Our individualized treatments are carefully designed to relieve your pain and help you live a happier, more comfortable life. We focus on our patients' body structure, physiological systems, diet and nutrition, as well as their emotional and psychological state in order to best access one's total body wellness. Check out our list of treatments and services below to learn more about what we can do to help you heal.
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites--commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and linaments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy becomes blocked, the disruption can lead to pain, lack disfunction, or disease. Acupuncture releases blocked qi in the body and stimulates the body’s natural healing response. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s positive effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture helps to resolve pain, improve sleep, digestive function, and aid in a general sense of well-being.
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Doctors of Chiropractic practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
One of the most common and well known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation, or a chiropractic "adjustment." The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for an individual. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal.
Let’s face it: we are what we eat. Today our food has more calories, more preservatives, more chemicals and less nutrients than ever. Typically, Americans today eat a highly-refined, over-processed diet that does not offer all of the vital substances, “vitamins”, necessary to sustain a healthy quality of life. Obesity, Hypertension, Diabetes and other chronic diseases are at epidemic levels. Just as a wall may be built with bricks, our bodies are built with the foods we eat. Without proper nutrition, disease will take over.
Dr. Eric is not interested in sticking a band aid on it, but really finding the ROOT cause of disease, and its effect on the entire body. After conducting a personal interview, and perhaps requesting a few tests, he will craft a specialized nutritional answer for YOU.
Finding the answer to YOUR particular puzzle is what he does best...crafting a lifestyle that will have you moving toward optimal health.
Lisa Rae Cunningham. State License CA #62655
"With a lifelong passion for dance and movement, bodywork is my well-traveled path. I'm happy to have a beautiful studio space for my massage practice at Santa Monica Healing Arts in Los Angeles. I provide a direct and therapeutic approach, integrating Eastern and Western techniques and philosophies and a spectrum of pressure from gentle, compassionate touch to strong, precise deep tissue. I pursued advanced training in Shiatsu Massage with Master Ohashi, Nuad Bo Rarn and Wat Po Thai Bodywork, Anma (Japanese Medical Massage), Deep Tissue Massage, Reiki and Energy Work, and am a registered yoga teacher and yogini currently focused on Vinyasa, Yin and Bikram Yoga. My work is inspired by an intuitive sense of subtle body energetics, anatomy and artful movement."
"I hold each of my clients in my highest thoughts and kindest hands."
Traditional Chinese Medicine includes as one of it's many disciplines, Herbal Medicine. Well over 400 unique herbs, classified by their healing properties have been in use for thousands of years for the care and protection of the human body.
Dr. Eric will combine these traditional herbs into a uniquely personalized tincture: a prescription written according to your specific condition and needs. Formulas may have analgesic properties, and many of them are extremely potent. Tinctures may be used internally as well as externally, but are generally taken in the form of tea, capsules, or concentrated powder.
Neuro Emotional Technique
We feel different emotions in different parts of our bodies in different ways. NET is a methodology used to normalize unresolved physical and/or behavioral patterns that have become “locked in the body.” Any emotion that becomes “locked” can manifest as a physical complaint, pain or dysfunction.
NET practitioners are trained to assist the body’s own healing process by identifying and eliminating these unresolved negative emotions. Once the emotional component of the body is addressed any physical complaint associated to this emotion may diminish.
After a comprehensive evaluation and exam by Dr. Dahlstrom, custom orthotics can be made that gently reposition the heel, arch, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones in the feet, enabling these structures to work together as nature intended, to make each step you take pain-free.
Unlike shoe inserts bought over the counter, custom-made orthotics are built from molds of your feet to meet your unique needs. They are made from comfortable thermoplastic materials, which are guaranteed to last for years, and can be designed to fit in dress shoes, athletic shoes, boots, and skates.
As you walk your heel swings from side to side very slightly, like the pendulum on a clock. If, however, your heel swings too far when you walk or run, your foot may be overpronating, or excessively flattening. This incorrect movement stresses and weakens parts of your foot. Over time, you may develop symptoms in your feet ranging from a change in shape to pain when you walk.
Custom-made orthotics can relieve many different types of foot pain including heel pain and plantar fasciitis; arch pain; pain caused by running, walking, and other athletics; pain related to diabetes; pain experienced by senior citizens; and many other kinds of foot pain related to bunions, trauma, sprains, and other disorders.