THERAPIES

Offering a diverse lineup of treatment options allows us to provide the most effective care possible based on your injury or condition

Joint Manipulation & Mobilization

Also known as an adjustment, this therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive approach to treating common musculoskeletal conditions such as headache, neck and back pain. Joint manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills a Chiropractor develops during four intense years of study. The Doctor typically uses their hands to manipulate the joints of the body, often to the spine, in order to reduce pain, improve joint mobility, and restore proper function to the area.

Joint manipulation is a highly controlled, low risk therapy that rarely causes discomfort and complications from adjustments are extremely rare. The Doctor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient, who often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following the procedure.

Sometimes when a joint is manipulated, a loud popping/cracking noise may be produced; this is completely normal. When a joint is manipulated, the synovial fluid within the joint moves rapidly from an area of high pressure to low pressure. This quick pressure change causes certain amounts of the synovial fluid inside the joint to change into a gas. It’s this change from a liquid to gaseous state that makes the audible noise.

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Active Release Techniques®

ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue movement based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART®. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused tissues.

Various factors leading to tissue overuse can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

Every ART® session is a combination of examination and treatment. We evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART®. They allow us to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.

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MedX Low Level Laser Therapy

Low Level Laser Therapy is a modality that uses light energy on a specific wavelength to penetrate deep into tissue. This light energy is absorbed by the various tissues in the body (muscles, joints, ligaments) and is transferred into biochemical energy. As a result, there is a decrease in swelling, acceleration in healing time, and an increase in the pain threshold due to the release of endorphins (morphine-like substances that inhibit the sensation of pain). This increase in pain threshold also allows for increased tolerance to manual therapies, such as Active Release Techniques®, to help you get the results you need. Therapeutic Laser is very safe and has been proven very effective in the treatment osteoarthritis, muscle strains and sports injuries, just to name a few.

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Graston Technique®

Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

The curvilinear edge of the patented Graston Technique® instruments combines with their concave/convex shapes to mold the instruments to various contours of the body. This design allows for ease of treatment, minimal stress to the clinician's hands and maximum tissue penetration.

The Graston Technique® instruments, much like a tuning fork, resonate in the clinician's hands allowing them to isolate adhesions and restrictions and treat them very precisely. Since the metal surface of the instruments does not compress as do the fat pads of the finger, deeper restrictions can be accessed and treated. When explaining the properties of the instruments, we often use the analogy of a stethoscope. Just as a stethoscope amplifies what the human ear can hear, so do the instruments increase significantly what the human hands can feel.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique based on traditional Chinese medicine which has been around for more than 3000 years. Medical Acupuncture utilizes these concepts in conjunction with current research on neurophysiology, neuroanatomy and pathophysiology. A typical Acupuncture treatment consists of placing numerous needles in acupoints along meridians of the body. Electrical stimulation is sometimes used to enhance the effect of the needles. The number and location of these needles is dependant on the current diagnosis.

Acupuncture practitioners use disposable sterilized needles making the risk of infection virtually non existent. Acupuncture needles do not usually cause bleeding as the needles are so thin they actually pass between tissue cells. The philosophy behind Acupuncture is that it has a stimulating effect on the nervous system by improving energy flow along nerves, increasing production of neurotransmitters (communication signals), and increasing endorphin (pain-reducing hormone) levels in the brain. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in the treatment of numerous conditions including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, frozen shoulder and tennis elbow.

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Dry Needling

Dry needling is the treatment of trigger points or muscle knots by inserting a fine needle into the problematic muscle to partially or fully release the trigger point. The needles are similar to those used in acupuncture. Using recent advances in pain science, dry needling is complimented well with manual/manipulative therapy and corrective exercises which results in an effective management of both chronic and acute pain. By identifying biomechanical and neurophysiological deficits, trigger point dry needling, manual therapy, and exercise provide a functional, multifaceted approach to patient care.

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Reflexology

Reflexology is a focused pressure technique usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on different parts of the body which corresponds to, and are relative to all parts, glands and organs of the entire body.

When the reflexes are stimulated, the body's natural electrical energy works along the nervous system to clear any blockages in the corresponding zones. A reflexology session seems to break up deposits (felt as a sandy or gritty area under the skin) which may interfere with this natural flow of the body's energy. Manipulating specific reflexes removes stress, activating a parasympathetic response in the body to enable the disharmonies to be released by a physiological change in the body. With stress removed and circulation improved, the body is allowed to return to a state of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the "automatic" process that the body incorporates to bring it back to the "normal" state. For example, if the blood pressure is abnormal, the kidneys will secrete the enzyme renin which is involved with blood pressure, and the hormone erythropoietin that increases the rate of red blood cell production.

Reflexology has been effective in the treatment of many conditions, including stress, migraine, insomnia, panic attacks, high blood pressure, digestive system conditions such as colitis, constipation, IBS and hormonal conditions such as PMS, hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.

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Webster Technique

Chiropractic care in pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby throughout pregnancy and birth. More women and birth providers are discovering the many benefits associated with Chiropractic care in pregnancy and recognize this area of expertise through Webster Certification. The Webster technique is a specific Chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated.

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