Chiropractic adjustments, or joint manipulations, are a safe and highly effective therapy for relieving both acute and chronic conditions of the spine and extremities. There is an ever growing body of high quality research supporting its efficacy and cost-effectiveness over other more invasive therapies.
The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile, or restricted, in their movement patterns. These restrictions can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as a fall or the improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stress, such as running with improper biomechanics. In either situation, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and altered function. Manipulation of the affected joints helps to decrease pain, restore range of motion, and improves overall function.
Myofascial release therapy is one of the most effective tissue techniques for breaking down scar tissue or adhesions in muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and connective tissue to restore function and movement. Typically, it involves the doctor locating adhesions that are causing the problem, applying tension with thumbs or fingers over these lesions in the direction of the fibers, and then having the patient elongate the musculature while the doctor continues to apply tension to the area. By breaking up the adhesions and restoring proper blood flow to the tissues, the patient's' condition typically improves.
Instrument Assisted which includes Graston Technique and FAKTR are innovative techniques classified under the category of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). Based on myofascial and neurologic principles, these techniques enable clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions in both acute and chronic conditions. These techniques utilize specially designed stainless steel instruments and protocols to detect and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
The tools may be hard-edged, but the techniques don’t need to be aggressive to deliver superior patient outcomes.
Kinesiology tape is an elastic cotton/hybrid tape with an acrylic adhesive used for treating athletic injuries and enhancing movement. the tape is engineered to enhance performance, prevent fatigue, promote functional support and help with inflammatory circulation.
Advanced functional movement evaluation
Advanced Functional Movement Evaluation is based on real-world movement patterns and is defined by the ability to move the body with proper muscle and joint function for efficient, pain-free movement. Functional movements take place in various movement planes and utilize multiple joints, which places demand on the body’s core musculature and ability to stabilize. These movements require the activation and coordination of many muscle groups in several positions, ranges of motion, and varying intensities to achieve a common goal.
If an injury or musculoskeletal pain are present, we utilize the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) to further identify and assess impairments contributing to the problem. Pain and injury in one area is often the result of movement dysfunction somewhere else in the body. The goal of the SFMA is to identify the most dysfunctional movement pattern to determine the underlying cause of the dysfunction. Based on the findings of the SFMA, treatments are recommended that target abnormal movement patterns. These treatments can reduce pain, enhance athletic performance, and prevent injuries.
Therapeutic/corrective exercises is the bridge that returns you to stability/normal function and self sufficiency. When an injury occurs, tissues are not only damaged and weakened, but communication from the nervous system to those areas is also disrupted. At the appropriate time, we provide individualized movements and exercises for each patient/athlete designed to restore that connection and enhance the healing process. These exercises help to decrease pain, restore muscular integration, improve proprioception and balance, core strength, and flexibility. This also allows our patients to have an active role in their recovery and performance process while getting at the root of the problem.
Cupping or Myofascial Decompression, is a form of myofascial release. Based on concepts from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, myofascial decompression works to release adhesions and movement restrictions for improved movement, circulation, and nutrient exchange. From a western medical perspective, cups are used to facilitate connective tissue change, release trigger point spasms, improve myofascial integrity, and reduce scar tissue adhesions.