Body Equilibrium

About Us

Body Equilibrium is a local natural-health clinic with 19 years of experience serving the wonderful citizens of Charlottesville. We are proud to offer education, information, and services that greatly improve the quality of life for those in our community. By taking a unique approach to you and your health, and by offering individualized care at a fair and affordable price, we can achieve results that other clinics cannot. These factors are what make us unique and set us apart from other offices. We change lives through our clinical excellence and our unwavering dedication to each and every patient. Your success is paramount to us!

Body Equilibrium was founded by Dr. Alisa Gates, a chiropractic physician, and licensed acupuncturist. She is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College located in Seneca Falls, NY, and State University of New York at Brockport. She has completed post-graduate work in acupuncture and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Gates is also a volunteer with The Foundation for Wellness Professionals and a member of the Neurological Relief Center.

At Body Equilibrium of Charlottesville, we firmly believe that everyone’s health issues are a result of one of three causes: nerve damage or trauma, hormone imbalance, and/or heavy metal toxicity. Individuals suffering from pain due to nerve damage often don’t realize this  condition can be caused by everyday tasks, versus a single event. Those suffering from insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and digestive disorders also may not realize the cause could be due to a hormone imbalance. The average person is exposed to over 82,000 toxins weekly - through our food, water, and air. This constant bombardment causes serious health conditions, including headaches & migraines, to muscle pain. Dedicated patients can quickly regain strength and balance to help their body heal naturally through using a combination of chiropractic treatments, and ongoing patient education to empower each patient with the right tools to get better, fast.

To schedule your first appointment, call our office at (434) 975-5674. Our courteous staff will schedule you for your complimentary consultation.  As a courtesy to all patients, we will file your health insurance claims, if you choose to utilize your health insurance. Patients are still responsible for payment of all services rendered on the day of treatment. Not all services are covered by health insurance. Health insurance benefits are between the health insurance company and the patient.


Dr. Alisa Gates, DC and the Body Equilibrium staff offer a variety of holistic procedures and services to help heal the body, without costly medications or surgery. If you suffer from back pain, neck pain or stiffness, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, or other neurological disorders, please call us today for your free consultation to see if we can help.

This is a list of just some of the holistic and pain-free treatments we provide in our all-natural clinic (detailed descriptions below):

  • Chiropractic Care (manual, gentle, low force, and instrument)
  • Neurologic Relief Center Technique
  • Acupuncture (needle, non-needle, and cupping techniques)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment
  • Frequency Specific Micro-current
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Rapid Release Technology
  • MELT Method
  • Clinical-Grade Supplementation and Nutrition

A list of just some of the conditions we have helped patients recover from:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Fibromyalgia (FMS)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Digestive Issues
  • Sleep Problems
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Loss

To start of course of treatment with Dr. Alisa Gates at Body Equilibrium you only need a few things:

  1. Be totally committed to your own health
  2. Have a willingness to take control of your wellbeing
  3. Be open to holistic care

Following your initial consultation and exam with Dr. Gates, it is up to you to decide what type of treatment plan will best suit your needs and goals. Call us today @ (434) 975-5674 and schedule your complimentary 30-minute consultation.

Neurological Relief Center Technique (NRCT)

Neurologic Relief Centers Technique is an extremely powerful technique for balancing the body, which allows for incredible healing. This is how it works: When your brain sends out signals to your body, the brain sends those signals in a manner that either slows down your body’s healing, OR speeds up your body’s healing. The power of the NRC Technique is that it allows the body to slow down so that it can heal itself. The body is capable of healing itself when it is in a predominately slowed state. This is called the parasympathetic branch of your nervous system. This branch of the nervous system is responsible for sleeping, digestion and healing. When your body feels that it is under stress, it speeds up. This is your sympathetic nervous system, or is often referred to as “fight or flight.” Almost all disease comes with an imbalance of these systems. This is why the body cannot heal. The NRC Technique is a fast and powerful way to rebalance these  systems, to not only allow the body to heal on a much deeper level, but allowing these systems to bring about significant relief of symptoms, including pain.

Do you suffer from severe pain, chronic fatigue, headaches/migraines, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Peripheral Neuropathy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)? These are just a few examples of the neurological symptoms that physicians, including Dr. Alisa Gates, DC, have successfully treated with NRTC (Neurologic Relief Centers Technique) a non-invasive, hands-on therapy specifically designed to treat chronic pain caused by meningeal compression in the spine.

Dr. Gates does not eliminate or cure Fibromyalgia, or other neurological conditions. Her goal is to reduce the pressure and/or meningeal compression that causes neurological disorders. In most cases, this procedure involves little or no pain.

