The most significant aspect of any chiropractic treatment is chiropractic manipulation of the spine or joints of the extremities. Commonly referred to as an “adjustment”, chiropractic manipulation is performed to improve lost range of motion, increase segmental joint mobility, stimulate joint position sensors and promote normal function of the central nervous system. The adjustment is vital in restoring normal joint function and range of motion and improving overall joint health. Chiropractic manipulation is a safe, gentle and effective method for treating neck, mid back and lower back pain in addition to disorders of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle. By restoring normal function to the musculoskeletal system, especially the joints of the spine, manipulation allows the nervous system to operate without interference and regulate the various systems of the body and promote optimal health.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation/Interferential Current
Also referred to as “muscle stim” or “electric stim”, this form of therapy is used to reduce both acute and chronic pain, and to speed tissue healing. There is some evidence that suggests that electrical stimulation may block the transmission of pain signals along nerves. Additionally, electrical stimulation has been shown to promote the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers produced by the body. Interferential current is painless and patients commonly report a “tingling” or “pins and needles” type of sensation when it is applied.
This procedure can be performed either manually (by the doctor’s hands) or mechanically (with the use of a table). It is commonly utilized to reduce pressure on the discs of the neck or lower back. With traction, the discs are de-compressed, thereby relieving nerve pain, tissue inflammation and pressure caused by herniated or bulging discs. This is a painless procedure that patients most often find very comfortable and pleasant.
Pressure Point Therapy/Soft Tissue Techniques
Soft tissue techniques include massage therapy, trigger point therapy, and myofascial stripping. These techniques are performed to decrease muscle spasm, reduce tension and increase blood flow to the area to remove toxins and supply nutrients. Additionally, soft tissue techniques serve to improve flexibility, decrease pain, increase range of motion and facilitate tissue healing.
Physical Therapy/Spine and Sports Rehabilitation
In conjunction with chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitation is an essential component of any treatment plan. Studies have shown that without rehabilitation, recovery from an acute injury or chronic condition takes longer and the potential for exacerbation or re-injury remains high. Physical therapy can help improve motion, increase muscle strength, and enhance balance and coordination. For each patient, a rehabilitation program will be custom-designed to expedite the recovery process, and prevent re-injury or exacerbation.
Physical therapy programs that we offer include pre- and post-natal conditioning, lumbo-pelvic stabilization programs, cervical stabilization programs, sports injury rehabilitation, balance and stability training, flexibility training and postural re-education and training. For many disc injuries, we utilize the McKenzie technique as a treatment method with great success.
Not only will losing weight improve your chiropractic experience, but visiting a chiropractor frequently may also be able to make your weight loss journey easier. As the Obesity Action Coalition discusses, one of the biggest complaints of obese people is that when they try to exercise it is very painful due to the massive amount of pressure being put on their joints, so they just don’t exercise. A chiropractor will be able to ease this pain to make it easier for you to accomplish your weight loss goals. As an added bonus, regular adjustments may also assist your body in absorbing all of the healthy nutrients you consume, improve your digestion, and make you more flexible.