Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease!
Welcome to Back on Point, a chiropractic, acupuncture and wellness clinic serving Wexford and surrounding communities. Back on Point was founded in 2018 by Dr. Alexandra Morando, a dually licensed Chiropractor and Acupuncturist with a passion for empowering patients to take charge of their own health.
Her mission as a holistic practitioner and educator is to provide customized, hands-on, evidence-based treatments to patients in all stages of life who are looking for a natural approach to wellness. Back on Point is committed to helping individuals reach their health and wellness goals – whatever they may be. Each person is unique, and Back on Point is dedicated to viewing every patient as a whole. By evaluating the mind, body and spirit, all patients will be provided with compassionate care tailored to their specific needs.
Back on Point also aspires to give patients the tools they need to be active participants in their health journey. Patient education and at-home resources will be provided so that patients leave empowered to take command of their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
We look forward to helping you get your health back on point!
Dr. Alexandra Morando, a Pittsburgh native, graduated with her Bachelors in Natural Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. After volunteering at local hospitals and focusing her efforts on the study of science and global medicine, she decided to pursue a career in complementary and alternative healthcare. She graduated with her Doctorate in Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College and her Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She also had the once in a lifetime opportunity to receive 100 hours of additional clinical training at Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of TCM located in the breathtaking city of Hangzhou. While studying abroad, she was able to experience Chinese medicine in its country of origin and observe how experts in the field assess, diagnose and treat a variety of conditions. Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of TCM is a fully integrated hospital that seamlessly blends Traditional Chinese medical treatments with Western medicine in order to provide patients with holistic, evidence-based care.
With her diverse education, Dr. Alexandra was inspired to provide her patients with the opportunity to be assessed and treated as a whole person. She strives to naturally balance and restore the body to promote optimal health and wellness. Through many hours of clinical training, she understands that no two patients are alike – that is why she emphasizes truly integrated and individualized treatments in order to address your specific healthcare needs. Dr. Alexandra looks forward to providing compassionate care to those in all stages of life looking to harmonize their mind, body and spirit.
Dr. Carol Alonge is an acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and chiropractor with over ten years of experience working with all ages encompassing a wide array of injuries and illnesses. She found her passion for helping others at a young age and utilizes her extensive knowledge and experience as a way to help others reach their ideal health. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Gannon University, which fueled her drive to better understand health on all levels. She went on to graduate from Southern California University of Health Sciences with a Doctorate of Chiropractic and a Masters of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She blends her knowledge of Eastern and Western medicine to give a holistic approach to healing. She has worked in the community focusing on fertility, gastrointestinal issues, sports injuries and chemotherapy side effects. She has volunteered her time at numerous sporting events, veterans’ fairs, cancer centers, and women’s health facilities.
Dr. Carol has always lived an active lifestyle and understands the importance of holistic care after utilizing it for her own injuries. She now strives to educate people about these benefits and help them get back to living a life they love. When she is not in the office she is usually exploring new areas to hike and camp or cooking new healthy concoctions in the kitchen.
Chiropractic is a manual therapy that aims to restore proper function of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. A chiropractic adjustment is a gentle and specific impulse through a joint that improves joint motion, relaxes muscle tension and decreases pain.
Acupuncture is a Chinese system of healing that dates back thousands of years. The goal of an acupuncture treatment is to balance the body so that it can heal itself. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for many different health conditions.
Chinese medicine has known that healthy eating is a crucial part of maintaining health for thousands of years. When advising changes to diet, your TCM constitution and current pattern of disease are considered to provide tailored recommendations that are exactly what your body needs. As you progress and your TCM pattern changes, so may your dietary needs.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, single-use needles into specific points on the body. The core theory behind Acupuncture is the idea that a substance called Qi (pronounced chee) flows through the body and is responsible for all physiological processes. When Qi is not flowing smoothly, pain and disease may result. Acupuncture is a safe, effective and natural treatment that aims to restore proper Qi flow and internal balance so that the body can function optimally. Acupuncture can be used to both prevent and treat a variety of conditions.
What to Expect
Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible. They are designed to glide through tissue smoothly and swiftly in order to optimize patient comfort. Once the needles have been inserted, it is common for patients to feel mild sensations of heaviness, warmth, coolness, pressure or fullness. All of these sensations are normal and are caused by the movement of Qi. Patients are then allowed to rest with their needles for 15-30 minutes.
Many people find acupuncture to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. However, for those who are needle-phobic, there are other Chinese medical modalities listed below that can be used to effectively address your healthcare concerns.
Cupping involves placing glass or silicone cups on the body, creating suction that stimulates the skin and connective tissue. The suction creates space within the soft tissues so that toxins and fluid can be flushed out while loosening tight and painful areas. When cups are removed, there is increased blood flow to the area, which helps nourish the treated tissues.
Gua sha is a Chinese soft tissue therapy that involves scraping the skin and surrounding musculature with a smooth-edged massage tool. The technique is utilized to improve circulation, relax tight and painful musculature, break up scar tissue and reduce inflammation.
Moxibustion is a heat therapy that uses a dried herb commonly known as mugwort as the heat source. There are many types of moxibustion, but all are designed to warm, supplement and invigorate specific regions of the body in order to alleviate many types of symptoms.
Tui na is Chinese medical bodywork and massage. Multiple manual techniques are utilized in tui na so treatments can easily be tailored to your individual needs. Tui na is both relaxing and energizing and can be used to address a variety of conditions. Most commonly, tui na is used for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, headaches, digestive disorders, the common cold, and pediatric disorders.
Qi gong is a form of gentle exercise that engages the mind, body and spirit. This therapy coordinates specific body postures or movement patterns with breathing and meditative techniques. Qi gong stretches tendons, ligaments and muscles, making it a great therapy for musculoskeletal conditions. Qi gong also focuses and settles the mind, making it a powerful tool for battling stress and anxiety.
Food is medicine and healthy eating is a crucial part of improving and maintaining health. Eastern dietary therapy in based on the principle that individuals should be eating foods for their specific body constitution. Patients will fill out a 3-5 day diet log and the practitioner will assess the patient’s current diet and give suggestions based off of their Chinese medicine constitution and pattern.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is an alternative healthcare profession dedicated to disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. When individuals undergo tissue injury, whether it be from a single traumatic event or from repetitive microtrauma, the musculoskeletal system loses mobility. This lack of mobility causes both physical and chemical changes that may lead to pain, inflammation, poor function or disruption of the nervous system. Chiropractors are trained to improve musculoskeletal mobility through various treatment methods in order to restore proper brain-body balance.
What to Expect
A chiropractic adjustment is a specific impulse applied to a joint that has lost mobility. Chiropractic adjustments can be performed manually or with the assistance of tools designed to effectively restore joint motion. Though spinal adjustments are most common, any joint in the body can be adjusted if its mobility is compromised.
During the adjustment, a patient may or may not hear a “pop” or “crack.” This “pop” or “crack” is an audible release of gas created when pressure is relieved from the joint and is nothing to worry about. It is also completely normal to hear no sound. Most patients report an immediate sensation of relief after the adjustment, but some patients may experience mild soreness or achiness. This soreness or achiness is similar to the sensation people experience the day after a workout and typically resolves in 24-48 hours.
Though an adjustment is the most well-known chiropractic intervention, adjustments are not the only treatment method chiropractors utilize. Many patients will also receive some type of soft tissue relaxation, rehabilitative exercises and postural correction.
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