Chris Garden

Many people dismiss chiropractic as being something only for back pain, but chiropractic treatment can be used to treat a wide variety of physical issues, such as migraines and headaches, chronic pain, carpal tunnel, pain due to injury or muscle strain, and much more.



Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced fatigue

Our therapists customize individual blends to meet the needs of each client.

We offer a variety of techniques in our office:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Sculpting
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Myofascial Release
  • Pre- & Peri-natal Pregnancy Massage
  • TMJ and Massage
  • Fire Cupping

Swedish Massage
Swedish Massage is the most common and best-known type of massage. It involves long, fluid strokes of muscles and tissues with pressure that varies from light to medium to firm. This type of massage is considered to be one of the most relaxing styles. Your massage therapists will adjust the pressure according to your sensitivity and preference.

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
Deep tissue massage is designed to address chronic pain and muscle dysfunction. Whether you are suffering from back or neck pain, muscle tightness, injuries, headache, sciatica, or stress, Deep Tissue Massage will release knots and loosen muscles creating better circulatory flow, pain relief, relaxation, and over all improvement of your health and well being.

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).

Neuromuscular Therapy
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a modern, logical system of massage therapy. NMT is based on understanding how the neuromuscular system functions. Neuromuscular principles help the therapist understand what's causing your pain: trigger points, posture, etc., and how to treat it. The nervous system controls everything in the body, including muscle tension and pain.

Neuromuscular Therapy's approach to massage is very detailed massage of muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, etc. Precise massage therapy releases problem areas that are missed by general massage.

Neuromuscular massage practitioners often use the thumbs or fingertips to explore tissues in detail. Elbows or forearms are also used, when necessary. Tense muscles often form bands of muscle fibers even tighter than the rest. These are areas of hyper tonicity and ischemia.

Trigger Point Therapy
The primary purpose of Trigger Point Therapy is to reduce the pain resulting from hypersensitive muscles. Identifying trigger points is done by gently pressing on the surface of the skin, feeling the texture of the underlying muscle.

What It Is
A trigger point is like a knot that feels like a pea buried deep in the muscle. It is made up of lactic acid, a normal byproduct of muscle activity, which sometimes gets trapped in the muscle from physical, chemical or emotional stress. It is often tender and painful. As affected muscles tighten, their function and motion are restricted, causing weakness and pain. In extreme cases, muscle cramping can result.

What We Do
Trigger Point Therapy is performed in several ways. The least invasive is by applying direct pressure or stretching of the affected muscle. Deliberate pressure, with a thumb, elbow or instrument releases the muscle and helps flush out blood and accumulated toxins. Sometimes there are a series of strokes across the trigger point nodules, or a cooling spray is applied along with the stretching of the affected muscle.

Trigger Point Therapy is a natural way to relax muscles and restore strength and flexibility.

Myofascial Release
Myofascial release (MFR) therapy focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. There are a number of conditions and symptoms that myofascial release therapy addresses.

Many patients seek myofascial treatment after losing flexibility or function following an injury or if experiencing ongoing back, shoulder, hip, or virtually pain in any area containing soft tissue.

Other conditions treated by myofascial release therapy include Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome, or possible fibromyalgia or migraine headaches. Patient symptoms usually include:

  • Tightness of the tissues that restricts motion or pulls the body out of alignment, causing individuals to favor and overuse one hip or shoulder, for example.
  • A sense of excessive pressure on muscles or joints that produces pain.
  • Pain in any part or parts of the body, including headache or back pain.

Myofascial pain can have two sources. Pain can be generated from the skeletal muscle or connective tissues that are 'bound down' by tight fascia. In addition, pain can also be generated from damaged myofascial tissue itself, sometimes at a 'trigger point' where a contraction of muscle fibers has occurred.

The goal of myofascial therapy is to stretch and loosen the fascia so that it and other contiguous structures can move more freely, and the patient's motion is restored.

Massage and Pregnancy - Prenatal Massage

Massage and Pregnancy: Benefits of Prenatal Massage
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.

Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.

Hormone Regulation
Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health, when massage therapy was introduced to women’s prenatal care. In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (“stress hormones”) were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression). These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence points strongly to maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.

Reduction of Swelling
Edema, swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.

Other benefits of prenatal massage:

  • Reduced back pain
  • Reduced joint pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced edema
  • Reduced muscle tension and headaches
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
  • Better sleep

Using Massage Therapy to Treat TMJ
Most massage therapists have likely had clients with temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction as 65% to 85% of Americans experience symptoms during their lives. Symptoms include pain and muscle spasms in the head, mandible, neck and shoulder muscles; headaches; earaches; clicking noises or deviations when the mandible moves; limited ability to open the mouth; and dizziness. Causes of TMJ dysfunction include whiplash, bruxism, malocclusion, anxiety, stress, trigger points and postural dysfunction.

