What We Do

At the Chanda Center for Health, we provide person-centered, collaborative care. This means we put the person first. Our approach to health and wellness is fully integrated and includes access to integrative therapies, primary care and behavioral health together in a coordinated and collaborative setting. Delivering this type of care helps us identify each participants’ needs and treat them in the most helpful and meaningful ways.

We understand that our participants health and wellness needs and goals are ever-changing. Therefore, we work directly with each participant to make necessary adjustments and ensure their needs are always being met. As advocates for our participants, we also help them navigate the system and access the resources they need to meet their goals.

Classes and Clinics

The Chanda Center for Health partners with community organizations and experts to provide monthly wheelchair repair clinics and a variety of education opportunities including classes about nutrition, Medicaid estate recovery, wound care, cannabis and more.

Due to COVID-19, classes and clinics are not currently being provided at the Center. However, our providers have donated their time and knowledge to provide access to FREE vital services for the entire community.

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Education

Chanda Center for Health invites healthcare providers of any type to sign up for our Disability Competent Care online courses, which included 7 modules to help reduce health disparities for individuals with disabilities by educating the providers that serve them

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For questions, please email education@chandacenter.org

What others say about us…

“I feel a ray of hope upon entering the Chanda Center for Health, and my mood greatly improves after therapy. I struggled for two years to find such a warm and welcoming place where people understand the difficulties of life in a wheelchair. I can now work efficiently and enjoy a greater sense of myself in the community.”

“Too often, I feel as if my body is dead, devoid of sensation, but with the massage therapy I receive through The Chanda Center, I have the opportunity to bring some sensation back to my body and the sense that I am functioning once again.”

“The Chanda Center makes the world seem bigger and more possible while giving me the energy to explore it.”

Direct Services

The Chanda Center for Health provides access to integrative healthcare at its Lakewood facility as well as at off-site facilities along the front range and across the nation through contracted providers of participant’s choice who meet Chanda Center for Health provider criteria.

Our services are available to anyone. Purchase a gift certificate for a friend to receive acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, or yoga today. Your gift not only helps a friend, it helps cover the cost of services for the people we serve.

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Care Coordination

Care coordination is at the heart of our collaborative healthcare model. We work with you and empower you to ensure you are healthy, happy, safe and have the resources and support to live the life you desire.

What to Expect

Internal Navigation

Although many participants seek services at the Chanda Center for Health for specific therapy needs, we want to be certain that all participants engage in a comprehensive in-take process to ensure everything we have to offer has been shared. For example, if someone visits the Chanda Center for Health for massage, we want them to know that acupuncture, chiropractic, counseling and additional services are also available to them. It is critical that participants understand the impact all of our services can offer.

External Navigation

At the time of injury or diagnosis, prioritizing needs and navigation through resources can be overwhelming. In addition to informing participants of the services available at the Chanda Center for Health, our care coordinator helps participants research, contact and access external resources that are meant to enhance independence. Some of these resources include transportation, home modifications, Medicaid services and more.

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Behavioral Health

When our body hurts, so does our mind. The opposite is also true. When our mind hurts, so does our body. The mind and body continually react to each other. Counseling can address the cognitive and emotional concerns resulting from life’s challenges. Some common concerns that many of our participants face include chronic pain, stress, anxiety, trauma, isolation and depression. Through a positive and holistic approach, counseling can help you have more good days. Behavioral Health Services are provided in partnership with Jefferson Center for Mental Health.

What to Expect

Our behavioral health providers will work with you to meet your mental health goals. We currently have two providers, a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed professional counselor. Our providers have experience working with families, couples, and individuals and a large range of specialties including but not limited to anger, anxiety, depression, addiction, pain management, stress and trauma. We also provide bio-feedback! Just like our bodies, we are dedicated to offering the ability for participants to exercise their mind.

Massage

Massage therapy is a system of structured touch, palpation or movement of the soft tissues of the body in order to enhance or restore the general health and well-being of the recipient. Massage uses many different techniques such as effleurage (gliding strokes), petrissage (kneading strokes), percussion, friction, vibration, compression, and passive and active stretching within the normal anatomical range of movement. Such techniques may be applied with or without the aid of lubricants.

At the Chanda Center for Health, our massage therapists include tools as well as yoga, range of motion and stretching techniques that stimulate lymphatic drainage, increase blood circulation and much more. Based on the evidence, massage therapy can provide significant improvement for pain, anxiety and disability related symptoms to improve your quality of life.

What to Expect

Just like our other providers, our massage therapists are also great advocates for your care. As you develop a relationship together, they are a great resource to help you create healthy goals, advocate for changes in your care plan, and provide you with the support you need to make changes to your health both inside and outside of the Center. Each therapist has different practices and backgrounds to fit your individual needs and offer insight to compliment your current wellness practices.

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Chanda Center for Health Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the eight branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has a history of more than 2,500 years. Acupuncture involves the use of small, sterile needles (about as thick as a human hair) inserted shallowly into the skin at specific points on the body. Your acupuncture session at the Center may include additional aspects of TCM such as diet and lifestyle counseling, Chinese herbal prescriptions or cupping.

Clinical studies have documented consistent neurologic and endocrine responses to needle stimulation. It has been found that acupuncture regulates the nervous system, aiding the activity of endorphins and immune system cells at specific points throughout the body.

