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At A Better Way Chiropractic, P.C., conveniently located in Portland, ME, we offer a holistic approach to treating musculoskeletal (back) pain. The patient is the center of care, not a disease or symptoms. The goal of care is to achieve a more effective life to restore and maintain full function and well-being.At my office, patients and I work actively together to maintain a healthy spine. I believe healthcare is a dynamic process and a cooperative effort. Patient education and self-care are important goals. Patients are empowered to take responsibility and control of their own health.Our health care focuses on a natural approach. We use natural and conservative methods to promote the body's own healing capacity. We encourage healthy living, good nutrition, exercise, stress management, and proper postureDr. Segerstrom earned the Eagle Scout award in Boy Scouting as a fifteen year old. He attended the University of Nebraska and Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Science and a Doctorate in Chiropractic. Dr. Segerstrom graduated with honors from Palmer College.His wife and he moved to Maine in 1990 to live the "good life." He established A Better Way Chiropractic, P.C. in 1991 and has been in practice since. Currently they have a child in middle school and high school and are very active with youth sports.In the office, Dr. Segerstrom offers gentle chiropractic manipulation. Manipulation of the spine improves nutrition to the discs and other joints, reduces the risk of back injury and degeneration of the spine.Many athletes seek regular chiropractic care because they find it improves their performance and reduces the risk of injury. Some studies suggest chiropractic can improve athletic ability, agility, balance, kinesthetic awareness, power and speed reaction time. Perhaps professional athletes are the most familiar with their bodies. For that reason, Dr. Segerstrom has had the privilege to treat several of the Portland Pirates, Ice Capades cast and World WrestlersServicesManipulation - There are hundreds of different kinds of spinal manipulation. At my office I tailor the manipulation to the needs of my patients. I offer older-firmer manipulation when patients request or soft-gentle-low force manipulation when requested. Several of the techniques I use include Palmer, Thompson, Gonstead, Activator and myo-fascial release. Massage - I believe that there is a direct relationship between the muscles and the bones in your back and neck. For that reason, I have worked with many massage therapists as a compliment to the spinal manipulation. Presently, I refer my patients out of the office for massage therapy.Aromatherapy - In my office I utilize techniques that I feel are benficial to the relaxation of my patients. I feel that the use of aromatherapy in my office helps to establish a relaxing atmosphere and aids in the benefit of manipulation.Exercise Instruction - Exercise is always vital to the rehabilitation process. At my office I issue all my patients stretches. It's so simple, but those patients that stretch, improve dramatically better than those that don't stretch.Physiotherapy - There are several techniques that I utilize in my office to aid in treating patients. I find that when patients are treated initially with electric muscle stimulation (EMS), ultrasound, or moist heat, they are more responsive to accepting the manipulation and there appears to be more benefit of the manipulation.Privacy - I hold your privacy with the highest regard. Each patient is treated in a separate, private room with a door. Our conversations are strictly held to the highest level of confidence