Services & Techniques

At ChiroAid, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic wellness care to our patients. Below is a description of the different chiropractic services we offer in our Bethesda office.

Chiropractic Care

We provide advanced spinal correction utilizing "state of the art" chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic have we been able to provide the level of help and expertise that now exists. These newer correction methods are even safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Marina Alterman has years of training and experience in spinal adjustment. In addition to Family Chiropractic Care our office specializes in Pediatric Chiropractic (Dr. Marina Alterman is one of the only two Fellows of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (F.I.C.P.A.) practicing in Montgomery County) and Chiropractic Care for Pregnant Women.

Physical Therapy

  1. mechanical traction
  2. electrostimulation
  3. trigger point therapy
  4. hot & cold therapy

Custom-made Orthotics (foot stabilizers)

We provide Foot Levelers Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers that are custom-made to support all three arches of the foot, which creates a balanced foundation. By correcting imbalances in the feet Foot Stabilizers correct imbalances throughout the body.

Low-level Laser Therapy

Dr. Alterman utilizes Cold Laser, soft tissue techniques, and a new method of soft tissue support called KinesioTaping®. With this combination of services, Dr. Alterman has had great success in a number of diagnoses where standard methods have failed. Low-level laser therapy relieves acute and chronic pain, reduces inflammation and increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair.

Diagnostic surface EMG (electromyography).

Static Surface Electromyography is a technique where electrodes are held momentarily against the skin on the left and right sides of the spine at various levels, generating a graphic which shows quantitatively the level of muscle activity at the sites measured. Static Surface EMG is utilized to evaluate how muscles about the spine are firing to maintain posture, and to determine objectively and quantitatively the possibility of structural problems, as muscles fire to compensate for structural problems in a standing, weight bearing position, as is utilized for this exam. It helps determine whether the patient is utilizing their musculature in a balanced manner, which correlates with spinal dysfunction. Static Scanning can also be used to determine whether a heel lift is required due to a short leg, and conversely can help rule out the presence of short leg phenomenon.

CranioSacral Therapy - Dynamic Body Balancing

Dynamic Body Balancing (DBB) techniques are grounded in the same in-depth cranialanatomy and physiology as other schools of training in CranioSacral Therapy. With the addition of Myofascial Unwinding and Biofield Therapies, DBB has become a beautiful form of hands-on therapy that restores balance to the mind, body and spirit. The primary difference from other similar forms of work is the application. In most cases, DBB techniques are performed with the client in the "position of injury", which is primarily seated or standing. Clients in these positions will quickly and actively allow their bodies to re-enact an injury and will move in a gentle dance with their facilitator as their tissues begin the process of restoring a state of balance and harmony within the cells of the body.

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage is the manipulation of the muscles and tissues of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort and stress. Massage is one of the oldest healing arts known to humans, first records of its use dating back 3000 years. There are many styles and types of massage therapy. The benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. Massage can:

  • alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
  • assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stay
  • ease medication dependence
  • enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow
  • improve the condition of the body's largest organ - the skin
  • lessen depression and anxiety
  • reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling
  • reduce spasms and cramping
  • relieve migraine pain ... and much more

Our office offers the following forms of a massage: Swedish - Cranio-Sacral - Trager - Neuromuscular - HotStone.


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11:00 am-8:00 pm


7:00 am-1:00 pm


11:00 am-8:00 pm


4:00 pm-8:00 pm


7:00 am-1:00 pm






Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I have no words for how positively Dr. Alterman's knowledge and skill have impacted my daughter's life, not to mention my own. We would go every day if we could."
    Amy G.