Adjustments & Manipulation

Adjustments & Manipulation

Chiropractic adjustments are often also referred to as manipulation.  An adjustment is minor movement of the vertebrae in the spine. The goal of an adjustment is to restore proper motion and alignment to joints that have moved out of place.

When these joints are not lined up right and/or moving right, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper motion and alignment of our joints and spine, we can't function at our peak performance.

To perform an adjustment the chiropractor uses their hands or an instrument to apply pressure to realign the joint and restore motion to the joint. This should be a quick movement and shouldn't cause any discomfort, but you may hear a noise similar to the noise when you crack your knuckles, which is called joint cavitation.  It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen within the joint.

Adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level. When the body is in alignment, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to.

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Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is an excellent way to help with muscle spasms. This therapy, also known as icing, is well known to help numb painful areas as well as provide a cooling relief to affected soft tissues. The therapy consists of applying cold compresses to the skin to reduce the temperature of the skin as well as constrict the blood vessels in the area.

If you are suffering from a muscle spasm or just recently had a soft tissue injury, cryotherapy is an excellent way to help reduce swelling and further injury in the early stages of your healing process. This therapy is rather inexpensive and is something that can be done at home as well as in the office.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Electrical muscle stimulation is an exceptional way to aid the body in the healing process. A very small electrical current is sent into the injured soft tissue or site of muscle spasm. This current helps to reduce swelling and release trigger points that may have the muscle locked up. This is done by helping the body release endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.  

This therapy is a great option if the spasm is in the back or neck muscle. It relaxes the muscle and allows it to quickly return to it's normal state. Even short therapy sessions are excellent at facilitating healing from both acute and chronic pain.

Interferential Electro-Therapy

Interferential Electro-Therapy is an excellent method of helping the body deal with spasms, sprains, and issues related to soft tissues. This therapy accomplishes this with a very low simulated frequency that is put on the soft tissue. This therapy is very light, so most patients feel very comfortable during the treatment. 

Not only does this therapy stimulate the body's natural healing, by helping it to produce natural pain killing endorphins, but also helps with the release strains, spasms, and soft tissue issues.  

PowerStep Orthotics

Orthotics are a great way to help with issues related to walking and alignment. These can include, but are not limited to, knee, foot and lower back pain. The need for orthotics is often related to an issue with the natural functioning of the foot. Orthotics will often help to realign the bones within the foot and ankle and therefore take pressure off other parts of the body such as the back, neck, shoulders and hips. Orthotics will also help with distributing your weight properly and take further pressure off of toes, bunions and other parts of the foot.

Orthotics are for anyone with an issue or discomfort relating to walking or imbalances in the body that are known to cause related pain. The great benefit of orthotics is that they can be worn on a daily basis and be utilized during most activities to take further stress of the body.

Orthotics can often be prescribed by your chiropractor and can last well over a year in most cases. They are a great investment into your overall health and well being.

Spinal Decompression

What is spinal decompression?
Spinal decompression puts negative pressure on each disk, this alleviates the pressure and pain associated with compressed disks. When a disk is compressed, the disk material is displaced from its normal place between the disks into the space occupied by sensitive nerves.  When the nerves become crowded, the patient then experiences both pain and pressure. This pain is not alleviated by even the strongest of pain medications. This condition often leads to the use of highly addictive medications, such as morphine, to get relief from the pain.  Long term use can increases the risk for addiction and the source of the pain remains untreated.  
Surgery attempts to treat the condition by shaving the part of the disk to create room for the disk material to remain in the correct place and not crowd the nerves. Spinal decompression eliminates the source of the pain, therefore eliminating the need for risky spine surgery and the subsequent months of down time post surgery.

Decompression VS Inversion
DECOMPRESSION
The DRX9000 is an innovative technology that uses spinal decompression to treat various spinal conditions. It is being hailed as a state of the art alternative to invasive and risky back surgery. Axiom Worldwide developed the technology and it has received FDA clearance for treatment of back pain. The DRX9000 is effective in treating herniated discs and degenerative disc disease. It has also shown to be effective in treating sciatica. It should be noted that not all patients are good candidates for the DRX9000. Your chiropractor will evaluate each patient independently.
The DRX9000 uses traction to slowly and gently elongate the spine to increase the inter-vertebral disc spaces. The process is precise, which eliminates the risk for additional injury. The machine is computer controlled and programmed by a trained professional.
The treatment usually takes two weeks of daily sessions, and then 3 weeks of 2-3 sessions. In several clinical trials, 86% of the test subjects reported immediate resolution of their pain following treatment. Of those 86%, 90% reported lasting pain relief beyond 90 days. Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy has been studied and discussed in several academic and industry papers.
Project Briefs: Back Pain Patient Outcomes Assessment Team (BOAT). In MEDTEP Update, Vol. 1 Issue 1, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, MD, Summer 1994.
Thomas A. Gionis, MD, JD, MBA, MHA, FICS, FRCS, Eric Groteke, DC, CCIC, Spinal Decompression, Orthopedic Technology Review Nov/Dec 2003, Vol. 5, No. 6

INVERSION
Unlike surgery, mechanical traction, and other invasive forms of treatment, using a Teeter is a gentle, passive way to target pain at the source and care for all weight-bearing joints. This progressive form of traction allows each joint to be decompressed by the same weight that compresses it while upright. To put it simply, inverted decompression creates an ideal stretch that improves spinal health and targets back pain by helping to:
  • re-hydrate dics
  • reduce nerve pressure
  • realign the spine
  • relax tense muscles
Decompressing on a Teeter Inversion Table is much cheaper than Decompression Therapy and takes only a few minutes a day from the privacy of your own home. This makes it not only cheaper, but also a less invasive, alternative to Decompression Therapy.

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X-Ray

X-rays are usually taken on most patients to give the doctor an inside look at what is going on with the bone structure of the entire spine and surrounding skeletal structure. From this x-ray, the doctor can get an accurate read of your current spine angles as well as any potential further issues including the potential for additional information such as an MRI.