What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a non-invasive, safe, hands-on approach to health care. Chiropractors are experts in muscle, joint and nervous system injury and pathology. It is within their scope of practice to diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders and conditions related to the spine, nervous system, and musculoskeletal system.
We offer a variety of different Chiropractic techniques that can be utilized to help with each individual case. Several different modalities including IFC, US, laser, traction table, shockwave, among others can be used to help facilitate full recovery.
Who Can See A Chiropractor?
Chiropractors are primary care providers. There is no medical referral necessary to see a Chiropractor. Sports injuries, work place injuries, MVA’s, geriatric conditions, sprains/strains, basically any musculoskeletal injury can be treated by a Chiropractor.
What Happens During A Chiropractic Visit?
The first visit will start with the patient taking 10-15 minutes to fill out a new patient information form, a health history form, and a chief complaint form detailing his or her injury, ailment, and/or intentions for coming to the office. The Chiropractor will review this information and begin with a history taking to get all the information necessary that is relevant to the complaint.
With the patient’s permission, the chiropractor will now proceed with the hands-on physical examination consisting of a combination of observations, gait, range of motion testing, motion palpation, orthopaedic tests, neurological tests, and x-ray if needed.
The Chiropractor will then use all the information gained during the assessment to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan that he will discuss with the patient. Once everything is explained and all questions are answered, the Chiropractor will begin with the treatment plan.
This involves a high velocity, low amplitude thrust to a patient’s neck, upper back, lower back or any other synovial joint. An audible cavitation occurs when the gas within the joint collapses which helps to release pressure and alleviate pain.
Active Release Technique (A.R.T)
This is a specific soft-tissue therapy that involves targeting specific muscles and taking them from shortened positions and lengthening them while adding manual pressure to help release tight muscles.
There are a variety of modalities that can be used at the clinic to treat many different conditions. Some of these modalities include;
- Class IV laser
- Decompression table
There are circumstances where spinal manipulation is not appropriate for certain patients and sometimes patients prefer not to have “adjustments”. This technique helps to mobilize the joints without go to the next step of actual joint manipulation.
Patient’s will be given handouts of customized stretches to loosen tight muscles and strengthening exercises for muscles that are weak.
Taping can be used to stabilize an injured joint. Kinesiotape can be used to help rehab injured joints quicker through proprioceptive feedback.