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New NOVA Chiropractic 
Video Coming.....NEXT WEEK!
Dr. Sullivan has hired graduates from George Mason University, now working for EPK Digital, to produce a brand new video featuring the new office, patient testimonials, and services offered at NOVA Chiropractic. Thank you to our patients who are participating in the video shoot. Stay tuned to see the new video!
19th Annual Safety & Occupational Health Fair  
Naval Research Laboratory 
Tuesday June 11th, 2013 from 10:00am-2:00 pm in the
Recreation Club, Building # 52 in Washington DC
Custom Made Orthotics 
Are Made For Walking!
What's in a Foot?
The foot has two important functions: weight bearing and propulsion. These functions require a high degree of stability. In addition, the foot must be flexible, so it can adapt to uneven surfaces. The multiple bones and joints of the foot give it flexibility, but these multiple bones must form an arch to support any weight. One thing that people may not know about is the fact that the foot actually has three arches, not just one.

Medial Arch: 
The medial arch is the largest and most important of the foot's arches. It runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. It's responsible for flexibility and give. This arch absorbs the majority of the shock of impact while walking, jumping or running, and can become aggravated if the muscles in the foot are compromised. 
Lateral Arch:
The lateral longitudinal arch runs along the outside of the foot, from the baby toe to the heel. The lateral arch makes contact with the floor while standing and moving. This arch is most visible with people that have high arches.
Metatarsal Arch: 
This is the primary transverse arch, which carry a large amount of weight while standing and especially during the push-off part of walking or running. It provides support and flexibility to the foot although it is not as obvious as the medial arch, but without support it too can cause painful injuries such as metatarsalgia. 

In order to have healthy feet that provide a good foundation to stand on and move from, all three of the foot arches need to be strong and flexible.
Custom Orthotics
Custom made orthotics are specially-designed shoe inserts and insoles that can not only provide pain relief and comfort, but also can correct imbalances in feet and properly align the spine and pelvis.
There are two basic types of custom made orthotics: hard, rigid models for stability and soft models for comfort and shock absorption. Rigid orthotics are commonly made out of polyurethane or another hard plastic, and are designed to add support to the feet, legs, and lower back.
Difference Between Custom & Commercial Orthotics 
An individual with very minor foot soreness or an athlete looking to improve performance does not usually need to be fitted for custom made orthotics. Rather, many pharmacies, sports stores, supermarkets, and shoe retailers sell commercial orthotics that come in standard shapes and sizes. Commercial orthotics are not specially tailored to a person's feet, though they are usually effective at providing extra cushioning and support. 
Unfortunately, an estimated 70% of the population have over-pronation. Over-pronation is referred by many terms such as 'fallen arches', 'dropped arches', or 'collapsed arches'. When over-pronation occurs, the foot continues to roll inwards when it really should be pushing off and outwards, because of which the lower leg also follows the internal rotation instead of the external rotation, thereby placing a lot of strain on the leg muscles (especially the calf muscles) causing leg ache and shin splits.
The most common condition of over-pronation is planter fasciitis. When planter fasciitis occurs, the feet flatten and cause the fibrous band of ligaments under the feet to over stretch, resulting in a Heel Spur is a bony growth on the heel. This growth triggers chronic heel pain in the surrounding tissues that get inflamed.

Foot Levelers Custom Orthotics at NOVA Chiropractic

Dr. Sullivan offers patients the ability to have custom made orthotics built and shipped directly to the office. Back in the day, foot casts were used to help create the mold of the feet so that individual custom orthotics could be made. Now, Dr. Sullivan  has a Foot Levelers feet scanner at the office. The scanner takes a scan of each foot and displays the results of the image immediately on the computer. The scan will compare the patient's feet to an image of what normal feet should look like, and provide a score that reveals the severity of pronation/stability in your feet, ranging from Optimal to Severe. Based on this scanned image, Foot Levelers can create a custom designed orthotics tailored to each individual foot.


Many patients have had custom orthotics made at NOVA Chiropractic and have felt pain relief from the back to the feet. Orthotics typically last at least two years, and can be used in all different types of shoes.


For more information on custom made orthotics, give the office a call at 703-912-7822 or send an email to

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Note: The material provided in this newsletter is for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein may not always reflect the views of the NOVA Chiropractic, nor do they imply an endorsement. 
In This Issue
New Video Coming Soon!
Custom Made Orthotics Were Made For Walking
Foot Levelers Redesigns Stabilizing Orthotics Line Exclusively for Women
Back Pain May Be Coming from your Feet
Laser Therapy
Ingredient of the Week
Stay Fit with Local Events
The Healthy Alternative
Contact Information
8992 Fern Park Drive
Burke, VA 22015
Office Hours
Mon  8:00 - Noon   2:00 - 7:00

Tues  8:00 - Noon  2:00 - 7:00

Wed  8:00 - Noon   2:00 - 7:00

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Fri      Closed 
Sat     Closed 
Sun    Closed 
Quick Links
K-Laser Therapy
 The Latest & Greatest at NOVA Chiropractic
The laser has proven to help dozens of patients at NOVA Chiropractic! Common conditions with current patients that laser therapy is helping to heal are:
  • Herniated discs
  • Knee arthritis
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Achilles tendinitis 
  • Neck and back pain
  • and much more!
For more information, call 703-912-7822 or email
Ingredient of the Week
Parsnips, popular with ancient Greeks and Romans, were brought over to the Americas with the first colonists. Although parsnips are biennials, they are usually grown as an annual vegetable.
  • Great source of fiber
  • Good source of Vitamin C
  • Contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-cancer function
Cooking tip: Parsnips can be cooked similarly to carrots, but cook faster due to containing more sugar. If cooked without peeling, be sure to wash and scrub in cold water. 
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2013 Seminars/Events 
Active Release Technique 

Re-Certification Seminar 

Iselin, New Jersey


Medicare Seminar

Richmond, Virginia


Health and Safety Fair

Fort Belvoir, VA


The Healthy Alternative
The Healthy Alternative

A guidebook written by

Dr. Sullivan!

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A Guide For A Pain-Free, Active Lifestyle empowers and educates the reader when confronted with back or neck on the treatment options available and integrating the safest, most effective ways to manage and prevent pain. Order Now!