Inspired Chiropractic with Katie Samsel

Katie Samsel, DC, is a licensed chiropractic physician and founder of Samsel Integrative Health, in Langhorne. Throughout her years of training, certification and experience, she has committed to helping patients achieve pain relief by using the most advanced and effective chiropractic techniques available, in addition to a variety of complementary modalities.

What complementary modalities are you trained in?

I have had training in several different complementary modalities over the course of my career, including applied kinesiology (AK), nutrition, Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), Kinesio Taping and, most recently, ayurvedic medicine.

How do you use these treatment options in your practice?

Primarily, I use AK to determine what the best approach is for each patient on each visit, and commonly, more than one treatment option will be used. I do the chiropractic/physical exam first, then check to see if any nutrition may be needed to help with healing. I also consider whether or not Kinesio Taping can help support the muscles/joint and, lastly, if there is an emotional component. From there, I develop a treatment plan.

When and why did you start incorporating these modalities into your practice?

I started with an interest in diet and nutrition as a teenager and went on to get an undergraduate degree in dietetics and nutrition prior to pursuing my chiropractic education. In my first semester at chiropractic school, I discovered AK, which tied together chiropractic with nutrition and an emotional component. It seemed like a perfect fit for what I wanted to do with my career, and I started studying AK after my first year in chiropractic school.

After graduating, I wanted to further develop the third leg of AK, the emotional part, and pursued learning NET. Only in the last four years did I start to delve into ayurvedic medicine, which I find fascinating and believe will only improve my ability to help and serve my patients.

The nutrition and emotional work have served me and my patients well over the years, allowing me to take a truly holistic approach. I have found that using these other modalities to support chiropractic care has given patients faster, longer-lasting results, and I’m excited to continue to learn new things to further serve my clients.

Location: 305 Corporate Dr. E., Langhorne. For more information, call 215-944-8424, email Drs@SamselHealth.com or visit SamselHealth.com. October 2017

Inspired Chiropractic with Jeff Griffin

Jeffrey Griffin, DC, is the founder of the Center for Natural Healing, in Doylestown, and has been practicing chiropractic for more than 35 years. He specializes in using the Loomis System of enzyme nutrition in combination with chiropractic techniques to ease pain and achieve optimal health for his patients.

What other complementary modalities are you trained in?

Besides chiropractic, I have advanced training and diplomate status in maternity care and pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. I’ve also completed training as a certified wellness practitioner through the International Chiropractic Association and have advanced training with the Loomis Institute as a digestive health practitioner. I also received certification as an internal health care provider through Logan College of Chiropractic, which focuses on multiple internal disorders associated with the human body.

When and why did you start incorporating these modalities into your practice?

A little over 15 years ago, I began blending my knowledge as a chiropractor and my training from Dr. Howard Loomis of the Loomis Institute. He helped “pull it all together” into a system of diagnosis and treatment that easily puts me on the ballfield and, in most cases, allows me to hit a home run with my patients’ health care.

What sets integrative chiropractors apart from traditional chiropractors?

Nothing against other chiropractors that focus specifically on the spinal adjustment. I get it… that’s what we all went to chiropractic school for—to learn how to identify and treat structural issues. But what if that’s not where your patient’s neck or back pain is coming from? Being able to look beyond structural issues to identify the source of stress allows me to add depth to the services I offer my patients.

How do you work in partnership with other medical providers in an effort to create a comprehensive health plan for your patients?

Partnering is never an issue. In fact, I enjoy it because, in most cases, the primary physician has already ruled out disease. In situations of disease, medication will work best. But what if no disease is found, yet the patient is symptomatic? These are the patients I love to treat. Clearly, they have no disease process but their body isn’t functioning normally. This is where a practitioner such as myself can look at things from a different angle that often reveals the source of the stress. Once you locate the source of stress, then the treatment becomes obvious.

Location: 252 W. Swamp Rd., Ste. 26, Doylestown. For more information, call 215-348-2115 or visit Center4NaturalHealing.com. October 2017

Holistic Alternatives to Pain—Local Voices: KATIE SAMSEL, Chiropractic

CRG_SamselIntegrativeHealth_KatieSamsel_1216How does chiropractic work to address pain?

Pain is the number one reason why people come in to see chiropractors. Thankfully, chiropractic is very effective at treating both acute and chronic pain. But how? Well, first, we need to find out why you are in pain. Pain is one of the ways the body communicates that something is wrong. It may be from a slip and fall, which could result in obvious tissue injury, but sometimes pain starts without provocation. In either case, we need to do some investigating. This includes getting to know your history, followed by an exam, imaging, blood work or muscle testing. Once the cause is determined, chiropractors usually recommend a series of adjustments to correct the dysfunction in the joints and remove the nerve interference. This can help relieve muscle tension as well as correct and stabilize the affected joints.

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In Good Hands with Dr. Katie Samsel: Exploring the Tangible Benefits of Chiropractic Care

by Julie Vitto

cs_drkatiesamsel_1216Yardley native and competitive rower Dr. Katie Samsel is a licensed chiropractic physician and the owner of Samsel Integrative Health, in Langhorne. Throughout her years of training, certification and experience, she has committed to helping patients achieve pain relief by using the most advanced and effective chiropractic techniques available.

While conventional medicine focuses on treating illness as it occurs, the approach at Samsel Integrative Health is to emphasize the importance of prevention and maintenance, which ultimately serves to reduce the risk of pain and illness. By developing a customized care plan, Samsel provides first-time and routine visitors a blueprint for maintaining overall health and wellness.

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Find the Best Chiropractor for You

One of the most popular questions we hear is, “Who is the best chiropractor in the area?” To be fair, there are many qualified, well-established, and talented practitioners in the area. When selecting a chiropractor, one size does not fit all, and despite their reputation, not all chiropractors are “rack ’em, crack ’em”. It is well known that chiropractors do adjustments, but what makes one chiropractor different from another?

We decided to take a deeper look at some of the practices in the area to see what makes each unique, when you take the chiropractic out of the chiropractor.

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Halteman Thermal Imaging

Stephanie Brown, CCT left Dr. JoEllen Halteman, CCT rightJo Ellen Halteman, a chiropractic physician and founder of Halteman Thermal Imaging in Gilbertsville, discovered two life-long passions while attending Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri—her husband, Mark, and the importance of conservative, non-invasive healthcare that included nutrition. After graduation, Halteman, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, accompanied her husband to Pottstown, Pennsylvania. “Mark is a third generation chiropractor. When he told me that he wanted to join his father and grandfather’s well established chiropractic Continue reading

There is gold in them there hills!

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“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” said Michel de Montaigne. Life is always full of surprises and changes. Feeling frustrated, angry, sad, worried or afraid are all feelings that need to be felt and acknowledged. Having said that, I have learned over the years that the best next step is to let go of judgment. Not always easy to do. Continue reading

Lotus Health and Wellness Center Welcomes New Chiropractor

drshanfeldMichael Shanfeld, doctor of chiropractic, has joined Lotus Health and Wellness Center, in Newtown. “We have a certain way of approaching chiropractic care and care in general,” comments Barry Shapiro, vice president of business development for the center. “We didn’t want the snap-crack kind of care. We wanted someone who was going to nurture.” Shapiro feels that he has found that in Shanfeld, who has worked as a chiropractor in Newtown for 15 years. Shanfeld specializes in the relief of migraines, wrist and ankle pain, neck issues and sports injuries. He has worked with trainers and coaches to help heal and prevent injuries. Continue reading