Services offered

Chiropractic Adjustments

 

  

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body's structure—mainly the spine—and its functioning. Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body's natural ability to heal itself.Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

One of the most common therapeutic procedures performed by Doctor of Chiropractic is spinal manipulation (sometimes referred to as a "chiropractic adjustment"). The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – because of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for an individual. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal. 

Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. Compared to other common treatments for pain, such as over-the-counter and prescription pain medications, chiropractic's conservative approach offers a safe and effective option. 

Therapeutic Ultrasound

  

Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to cause increases in:

  • healing rates
  • tissue relaxation
  • tissue heating
  • local blood flow
  • scar tissue breakdown.

How does Ultrasound work?

The waves are generated by a piezoelectric effect caused by the vibration of crystals within the head of the wand/probe. The sound waves that pass through the skin cause a vibration of the local tissues. This vibration or cavitation can cause a deep heating locally though usually no sensation of heat will be felt by the patient. In situations where a heating effect is not desirable, such as a fresh injury with acute inflammation, the ultrasound can be pulsed rather than continuously transmitted.

What does Ultrasound do?

Ultrasound can produce many effects other than just the potential heating effect. It has been shown to cause increases in tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown. The effect of the increase in local blood flow can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation, and, according to some studies, promote bone fracture healing. 

Typical Ultrasound treatments

A typical ultrasound treatment will take from 3-5 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. A small amount of gel or lotion is applied to the area of treatment; then the therapist slowly moves the sound head over the area being treated. During the treatment the head of the ultrasound probe is kept in constant motion. If kept in constant motion, the patient should feel no discomfort at all. 


Chiropractic Treatment for Myofascial

Myofascial Pain Syndrome Video 

In addition to the many joints and bones that comprise the thoracic  spine, there is a network of interwoven and layered muscles.  These  muscles are used to stabilize and move the spine, aid in respiration,  and move the shoulder and arm.

Fascia is a layer of connective tissue that contributes to the  supportive structure of the spine and musculoskeletal system.  The  fascia invests, or surrounds, the muscles and allows for the  smooth gliding of one muscle upon another.  Investing fascia helps to  prevent muscles from adhering to each other. 

With injury, chronic postural stress, or overuse, myofascial trigger  points or myofascial adhesions may develop – all commonly referred to as  myofascial  Chiropractors treat myofascial pain syndromes such as myofascial trigger  points or adhesions with manual myofascial therapy. This therapy  normally includes the use of direct pressure upon the trigger point, or  the use of active anchor-and-stretch myofascial release techniques. 

Massage Therapy

  

Physical Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Relieves muscle tension and stiffness (musculoskeletal problems)
  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
  • Reduces pain and swelling
  • Reduces formation of excessive scar tissue (rehabilitation post operative)
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens the immune system

Deep Tissue Massage  – Uses slow, deep and deliberate strokes to release deep-rooted muscle  tension that needs to be unlocked. Posture, muscle tension and  flexibility are noticeably improved! 


 Therapeutic Massage - There is no denying the power of bodywork, or massage therapy,  regardless of it’s intent to be therapeutic or pampering. Researchers at  top medical schools and journals, have attributed close to 90% of  ailments seen in family practice to be stress related disorders, which  regular therapeutic massages can help prevent. There are various  techniques that utilize different strokes, movement and pressure, to  best suit your needs. Budgeting time and money for bodywork is an  investment in your health, and a necessary piece of your wellness plan.  The AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) credits the physical and  mental benefits of massage therapy to include the following: 



Electrical muscle stimulation

 Electrical muscle stimulation. During this chiropractic  therapy, electrodes are placed on the skin that send light electrical  pulses to different areas of the body with the purpose of reducing  inflammation, curtailing muscle spasms and relieving back pain.  In the chiropractic setting, some procedures include the use of  electrical current to stimulate a therapeutic effect on the body. When  applied to tissue, electric currents create thermal, physiologic, and  chemical responses. The currents also alter pain impulses.  Interferential stimulation is the most commonly used form of electrical  stimulation used in the chiropractic setting. Two channels of electrical  stimulation create a third current that penetrates  the affected tissues with little resistance. This stimulation helps  control pain and muscle contractions. Interferential stimulation also  reduces edema, swelling caused by fluid in the body’s tissues. 

Theraputic exercises

 

any studies have reported the importance of exercises in managing acute and chronic low back pain, strengthening the low back, preventing and keeping back patients working, and to improve quality of life. The strength of the abdominal muscles was also found to be able to differentiate between those with vs. without chronic.

Overall and when combined with chiropractic care, aerobic exercise  helps promote proper digestion, keeps the muscles in proper tone and  promotes better circulation. Walking briskly around the block at least  once or twice is a convenient and popular activity.

Also, many forms of work and/or household tasks can function as an exercise program. The important point is to exercise!  


Benefits of exercise

When done in a controlled, progressive manner, exercises for relieving back pain have many benefits, including: 

  • Strengthening the muscles that support the spine, removing pressure from the spinal discs and facet joints
  • Alleviating stiffness and improving mobility
  • Improving circulation to better distribute nutrients through the body, including to the spinal discs
  • Releasing endorphins, which can naturally relieve pain. A frequent  release of endorphins can help reduce reliance on pain medication.  Endorphins can also elevate mood and relieve depressive symptoms, a  common effect of chronic pain. 
  • Minimizing the frequency of back or neck pain episodes, and reducing the severity of pain when it does occur