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9188 S Yale Ave, Sta 130, Tulsa, Ok 74137 (Whole Foods Shopping Center, 91st & Yale)
Welcome to Our Practice
Welcome. We are glad you are here. ZOVA is a health center in Tulsa, OK that includes chiropractic, acupuncture and massage. We are a family-run practice that started with Dr Michael Van Antwerp in 2002 as Back to Health Wellness Center. We have grown since then but still treat patients like family and friends. You are never a number with us. You are part of our community, and we love seeing you get out of pain and reach your goals. We love watching your children grow, rejoice when you set new race PRs, and feel honored to treat your family. We are here for you and count it a blessing to be able to serve you in achieving your ideal health.
We are constantly learning new techniques in body work and therapeutic movement to get people better, faster. Some of the techniques are modern approaches to chiropractic, manual medicine techniques that don’t involve “popping,” dry needling for athletes, cupping for IT band problems, NKT, GRIP Approach and new recovery exercises. We do a lot of travel to learn new techniques as well as constant book and online study.
Some of the best pain recovery is from knowledgeable body workers who are well-versed in a variety of chiropractic, massage, manual therapies and therapeutic exercises. These don’t always lend themselves to a fancy Instagram or blog posts but are the keystone to a good physical rehab center. That being said, we are always trying out new technologies and integrating them into our practice if we find them truly beneficial to the patient. Some of the new technologies we have found useful are spinal decompression traction, modern acupuncture and dry needling, vibration platforms, compression boots, cupping, edge tools, posture evaluation programs, gait analysis, taping and therapeutic exercise equipment.
At the beginning of our careers we were just chiropractors, massage therapists and trainers. From this seed we have grown into a mighty tree with many branches of bodywork and therapeutic movement. These include Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), Certifed Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certifed Pedorthist (CPed), Certifed Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP), Craniosacral Therapy, Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP), Extremity Chiropractic, MovNat trainer, Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), Global Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention (GRIP Approach), Active Release Technique (ART), CrossFit Movement and Mobility, Fellow American Society of Acupuncture (FASA), Motion Palpation Institute (MPI), Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), Ankrum Institute, Masters of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance, Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (BCTMB), Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release.
American College of Physicians
Clinical Recommendations for Low Back Pain
Clinicians and patients should treat acute or subacute low back pain with non-drug therapies such as superficial heat, massage, acupuncture or spinal manipulation.
Clinicians and patients should treat chronic low back pain initially with non-drug therapies such as exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, tai chi, yoga, motor control exercise, progressive relaxation, electromyography biofeedback, low-level laser therapy, operant therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy or spinal manipulation.
How does ZOVA help?
These recommendations came out in 2017 by the American College of Physicians as evidence-based methods for low back pain treatment as one step in fighting the opioid crisis in the United States. The great thing is that ZOVA employs the majority of these methods such as massage, acupuncture, spinal manipulation, motor control exercise, progressive relaxation and yoga therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are ZOVA's hours?
Our chiropractic doctors see patients Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11-6; Wednesday 11-4; Friday 8-3.
Our massage therapist has additional week and sometimes weekend appointments available.
How much does it cost?
Depending on new patient exams, which treatment you are getting, there are
different fees. We do have care plans and massage packages to help you afford the
ongoing care and maintenance that you might need. Please give us a call at 918-
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we do. We are providers for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Healthcare,
Healthchoice, Global, Community Care, Medicare and a variety of other insurances.
We can verify your insurance when you contact us.
I've tried other providers and treatments for my problem with limited results, how can ZOVA help?
This is not unusual. Many of our patients come to us after trying a lot of different options from physical therapy, other chiropractic, orthopedics to self Youtube care.
We listen, find out goals, perform a full musculoskeletal examination, check muscle strength, functional movement patterns and find a way to get you back to where you want to be. We use quite a variety of conservative treatment methods and devices as well as rehab techniques that we have found work on specialized cases. If necessary, we know many other healthcare providers who we can refer to if itís a case that needs different treatment.
Are you just cracking my spine?
Depending on the case, we use methods to move a joint by hand. Certain joints are more prone to making noise when moved. Examples of these are knuckle joints. The noise comes from dissolved gas in the joint fluid being released suddenly from a
pressure change similar to the noise that a champagne cork makes when released.
The bone itself is not being cracked. We use a variety of techniques, a lot without popping or cracking, so if you are squeamish about popping or cracking let us know.
Do you do Activator, upper cervical or any other low force technique?
We use an Arthrostim which is similar to an Activator but with better pressure feel. We also do a variety of upper cervical and low force techniques depending on the patient and situation.
Does acupuncture hurt?
A lot of people are surprised how little acupuncture hurts. However, certain points might be more sensitive than others depending on the condition and can have pain associated with that point. We always try to gauge how a person is reacting during acupuncture treatment and modify it accordingly.
What kind of acupuncture do you do?
We use several different types. One is quick with a Pointer Pulse which is a needle-free device which uses electrostim and laser. We also use traditional acupuncture based on proven formulas and acupuncture diagnosis. We do dry needling which is a modern approach to muscle, joint and nerve pain. We also practice auriculotherapy which is ear acupuncture commonly used for smoking cessation and weight loss.
What should I expect when making a massage therapy or other bodywork appointment?
You can expect professional care and to be very relaxed. It is good to come clean and hydrated. Show up early to receive your full appointment time. After a session, due to the release of toxins, we recommend drinking more water than normal. You might experience soreness in muscles that had been very tight, so just replenish electrolytes, hydrate, stretch and relax. A good massage goes a long way.
