Dr. Richard E. Marra D.C. DIPL. AC.
DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC
WITH ADVANCED FELLOWSHIP AND
DIPLOMATE DEGREES IN ACUPUNTURE
Dr. Marra's passion for natural healing paved the way to his unique educational background combining Western medical expertise in Chiropractic as well as traditional Chinese Acupuncture and meridian therapy.
Dr. Marra performed his undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University and earned his bachelor's degree in human anatomy from the National University of Health Sciences. He then received his doctorate from the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, IL. He did internships at the National College Clinic as well as the Salvation Army Clinic in downtown Chicago. Dr Marra has served as an adjunct faculty Member of the National University of Health Science and is Board certified in Acupuncture, holding advanced Fellowship and diplomate degrees from the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, and the Ohio State Chiropractic Association. He has been a guest lecturer throughout Ohio, speaking on various health related topics and has over 25 years of clinical experience in both Chiropractic and Acupuncture.
Dr. Marra emphasizes balance of all the body's systems. If these systems are in harmony, one will experience vitality, excellent physical & mental energy, peace of mind and ease of movement. When these mechanisms are out of balance due to injury, overwork, stress, or poor diet, unpleasant symptoms will manifest. The value of both Chiropractic and Acupuncture either individually or together, is in their ability to treat not only the symptoms but also the source of the ailment.
Dr. Marra specializes in combining chiropractic, acupuncture, & nutrition to address a variety of health problems, including back and neck pains, joint & muscle pain, headaches, digestive problems, stress-related problems, menopausal symptoms, & seasonal allergies.
licensed massage therapist
ANGIE specializes in therapeutic massage for stress and pain management, geriatrics, and sports related injuries. She is a graduate of the Blanchard Valley Academy of Massage Therapy and has been practicing in Findlay for over 10 years.
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Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. The goal is to correct alignment problems, ease pain, and support the body's natural ability to heal itself. They may also use other treatments including: • Heat and ice• Electrical stimulation• Relaxation techniques• Rehabilitative and general exercise• Counseling about diet, weight loss, and other lifestyle factors• Dietary supplements The word “chiropractic” means “to be done by hand.” Chiropractors use adjustments to restore joint function and support the nervous system. They help patients maintain optimal health while avoiding unnecessary drugs or surgery. A chiropractic adjustment is a very safe, specific, controlled force applied to a joint to restore proper function and mobility. Accidents, falls, stress or overexertion can negatively impact your spine or other joints. These changes impact tissues, the nervous system and other areas of the body. Chiropractic adjustments reduce pain, increase movement and improve performance.
Acupuncture has been used for a variety of conditions for thousands of years across the globe and was introduced to the United States in 1971. The health science which has been used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body through the insertion of fine needles into specific points. What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is a collection of procedures involving penetration of the skin with needles to stimulate certain points on the body. In its classical form it is a characteristic component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), a form of alternative medicine, and one of the oldest healing practices in the world. How the Treatment Works The technique of acupuncture involves placing hair-thin needles in various pressure points (called acupoints) throughout the body. Stimulating these points is believed to promote the body's natural healing capabilities and enhance its function. Addiction Treatment Acupuncture provides a foundation for recovery and psycho-social rehabilitation. It is a supportive component of a substance abuse treatment as well as in enabling job readiness. 1. As a non-verbal intervention, it helps in reaching resistant patients.2. It reduces anxiety and agitation while facilitating calm and receptive behavior.3. It helps develop an inner meditative core in even the most troubled and fearful persons.
If you take vitamins, you're in the company of more than half of Americans who report taking a multivitamin or other dietary supplement. Well, those tiny little capsules we're taking have garnered a lot of attention in the news lately. That's because several recent studies have come out identifying new information and new questions about vitamins. All these studies can be a little confusing though. Some recent headlines include: Vitamin E doesn't prevent cancer but may slightly increase your risk of prostate cancer, vitamin D can help fight tuberculosis, and calcium may not improve outcomes for pregnant women. If you're your head's spinning, you're not alone. A lot of people are wondering which supplements they should start, stop, or continue taking. The varying results from these studies remind us of the complexity of nutrition and vitamins. While many supplements can be beneficial for your health, other supplements still need further research to understand their full impact. There are some guidelines though that can help you determine which supplements you should include in your diet. Guidelines for Which Vitamins are Right for You 1. Not all supplements are created equally. Low-grade supplements are often not as soluble so the body has difficulty accessing the nutrients. If you're going through trouble of taking vitamins, you want to make sure they're high-quality so your body can experience the full benefits. Many chiropractors have quality supplements on hand in their office or can recommend you to a good source.2. There seems to be a consensus among doctors that the most optimal way to receive vitamins is through eating healthy food. A lot of people have grown accustomed to eating primarily processed foods which often lack the nutritional benefits of unprocessed foods. And taking a vitamin isn't a simple answer to that lack of nutrition either. Nutrients inside of food interact in complex ways that can't always be replicated in supplements. Taking supplements can be a good way to enhance your healthy diet or fill-in if you have vitamin deficiency. You can be tested for a vitamin deficiency, ask your doctor for more information.3. Each person has a unique set of vitamin needs. What supplements you should take depends on several factors like your diet, age, and sex, whether your have a deficiency. Your chiropractic has received nutritional training and can counsel you on which supplements right for you.
The Biological Benefits of Massage Therapy Though massage therapy has been shown to soothe soreness after exercise, the biological functions behind that process was not fully understood until now. A new study reveals the biological changes that occur with massage therapy. In the study, 11 healthy men performed intense exercise on a stationary bike for an hour. Then they received a massage on one leg. The researchers took muscle biopsies directly after the massage and then later after the men had rested for two and half hours. Exercising intensely creates tiny tears in your muscle fibers. This triggers a natural immune response as your body repairs itself; that response is typically inflammation accompanied by pain. By examining the men's leg tissues, researchers discovered that massage stimulates mitochondria or the part of the cells that aide in cell regeneration. Massage therapy also reduces cytokines, the critical compounds involved in inflammation that causes pain. Pain medication works by reducing inflammation, but it may actually restrict healing by suppressing the body's natural recovery process. Massage on the other hand reduces inflammation and pain while promoting recovery. Researchers admitted that popping pills is less costly than getting a professional massage. Still, they pointed out that the long-term costs of stunting your recovery with medication may make massage a more viable option.