If you are a candidate for treatment, Dr. Gates will use a combination of non-invasive techniques to relieve the meningeal compression of the spine with the intent of lessening negative symptoms, which usually means pain reduction. The length & frequency of treatment varies to meet individual conditions. Everyone is different, each condition is different in what stage or severity it is, and each case we treat is different; therefore treatments may take days, weeks or even months to bring relief.

Chiropractic Physiotherapy

Most people assume that a bone just slips out of place, or simply that a nerve is pinched. In reality, you are dealing with a far more complex system that takes time to change.

For example, this is the exact same reason why you can’t lift weights one time and get muscular looking. It takes time for the system to change for the long term results. The good news is that you usually start getting out of pain quickly. However, to truly correct a problem, we need to look at all the moving parts and the body as a whole system.

Bones don’t just move on their own. Some sort of stressor, like a movement, a repetitive posture, or even emotional stress causes a nerve to become irritated. When a nerve is irritated or pinched it causes a muscle to pull unevenly and out of place. When that muscle(s) is pulled out of place, this causes the joint to become uneven. The pressure begins to accumulate on a disc, causing inflammation.  This series of events causes the nerve to become irritated, causing the muscles to pull harder and the bone to move further out of place. This is why it is so important to see a specialist right away when you develop pain.

If left untreated, eventually the bone structure starts to become rigid and arthritic, the muscles and connective tissue begin to build scar tissue (what people feel as muscle knots) and the body numbs itself to the pain, even though the problem is still there. The spine’s ability to move is what generates energy for your brain. The less the structure moves, the less brain activity is produced.


This allows us to get the joints moving, the bones back into proper alignment so that energy can increase to promote healing.

This allows us to loosen the muscles, so that the bones move easier and your muscles are strengthened, to hold the bones in the new position we've created.

We use vibration because it moves the process along much faster. It allows large muscles to relax, and the deep muscles to hold the new position after the adjustment. Our clinic utilizes a high-intensity vibration device called the Rapid Release Technology (RRT).

Trigger Point Therapy
When the muscle becomes scarred-over (also known as an adhesion), those adhesions prevent the muscle from being able to fully stretch.  This is why when people get a massage they feel better for a short while, but the knot reforms. The muscle needs to be properly elongated and stretched out so that the knot doesn’t return.

Frequency Specific Micro-Current

Frequency Specific Micro-current is an FDA-approved physiologic electric modality that increases ATP (energy) production in the cells of the body. ATP is the substance that cells use to produce functions and create healing. The micro-current is not felt by the patient. It has also been shown, in research studies, to increase ATP by up to 500%! It also increases protein synthesis and amino acid transport in the body by 70% and 40% respectively.  These are essentially the two building blocks of the body. In simple terms, the Frequency Specific Micro-current increases the body's tissue-healing rates on a cellular level.

An unpublished research paper from the University of Washington showed a dramatic increase in the amount of blood circulation, collagen and elastin production . The micro-current has also become a very popular anti-aging method as well. At Body Equilibrium we use specific frequencies to address the body’s tissue to alleviate symptoms. The use of this modality vastly speeds up the body's healing process.

Whole Body Vibration & Oxygen Therapy

There are many different types of, and applications for, vibration therapy used in our office. The positive benefits that can be achieved are endless. Whole-body vibration has been approved by the FDA. Its ability to push water into  tissue, such as spinal discs, is incredible. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, as we see by more and more athletes utilizing this therapy for its ability to tone muscle far more effectively than conventional exercise. Additionally, vibration applied at specific frequencies can be one of the most effective ways of breaking up scar tissue after an injury or surgery. In the healthcare world, whole-body vibration can prove highly beneficial, far beyond elite athletes.

Positive changes in the body from this therapy include:

  • Lower stress hormone (AKA cortisol)
  • Increased fat-burning potential
  • Speeds up metabolism
  • Increases bone mineral density to prevent osteoporosis
  • Improves lymphatic drainage
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Restores hormonal balance
  • Increases human growth hormone - the chemical most required for healing capabilities
  • Aids in healing after injury


By combining whole-body vibration with oxygen therapy:

  • Dramatically increases oxygenation in tissues & cells
  • Assists in recovery from stress-related injuries and illness
  • Slows down the aging process
  • Helps prevent age-related diseases (such as cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia)
  • Increases diameter of blood vessels (capillaries) that provide oxygen and nutrients to tissues and cells

Detoxification Therapy

It's no overstatement - we are swimming in a sea of toxins every day. Society is frequently exposed to heavy metals, pesticides, GMO foods, skin care products, cleaning products, laundry detergents, etc without really giving it much thought. Studies show that by the time we leave our bathrooms in the morning we have already been exposed to over 200 chemicals! Chemical toxins are a great concern, but did you know we also have biological toxins? MRSA (an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph infection) kills more people in the US than HIV, AIDS, Emphysema, Parkinson’s and homicides combined. So it's very frightening to know that up to 48% of all meat and poultry tested in US supermarkets have been found to be infected with MRSA.

