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Dr. Renee Edelen recently returned to Godfrey after practicing in Edwardsville for three years.
Edelen now works with one of her chiropractic mentors, Katie Scherer, at Scherer Chiropractic on Godfrey Road. She is currently an independent contractor working within the practice. She said through her work, she feels as if she is helping people live a better lifestyle free from both the constant of chronic pain and the problem brought by opioid painkillers. Edelen said she saw the epidemic of opioid abuse grow throughout her lifetime.
Through chiropracty, Edelen is able to help people find a more natural way to alleviate their pain.
"What makes my treatments different than traditional chiropractic adjustments is that I combine various muscle release techniques with specific adjustments to the areas of complaint in order to provide faster and longer-lasting results."
Chiropractic care is deeper than just neck and back adjustments, Edelen said. Much of the work done is in the feet, ankles, hips and knees. Edelen said she wants to help each of her patients as individuals, adding each person she treats is treated as if they were a member of her own family.
Edelen graduated from Alton High School in 2008 and Logan College of Chiropracty in 2014.
Treatments & Services
Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Graston Technique® effectively treats:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Women’s Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)
This remarkable procedure allows us to detect and treat areas of “scar tissue” or adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments that can reduce our range of motion and cause pain. In the healing process, our body attempts to repair those areas by creating “scar tissue,” much like the scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee.
We can have a build up of this fibrous scar tissue, particularly in the muscles, tendons and ligaments that get a lot of use. This can lead to pain and dysfunction because this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue (in some areas it may even mat down and entrap a nerve). GT Instruments The Graston Technique® allows us to better detect and treat these areas because it uses a stainless steel instrument that glides along a patient’s muscle, tendons or ligaments, with the right amount of pressure to detect just where the scar tissue or restrictions are located. When these knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, both the clinician and the patient sense a restriction, almost like a speed bump or a granular feeling. The instrument can then be used to identify and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. Stretching exercises are used to promote re-alignment of the fibers into the normal pattern of healthy tissue.
Remember the song and words “… the knee bone is connected to the thigh bone…”? Well, so they are and so are all of the body parts connected in what is referred to as the kinetic chain. The instruments allow the clinician to follow that kinetic chain, effectively uncovering the cause of the problem, then treating the cause and the area of pain or restriction. The unaided hand is hard pressed to detect and break up as much scar tissue, or follow the kinetic chain, as effectively or efficiently as stainless steel instruments can. Patients usually receive two treatments per week for four to five weeks. Most patients have a positive response within two to three treatments. Most patients are not disabled and continue to perform their regular functions at home/work.
GT decreases overall time of treatment, fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery, reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication and resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent.