What is Chiropractic?
Our bodies are designed to be healthy and chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord and all the nerves of the body. The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots.
If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body. Doctors call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. "Vertebral", meaning the bones of the spine; "subluxation", meaning less than a total dislocation; "complex", meaning consisting of more than one party. Chiropractic is the science of locating offending spinal structures, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and the philosophy of all things natural.
Our Chiropractic and Therapeutic Services:
FEATURING OUR NEW SERVICE: Infrared and Red Light Therapy
We use pulsed, light emitting diode devices known as low-level light therapy, and infrared and visible red LEDs (polychromatic light therapy) to provide gentle but powerful, effective and non-invasive pain relief. Light therapy has been FDA approved to decrease pain and inflammation, while increasing circulation and stimulating production of collagen which is an essential protein used to repair damaged tissue. Collagen is also the substance that holds cells together and is highly elastic, so light therapy can also be used to decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles anywhere on the body!
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Muscle stimulation therapy has been used for many years to treat weak or atrophied muscles resulting from an injury or from long periods of immobility. The electrical impulses stimulate muscles and nerve endings, causing them to contract and relax which develops strength and encourages blood circulation and healing in the affected area. Similar to the effects of deep tissue massage, electrical muscle stimulation therapy is used to treat a variety of painful issues, from muscle strain and injury to fibromyalgia symptoms.
Our myofascial release approach is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat pain and restriction of motion with anatomically focused deep tissue massage. Joint problems are almost always accompanied by tension or injury to your soft tissue: muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue that provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle. This soft tissue can become restricted due to many factors like, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow.
Misalignments and other joint problems can result in decreased mobility, pain or other symptoms such as numbness or tingling, both at the problem site and elsewhere in the body. Our chiropractor’s specific and gentle spinal adjustments work to re-establish mobility and proper alignment of your joints. Often, this restores balance within your body and allows you to return to pain-free movement and optimal health.
Flexion-distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently "distracts" or stretches the spine. This allows the chiropractor to isolate the affected area while slightly "flexing" the spine using a pumping rhythm. Flexion-distraction is one of the most well-studied chiropractic procedures. It has been shown to be effective for the treatment of disc herniation, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis as well as spinal subluxations.
Kinesiology Tape is applied along muscles, ligaments, and tendons (soft tissue) to provide a lightweight, strong, external support that helps to prevent injury and speed recovery. Depending on how it is applied, Kinesiology Tape supports, and enables or restricts soft tissue and its movement. By applying Kinesiology Tape over affected tissue, athletes experience an external support which helps to prevent further injury and allows the body’s damaged tissue to rest and heal naturally despite continued activity. It also reduces inflammation and increases circulation which prevents muscle cramping and lactic acid buildup.
Therapeutic exercises are specific bodily movements prescribed to correct impairment, improve musculoskeletal function, and maintain a state of well-being. Our approach is individualized to every patient’s specific needs and may vary from highly selected activities restricted to specific muscles or parts of the body, to general and vigorous activities that can return a symptomatic patient to the peak of physical condition.
Ultrasound has been a widely used and accepted modality for the management of many musculoskeletal conditions. Ultrasound is applied using a round-headed wand that is put in direct contact with the patient's skin and transmits ultrasonic waves which have been shown to decrease inflammation (swelling), remodel scar tissue, increase soft tissue healing, and decrease pain. Some studies have shown that increase in local blood flow promoted by the ultrasound therapy promotes bone fracture healing.
Regular massage can release chronically contracted muscles and fascia, improving the balance among muscle groups and promoting healthy circulation. Massage triggers the body’s relaxation response, interrupting a cycle of stress and muscle tension that can build in response to life’s challenges. Massage is also a powerful tool for becoming aware of chronic tension or postural problems that affect your body mechanics.
It can be very confusing to determine the true value of a supplement. Just like any recipe, the quality of the ingredients you use affects the quality of the final product. At our office, we believe that given the proper nutrition, your body has amazing capabilities of keeping itself healthy. We also believe that nutrition should be individualized to meet each patient’s needs. Standard Process vitamins contain nutrients from many organic whole food sources, not the man-made compounds found in typical retail vitamins. It’s the combination of these foods, not just a single component, which provides the vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients you need to help maintain optimal health.
Gait Scans for Custom Orthotics
Prescription orthotics look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes – they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. Orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole; and have the advantage of being custom molded to the support requirements of your feet.
The Wellness Shop was created for people like you who are looking for innovative and affordable ways to achieve a more positive health outcome. We carry whole food vitamins, pain relieving creams, pillows and ice packs, portable electrical stimulation units, light therapy units, posture pumps, braces, posture straps, foam rollers, self-massaging tools, and more. Click here to see what we have in our Wellness Shop.
Both massage and chiropractic offer preventive care to support your ongoing health. These two complementary therapies, especially in combination, form a powerful approach to relieve pain and increase your body’s mobility and resilience. Join our Wellness Club and get discounted massages and adjustments. There are 4 packages to choose from, visit our Wellness Club page more info.
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