Craniosacral and other modalities work directly with the central nervous system, which continues to reorganize for two days and up to a month on your behalf. We don’t recommend heavy workouts or strenuous exercise right after a session. Give the body time to readjust to the new you.
Do I have to get naked for massage therapy?
Massage is done directly on the skin, so disrobing is preferred, but you can choose not to. A sheet is appropriately and professionally draped, and the area being worked on is the only area uncovered. Craniosacral does not require disrobing, and if that is the whole
session, then clothes remain on minus any clunky belts or shoes that would cause you to not fully relax on the table.
Do ZOVA providers treat more than athletes?
Yes, we sure do! Although we are known for our quick outcomes for patients that need to get back out on the field, get ready for their marathon or back into competition, we treat from the young to the old. You might find that we are helping a child with rib soreness from coughing to a grandmother who just finished traveling with her grandkids to a CrossFit competitor competing in Open to a marathon runner getting ready for Boston. We do body work. That might involve heel pain but it also might involve sinus pressure points. Each patient is different, so we take a different approach to everyone.
Do you treat kids or seniors?
Yes, we do. We treat patients of all ages. The techniques, precautions and care are different. Typically, children respond well to instrument adjusting, soft tissue mobilization, and rehab strengthening and balance exercises. Sometimes asthma causes restriction in the rib cage, so we can address that. Sometimes allergies cause sinus pressure points or tight neck muscles, so we can address those. Seniors might have a new or chronic problem that needs addressed to keep active. Each case is addressed specifically for the individual.
Do you treat pregnant patients?
Yes, we do. We have training in school treating pregnant patients. Some of that training even includes Webster Technique. We have found that our techniques for sciatic pain, piriformis syndrome, sacral pain, pubic pain and perineal pain that we use in a variety of patients work great for pregnant patients. We have had patients even come back after seeing a pregnancy-specialized chiropractor to have these areas released because of our muscle and extremity experience. We also see certain conditions during pregnancy that respond well to acupuncture. Which trimester plays an important part of what method and what area we are treating. We have a full body pregnancy pillow in cases where the patient needs to lay face down during chiropractic treatment in which usually mobilizations and soft tissue work are being performed. In massage and manual therapy, often supported, side setups are used. We prefer to have obstetrician and midwife information on hand in case we need to coordinate care. We sometimes do certain low force stretches and exercises in the clinic. We often refer out for prenatal yoga for a variety of pregnant patients.
After delivery, we often see patients back for neck, upper back and shoulder tightness from nursing. We do soft tissue release techniques and often recommend different set ups for nursing.
How many times will I have to come in for treatment?
Depending on the treatment method, condition, and how long you have had your issue are all factors in determining the number of sessions. Just like you don’t eat diet food once to lose weight or lift weights once to gain muscle mass, the body is not fixed in just one session. However, many times people do leave with their pain
significantly reduced from just their first session. And a few are almost fully recovered in just a few visits. Most of our treatment plans are fewer visits than national averages due to improved response from our combination ZOVA treatment protocols. Our initial treatment plans are commonly 8 visits. We are results oriented and will work with you on self-care to maximize your recovery, so lasting changes are made and integrated into your body.
How are ZOVA providers different than other chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists?
We are constantly learning new and better methods to help get patients better faster. The great combination of assessment and treatment methods help our practitioners provide a wide variety of conservative care. We do a lot of work not just on the spine but on extremities and muscles.
Is treatment at ZOVA affordable?
Our approach to care helps resolve injuries and conditions quickly, and helps our patients avoid costly rehab, imaging like MRIs, surgeries and other procedures. So choosing a ZOVA provider is affordable, even for patients with high deductibles or
no insurance at all. If you have fewer visits with good results, the savings can be substantial from other options like surgery, MRIs, prescriptions, physical therapy and year-long chiropractic plans.
For example, a case of re-occurring low back pain can add up in cost from orthopedic visits, pain prescription medication, xray imagin, MRIs and then physical therapy.
As an example, this same case as seen by a local chiropractor we conversed with could run: 30 visits x $50 = $1,500. Often, these classic chiropractic visits are only 2 to 5 minutes due to just a spinal manipulation and not much else. Conversely, our number of treatment visits in these cases is often fewer because of the quicker recovery with the ZOVA combination of spinal treatment, extremity treatment, soft tissue release and exercise therapy: 8 visits x $85 = $680. Our visits are usually 15 minutes with the doctor and 15 minutes with exercise specialist. So you are getting four therapies in one visit instead of just one.
Treatment is even more affordable when it is successful and you get your life back!
Will an adjustment hurt?
An adjustment is just one but key tools we use to help patients get better. An adjustment shouldnít cause sharp or stabbing pain. When an area is sore or achy, there might be some soreness or achiness that one would expect from touching that area. Our overall goal is to reduce pain not create more of it. We evaluate how someone is responding or feeling throughout treatment.
Due to the nature of our clinic’s one-on-one treatment, any last-minute cancellations or missed appointments can prevent another patient from getting much needed treatment. To better utilize appointment times for all patients in need of care we have the following policy: If an appointment is cancelled or rescheduled within 24 hours of the appointment time, the fee is $42 for a chiropractic appointment and $60 for a massage appointment.
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( Whole Foods Shopping Cntr, 91st & Yale)
Mon, Tues, Thurs 11-6, Wed 11-4, Fri 8-3
Additional Appointments Available