Dr. Goodsir's Bio

Michelle Goodsir is one of the few chiropractors in the Delaware Valley who is professionally certified and specializes in the Nimmo Receptor-Tonus Technique that focuses on Myofascial Release/Trigger Point Therapy. Her advanced hands-on manipulation methods correct the damaged muscles in one’s body  and uses the technique and gentle manipulation of the spine as an effective treatment protocol.

Dr Goodsir attended Westchester University from 1985 to 1990, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Biochemistry and a Minor in Nutrition and Psychology. As her understanding and appreciation of the human body increased, she recognized that the body is capable of healing itself and pursued methods and natural ways to cure and help the body heal itself naturally. While at college, her decision to become a chiropractor was her next logical step. She attended the Pennsylvania college of Straight Chiropractic and graduated in 1994 with her chiropractic degree.

While at college, Dr Goodsir was introduced to the specialized Nimmo Receptor Tonus technique which does more than simply focus on adjusting the vertebrae. By addressing the biomechanics of the body, and focusing on the weaknesses and imbalances of muscular and structural dysfunctions, this technique focuses on locating the active damaged or injured trigger points1 in the muscles in the body and healing them. By eradicating the active trigger points and allowing the area to heal, one can restore proper range of motion to the joint along with nutrient replenishment to the surrounding tissues.

This application – along with regular gentle adjusting techniques – provides such an enhanced recovery time that the patient’s overall sense of biomechanical function is restored more quickly and efficiently than with other recovery methods. Once the healing pattern is commenced, proper stretching and strengthening is additionally incorporated. Core body biomechanics is important to the restoration, with Pilates, Swiss-ball stability exercises and yoga.

But getting in and assessing the damaged area is not a simple overnight process. Treatment protocols start with averaging twenty minutes: however with advanced or multiple system problems, initial treatments may take longer. Whatever: treatment undergone always involves direct hands-on treatments to help the healing and repair of the damaged muscles by restoring the range of motion in an effective and efficient timeframe. Her techniques include Gentle Spinal Manipulation/ flexion and disc decompression. This process takes someone from their initial complaints and symptomatology, to pain relief; and then focuses on rehabilitation, nutrition and exercise to improve quality of life. She also accept cases of sports injuries, auto and workers compensation injuries.
Her practice sees both regular and chronic conditions such as: fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic Lyme disease, headaches, TMJ, degenerative changes, herniated disc problems, and Scoliosis.

1 - Trigger points or trigger sites are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. (Travell, Janet; Simons David; Simons Lois (1999). Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual (2 vol. set, 2nd Ed.). USA: Lippincott Williams & Williams. ISBN 0-683-08363-5.)


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