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For wellness, Thrive has your back, more

by: Tonja Castaneda | Brighton Banner | November 5, 2009 

Brighton's Thrive Chiropractic and Wellness office has moved to provide a more welcoming environment focused on being a place of healing.

The new office has been designed to be inviting and peaceful for patients and is decorated with live plants, a fireplace and an open floor plan - similar to a spa setting.

Thrive Chiropractic is now at 429 E. Bridge St., just east of Fourth Avenue. The office was moved in August.

The business has been in Brighton since 2003. The two doctors, Gina Gentilini and Chad Powell, relocated for a larger and brighter office.

"We had outgrown our old location and we wanted to provide a more healing environment for our patients," said Dr. Gentilini.

The new office is within walking distance from the new library and downtown. "Being close to the re-developing areas of Brighton was a bonus," she said of the move.

Thrive Chiropractic focuses on health and wellness for patients and specializes in pediatric chiropractic care. Gentilini is completing courses to attain her pediatric specialty. She said she especially likes taking care of pregnant women from before conception through birth, then taking care of the newborns and helping them to grow straight spines and unimpeded nervous systems into their adulthood.

Pregnant patients typically experience less discomfort throughout pregnancy, less pain in labor, proper positioning of the baby, and a natural and quick delivery - usually fewer than four hours, according to Gentilini.

Dr. Powell practices an advanced take in traditional hands-on chiropractic care. He also is doing a lot of instrument-based adjusting.

"These methods are very gentle, allowing people with fragile or delicate health conditions to receive the benefits of chiropractic," he said. "Instrument adjusting is also great for people who are afraid or uneasy about the 'cracking or popping' sound produced in traditional methods."

Both chiropractors have more than 12 years of experience. Gentilini describes chiropractic medicine as a wonderful healing art that enriches patients' lives.

The purpose and power of chiropractic care is to remove barriers that block a person's healing ability to help the body heal itself. The brain and nervous system control everything in a person's body, and if that nervous system is compromised because the spine is out of alignment, that can cause ill health, Gentilini said.

Gentilini said every one of a person's nerves going to all parts of the body is intertwined in the spine. She said people think of chiropractic care for neck or back pain but "we are really nervous system specialists applying pressure on bones" to make healing happen to help patients.

Thrive Chiropractic and Wellness is a family-oriented practice.

"We have entire families including 3-day-old infants and their great-grandmas, coming in for their wellness adjustments," Gentilini said. "Our patients report that they feel like family, and that they feel like they are coming home or like they are at a relaxing coffee house rather than just a random patient going to a sterile doctor's office."

Gentilini said through their business, they want to empower people to get healthy and stay healthy, so that they can have a better life.

"We do out best to correct the damage in the spine and nervous system, and show them ways to stop re-creating the problems," she said.

While people in pain can benefit from chiropractic care, Gentilini said, "You don't need to have pain to enjoy the benefits of chiropractic. A great deal of our patients come in simply to progress toward optimum health and thrive in their daily activities of life."

People who have neck or back pain can get relief from a chiropractor. And the doctors can help relieve pain in other areas of the body such as the jaw, elbow, wrist, hip, knees, and ankles. These chiropractors want to find out why a person is having pain. "We get to the cause of the pain, not just masking the symptoms," she said.

Gentilini said the benefits of chiropractic care are not only pain relief, but improvement in daily functions. That includes increased immunity, deeper breathing, increased sleep or better quality of sleep, and greater adaptability in coping with stress.

"Health is not merely just an absence of disease, it is optimum nervous system function and the ability to achieve and maintain an enjoyable and active lifestyle," she said.

To learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care and wellness, people can subscribe to a free newsletter published by Thrive. To subscribe, visit www.thrivechiropracticandwellness.com. Thrive will offer workshops on wellness strategies in the future.

The entrance is from the parking lot behind 429 Bridge St. The lot can be reached from Bridge or from the alley off North Fourth or Fifth avenues. For information on business hours or for an appointment, call 303-659-4220.