Chiropractic adjustments are widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal complaints. Chiropractic adjustments are a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of education. There are several types of manipulation, however, chiropractic physicians and doctors of osteopathic medicine are the only physicians allowed, by law and licensing, to perform this type of specific therapy to patients. The chiropractic physician typically uses his hands or instruments to adjust the joints of the body, particularly the spine and also the extremities in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic adjustments, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following adjustments typically fade within 24 hours.
Soft tissue therapy involves the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of soft tissue injuries, muscular pain, and dysfunction in terms of weakness, instability, strains or spasms. These injuries can be due to acute trauma or repetitive motion disorders. The treatments usually consist of manipulative techniques on specific muscular structures of the body. Many times, spinal disorders are the direct result of muscular trauma, therefore, attention to the muscular system is vital for a full recovery of your injury. Soft tissue therapy can include massage techniques, Nimmo technique, active isolated stretching, post neuro-muscular facilitation, active myofascial release, and trigger point therapy.
Active Myofascial Release Technique
Active Myofascial Release Technique uses instruments to perform a specialized form of manual therapy that is designed to help the practitioner identify and break up areas of restriction, fibrotic adhesions and scar tissue. Using very specific protocols with these instruments, we are able to introduce a pro-inflammatory procedure to release the scar tissue and address the mechanical dysfunction of the muscle and tendons. This technique temporarily causes inflammation in the area, which in turn increases the rate and amount of blood flow that facilitate the healing process. Injuries that respond well to this type of therapy include frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, carpal tunnel, runners knees, ankle sprains, muscular strains, plantar fasciitis and temperomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
Kinesio Tape is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed support and stabilize joints, tendons, and muscular injuries during the healing process. It allows patients to continue their current lifestyle during the healing and repair process of an injury. KT tape will maintain the body’s ability to move through its normal range of motion while supporting the areas of injury. It also provides extended soft tissue stimulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered in the chiropractic office. By targeting different receptors within the skin, it can alleviate pain and facilitate lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin under the tape.
Rehabilitation is one of the primary keys in any treatment plan. Many times through repetitive strain and overuse, muscles become weak due to their dysfunctional nature. Rehabilitation exercises are used during the treatment process to help restore the natural mechanics of the body and strengthen the weakened areas that resulted in an injury. Rehabilitation exercises increase mobility, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability and recurrence. Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy.
Advanced Nutritional Counseling
It has always been said that nutrition is the best medicine. If you give the body what it needs, it will heal itself…..to a certain extent. Although there is always a need for better medicine, a proper diet and nutritional supplementation will help the body recover faster, heal better, and allow you to maintain a much healthier lifestyle well into your golden years. All chronic disease is the result of chronic inflammation and using nutrition as a supplement to a healthy diet and lifestyle will allow you to boost your optimal levels of functionality. We have helped many patients with chronic diseases with a high success rate.
Cold Laser Therapy
Laser therapy treatment helps reduce pain and inflammation and enhances tissue healing—both in hard and soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, and even bones. Laser therapy increases the oxygenation of muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones as it allows injured or damaged cells to absorb photons of light which stimulates the metabolic processes of cells to increase healing for a faster recovery. Laser therapy can be helpful for acute injuries, such as strains, sprains, and shoulder injuries; repetitive-use injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome; traumatic injuries, and chronic issues, such as frozen shoulder and arthritis.