ACT Wellness Center

Finding the Right Chiropractor

Finding the right chiropractor can seem tricky, depending on the type of pain you are experiencing. Are you looking for a Chiropractor to help you with your back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, leg pain, migraine or headache?  Perhaps you are you looking for a Chiropractor to help you with your athletic performance or for your child’s challenges? You’ll soon come to realize there are different philosophies, a variety of skill sets and certifications within the Chiropractic world. Though there are many specialties that exist within the profession, it mostly depends on where the doctor graduated from.

Many people have heard that chiropractors only deal with patients who have had automobile accidents, sports related injuries and nerve related complaints. From our experience at ACT Wellness Center, we believe that most people don’t know or perhaps have a misunderstanding about what the big picture is regarding Chiropractic. There is so much more to Chiropractic than only helping to manage and eliminating pain.

To break it down: The brain and the spinal cord make up the central nervous system (CNS). When there is proper communication between the CNS and the rest of the body, then the body has its best potential to function as it was genetically designed for. This optimal communication is what allows our inborn healing ability to do what it is intended to do. This doesn’t mean that you never have a pain or have a cold. This simply means that you body has the best ability to adapt to physical, chemical and emotional stressers. One reason that people have health issues is when the body cannot overcome physical, chemical and emotional stressers. This shock to the system causes imbalances in the spine that cause a subluxated state! This structural and functional state causes “static”; in other words, it causes interference similar to interference on cell phones. We have all experienced times where deciphering what someone was saying on the other end of the line due to static. Most of us have even experienced those annoying dropped calls. What do you think happens when static interference or dropped calls happen within your body?

It is this miscommunication can lead to a host of problems. The challenge we run into is that while in some cases symptoms like pain show up immediately after an injury occurs you can have up to 40% damage to cells, tissue and organ systems before symptoms occur.  Some doctors including Chiropractors simply treat symptoms like pain. While patients are very happy to feel better as quickly as possible, in many cases treating pain only masks the problem.  Of course, masking symptoms rarely corrects the problem. In fact, treating a symptom by itself only leads to further damage and degeneration. Unfortunately, some doctors do not address this truth and release the patient without giving them an option to work towards correcting the cause and work towards creating true wellness and optimal quality of life.

Doctors of chiropractic come from all sides of the spectrum.  Dr. Caratozzolo of ACT Wellness Center is a full spectrum Chiropractor, offering all chiropractic services for overall wellness. His number one concern is always helping his practice members feel better as possible however, he understands that there is no process that does not require time including healing. This is why he takes time to do a computerized spinal analysis and take x-rays, if needed. Dr. Caratozzolo then sits down with his patients and gives a thorough explanation or the findings and then he discusses a game plan to his patients achieve the level of health that they are looking for. Dr. Caratozzolo frequently says, “We are a team. I will do my part and you’ll need to do your part.  Our team effort gives us the ability to reach the goals as quickly as possible.”  Want to know more, give Dr. Caratozzolo a call at 703-491-9355 and/or visit the website at  You will be glad you did.