What to Expect

Acute conditions tend to resolve more quickly and chronic conditions need more time. Most people feel some relief from symptoms after the second or third acupuncture treatment. For chronic conditions, it is estimated to take one month of treatments for every year you have had the condition. Please be patient with your body as it works to find health and balance. Your ability to follow any recommended dietary and lifestyle changes will directly impact your response time.

Chiropractic

Modern chiropractic has techniques that allow us to adjust your spine with gentle stimulation using hands and tools. When using this gentle approach, there are not any contraindications in regards to damaging spinal fusions or hardware. All of our chiropractors are well trained in this approach.

What to Expect

A chiropractic adjustment can produce profound results in a short period of time because it stimulates the nervous system. Many participants experience changes lasting from hours to days. In a typical chiropractic setting, an adjustment only requires 7-10 minutes. At the Chanda Center for Health, we allow up to 15-30 minutes per treatment to accommodate transfer and evaluation time to meet your unique physiology.

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Chanda Center for Health Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

The physical therapist works with participants to create customized therapeutic exercise programs to compliment findings in initial intake. The physical therapist utilizes a variety of techniques including joint mobilizations, fascial and neural mobilization, neuroplasticity graded motor imagery for pain management, trigger point dry needling, cupping and instrument assisted fibrosis management.

What to Expect

While moving your body is important, making sure your body is getting the alignment it deserves is critical. Often the excitement around walking can overshadow the needs of your body, causing more damage than good. It is important to balance optimism for the future and working hard on activities of everyday living. Our physical therapist will work with participants to customized goals, which can range from being able to use a spoon to strengthening your core. With the use of functional electrical stimulation, blood flow restriction, incorporated yoga and other specialized techniques, treatment plans are unique.

Chanda Center for Health Yoga

Adaptive & Aerial Yoga

It is difficult to find balance without the ability to look inward, whether it is physical balance or balance in our daily lives. Starting the day with a focus on health can be as simple as breathing and stretching. Bringing these two together and you’ve entered the world of yoga.

Adaptive yoga can lead to an enhanced ability to manage stress, a deeper sense of connection with your body and increased strength, balance and flexibility – both mentally and physically. When asking participants, they say “I feel lighter”. Yoga opens space between our joints and relieves the compression we hold in our body due to lack of movement and increased tightness.

What to Expect

In adaptive yoga, classic yoga poses are modified to accommodate the individual. From those who can walk but live with impaired mobility or balance issues, to those with little or no muscle control, all are welcome to participate. Adaptive yoga can also be done in or out of the chair. Props such as chairs placed in front of you to put your legs up, bolsters, blocks, straps, sandbags or even your chair can help with poses. Physical assistance is provided for those who need it.

Primary Care

The Chanda Center for Health has partnered with Denver Health, a leading provider of primary care in the Denver Metro area, to offer disability competent primary care services to participants. The partnership launched in the summer of 2019 and served 40 patients within two months of operation.

What to Expect

Many primary care providers do not offer disability competent care due to the lack of physical accessibility, accommodations, and/or understanding needs.  Primary Care at the Chanda Center for Health is physically accessible and equipped with providers who understand disability and ensures everyone has access to essential and preventative medicine such as women’s care, prescription medication reconciliation, and other standard labs in partnership with Denver Health.

Dental Care

In collaboration with Visiting Ancillary Services, the Chanda Center for Health provides participants with easy and convenient on-site access to dental hygiene services. Dental services are provided at the Center and there is no need for participants to transfer from their wheelchair or make a separate trip.

What to Expect

Visiting Ancillary Services offers dental exams, x-rays, standard cleanings, and other dental work such as extractions, fillings, etc. These services can happen in your wheelchair or comfortably on an accessible table.

In-Patient Massage & Acupuncture

In partnership with Craig Hospital – a nationally recognized rehabilitation hospital specializing in spinal cord injury and brain injury rehabilitation – the Chanda Center for Health provides recently injured individuals with the opportunity to receive free massage and acupuncture sessions during their hospital stay.

What to Expect

Massage and acupuncture can provide significant improvement for pain, anxiety and disability related conditions to improve your quality of life. All in-patients may receive two massage and two acupuncture treatments provided free of charge with a Chanda Center disability competent provider. Any in-patient at Craig Hospital with interest can speak to their Craig physician. Given this collaboration is a good introduction to services between in-patient and out-patient care, there are options for ongoing private pay or financial assistance both while still in-patient and after discharge.

Chanda Center for Health Off Site Services

Off-Site Services

Due to COVID-19, we no longer have funding available for off-site services in 2021.

Outside of Denver

The Chanda Center for Health provides services at some satellite locations throughout Colorado and under some circumstances can provide home visits.

Outside of Colorado

The Center works to provide financial support for those living outside of Colorado to receive services with providers and provider locations across the country.

In collaboration with Visiting Ancillary Services, the Chanda Center for Health provides participants with easy and convenient on-site access to dental hygiene services. Dental services are provided at the Center and there is no need for participants to transfer from their wheelchair or make a separate trip.

What to Expect

Visiting Ancillary Services offers dental exams, x-rays, standard cleanings, and other dental work such as extractions, fillings, etc. These services can happen in your wheelchair or comfortably on an accessible table.

Intensive Fund Services (Nationwide)

The intensive fund provides off-site services funding for individuals who are newly injured to access adaptive exercise. Applications will be accepted for this program in 2021.

Intensive Fund Services
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