Specific and gentle chiropractic manipulations (also known as adjustments) are performed to the neck, mid back, low back, and other various joints to decrease muscle tightness, increase pain free range of motion, and improve joint function. We are able to adjust using various methods to our patient’s preferences. Some of these techniques such as manual manipulation (Diversified adjustments) involve pushing on the spine and joints and may create a clicking or popping sound. Other techniques such as instrument adjusting (Activator), flexion/distraction technique, and drop table are more gentle and typically do not typically result in this clicking or popping sound from our joints.
Acupuncture is a safe, drug-free approach to manage various different types of conditions. Acupuncture is performed by applying needles of various sizes to specific points in the body. Traditional Chinese medicine states that the alignment of qi (vital energy) is crucial to health, and acupuncture helps to unblock or reduce excessive qi. Western medicine has embraced acupuncture for is superior pain relieving properties. At HealthSpine Chiropractic, we aim to blend the best of both worlds to provide you with optimal results.
Cold laser therapy, also called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a form of light therapy that triggers biochemical changes within the cells in the body. Photons from the laser are absorbed by photoreceptors in the cells, triggering chemical changes that are beneficial to the human body. The wavelength of cold lasers is between 600 to 1000 nm and is used for pain reduction and healing stimulation. Many studies have shown the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of cold laser therapy.
Manual therapy is a broad term that encompasses many different techniques to work on the musculoskeletal system. Trigger point (or areas of pain and tenderness within the muscles), muscle tightness and spams can be worked on using techniques the the practitioners hands or even tools. Instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation (IASTM) uses a surgical grade steel tool specially designed to reduce adhesions, increase circulation, and improve range of motion. These forms of therapy are not your typical massage and are more focused deep tissue therapies.
Therapeutic exercise involves movement prescription plans used to correct impairments, restore muscular and skeletal function and promote a state of well-being. The goals of implementing therapeutic exercise are to increase quality of life, function and health. Active rehabilitation plans using therapeutic exercises involve sets and repetitions of certain motions/activities to increase resistance, build strength and endurance, and improve recovery.
Ultrasound therapy has been used for decades to reduce edema, increase circulation, and decrease pain. This therapy conducts an electrical signal through crystals installed in the head of the ultrasound probe. These crystals vibrate and create mechanical waves at frequencies outside the range of human hearing (20 hertz to 20000 hertz). These sound waves produced transfer energy either to the surface of the human body or maybe focused to target deeper tissues depending on the settings used.
Elastic therapeutic tape has been used since the 1970’s in the treatment of a variety of injuries, but has more recently become known the public as professional athletes have adopted its use. Research has shown that patients with pain stemming from muscles and fascia exhibited significant improvements in pain and upper trapezius muscle strength following application.