Electric Muscle Stimulation
Electric stimulation combined with hot/moist pack application decreases pain and muscle spasm, increases blood flow, relaxes tight muscles, increases range of motion and re-educates muscles that have atrophied as a result of injury or denervation. It feels like a combination of pressure plus a tingly massage, and many patients fall asleep while receiving it because it feels so good! Adjustments happen easier because tight muscles have been relaxed beforehand.
Gentle Chiropractic Adjustments
I relax tight muscles prior to gently restoring motion to stuck spinal joints. Adjustments increase flexibility , decrease nerve irritation, and decrease pain or stiffness. I offer adjustment techniques that are safe for all types of patients from adjustments by hand to those delivered by an instrument such as an Activator tool or by a special adjusting table called Flexion-Distraction adjusting. Precautions are taken for patients on certain medications and those with underlying medical conditions.
The best continuing education seminar I've taken was when I learned how to apply Kinesio-Tape. It's applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax tight or injured muscles, and to support movement. Many Olympic athletes compete while taped. It's non-restrictive, can be worn in the shower and during sports activities. It can be worn for approximately 3-5 days. I've gotten amazing feedback from patients!
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a tight, tender spot in a muscle that refers pain to other areas of the body. Examples include a trigger point near the back of the shoulder that sends pain into your neck and head causes a headache, or a trigger point in a buttock muscle that causes pain to refer down the leg. Treatment of trigger points consists of application of sustained pressure for a short duration of time. Pressure can be applied by hand or with a specialized trigger point therapy tool. This simple procedure is one of the most powerful ways to treat muscular pain and dysfunction.
While some chiropractors believe that the adjustment is enough, I was educated to understand the important role that passive stretching plays. After I've restored motion to stuck spinal joints, I perform stretches. As you relax, I'll focus on muscles that are too tight by gently elongating them. By stretching your muscles, you'll feel better for a longer period of time after your visit.
Therapeutic ultrasound emits sound waves. By adjusting the machine's settings I can deliver the sound waves continuously, which produces deep heat which is best for treating chronic conditions. Conversely, I can use pulsed ultrasound where the machine emits soundwaves in an on-off-on pattern and doesn't produce heat, but instead acts to decrease inflammation and edema associated with acute conditions.
With every chiropractic treatment, I follow-up trigger point therapy with massage to help loosen muscles that are tight. I use a type of massage technique called myofascial release to further aid in restoration of proper muscle tone.
Home Stretching Program
After your second or third visit to my office, you'll be taught a stretching program that you can do at home, work, or at the gym. They're easy to do and will target the areas your pain is originating from. When pain reduces I'll be able to see you less often because we'll be working as a cohesive team where I'm doing my part and you're doing yours. By stretching, the treatment I provide will have a longer lasting benefit.
Muscular imbalance and weakness are synonymous with experiencing pain. If you do regular exercise (in a gym or at home) we'll talk about whether any of the activities you do could be causing you pain. If you're working with a physical therapist or personal trainer, I'd be happy to collaborate with them to help you achieve the best results.