Benefits Of Chiropractic And Massage Therapy

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restorative_Elizabeth_Carter_amj16By Dr. Elizabeth Carter

Dr. Elizabeth Carter is a Chiropractor, Naturopath, and medical student, who has served the Main Line and Philadelphia area for 18 years, specializing in pediatric, pregnancy, and nutrition. Her practice, Restorative Health Center, is based in Exton, PA. Dr. Carter believes in comprehensive healthcare that gets to the root of a problem while it is still manageable. She is passionate about treating every patient as an individual and finding creative solutions to promote quality and quantity of life. Her goal is to have every patient who comes into the office walk out balanced, happy and healthy.

When we tell our patients that we offer massage therapy as well as chiropractic out of our office, they are often surprised! Massage therapy generally is thought of as a luxury, more useful for relaxation purposes than health purposes. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Therapeutic massage is very different from the “fluff” massage that one receives in a spa or at a chair in the mall. Therapeutic massage employs a variety of techniques, such as deep tissue, myofascial release, reflexology and sports massage, to target every patient’s specific medical needs. The benefits from massage are numerous. It treats headaches, muscle soreness, lack of flexibility, neck and back pain, spasms and swelling. It assists with lymphatic drainage and increases lymph flow, strengthening one’s immunity to disease. Massage also provides a variety of mental health benefits, relieving stress, anxiety and depression. Regular massage can benefit everyone, especially athletes, pregnant women or those recovering from a car accident.

When most people experience health problems, they pursue a single line of treatment. For example, they associate treating a bad back with chiropractic or a sore neck with massage. In actuality, these problems are treated in different and complimentary ways by both chiropractic and massage. Massage and chiropractic go hand-in-hand. Both target the skeletal system in different and equally helpful ways. Massage therapists target the musculoskeletal system and focus largely on muscle manipulation, while chiropractors deal mainly with the nervous and skeletal systems, specializing in skeletal and joint alignment. Chiropractic adjustments extend the benefits that the patient receives from a massage, and vice versa. Patients who receive both a massage and an adjustment experience long-lasting instead of temporary relief.


At Restorative Health Center, we offer high-quality massage with amazing results. Erica Nicholson is our new massage therapist. Erica graduated from the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks in Pottstown, PA, as a licensed massage therapist. Erica’s passion for massage therapy began with canine athletes. Requests from dog owners for human massage prompted her to become a LMT. Erica was thrilled to find out how fulfilling it was to work with people too! Erica stresses the importance of massage for therapeutic and maintenance purposes for all aspects of life: sports, injury/accident recovery, injury prevention, tension reduction, anxiety issues, headache relief, etc. Erica also offers hot stone and stretching modalities, along with lymph drainage, which is very beneficial for breast healing and goes hand in hand with our thermography service. As stated before, our office philosophy is to prevent and provide support for any person looking to better their health. Erica will also be pursuing craniosacral therapy in the near future. The last bit of exciting news is that she is now involved with equine massage.

In Erica’s spare time she enjoys time playing with her kids and dogs, and when life allows it, sitting back and reading.

Dr. Elizabeth Carter is a Chiropractor, Naturopath, and M.D. (c), 3rd year, who has served the Main Line and Philadelphia area for 18 years, specializing in pediatric, pregnancy, and nutrition. Her practice, Restorative Health Center, is based in Exton, PA. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance, from Temple.

Restorative Health Center is located at 201 Exton Commons, behind the Exton Mall. For hours, questions and to schedule an appointment, call(610) 363-2897, or email us at


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