What is Chiropractic?
The word chiropractic means “Done by hand.” We do hands-on non-invasive treatment for musculoskeletal issues and nerve entrapment. As sports chiropractors, our treatment goes far beyond the simple chiropractic adjustment, working into the muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendons that are affected. Our goal is to find out why it hurts, not just to treat what hurts.
What Our Typical Chiropractic Visit looks like
The first visit starts with an exam including orthopedic tests as indicated and an analysis of how your joints move as well any imbalances in your muscles that could be contributing to your issue. From there we address the soft tissue injuries and imbalances. We may use Active Release Techniques, Graston, cupping, stretching, and other therapies. Next as chiropractors, we typically adjust. Adjusting is simply putting movement into a joint; it may or may not produce a cavitation, that “pop” often associated with chiropractic visits. If you’re not ready for an adjustment, let us know; we are happy to take care of you with all the other therapies. We love to explain what is happening that is leading to your issues and teach stretches and simple exercises that will help you to continue to heal and avoid recurrence of the injury.
Modalities Included in Your Chiropractic Visit
Functional Movement Analysis
We direct you through various ranges of motion and movement patterns, carefully observing and noting motion dysfunction and asymmetry. This helps us accurately diagnose and treat your ailments. It also allows us to prescribe exercises to enhance your care and to prevent further injury.
Active Release Techniques
Active Release Techniques make up the majority of the muscle work we do. It is a movement-based technique to release muscle knots and other adhesions or constrictions in soft tissue. Compared to a passive technique like massage, the active nature engages your brain to enhance neuromuscular communication and control. It also has the advantage of using the body’s natural system of reciprocal inhibition. The use of your biceps, for example inhibits the activation of the antagonist muscle – your triceps. So I have you activate your biceps, allowing me to work through your triceps when they are in a relaxed state. Pretty cool and very effective.
Simply put, adjusting is mobilizing a joint and putting it into the correct biomechanical position so that the joint can function properly. That popping sound you might hear during an adjustment? Though there is still more research to be done, it’s generally regarded to be the popping of gas bubbles in the synovial fluid within the joint. The sound, called a cavitation, occurs when the joint is stretched, like when you pop your knuckles. Sometimes a joint cavitates when it is being adjusted, sometimes it doesn’t. The sound isn’t critical to the adjustment; the important point is the restoration of movement and function. We use Diversified Technique, Flexion-Distraction and a drop table and use an activator as needed.
Exercises and Stretches
You probably won’t make it out of our office without some homework. We want you to understand what is causing your pain (we love explaining anatomy) and how you can continue to aid your recovery. We teach exercises and stretches that will help you heal as well as what you can do to avoid future injury. As we said earlier, our goal is to have our clients spend more time doing what they love and less time in our office.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
This therapy uses stainless steel instruments to provide an optimal environment for healing, by either modifying physiologic responses to injury (e.g., inflammation, muscle spasms, pain) or enhancing components of normal musculoskeletal function (e.g., increase range of motion, increased muscular strength). The benefits of Graston and IASTM include release of fascial restrictions, breakdown of collagen cross-linkages, increased blood flow, and possibly an increase in regenerative cellular activity.
RockTape and Functional Movement Techniques
Kinesiology tape is used by medical professionals throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance. RockTape turns down the volume on pain by providing a proprioceptive input that interferes with pain signals direct to the brain. It decompresses areas of swelling and inflammation via a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers that allows the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly. In addition, RockTape delays muscle fatigue during activity and helps distribute physical stress allowing the injured area to take less of the brunt. It can be used to treat sports and non-sports injuries, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knees pain and back pain.
The RockTape Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) certification is based on the concept of muscles acting as a chain; it addresses applications for pain, posture, edema, scars and neurological symptoms with an emphasis on myofascial pathways, movement therapy and performance enhancement.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. It is used for many healing purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
EMS units run a light electrical current through the treatment area, stimulating the production of enkephalins and endorphins, naturally occurring substances that act like morphine in their ability to reduce pain. When electrical stimulation is used to produce muscle contraction it also increases blood flow to the area, alleviating tissue hypoxia, and can help relax chronically tight musculature and reduce muscle spasm.
What you eat makes a huge difference in how you feel and how you heal. We look at how simple dietary changes can reduce your body’s inflammation, aid healing processes, as well as help with energy levels and hormone balance. We have select supplements in stock as well, the ones we ourselves take and feel good about recommending.