Chiropractic Services & Techniques:
- ActivatorAfter 35 years of study and 15 years of clinical research, the activator method has grown to be the most widely used “low force” technique in chiropractic. This specific system of adjusting restores proper balance, and does it with improved safety and comfort.
Activator technique utilizes a small spring-loaded adjusting instrument to deliver a focused corrective impulse into the dysfunctional spinal segment. This technique is most commonly used in patients who prefer a low-force correction without the traditional “hands-on” thrust.
- A.R.T. - Active Release TechniqueART 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.
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.
- Coupled ReductionCoupled reduction is a high velocity, low amplitude manipulation utilizing proper spinal biomechanical principles, thus maximizing joint receptor stimulation.
- Functional MedicineFunctional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
- Homeopathy & Natural MedicineHomeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is a medical philosophy and practice based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself. Homeopathy was founded in the late 1700s in Germany and has been widely practiced throughout Europe. Homeopathic medicine views symptoms of illness as normal responses of the body as it attempts to regain health.
Homeopathy is based on the idea that “like cures like.” That is, if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. In theory, a homeopathic dose enhances the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory processes.
Natural Medicine recognizes that healing takes place on many levels, and works with the individual to encourage their health and vitality. The body has an innate wisdom with the ability to heal itself when given the proper environment. Naturopathic medicine utilizes natural therapies to create that environment, which supports our progress, addressing the source of imbalance, rather then just treating symptoms.
Modalities may include nutrition, nutrients on the cellular level, the therapeutic properties of botanicals, alignment of physical systems, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, counseling, exercise, lifestyle changes and developing positive attitudes which increase creativity and enhance our ability to deal with stress.
- Kinetic Therapeutic TapingKinetic Therapeutic Tape is a type of thin, elastic cotton tape that is able to stretch up to 120–140% of its original length. As a result, if the tape is applied to a patient on a stretch greater than its normal length, it will “recoil” after being applied and therefore create a pulling force on the skin or muscle that it is being applied to. This elastic property allows much greater range of motion compared to traditional white athletic tape and can also be left on for long periods of time before reapplication.
KT TAPE is applied along muscles, ligaments, and tendons (soft tissue) to provide a lightweight, external support that helps you remain active while recovering from injuries. KT Tape creates neuromuscular feedback (called proprioception) that inhibits (relaxes) or facilitates stronger firing of muscles and tendons. This feedback creates support elements without the bulk and restriction commonly associated with wraps and heavy bracing. KT Tape gives you confidence to perform your best.
- Micro-Current TherapyMicro-Current Therapy is a physical therapy modality providing electro muscle stimulation through the means of an electric current delivered in millionths of an ampere. Using the micro-current provides little to no feeling of electrical stimulation, this is because it runs in milli-amp vs. amps. Because micro-current flows at one millionth of an ampere it is delivered on the same scale as the current the body produces on its own in each cell, it is therefore physiologic.
Micro-Current Therapy has the ability to relieve chronic pain, increase the rate of wound healing, increase protein synthesis, stimulate the regeneration of injured tissue, stimulate lymphatic flow and relieve myofascial trigger points.
- Myofascial ReleaseMyofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
- X-Ray Partnership Facility NearbyAn X-rays’s plain film radiograph of the spine is still considered the simplest and most common diagnostic tool used by doctors to evaluate skeletal problems. X-rays can gather an astonishing amount of necessary information about the patient. Above and beyond ruling out pathologies and possible fractures, X-rays can be used to show mensuration lines that can be used to determine and document specific structural impairments. X-rays are the basis for documentation of structural and spine abnormalities.
- Proprioception TrainingProprioception training is a combined term for proprioceptive, vestibular and visual systems. In essence, proprioception is having a sense of self or a sense of where your limbs are oriented in space. Within the limbs lie proprioceptors, which are sensors that provide information regarding the joint angle, muscle length and muscle tension automatically to the central nervous system. The central nervous system then relays information to the rest of the body, allowing it to appropriately respond. Initially, proprioception is an unconscious action, but it can be improved through conscious training.
- Spinal Manipulation, Therapy & RehabSpinal Manipulation (‘adjustment’) is a primary chiropractic therapeutic application that involves applying a specific amount of force vectored through a specific plane of motion of a spinal or peripheral joint, in order to reduce joint restriction and facilitate normal range of motion.
- Sports Therapy / RehabSports Therapy is a specialized practice that focuses on prevention, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement of the physically-active individual.
Sports therapy and rehabilitation is concerned with musculoskeletal conditions arising from sporting activity, not with general healthcare. It focuses on understanding and preventing sports injuries and dealing with the effects of physical and emotional trauma due to sports and exercise related injuries.
- Therapeutic ExerciseTherapeutic exercise is a physical therapy intervention encompassing a broad range of activities designed to restore or improve musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and/or neurologic function.
Can include range of motion, resistive exercises such as weight training, postural correction exercises, and exercises that incorporate coordination and balance training.
- ThompsonThe Thompson Technique facilitates a full spine technique by the use of an adjusting table with a pneumatically driven, segmented drop system, which quickly lowers the section of the patient’s body corresponding with the spinal region being adjusted, whether in the dorsal, lumber or pelvic area. By means of this widely used device your practitioner thrusts at high speed, using minimal force, because while the thrust initiates movement, the fast drop carries the joint through the remainder of its range of motion.
- Trigger Point TherapyA trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may reduce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.
Trigger Point Therapy is used to relieve muscular pain and dysfunction through applied pressure to trigger points of referred pain and through stretching exercises. These points are defined as localized areas in which the muscle and connective tissue are highly sensitive to pain when compressed. Pressure on these points can send referred pain to other specific parts of the body.
- Various Forms of StretchingJust as there are different types of flexibility, there are also different types of stretching. Stretches are either dynamic (meaning they involve motion) or static (meaning they involve no motion). Some of the different types of stretching are: ballistic stretching, dynamic stretching, active stretching, passive (or relaxed) stretching, static stretching, isometric stretching and PNF stretching.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is knows as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypo mobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.