Dr. Chad Messina
Dr. Chad Messina has been a licensed Chiropractor since 2004.
I have been interested in the human body for as long as I can remember. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from UNLV in 1997 which introduced me to the rabbit hole of treating the human body. I taught high school chemistry and biology and after observing a student’s father who was a chiropractor I decided I wanted to do the same. During my education to become a Doctor of Chiropractic, a professor made the statement that ‘Structure determines function.’ That phrase is what I base patient care, as well as my continuing education, on.
As a chiropractor, I am a doctor of the skeletal system. I find the joints that are not moving correctly, and with a gentle pulse, put the bones in their correct place. But I am an athlete as well, and if the muscles that attach to the bones are in a constant state of spasm, they can cause the bones to shift out of place again as well as prevent normal biomechanical movement patterns. This is why I have become a full body certified Active Release Technique® practitioner. ART allows me to clear the muscular system and other soft tissue as well. ‘Structure determines function’, if the bones are in the correct position and the muscles are at the proper length, the joints can move correctly. If the bones and muscles are not moving correctly this will cause dysfunction, this dysfunction will eventually lead to pain. Most patients will get some type of ‘homework’, a stretch or two that they can do to allow them to maintain their body’s healthy state.
I take great pride in what I do. I have patients that come into my office with numerous different ailments, from headaches to plantar fasciitis, and I get the vast majority of them feeling significantly better, most within a few visits. The patients I get a lot of enjoyment from are the ones that tell me straight out they do not ‘believe’ in what I do. It’s not a matter of belief. This is not a religion. If you are having headaches (and I have found there to be an amazing correlation between headaches and specific bones in the neck not being in the right place) and I put the bones in the right place, the headaches typically improve. If you have sciatic pain, there are usually bones and muscles that cause that pain. When the bones are put in the correct spot and the muscles are at the proper length, normal biomechanics can occur, this allows the pain goes away. It’s not a matter of belief, it’s a matter of the structures being able to do what they are supposed to.
Obviously, I cannot fix every pain/problem, but I do have a pretty good track record. I implore you, even if you have been to another chiropractor, come in and let me at least do an assessment. It’s free and the worst thing that will happen is you will be more educated about what is going on in your body. You do not have to live in pain.
A few things about me personally. I love spending time with my family. My wife, daughter, son and our three dogs (he might be a blind one eye pug, but he still counts) enjoy being outside; the beach, the mountains, an open field, it doesn’t matter. Being cooped up inside is the last thing we want. As far as sports go, my passion has always been rugby. I have coached Middlesex Youth Rugby Football Club and Lincoln Sudbury High School Boys Rugby. I’ll play any sport, even those I am not very good at because I love pushing my body and learning new things. In June of 2010, I found a new way of pushing my body to its limits without the risk of injury that is inherent in rugby, I joined CrossFit New England and have been doing CrossFit ever since. I know there are a lot of misconceptions about CrossFit and we can discuss them ad nauseum but if the coaches at the facility are quality coaches and the programming is organized and balanced there is nothing inherently wrong about CrossFit (except Devil’s Presses, there is no way of doing them correctly). My wife and I look forward to going as often as possible. I also enjoy coaching people to get the most out of their body, to perform better than they thought possible as well as give nutritional information.
I hope to see you at the office and look forward to helping you to obtain optimum health.