Dr. Amanda Courtney D.C.
Dr. Courtney’s journey began when she graduated with her Honors Bachelor of Sciences degree in Life Sciences from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She then made the life changing move to earn her doctorate at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida. She excelled in her academics graduating Cum Laude. During this time she became passionate about wellness and prenatal chiropractic care. Dr. Courtney has since treated thousands of patients. She has treated patients from 2 weeks to 90+ years of age providing genuine, compassionate care. Dr. Courtney is thankful to have found her home in in Rockledge, FL and proud to be a part of the space coast community.
Our approach for developing your care plan
Your first visit begins with a consultation discussing your medical health history. During this time Dr.Courtney will listen to your story. Based on the information that you provide a thorough examination is performed. The results of this testing and your medical history will provide essential information when designing an individualized care plan. Our goal is to help you achieve optimal health and wellness. As a result you will experience reduced pain and improve overall motion.
Our goal is to understand the root cause of your condition in order to provide the best and most effective care. Time and time again I’ve found that continued care is a crucial part of maintaining balance, optimal nervous system function, recovery and prevention of injury.
Take care of yourself
The adjustment is the primary treatment used by Chiropractors for treating spinal or extremity complaints. The Doctor will find areas of restricted motion and then apply a thrust along the specific line of drive for that segment. This allows for proper motion and function of that joint to be restored. The nerves that originate from spine, innervate (signal) organs and tissues throughout the whole body. Chiropractic adjustments have the ability to improve this function. Click the link below to see where your nerves travel and if you are experiencing any symptoms related to the specific spinal levels.
There are many common misconceptions when it comes to the actual “cracking” sound made during certain specific adjustment techniques. There is no bone snapping and is much more gentle than anticipated. The sound is actually called cavitation. It is caused by space being created within the joint causing gases to be released from the joint capsule. There is no wearing of joints due to “grinding.” In fact, quite the opposite. Adjustments improve the motion of your joints and limit the dysfunctions that can lead to arthritis. Most people feel decreased tension, a lightness, and feel taller after an adjustment.
Ultrasound therapy can treat both chronic and acute injuries. This treatment is great at addressing musculature injuries (muscles, tendons, ligaments and bone) involving inflammation. The goal is to reduce pain and speed healing by penetrating deep into the tissue, bringing blood flow to the area, and breaking down scar tissue. Some examples of conditions ultrasound can help treat are: sprains, tendinitis, and bursitis.
There are many forms of electrical stimulation used to treat a large variety of musculoskeletal injuries and nerve pain. E-Stim accelerates deep tissue healing by electrical impulses that cause repeated muscle contractions. These contractions increasing blood flow helping repair injured muscles and improve their strength through cycles of contraction and relaxation. E-stim focus also sends signals that reach the nerves, to block pain receptors from being sent to the brain, resulting in pain relief.
One common question is: “How is E-Stim different than the TENS unit I have at home?” There is a large difference. Although TENS units help reduce the pain signals the current is not as strong and no muscle contraction occurs eliminating the healing component.
Soft Tissue Therapy
IASTM (Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) is a technique used to break up fascial adhesions (the connective tissue sheath surrounding your muscles) and scar tissue. This results in improved range of motion, more efficient biomechanics and brings blood flow to the area allowing injuries will heal more quickly.
Rapid Release Therapy
Rapid Release Therapy is an FDA registered high-speed vibration device with variable treatment sizes to target large to small muscle areas. This treatment vibrates at 10,000 RPM using this energy to help reduce pain, tension, stress, and muscle tightness.
Specific exercises will be implemented into patient care plans to assist the adjustments and therapies that are performed. Exercises will be demonstrated in the office and will be implemented for at home use to enhance healing.
Who we help
Chiropractic care for babies & children:
Dr. Courtney is experienced in working with patients of all ages. This being said, babies and children are often forgotten when it comes to chiropractic care. Many people ask “why do children need adjustments, they don’t have any pain?”. Let’s start from the beginning, the birthing process can be a traumatic event. Chiropractors check the spine following birth and throughout childhood to ensure optimal neurological and structural development. When infants are developing their bones have not fully hardened yet (ossified). Because of this they are subject to injury or may develop misalignment’s chiropractors call subluxations from infancy. We have all seen children crawling, climbing, falling, playing sports etc. It is a part of childhood but can have long term effects if left untreated. Chiropractic adjustments are a great addition to your families health habits. Developing these habits in your children from a young age will contribute to your family’s optimal health.
To learn more read our blog about pediatric chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy:
Dr. Courtney is a Websters certified chiropractor. This means that she has special training in prenatal chiropractic care. This technique involves an analysis and gentle adjustment to the sacrum (your tail bone). As well as soft tissue release of specific muscles and ligaments. The goal is to reduce the effects of pelvic imbalance. This restores proper maternal physiology. By addressing several causes of dystocia (stalled labor) ,the Websters technique may lead to a safer easier birth outcome.
Pelvic imbalance impacts:
-the mothers and babies comfort
-can create imbalance for baby preventing optimal positioning
– can affect labor progression
– can cause interference to the uterine nerves.
A side effect of prenatal chiropractic is relief from low back or sciatic pain during pregnancy. Chiropractic care is a safe and natural way to help care for discomfort developed during pregnancy.
To learn more read our blog on Chiropractic care during pregnancy.
Chiropractic for seniors
Many seniors were not aware of the benefits of chiropractic care in the past. But today many seniors are benefiting from pain relief, increased mobility, balance and coordination because of regular chiropractic care.
Many patients present saying “my doctor said my discs are degenerated”. This is no surprise to any chiropractor. It is a well known fact that degenerative disc disease is common as we age and can vary depending on the amount of stress your body was put under along the way. However, with chiropractic care restoring proper motion to the spine, the arthritic process is slowed down. This is why chiropractic for preventative care not just pain based care is so important for improved quality of life for years to come.
Ever wonder why people “shrink” when they age?
Did you know that your discs make up ¼ of your body height?
The answer is that degeneration (dehydration or injury) of your discs is what causes this.
Almost every major sports team today has chiropractors on staff. Chiropractic care helps athletes improve performance, helps reduce the risk of injury and maintain nervous system wellness. If a runners pelvis is not moving correctly their maximum stride potential cannot be reached. If a swimmers sacrum is misaligned their ability to kick equally on both sides is reduced. These small changes in bio-mechanics have significant performance outcomes. This is the reason athletes like Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps and Tom Brady are all proud patients of chiropractors. They want to be the best!
Sports Physicals are offered for middle and high school aged students for $25.00.
Payment for your care?
Spine by Design Chiropractic knows how important your health and wellness is. In order to provide the necessary care our patients need pricing is structured to help people with many different budgets. We want to make sure you and your family get the best quality of care while keeping it affordable for you and your family.
We do this by offering a discount care program called ChiroHealthUSA. Ask for more information on your first visit.
We also offer special pricing for active duty military and Veterans. Your services is appreciated and we know that you need access to chiropractic care just as much if not more than everyone else. Being the wife of a Veteran and a member of the Florida Veteran owned Business association. My goal is to provide the best quality care at an affordable price to those that serve this country.
The insurance companies that we are in network are include: Cigna, Florida BCBS (FL Blue), Medicare and United health care.
Feel free to call us directly to explore any questions you may have.