In your first appointment you will receive a thorough health history and examination this process is an important step in detecting and diagnosing your health concern, a treatment plan specific to you will then be determined. We are confident you will be pleased with the complete care we provide.
Chiropractic Health Care
Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints of the body. Adjustment helps relieve pain and restore normal functioning to the joints and supporting muscles and ligaments – so you can enjoy your everyday activities again as quickly as possible.
The body’s information highway – your nervous system – is protected by the spine. The nervous system travels out between the vertebrae or joints of the spine to carry messages from the brain to every corner of your body. Stress and strain on the vertebrae can put pressure on the nerves in the affected area. That is why a problem with your spine can have far-reaching effects causing symptoms such as arm or leg pain or even changes in digestion or . A chiropractor helps to restore balance within neuromusculoskeletal system,allowing your body to function better overall.
Your health and well being depend on three key determinants- 1. physical, 2. mental / emotional / spiritual, and 3. body chemistry. The nervous system is the physiological link that allows communication between these three factors.
What might impair your nervous system and the function?
- physical dysfunction
- inadequate fitness
- injury or trauma
- repetitive strain injury
- emotional stress
- mental health issues
- poor or inadequate diet
- exposure to toxins and / or environmental stress
- genetic factors or disease states
Chiropractic, along with good nutrition, regular exercise and adequate rest enable you to live a healthier, happier and more productive life.
Patients of all ages including newborn, children, active teenagers and adults or seniors can benefit from chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic Manipulation /Adjustment, Mobalization & SASTM
Chiropractic manipulation or adjustment is a drug-free, manual procedure. A Chiropractor will typically use their hands to manipulate the joints and soft tissues of the body in order to reduce pain and restore or enhance joint and muscular function.
Chiropractic health care includes patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractic manipulation is a controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. Chiropractic care would be indicated by disorders related to the spine, pelvis, extremity joints, ligaments, muscle, and their effect on the nervous system.
IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) / SASTM (Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
These instrument – assisted techniques address problems with muscles and fascia and specifically with a diagnosis of tendinosis. These are conditions of tendon, ligaments and fascia where abnormal fluid exchange and poor tissue oxygenation results in the progressive buildup of fibrous tissue. In the case of tendinosis, this is degenerative in nature. Common diagnoses related to this include-
- golfer’s elbow
- rotator cuff tendinitis,
- tennis elbow
- plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis.
This treatment approach is always accompanied by specific exercise prescriptions.
Active Release Technique: Soft Tissue Management
ART is an innovative soft tissue treatment system that takes traditional chiropractic work from a strict focus on the spine and extremity joints of the body and extends it to the musculature, fascia and nerves throughout the body. It is like chiropractic for the muscles and soft tissues and is quickly becoming a gold standard for soft tissue treatment.
It differs from traditional massage therapy in that it involves treating soft tissue under motion. In other words the body parts in question are moved through an active range of motion. The second key difference is the concept of tissue tension over compression. This makes a difference over classical trigger point therapy or massage therapy where compression is used and active motion never applied. This quickly becomes very dynamic in that a person can be treated emulating the exact motions that lead to the pain. So critical when most of the time, pain is not constant but associated with certain tasks, movements or athletic postures and movements
This treatment was developed over 20 years ago by Dr. Michael Leahy D.C. as a response to the growing trend in the occurrence and prevalence of repetitive strain injuries so common in our work place and sports endeavors worldwide. As result ART is an important and ever-present therapy found with most professional sports teams, and all Ironman triathlon events.
ART works as a great adjunct to chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy or independently as a stand-alone treatment.
Physical therapy for dizziness and imbalance, also called “vestibular rehabilitation” or balance rehabilitation.
Back Talk - Instructor
Focusing on identifying the risk factors of back injuries while educating on proper lifting and body mechanics. Important components of back fitness include:
- physical fitness including stretching and strengthening exercises
- stress management
McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT)
Robin McKenzie is a New Zealand Physical Therapist who developed an innovative and effective method of categorizing and treating patients with low back pain and neck pain. His system has evolved to become a gold standard in assessment for musculoskeletal problems, both spine and the extremities.
Training from the McKenzie Institute allows us to identify the major category of injury or condition present, what tissues are involved and therefore the best treatment approach and tools to use to optimize recovery.
The health professions are indebted to Robin McKenzie and his keen sense of observation that led to a system that best allows practitioners to quickly categorize a patient’s condition and arrive at a correct diagnosis. His emphasis on patient self care and empowerment was well before it's time and is a major influence today on the future of healthcare.
The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique (AMCT) involves having the patient lie in a prone position and comparing the functional leg lengths. Often one leg will seem to be shorter than the other. The chiropractor then carries out a series of muscle tests such as having the patient move their arms in a certain position in order to activate the muscles attached to specific vertebrae. If the leg lengths are not the same, that is taken as a sign that the problem is located at that vertebra. The chiropractor treats problems found in this way moving progressively along the spine in the direction from the feet towards the head.
Torque Release Technique
Your Chiropractor will be checking your spinal column for areas where the nervous system is being damaged by Subluxation and will deliver an adjustment using the Integrator instrument: This sounds like a staple gun and will feel like a quick impulse into the muscles of your spinal column.
This reproduces what the hands were intended to do with much more specificity and less force than ever possible by hand. The advantage of the Integrator is that it can deliver a specific frequency into the nerve endings of the spinal column, exactly where nerve function has become “facilitated” (irritated).
Other methods our Chiropractors use are: