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High Desert Chiropractic and Wellness Delivers Gentle Yet Effective Care

By Pamela Sosnowski

Dr. Karen Genter would like everyone to know that there's nothing to fear about seeing a chiropractor. "Many people are afraid of chiropractic because they may have been misinformed or simply don't know what we do," she says. "One of my favorite parts of practice is the new patients that have never been to a chiropractor before and are a bit nervous. Helping them experience chiropractic for the first time is exciting."

Genter used to be an engineer that harbored a secret interest in the medical profession, and when she needed to see a chiropractor of her own, "a light was ignited" upon learning more about their training and education. When the company she worked for downsized its employees, she took advantage of the severance payment by going back to school, first exploring surgery and prescription medicine before focusing on chiropractic care.

Since 1995, she's headed High Desert Chiropractic and Wellness of Albuquerque and also has two on-site massage therapists and two kinesiologists. She is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics, and several other industry organizations.

The word chiropractic literally translates to "done by hand" in Greek, and is a natural approach to helping the body heal through a series of adjustments made in-office using the hands plus physiotherapy equipment.

"Chiropractic started out as a primary care healing profession," explains Genter. "We use the bones of the spine to affect the nervous system and allow it work properly, creating joints that move better, taking pressure off the nerves, allowing the blood flow to move more freely and generally help the body feel better."

Although her practice specializes in non-surgical pain management and physical rehabilitation, her specialty is treating pregnant women. Chiropractic care can help alleviate back and leg pain during pregnancy and can help women have faster, easier labor and deliveries. Chiropractic has been well documented as safe for both the expectant mom and the baby. Dr. Genter is Webster technique certified for optimal positioning of the baby for delivery and is also an experienced birthing coach.

"During chiropractic school, my passion was pregnancy care, infants and children," she says. "Although these are my specialties, I treat everyone."

The clinic is also effective at treating chronic pain, something that can often be as hard emotionally as it is physically. Dr. Genter gathers a proper history on the patient, conducts a thorough exam and designs a treatment plan specific to each patient. Her practice also performs spinal check-ups, a way of maintaining the body before back pain and other related problems can start.

Dr. Genter is currently accepting new patients and assures that the care given at her practice is gentle, yet effective. "Most people are very satisfied with their care here and make chiropractic a part of their wellness routine," she says.

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