Most people naturally think of back or neck pain when thinking about a chiropractor. Although there can be a wide variety of causes for back or neck pain, the most common cause is a disruption in the normal alignment or movement of the various vertebra in your spine. Movement in your spine takes place primarily in the part of vertebra called the facet joint. The facet joints are highly innervated joints that cause pain when they don't align or move properly. When you hear a "cracking" sound during an adjustment, it is the various gases that are released when the facet joint is manipulated that makes this sound.
Injuries to the intervertebral discs of the spine are quite common and and are often debilitating. The less severe form is a disc bulge which will normally create localized back pain and sometimes a dull aching pain into your extremities. When the disc ruptures or herniates, the material inside the disc is no longer contained and leaks out into the spinal canal often causing debilitating back and leg/arm pain, weakness, and numbness into your extremities. Chiropractic can be a very effective treament for mild to moderate disc injuries. Severe disc herniations will often require surgical intervention.
Arthritis will affect virtually everyone at some point in their lives. The pain from arthritis is related to the inflammation and loss of motion in a joint caused by the breakdown of cartilage and soft tissue around the joint. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. This is the type of arthritis that we typically refer to as a "wear and tear" disorder. Rheumatoid arthritis is considered an auto-immune disorder and its cause is largely unknown. Because the pain and stiffness is partly related to a loss of motion, chiropractic care is effective in relieving arthritic pain by restoring motion. Chiropractic treatment along with exercise offers a long-term solution for arthritic pain without the side effects that unfortunately accompany the most common treatment for arthritis which are steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
Though there is no such thing as a "safe" sport, highly competitive sports, such as football, weightlifting, gymnastics, and wrestling, pose particularly higher risks of injuries, especially among children. We see and treat a wide variety of sports injuries related to the spine as well as the extremities.
Chronic headaches and migraines afflict many Americans. The severity of pain can go from mild and intermittent to episodes of debilitating throbbing, unrelenting agony, as well as nausea. Migraine and tension headaches often have a root cause in the cervical spine. When the tiny bones or joints in the neck do not align or move properly, tension will increase in the area creating nerve pressure which will cause a headache.
Contrary to popular belief, chiropractors do work on joints other than the back or neck. Any joint in the body can lose its proper alignment or motion. The shoulders, knees, hips, elbows, wrists, ankles, TMJ, and even the small joints in the hands and feet can be treated with chiropractic manipulation. Stretching and strengthening exercises along with treatment modalities like electric stimulation and ultrasound are also used to treat the various extremity injuries that we often encounter in our office.
Whiplash is an injury to the cervical spine, or neck, and occurs when the muscles and other soft tissues are hyperextended or hyperflexed beyond their normal limits. This is most often seen in motor-vehicle accidents but can occur by other means such as a slip and fall. Chiropractic care is not only effective in relieving pain from whiplash, it is an important part in getting the soft tissue around the spine to heal properly thus decreasing the odds that a chronic condition will occur as a result of the trauma.
The "adjustment" is the hallmark of the chiropractic practice. There are many techniques that make up the scope of chiropractic, but the goal of each technique remains the same: to restore normal position or motion of two continuous spinal segments of the spine. Chiropractic philosophy teaches that a musculoskeletal system that is working optimally will ultimately lead to a better functioning nervous system.
We offer the following techniques in our office: Diversified, Thompson Drop Table, Flexion/Distraction, and an Impulse IQ Adjusting Instrument.
Diversified adjustments are "manual" adjustments where the chiropractor will contact a very specific point on a vertebra and apply a quick, gentle thrust that will often lead to a "pop" or a "crack". As mentioned above, the "cracking" noise is the release of several gases that reside in the synovial fluid within the joint capsule. The gas gets expelled into the soft tissues around the joint and it takes about 30 minutes for the gas to build up again in the joint capsule after it is released. The "cracking" sound is unimportant from a physiological standpoint as the movement of the joint is what creates the desired effect within the nervous system.
We use a Drop Table primarily to treat lumbar or pelvic disorders. While the patient lies prone, the pelvic portion of the table is raised into a starting position. The doctor then contacts a specific point on the lumbar spine or pelvis and thrusts downward causing the table to depress to a level position again. This is normally repeated several times during the treatment.
Flexion/Distraction is similar to spinal traction. It is an important technique used to treat lumbar herniated or bulging disc disorders. The patient will lie prone while the doctor contacts specific points in the lumbar spine. The bottom or lumbar portion of the table will be unlocked to allow the table to both extend and oscillate up and down in a repetitive motion. The "traction" created by opening up or separating the vertebra decreases the pressure within the lumbar discs and also improves circulation within the joint complex.
The IQ Impulse Adjusting technique utilizes a state of the art adjusting instrument to achieve the desired effects of increased range of motion and improved nervous system function. Visit goimpulse.com for more information of what the Impulse IQ can do.
We believe that proper diet and nutrition are core components of a wellness lifestyle. We carry a wide assortment of supplements that can be tailored specifically to your individual needs. Our office carries only the highest quality nutritional product lines such as Standard Process, Metagenics, Phytopharmica, and Designs for Life.
Stretching and strengthening exercises are an important aspect of recovering from various musculoskeletal complaints as well as an important part of any wellness program.
Intersegmental traction is often referred to as "the roller bed". This treatment is applied by lying on your back on a soft table while a rolling apparatus moves slowly up and down your spine. This gentle and comfortable "rolling" or "tractioning" motion is designed to increase range of motion and flexibility of the spine.
Ultrasound is a therapy that is utilized in the office to handle injuries related to joints, muscle spasms, as well as most soft tissues. While it shares the same name, this ultrasound is not the same as the type of ultrasound utilized diagnostically to screen internally in the body. This ultrasound creates small sound waves that in effect vibrate and massage soft tissues and muscle. These sound waves do an excellent job in facilitating the body's healing process in addition to decreasing scar tissue formation.
Certain ultrasounds also create a heating effect to help relax the muscles or tightness in the body. This heat combined with the overall features of the ultrasound help to start the healing process at the most basic cellular level speeding up your road to recovery.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation is an exceptional way to help the body in the healing process. This is accomplished by sending a very small electrical current into the affected soft tissue injury. The therapy utilizes this current in an effort to help reduce swelling, improve circulation, reduce muscle spasm, and speed up the healing process.
Short therapy sessions are excellent at facilitating healing from acute and chronic pain.
X-rays of the spine or extremities are utilized by chiropractors to rule out pathology like osteoarthritis, fractures or tumors and to check for biomechanical abnormalities such as scoliosis or other spinal misalignments.Our office has an x-ray unit on site for your convenience.