Spinal adjustments to correct subluxations are what make doctors of chiropractic unique in comparison with any other type of health care professional. The term “adjustment” refers to the specific force chiropractors apply to vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally.
The objective of the chiropractic adjustment is to correct the subluxation which results in an increased range of motion, reduced nerve irritation, reduced muscle spasm, reduced pain and improved function. The chiropractic adjustment is often a quick thrust applied to a vertebra for the purpose of correcting its position, movement or both. Adjustments are often accompanied by an audible release of gas in the spinal joints that sounds like a “crack.” The sound sometimes surprises people the first time they get adjusted, but the sensation is usually relieving. Occasionally, minor discomfort is experienced, especially if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the person tenses up during the chiropractic procedure. There are times when the audible “cracking” does not occur. This is often due to either significant muscle tightness or the person having a hard time relaxing during their adjustments. Some adjusting techniques are designed to move the spine in a way that does not produce the audible sound at all. Chiropractic is so much more than simply a means of relieving pain.
Ultimately, the goal of receiving adjustments should be to restore the body to its natural state of optimal health. In order to accomplish this, we often recommend a variety of natural and holistic healing methods to accompany the adjustment. This may include massage or Active release therapy (ART) for soft tissue complications, exercise rehabilitation, and counseling on nutrition and exercise.
Acute injuries with associated inflammation are often treated with accompanying physiotherapy including the use of electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, traction, neuromuscular re-education, and a variety of manual therapies to help patients recover quickly.
We are dynamic, self-regulating and self-healing organisms. Chiropractors are doctors who understand that within each of us is this innate wisdom or healthy energy that will express itself as perfect health and well-being if we allow it to. Therefore, the focus of chiropractic care is to remove any physiological blocks to the proper expression of the body’s innate wisdom. Once these interferences are reduced, improved health is the natural consequence. Who wouldn’t want that?
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. Visit website.
Ultrasound machines are a treatment modality used by chiropractors, physical therapists and athletic trainers that utilize high or low frequency sound waves. These sound waves are transmitted to the surrounding tissue and vasculature. They penetrate the muscles to cause deep tissue/muscle warming. This promotes tissue relaxation and therefore is useful in treating muscle tightness and spasms. The warming effect of the sound waves also cause vessel vasodilatation and increase circulation to the area that assists in healing. The Dr. can also adjust the frequency on the machine to use waves that will decrease inflammation.
Low Level Light Therapy (Cold Laser) is used to decrease the amount of time it takes to heal an injury. It activates a photochemical process within the injured cells increasing their rate of metabolism. This enhances the healing process in the area of injury.
Physical Rehab/Exercise Counseling. Our staff is trained in many therapeutic and proprioceptive exercises to assist you during the recovery process of your treatment. We utilize swiss ball, tubing, and foam rolling techniques during rehabilitation. Exercise counseling is available from a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Structures that are dense (such as bone) will block most of the x-ray particles, and will appear white. Metal and contrast media (special dye used to highlight areas of the body) will also appear white. Structures containing air will be black, and muscle, fat, and fluid will appear as shades of gray.
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