving over to the new facility?
Dr. Henry: Having the additional space has allowed us to do a couple of different services when it comes to any kind of active rehab or sports medicine. We've seen an uptick in those sports-related injuries; we're talking plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, more than just your acute low back pain. Having the additional space has given us the room to do that rehab.
L: Awesome. So that's something new that you've been able to provide. How many doctors do you have working with you?
H: Currently, we have two doctors on staff. We're right in that threshold where we're starting to look for a third doctor, quite possibly. Our long term goal is to start opening up additional clinics south of St Joe in the north Kansas City area. But currently, we do have two chiropractors on staff.
L: That's great. Do either of us specialize in something different, or do you both do everything?
H: We both do everything. But we both have our own unique specialty. So, for instance, my specialty is more activator, and Dr. Nate's is more manual and sports medicine. But either one of us can do everything. He also specializes in dry needling.
L: For the general public, can you go through the difference between the manual and the activator? What do those terms mean?
H: Manual is more what you see on TV or what you're more aware of - the popping and cracking. The activator is a little more low force. We'll use a little instrument that provides a mechanical thrust for our patients who may be a little scared to be manually adjusted. So, in my instance, I see a lot of older patients that just do not want their neck to be twisted, and that's understandable. So we just offer that so we can treat a wide variety of patients.
L: That's awesome. So everybody has kind of a control over how they're treated.
H: Yeah. We kind of leave it up to the patient. And depending on the condition of the patient, we let them choose how they want to be treated. We just walk them through how we're going to do it and what we're trying to accomplish with each treatment as well.
The difference between dry needling and what patients know as acupuncture is that in acupuncture you're putting the needles in a specific meridian or line to kind of help heal some condition. With dry needling, we're focusing more on the soft tissue element of it. And when I say soft tissue, I mean ligaments, tendons or muscles. Most of the time, it's like if you sprained your ankle, and you have some inflammation or swelling, we can do it that way. And then we started doing some active rehab to promote that healing. Like if you sprained your ankle, just start spelling out the alphabet with your foot in the air just moving your ankle. That promotes movement and the healing capacity within the ankle joint itself.
L: I know, in my case, dry needling did eventually help me with my ankle injury. So that is what had to be done. It's amazing the way the body is created, and how one thing leads to another. So is there anything you can offer us on that? For instance, if I'm having a shoulder pain, is it related to something other than just my shoulder?
H: Yeah. So if you're having any kind of numbness and tingling or shooting pain, we want to identify what's actually causing that. Maybe it's some sort of nerve impingement. But is it a disc injury? Is it more of a rotator cuff strain? Is it just compression at the spine? The first step is identifying what the problem is, and that leads us to the proper treatment and diagnosis. When it comes to rehab versus just laying on the table and adjusting you, we're trying to formulate a plan for the patient for the short term and the long term. Getting you out of pain is the first step, then showing you some active rehab to help prevent what brought you around in the first place.
Most of the time, these are work related injuries either due to overactivity or inactivity. We're not built to be doing the same thing over and over and over again. Or, on the opposite side of the spectrum, we're not built to be at rest all the time. Especially like a shoulder, when a factory worker is doing the same movement over and over, they're gonna create some sort of an impingement, and that's something we can really help you with.
L: So you treat the whole body.
H: Yes, we do. We treat the whole body and we treat it from birth and to the opposite side of the spectrum.
L: Okay. What is your main target audience? Do you have a demographic? Or who do you see the most?
H: Our target and our demographic are actually kind of two different things. Our target is basically anybody that has a spinal condition. We all have spines, we're all forced to work for a living. But a majority of our patients don't understand or know what types of conditions that we can treat. Our average demographic I'd say is about female between 35 and 55 in our office. But again, our target audience is anybody with a spinal complaint. We talked about headaches, low back pain, and those are the main staples. But anybody with tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, disc injuries, or even an ankle injury, if you sprained your ankle, we can help you with that. And it's more than just kind of adjusting or popping or cracking. We take care of the tissues too. And we talk about rehab. So we can offer some soft tissue manipulation, whether it's the Graston Technique, or FAT (Fascial Abrasion Technique), or we can do some kinesio taping, some cold laser therapy, or dry needling is a good treatment for something like that too.
L: Is there anything else that you would like us to know about your practice or about your new location or services?
H: If there's any questions about what we can treat, just give us a phone call at 816-676-9100. We'd be more than happy to speak with you.
L: What is your website so people can check you out?
H: It's activateyourhealth.net. For any new patients, they can just fill out their paperwork online there. It'll automatically come over, and we can schedule something from there.
L: Perfect. Thank you so much.
H: Thank you.
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