The words "active" and "rest" might seem contradictory, but when it comes to healing the body or treating its pain, the two constitute a winning combination. Said Dr. Collan Koeppen of Active Rest Chiropractic in La Jolla, "Active Rest is a philosophy of healing where people realize over time, whether they've been immobilized, broken an arm or had a serious injury, that they need to get active as soon as possible so their body can heal. People think they're resting, but their body's actually working extremely hard to heal.
"The whole point is to have the notion of activity in the healing process. We help people get out of pain, but I want them to think they're going to live their ideal lifestyle, and we're going to help them heal themselves."
Those people, by the way, include athletes in "the majority of professional sports and the Olympics," Koeppen said. But this treatment is available right on Fay Avenue in La Jolla, where Active Rest has called home for more than seven years.
Besides ART (Active Rest Techniques), upper cervical adjustments, cranial facial release, ultrasound imaging and massage are among the office's services. Treatments frequently incorporate massage.
"It is extremely beneficial for somebody to have massage in conjunction with this type of care," explained Koeppen. "It gets the body, No. 1, out of a spastic, contractive state; and No. 2, it relaxes the muscles and breaks a lot of the knots to allow me (with the ART protocol and the adjusting) to really do the more difficult areas, the underlying problems that aren't always addressed with basic massage."
The relationship between mind and body is also a chief factor in healing. "Our whole idea is that if you remove the interference to somebody's natural self-healing process, the body does have the ability to heal itself as opposed to looking from the outside in for something else to heal you," said Koeppen. "We unlock the availability for you to heal yourself.
"There are many people who go through their whole lives looking for something from the outside, including happiness. The best things in life come from within."
Active Rest's patients include those who are in pain when they make their first appointment, as well as those "on maintenance and continuing to improve," said Koeppen, who added that maintenance is based on an individual's three categories of stress — physical, chemical and emotional. The category (or categories) in place determines the course of treatment.
For Koeppen, who was inspired to heal others after suffering a childhood sports injury and recovering from it, "Every day is rewarding. We want to make sure we help people not just get out of pain, but also have their body work right."
Active Rest Chiropractic is at 7590 Fay Ave., Suite 504 in La Jolla. Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. (858) 736-4056. chiropractorlajollasandiego.com
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