The services we provide our patients are tailor made for each individual patient's needs. This is largely dependent upon what the doctor finds during clinical examination. Treatment procedures are based upon the most recent clinical research.
Chiropractic Manipulation (a.k.a. the Adjustment)
This is the primary procedure used by chiropractic physicians to treat mechanical conditions of the spine. It is used to improve joint function, reduce the effects of scar tissue around the joint capsule, and improve/restore proper range of motion of a particular region.
Flexion - Distraction (F&D)
F & D is a gentle chiropractic treatment procedure utilized for back pain and a variety of other conditions such as stenosis, advanced arthritis, facet syndromes and lumbar disc herniations.
Also, known as trigger point dry needling, is the use of solid filiform needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles) for treatment of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome.
- Joint Mobilization
Mobilization is applied to stiff joints in order to restore range of motion, relieve pain and reduce muscle tension. This procedure consists of small passive movements, usually applied as a series of gentle stretches in a smooth, rhythmic fashion to the involved joints.
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Graston)
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Graston) allows us to better detect and treat areas where there is excessive adhesion build-up. It requires the use of stainless steel instruments that glide along a patient’s muscle, tendons or ligaments, with the right amount of pressure to detect just where the adhesions (scar tissue) or restrictions are located.
- Trigger point therapy (Ischemic Compression)
With this procedure, deep manual pressure is applied to and held on sensitive pressure points within muscles. Trigger point therapy is used to relieve painful trigger points.
- Active/Myofascial Release
How do overuse conditions occur? Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
a. acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
b. accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
c. not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
- Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is the assessment and treatment of the soft tissues and joints of the body by hands-on manipulation. Massage can be defined as the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes. It uses a system of strokes that include gliding, kneading, friction, pressure, tapping and vibrating.
The benefits of massage:
- Stretches superficial tissue.
- Assists lymphatic and venous flow.
- Helps to break up and loosen subcutaneous tissue adhesions.
- Can help reduce certain types of edema.
- Stimulates the sensory receptors (nerves) of the skin and deeper tissue.
Massage Therapy is recommended for:
- Relief of chronic stress /tension.
- Relief of pain/spasm.
- Repetitive strain injuries.
- Sprains/strains/athletic injuries.
- Pregnancy discomforts/post partum.
- Postural disorders/muscle rehabilitation.
- Lymphatic drainage.
- Improved circulation.
Taping/Kinesiotape is an elastic rehabilitative taping technique used to provide support and stability to muscles and joints, preventing overuse or over contraction without restricting range of motion. KT acts to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered in the clinical setting. KT is used in conjunction with therapeutic exercise, functional training, neuro-muscular re-education and manual therapy in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic, neuro-muscular or neurological conditions.
Strappingprocedures utilize rigid, non-stretchy material. They may be a highly adhesive tape (leukotape) versus elastic tape (used in the KT technique) as the primary stabilizing taping material. They often require a pre-wrap prior to their application. Goal is to limit range of motionand support/stabilize damaged tissue, including acute muscle strains, ligament sprains and subtle joint instability.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Fascilitation stretch (PNF)
PNF is a stretching technique used to reduce a muscle spasm or chronic tightness that has affected joint movement, and to eliminate pain points where the tendon attaches to bone. The patient is asked to contract the involved muscle group and hold against the doctor’s resistance. They then are asked to relax allowing the doctor to stretch the affected tissue.
Neuromuscular Re-Education Exercises
A category of exercises designed to improve proprioception (balance and coordination) during daily activities that require standing and sitting.
Spinal Stabilization Exercises
A series of exercises and stretches that are used to improve involuntary control of the muscles that provide stability to the spine.
Home Exercise Programs
Patients are taught stretches and exercises that can be completed at home to improve their overall fitness and health.
Short courses of some therapy modalities may facilitate pain relief and muscle relaxation. We provide the following therapy modalities very conservatively, in order to facilitate exercise-based treatments.
What is ultrasound?
It is a therapeutic treatment that produces deep heat resulting in an increase in blood flow to the injured area.
Electric Muscle Stimulation
It is treatment that uses electrical current, administered to the injured muscles, to help reduce pain.
Goals of Chiropractic Treatment
- Short Term Goals: To reduce pain, restore normal joint motion and return regional range of motion to normal.
- Long Term Goals: To restore strength and flexibility to the affected areas in order to restore optimal health, and improve your ability to perform daily activities without pain.
In order to achieve these goals, we may recommend a specific number of treatment visits based on you condition. For example: 1-3 chiropractic visits per week (as determined by your health condition and presenting symptoms) for 1-4 weeks, followed by a progress examination. Based on clinical findings from your re-examination, we will measure the response to treatment and determine whether to:
- Continue treatment, if appropriate;
- Release you from care if your goals have been met;
- Refer you to another health care specialist (or back to your referring family physician) if goals have not been met, but maximum therapeutic benefit with our treatment has been reached.