Chiropractic and Holistic Services
Dr. Prado has treated patients in pain since 1987. His holistic approach combines the power of traditional chiropractic techniques with the contemporary science of mind-body medicine and the age-old wisdom of the natural healing arts. He acknowledges that healing is more than just a physical phenomenon. Dr. Prado emphasizes living a life of balance that includes regular exercise, proper nutrition, stress management, and mindfulness practice. Additionally, Dr. Prado is a proponent of Lifestyle Medicine which recognizes that most chronic diseases are related to one’s lifestyle. Dr. Prado spends time counseling his patients through lifestyle changes to reduce inflammation, support healing, and ultimately, reduce the risk of living in a chronic state of pain and “dis-ease.”
Dr. Prado conservatively treats the full spectrum of neuromusculoskeletal injuries and pain syndromes including sprains and strains, tendonitis, bursitis, disc syndromes, nerve impingement, as well as acute and chronic neck and back pain. Additionally, Dr. Prado specializes in the treatment of chronic myofascial pain syndromes.
Dr. Prado’s chiropractic adjustment style ranges from the extremely gentle non-force methods of pelvic blocking and instrument assisted manipulation to the more vigorous manual manipulation which often results in the audible “pop or click.” Whenever possible, he will customize his methods to the patient’s preferences. Dr. Prado also uses adjunctive modalities, including various soft-tissue release techniques and therapeutic exercises as well as high-tech instrumentation including interferential electric stimulation and low level laser—often referred to as “cold laser.”
Along with physical treatments, Dr. Prado utilizes a cognitive approach which is based on the latest pain research of Lorimer Moseley, DSc, PhD and the works of John Sarno, MD and David Hanscom, MD which implicate learned neurological pain pathways that, although may initially result from injury or mechanical trauma, can recurrently activate in the brain independent of physical causes. Pain is necessary to protect the body from injury or damage. However, the latest research is showing us that the brain produces pain based on knowledge of previous experiences and our emotional responses. In other words, the pain we perceive is more relative to our brain’s perception than the actual level of physical injury or damage to the body. This explains recent studies that demonstrate worsening of back pain in people who are given the detailed results of their spinal MRI. The information provided by an MRI can actually force the brain to use pain as a means of protection from what was previously unknown.
Comprehensive Chiropractic Care and Holistic Medicine in Middlebury, Farmington, and New Milford, CT
Dr. Prado counsels his patients using a evidence-based approach allowing them to gain a better understanding of their pain, thereby reducing the fear and worry that accompany and perpetuate the pain.