Chiropractic is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and headaches, but it can treat many other issues as well.
What is Spinal Manipulation? One of the most common and well-known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation (sometimes referred to as a “chiropractic adjustment”). The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypo mobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness.
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain, headaches, disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints…particularly with manipulations or chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractic care is widely recognized as a safe, drug free, non-invasive therapy available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic care has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks, however, are low. Current research shows that any minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Chiropractic care is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle and effective.
People who feel better usually do so after just a few visits, and more visits may not be needed. Each treatment program is developed to specifically fit the patient’s needs.
Most patients report not experiencing any discomfort in the process of the adjustment. The likelihood of initial soreness or increased pain after a chiropractic adjustment is similar to that of starting an exercise program.
Interferential Current Therapy/ Electro Muscle Stimulation:
IFC/EMS is a therapeutic treatment to aid in pain relief and promote soft tissue healing. Tiny amounts of electrical impulses are induced onto the tissue adjacent the injury. A low frequency stimulation is created causing the body to respond by releasing endorphines which are pain relieving hormones. This is most often used for pain relief, reducing atrophy, increasing blood circulation, and reduction of soft tissue swelling. Sprains, strains, and spasms often respond to this treatment.
This therapeutic treatment uses high frequency sound waves in the region of the soft tissue injury. The sound vibration penetrates deep into the tissue causing a heat response. This breaks down and disperses calcium and other hard tissue accumulations as well as breaking up adhesions in the muscle. Relief comes from a few minutes to a few hours later. The rise in temperature, increased blood flow, and relaxed muscle spasms speed the healing process.
Choosing the right therapy for you:
We assess each patient’s individual needs and choose the chiropractic and therapy treatment that will have the best chance to give optimal results.
Please call with any questions or to see what therapies could benefit you.