Chiropractic care


Chiropractic manipulations

This process involves mobilizing the injured joint that has become subluxated (slightly misplaced). The injured joint, whether it be spinal or extremity, is placed into a lockout position. Then a force is administered to cavitate(or pop) that joint resulting in proper joint alignment. The goal of your visit is to get the adhered / injured joint moving again and to relieve you of your pain. By adjusting the joint, the space within that joint opens up and promotes two main factors. The first is movement, which allows ligaments, muscles and tendons to work in their proper function. Second, it allows for increased blood flow and reduces nerve irritability. For example, the most common injury is injury to the low back resulting from lifting incorrectly. Typically, pain is felt shortly afterwards, followed by muscles tightening and if the injury is harsh enough, there can be pain that radiates into the buttocks or down the leg. An adjustment to the lumbar segments opens up the joints, allowing the proper spacing in the joint and increasing range of motion, thus movement. It also increases the blood flow which helps eliminate the inflammation and takes pressure off the nerve, eliminating the radiation down the leg.

Electric Stimulation

This modality is mainly for the patient that has an acute injury and is usually administered concurrent with ice. The injury is fresh and painful and after the treatment is rendered it is important to get the spastic/guarding musculature to relax. The stimulation is placed directly on the site of injury and the main function is to relieve the pain, fatigue, and muscle spasms. In addition to the electric stimulation, ice also decreases inflammation from building up.

Myofascial Release

This is a process of identifying the shortened, spastic, and injured muscles. After identification, the muscle is shortened and then lengthened under tension. This technique is done to break up the trigger point and also moves the muscle in its proper anatomical direction. It provides two important results. It promotes proper muscle biomechanics returning strength and reducing pain. It also promotes healing by stripping the trigger point and releasing the toxins bound within the muscle. This technique works wonderfully for the athletes who know there performance is hindered by a muscle strain but would never think of visiting a chiropractor for their complaint.

Rehabilitation/Postural Exercises

At this point of your treatment, we have solved the initial injury and now it is important that corrective therapy be instituted. Depending on the cause of injury, you will be given specific home exercises / stretches to help facilitate proper biomechanics and prevent further injury. These consist of understanding the weakened musculature, and applying the proper strengthening exercises and conjunctive stretches. For example, a large percentage of our population has desk jobs. The anterior (front) part of our body has become shortened and stronger. Conversely, the posterior (back) side of our body has become stretched and weakened. This patient would be given stretches to open the front side and exercises to strengthen the back side to promote proper posture. Proper posture eliminates shoulder stiffness, headaches, fatigue and carpal tunnel syndrome, just to name a few ailments.