Photo by Heather Middleton
By M.J. Subiria Arauz
Seventeen-year-old Giovonte Ortiz, a wrestler at Lovejoy High School, recalled that recently, he was wrestling an opponent during a semi-finals wrestling tournament.
He said the opponent fell on the outside of his left elbow, forcing his medial collateral ligament to over-stretch, causing a rupture.
Ortiz said his coach referred him to Dr. Ryan Adams at Lovejoy Chiropractic & Performance Center.
Ortiz said the treatment, which included ice massages and kinesio taping, lasted about a week. It allowed him to get back on the wrestling mat for the state tournament, where he won the state championship. He added that he is the first wrestler at the high school to win the championship.
"I was surprised ... when I grabbed the guy I felt no pain," said Ortiz.
Dr. Adams said his practice, located at 1883 McDonough Road, Building 200 Suite D, in Lovejoy, has been open since late October of last year.
He said he has lived in Thomaston, Ga., since about 1993, and has always passed through the city of Lovejoy, while driving north on Tara Boulevard. He said the commute from Thomaston to Lovejoy is about 45 minutes.
Due to his travels, he said he witnessed Lovejoy's continuous growth as a city.
Adams said that while looking for a location for his practice, he stopped by Lovejoy and noticed there wasn't a chiropractic facility anywhere. He said he concluded there was a need in the city, and began his first practice there.
"I am the only chiropractor in Lovejoy," he said.
Adams said his practice, housed in an approximately 400-square-foot facility, has grown since it opened. In January the practice received eight new patients and 50 total visits. There were 20 new patients and 87 visits for the month of February, he said.
"My goal is to grow the practice enough to move out of this building into a bigger facility in Lovejoy, by October," said Adams.
Currently, the practice is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9 a.m., to 6 p.m., and Wednesdays until 4 p.m., he said.
Adams said he provides an array of services, including kinesio taping, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Release and adjustments.
He said kinesio taping helps muscles recover by providing blood flow to the affected area. It is used to support weak muscles, or help relax a muscle that is over-used, he said.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, kinesio taping involves taping in and around the muscles to avoid over-contractions, and is used in conjunction with other therapies.
The chiropractor said a chiropractic method entitled, "Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Release," is used to treat areas of the body, such as shoulders, knees and elbows. A metal tool is messaged on the affected cramped muscle area, to release adhesion tissue.
"If the nervous system is working correctly, the body will heal itself," he said.
Adams said he provides various techniques, such as an Activator Method Chiropractic Technique, in which a small instrument is used in a very light force for people who are in extreme pain, and cannot be normally adjusted.
He said he also specializes in treating sports injuries.
"I love it," said Adams about his profession. "I love what I do, and I love I get to do a profession where I can help people...and I get to use my hands."