Joint Manipulation / Mobilization
Whether it be joints of the low back, neck, pelvis, hands, elbow or feet, manipulation and/or mobilization helps to restore proper range of motion, decrease pain, and achieve proper function. Joint manipulation is commonly referred to as a chiropractic adjustment. They are performed as a gentle manual maneuver that takes the joint into it's normal physiological range of motion, and as a result, a light 'popping' sound is sometimes heard, as if you were cracking your knuckles. This sound is normal, and is simply a sound made by the joint's lubricating fluid as the joint reaches it's maximal range of motion. Chiropractic adjustments are very safe, and through our thorough history and physical assessment, we determine whether joint manipulation is an appropriate component of your therapy. Learn more...
Regardless of the source of your condition, when pain is experienced, surrounding musculature and other soft-tissues often respond with spasm, tightness, or trigger points (tender areas in muscle). Various soft-tissue treatment techniques, such as Active Release Techniques®, instrument assisted soft tissue therapy (IASTT) such as Graston Technique, cross-friction massage, trigger-point therapy, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching, can all help alleviate the associated pain and soreness. Contrary to popular belief, Chiropractic care is not solely limited to treating the joints of the body!
MedX Low-Level Laser Therapy
Low-Level Laser Therapy is a modality that uses light energy on a specific wavelength to penetrate deep into tissue. This light energy is absorbed by the various tissues in the body (muscles, joints, ligaments) and is transferred into biochemical energy. As a result, there is a decrease in swelling, acceleration in healing time, and an increase in the pain threshold, due to the release of endorphins (morphine-like substances that inhibit the sensation of pain). This increase in pain threshold also allows for increased tolerance to manual therapies, such as Active Release Techniques®, to help you get the results you need. Therapeutic Laser is very safe, and has been proven very effective in the treatment osteoarthritis, muscle strains, andsports injuries, just to name a few. Learn more...
Interferential Current / Muscle Stimulation
Helping reduce pain and inflammation by adding a low-voltage current to the involved tissue has been a therapeutic modality used for many years, and still proves to be very effective, whether dealing with acute injury or chronic pain. The current helps to reduce local inflammation and reduce pain by numbing your pain-transmitting nerve fibers, ultimately providing symptomatic relief and allowing better tolerance to manual therapy.
Ultrasound is another routinely used therapeutic device that transmits sound-waves into the tissue, either creating a thermal effect of the tissue from the absorption of the sound waves, or a mechanical stimulation effect from the vibration of the sound waves. Based on the condition being treated and the desired ultrasound setting, treatment results and rates can be greatly improved.
Gait Analysis / Foot Biomechanical Analysis
The feet and ankles are the body's primary anatomical supports when standing, walking, or running, and are very susceptible to injury due to biomechanical dysfunction and/or simple wear-and-tear. For that reason, it is essential to assess the feet when dealing with any injury to the body, as they may be a significant contributing factor to the pain. No two bodies are alike, and nobody is perfectly symmetrical from side to side. Therefore, it is more than just a matter of alignment. Assessing how you walk and how your feet, ankles, knees, hips and pelvis function in an active state is critical to determining any biomechanical factors in your injury and to prevent that injury from re-occurring. Corrective options could be ask simple as a heel lift of a few millimeters to correct a difference the length of one leg compared to the other, or a more personalized solution using custom-made foot orthotics to help prevent over-pronation (the movement of the ankle when the foot is planted while walking) or other biomechanical dysfunctions.
Active Care Program
In addition to getting the proper treatment, taking the necessary steps at home or at work to further help the healing process is critical. Whether it be as simple as a few minutes of stretching a day, to icing the injury, to making minor modifications to your work area, everyone has a unique living and working situation outside of our clinic and should have a customized treatment plan that takes these factors into consideration. The combination of thorough treatment and a personalized active care regimen maximizes the therapeutic benefit and rate of recovery from your condition.