These chemicals and infections get inside of our body and create all kinds of problems. They block nutrients from working, causing your immune system to become confused, causing chronic inflammation and damaging cellular responses.  Seemingly everyone is over-exposed to toxins, but why doesn't everyone get sick? Well, not everyone, and that is because of our genetics. Some people can be exposed to high levels of heavy metals on a regular basis, and if their genetics are such that their body is a good detoxifier of heavy metals, then they have no problem.  However, if their body is not good at detoxifying, then even a small amount will cause them to have a problem.

There is a lot of information out there about detoxification, but please remember - Detoxification has to be done safely and with clinical guidance.

Melt Method

The MELT Method is a simple self-treatment therapy, founded & created by manual therapist, Sue Hitzmann. This amazing technique reduces chronic pain, and helps you stay healthy, youthful, and active for a lifetime. New research reveals the missing link to pain-free living: a balanced nervous system and healthy connective tissue. These two components work together to provide our body support and optimal mind-body communication. MELT directly addresses these two systems in a way no other self-treatment can, including diet and exercise.  Just 10 minutes of MELT three times a week is all you need to reduce the effects of accumulated tension and stress caused by daily living.

The ultimate goal of MELT? To improve your body’s ability to restore balance and repair itself. This creates remarkable & lasting changes. MELT offers natural pain- relief, not just a masking of the symptoms.

The best part of MELT? It's a self-treatment technique that you can do anywhere, anytime and the affects are cumulative! The more you do MELT, the better you feel.

Dr. Gates has been studying and utilizing the MELT Method in her practice since 2006. Almost every patient uses the MELT Method, as it has proven invaluable to them for reducing or eliminating pain and decreasing the number of visits needed. Dr. Gates has studied extensively with Sue Hitzmann, the founder and creator of the MELT Method.

Rapid Release Technology

Rapid Release Technology (RRT) is a non-surgical holistic treatment-alternative to expensive medications and surgeries. RRT has effectively relieved chronic pain in many patients who have had no previous success with other holistic treatments.

Scar tissue (adhesions) form in the body after a muscle injury or overuse. But scar tissue has no blood vessels; therefore, it receives no circulation. This causes the tissue to become brittle & constrict nerves, which limits flexibility and reduces a patient's range of motion and causes pain. When activated by vibration waves at an optimal frequency of 170 hertz, the scar tissue begins to break up.  Rapid Release Technology is painless and uses the power of vibration to break up the adhesions (scar tissue) within the body to release trapped nerves & muscles, allowing the body to return to an optimal level of health.

RRT is incredibly effective for several musculoskeletal conditions including:

  • Trapped Nerves Neuromas (pinched nerves)
  • Muscle Spasm Tendonitis
  • Headaches Adhesions (scar tissue)
  • Ankle Pain Knee Conditions
  • Back Pain Shoulder Pain
  • Limited Range of Motion Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Contractures (shortening of muscles or joints)
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (lock jaw)

Body Equilibrium's Scar Tissue Therapy provides patients with a quick, painless, and lasting treatment option that is effective and free from side effects. Most patients enjoy immediate and lasting relief from symptoms after a Scar Tissue Therapy session. The duration and number of treatments necessary, as well as the level of relief experienced, varies from patient to patient, depending on the specific medical condition and its severity. All patients experience some level of relief thanks to Rapid Release Technology.


Acupuncture is an ancient, all-natural form of holistic therapy. It promotes natural healing of the body. The science and art of acupuncture involves inserting very small needles into specific points along the meridians of the body. It is a safe and effective therapy with increasing popularity among a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.

**Now Offering Dry Cupping Treatments**

Acupuncture offers many major benefits including:

  • Drug-free pain relief
  • Assist in prevention of disease
  • Treats both the cause and the symptom
  • Holistic approach enhancing the mind-body connection

Peripheral Neuropathy

Sharp, shooting or burning pains in your hands or feet may be symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy (PN).

Until now, most people suffering from PN choose between taking medications or simply learning to “live” with the pain and other symptoms. At Body Equilibrium, we offer the Total Peripheral Neuropathy Program ™. It’s not just an improvement in the quality of your life – it’s getting your normal life back.