Treatments for TMJ disorder include splint therapy, analgesics, surgery, stress management, acupuncture, trigger point therapy, hydrotherapy and massage therapy. Data from focus groups and surveys of people with TMJ disorder suggest people experience frustration with conventional treatment, but are often satisfied with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments, especially massage therapy.

Cupping Therapy
Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing.

Cupping Therapy Used Today
There are several different types of cups used today. The most popular type is fire cupping, which involves the use of glass cups. A cotton ball, soaked in alcohol, is lit to produce a large flame, which is then quickly placed inside the cup. This action removes all the oxygen inside of the cup. The cup is quickly placed on the skin, creating a vacuum to draw the skin within the cup.

How Cupping Therapy Works
Cupping therapy creates negative pressure, rather than the tissue compression or positive pressure used in traditional massage. By creating negative pressure, cupping releases rigid soft tissue, drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions, lifts connective tissue and brings blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles.
As the toxins are brought to the surface a cupping “mark” will appear in colors ranging from a dark purple to a light pink, but is usually a shade of red. These discolorations are not bruises but are simply a reflection of the stagnation in the area being treated.

Therapeutic Benefits of Cupping Therapy
Cupping Therapy benefits the skin, muscles, circulatory system, nervous system, digestive system and joints of the body. Pain relief is quick, and long-term injuries and restrictions can be released in one or a few treatments. Cupping has been known to alleviate very acute injuries, pinched nerves, frozen shoulders and chronically tight muscles.

Cupping is also very beneficial for many conditions such as high blood pressure, sciatica, insomnia, chronic headaches, colon disorders, anxiety, fatigue, poor circulation, edema, and sports injuries.

What to Expect During and After a Cupping Treatment
The treatment is discussed between therapist and client and tailored to their specific needs. Cupping therapy is very relaxing and sometimes even sedative. With some treatments there can be mild discomfort and itching when working on areas with severe stagnation and tight fascia. The marks involved with cupping will go away in a few hours to 2 weeks depending on the amount of stagnation.
Drinking an ample amount of water is recommended for 48-hours following your treatment.

Monday9am - 12pm
3pm - 6pm
Tuesday3pm - 6pm
Wednesday9am - 12pm
3pm - 6pm
Thursday9am - 12pm
3pm - 6pm
Friday9am - 12pm

1001 B Avenue #308
Coronado, CA 92118

highly recommended

What Our Patients Say

"Julie was my therapist for years. Her work along with chiropractic care made my migraines a thing of the past.... I am so grateful!"
Spencer H.

"I have been worked on by many therapists, but there are none that compare to Julie Garden."
Patricia W.

"I hate that you're leaving because you were the best (and coolest) chiropractor I have been to, and I've seen many in my day. Nonetheless, I am happy for you and your family! Fair winds and following seas my friend!"
Ben J.

"Oh boy, we are ever so grateful to have met you so many years ago at a Home & Garden show in Alaska & for getting us started with chiropractic care. Alaska will definitely miss having one of the finest doctors around. We wish you all the best & are so happy for you as you begin the next adventure in life! Cheers!"
Staci S.

"You have been an amazing chiropractor for me for several years doc! Sad to see you leave but I am glad you will be with your family again!! Keep in touch. We will miss you as a friend and chiropractor! Although we can still be friends!! Thanks for all you have done for our family Chris."
Dale M.

"Thank you Dr. Garden for helping me to enjoy the things I was not able to do-gardening, long walks, and exercising with my friends. I will recommend you to everyone I know. Thank you!"
Nick M.

"The very best Chiropractor on earth! Good luck with your new venture!"
Beaudry P.

"Glad to see you’re back in action!!!! You rock Dr. Garden! Miss you and sending a smile your way!"
Wendi K.

"OMG! Just had the best massage followed by an adjustment. Thank Julie and Chris Garden for making me feel good again."
Natasha C.

"He is truly a one of a kind Chiropractor! He not only cares about spinal correction, but your health as a whole! My family has seen him for many years and we are pleased with the quality of care."
Kristal A.

"Dr. Christopher Garden is bar none The Best chiropractor! He's friendly, funny, compassionate and just an all around good guy. Coronado is so lucky!"
Linda C.

Chiropractic Coronado CA Coronado Island Chiropractic

Coronado Island Chiropractic
1001 B Avenue #308
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 865-1053

Monday9am - 12pm
3pm - 6pm
Tuesday3pm - 6pm
Wednesday9am - 12pm
3pm - 6pm
Thursday9am - 12pm
3pm - 6pm
Friday9am - 12pm