COMMON CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENTS
An adjustment, or manipulation, is used to restore movement to stiff and restricted joints. Almost any joint in the body can be safely and painlessly mobilized using this technique. We have a few different ways to adjust joints. Most commonly it is done by using our hands (manual adjustment). Some patients can benefit from an adjustment tool instead. And patients with disc herniations can greatly benefit from a mechanism called flexion-distraction, in which the spine is bent forward and gently stretched to take pressure off the disc.
Forms of physiotherapy include heat and ice, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound and laser therapy. These treatments work to decrease inflammation, decrease pain, increase healing time.
CUSTOM FOOT ORTHOTICS
If you have any pain in the foot or ankle ask your physician if you are a candidate for custom foot orthotics. These “made for you” shoe inserts correct many structural and biomechanical problems in the foot. A state of the art scale will be used to assess not only foot structure but also how your body carries its weight and how your feet may be affecting the rest of your body.
Sometimes an adjustment alone does not solve all musculoskeletal problems. The muscles surrounding the joints may be contributing to chronic pain and tension. Muscle therapy serves to improve function and improve length and flexibility as well as increase blood circulation.
A comprehensive exercise program is a vital part of your rehabilitation and continued improvement. Our clinic utilizes several methods of exercise such as core exercises, pilates machine, balance and propioception, stretching, and range of motion exercises. Patients are also shown exercises that they can easily do in the comfort of their home.
Acupuncture is one the oldest methods of health care used, with some evidence suggesting it was used inChinain BC times. Currently, it used around the world to treat many ailments. The AMA has recently stated acupuncture can be beneficial for several conditions including pain control. In our office acupuncture is used to treat headaches, stress and anxiety, and addictions in addition to pain control. Virtually pain-free with no side effects it is a valuable tool in our practice.