Chiropractic Family Wellness Center…

is a unique community of people committed to health and vitality on every level. No where else in Southern Maine will you find both a commitment to individuals and a strong focus on families, including special expertise in pediatrics, pregnancy and fertility.  Dr. Meg Pickering & Dr. Carroll Coyle engage in lifelong relationships with each practice member, and the result is a level of comfort and sense of belonging that is rare in health care today.


Our Approach

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Dr. Carroll & Dr. Meg

Our approach is simple. We believe that health is among our most valuable possessions. People who share that belief have been traveling to our Scarborough, Maine office from all over southern Maine since 1991.  Dr. Meg Pickering and Dr. Carroll Coyle meet people in every phase of life and health, from newborns to the elderly, from those in pain to those seeking wellness. Our commitment is two-fold:

1. Initial Care

Many people seek care in our office with a goal of relief. During this initial stage of intensive care, we have several obligations. We:

  • Uncover the underlying cause of the health problem;
  • Suggest a care plan to produce the most effective results possible;
  • Offer ways patients can participate in their recovery through education and comprehensive approaches to healing;
  • Explain the value of wellness care.

2. Wellness Care

We encourage our practice members to achieve the highest levels of health they can. Our desire is to see our practice members move beyond the prevailing model of health care (waiting for symptoms and then taking action), in favor of the emerging wellness model.

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The simple version

Think of an adjustment as tuning a piano, adjusting each string so it produces the perfect tone.

This is your body, your life! The symptoms you are experiencing (pain, discomfort, frequent illness, etc.) are simply the natural expression of a system that has become overwhelmed or pinched off from its naturally healthy state.  Our job is to help the natural, healthy and quite miraculous systems of your body to work as they were designed. Our gentle approach helps your body to tune into itself, shed old patterns and regain its natural flexibility and resilience. While our approach is rooted in more than 40 years of combined experience and the very latest research, what you will experience is a sense of relief and growing connection with the vitality of a healthy body.

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We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference.  The primary adjusting techniques we use include:

Network Spinal Analysis

Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) is a relatively new approach to wellness and body awareness.

Amazingly, a light touch, at the right time and place, can help your body to abandon its defensive posture and begin true healing.

Dr. meg and Dr. Carroll will apply a low-force touch to certain contact points, usually along your spine, at specific moments in your respiration cycle. These precise and gentle touches to your spine alert your brain to move away from a defensive posture and embrace a more peaceful, resourceful state. This adjusting approach helps patients develop new strategies for living and healing as the nervous system learns new ways to release mechanical tension.

NSA care advances through a series of increasingly higher levels. As your body learns and heals, each level opens up new abilities to adapt, make healthier choices, enjoy life and experience a sense of “ease.”

Based on the outcomes of research conducted at the University of California, Irvine, those receiving NSA care reported significant improvement in physical health, emotional and mental health and reduced stress and greater life enjoyment. Seventy-six percent of the over 2800 patients improved in every category!

Biogeometric Integration (BGI)

The intelligence in each of us keeps us moving — like clockwork!

BGI, or Biogeometric Integration, is based on the awareness and understanding that there is an organizing intelligence in the body that coordinates our heartbeat, breathing, digestion, and chemical balance without conscious thought.  It allows us to walk, talk, think and listen without knowing the complex interactions that must take place for those things to occur.  All actions and reactions and all healing occur as a result of the expression of this intelligence.  The only reason we experience dis-ease in our lives, whether it expresses as a physical symptom, a chemical dependency or an emotional /mental pattern, is that there is an interference in the expression of this intelligence.  This interference is what the chiropractic profession calls subluxation.

In life, each moment we are bombarded with input.  This input comes in many forms, ranging from all we see, hear, smell, taste and touch to accidents, arguments, weddings, and Bar Mitzvahs.  The one consistent aspect of all these is that they are all energetic in nature.

Our understanding is that if the experiences we have are integrated – that is, the intelligence of the body recognizes and processes the information contained in the experience – then we can utilize them to grow, learn, heal and evolve.  If we don’t integrate the experience, then the body ‘hangs onto’ the stress which causes dis-ease and discomfort.  To integrate is to make whole or unify by bringing together parts.

We are a musical symphony physically manifested and walking around on earth.  When we integrate an experience of life, we’ve simply added another note to the music that we are.  Our structure is determined by our music.  If the music changes, the structure changes.  If you can’t integrate because it is too big and beyond comprehension, then long after it is over you keep playing it repeatedly.  This is what causes tight muscles, misaligned vertebrae ad tension on the nerve system.

In BGI, the chiropractic adjustment releases that potential energy giving the system a second chance to integrate the energy and information of the original experience, thus providing the opportunity to grow, learn, evolve and heal. BGI addresses and uses assessment tools which allow the practitioner to determine if the system is ready to be adjusted and if the adjustment and this potential energy will be fully integrated.  This assessment is then followed by very precise and delicate adjustments. Then the healing begins!

If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let us know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care.


You’re the Boss

Regardless of your health goals, we see ourselves as facilitators in a partnership with you. You’re the boss! It’s your body, your health and your future. Our job is to offer you the finest chiropractic care possible.

Do we have your interest? No matter where you are on your journey,  we’d love to meet you. Just call us at (207) 883-5549 to ask any questions and to schedule an initial evaluation.

See you soon!