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Chiropractic techniques utilize safe, well-researched therapies, which are selected based on the specific needs of each patient. Techniques include: joint manipulation/mobilization, various soft tissue therapies, modalities, acupuncture and rehabilitation exercises. Doctors of Chiropractic also educate their patients on various aspects of overall health and wellness including: diet, exercise, ergonomics and stress management.
The treatment intervention specific to Chiropractic is the Chiropractic Adjustment or Manipulation. This procedure is a drug-free, non-invasive and controlled manual procedure. It utilizes highly refined skills developed during four years of intensive chiropractic training. The primary goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to treat areas of decreased motion in the joints of the body, particularly the spine. Decreased joint motion can create a reaction in surrounding tissues (ligaments, muscles, nerves) resulting in pain, dysfunction and muscular spasm. The chiropractic adjustment helps restore motion to the joint, thereby alleviating symptoms.
For many conditions, such as low back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Did you know that chiropractic isn't just for adults? Starting from childbirth, stress is placed on an infant’s spine and developing nervous system. The resulting irritation to the nervous system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and chronic infections can often be traced to nerve system stress. Chiropractic care for children offers your family a solid foundation for wellness. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being.
The ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) has initiated a ground breaking study on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. The preliminary results are outstanding and show that chiropractic care is safe for children. Even more significant is that parents reported three unexpected improvements with their child's care:
Acupuncture is the stimulation, by use of very fine needles, to specific acupuncture points over the surface of the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, promote blood flow, improve mood and energy, reduce pain and inflammation and improve function of the body.
Acupuncture needles are typically made of stainless steel, making them very flexible and prevents them from breaking. The needle design allows them to slide smoothly through tissues making them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to underlying structures. They are ‘atraumatic’, meaning that they do not have a cutting edge like a hypodermic needle.
Acupuncture needles are normally left in place for 20-30 minutes and the practitioner may manipulate the needles by lifting, twisting or rotating to strengthen or reduce the desired effect.
Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. It improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the whole human body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.
Massage therapy involves the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. It offers significant physiological effects on the circulatory, muscular, lymphatic and nervous systems, and with the management of soft tissue problems and pain control.
Gait Analysis and Orthotics
Because your foot structure supports your entire body weight, the slightest misalignment of muscles or bones can easily cause a variety of problems. Our digital gait scanner will analyze your pressure and weight distribution to determine if custom orthotics can help you. Custom prescription orthotics are medical appliances that are made to correct specific foot imbalances. Orthotics work on feet similarly to the way braces work on teeth - by exerting gentle, consistent pressure to bring foot muscles and bones back into alignment.