SERVICES AND METHODS
We use a variety of effective chiropractic techniques, depending on what is needed by the individual patient. Some might prefer a more gentle chiropractic technique for pain relief like SOT or Soft Tissue Massage, while others might improve with a more aggressive pain relief method such as Graston Technique or Trigger Point Release to aid in pain relief and pain management. Every chiropractic patient is treated as an individual to meet your needs. Whichever technique is used, it will always be my goal, as your chiropractor, to provide fast and natural pain relief and prevention. A list of chiropractic techniques available is listed below:
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Physical therapy is a health care specialty involved with evaluating, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to restore maximal functional independence to each individual patient. To achieve this goal, physicalmodalities such as exercise, heat, cold, electricity, and massage are utilized. Physical therapy is provided by physical therapists, who are licensed health care professionals with a master’s or doctorate degree in physical therapy. Physical therapists evaluate, diagnose, and manage the physical therapy treatment plan, customizing it to each individual’s needs. Physical therapy is ordered by a physician when it is felt that such a course of treatment would be beneficial. It is offered to a wide variety of patient’s including newborn babies, children, adults, and geriatrics. Physical therapy is useful in treating many different medical disorders. Sport and orthopedic injuries, neurological and muscular illness, as well as cardiopulmonary diseases are only a few pathologic conditions which physical therapy plays a treatment role in. Through patient and therapist interaction, physical therapy can help restore movement and function helping patients return to their prior level of independence.
Cold Laser Therapy
Low level laser therapy (LLLT, also known as photobiomodulation, cold laser therapy and laser biostimulation) is a medical treatment which uses low-level lasers or light-emitting diodes to stimulate or inhibit cellular function. The technique is also known by other terms such as laser therapy, “cold laser” and phototherapy (though the latter more accurately refers to light therapy), which may also be used to describe other medical techniques. Clinical and laboratory research investigating optimal wavelengths, power densities, treatment duration and treatment intervals being published at a rate of about 25 papers a month. The treatment is not yet accepted as routine medical therapy despite a significant body of published evidence (over 200 RCT’s) that is at least equal to pharmaceutical, surgical and manual therapies for a range of pathologies including neck pain, tendinopathies and osteoarthritis.
Lumbar traction can relieve pressure on compressed nerves, help muscles relax and reduce muscle spasms. Traction increases the space between vertebrae – reducing pressure on intervertebral discs and nerve root. The vertebral separation is temporary, but may last long enough to allow some patients to exercise without aggravating sciatica. The therapist must decide the optimum amount of force to use and the length of time the force is sustained. Enough force must be used to cause vertebral separation. Though relatively safe, excessive force could increase pain or injury. Force is increased slowly to avoid overstretching or triggering muscle spasms. Traction should not cause pain although mild soreness is often felt the next day.There are different techniques used in lumbar traction, both mechanical and manual. Inversion therapy is a form of traction that uses a persons own body weight and gravity to stretch the spine. Inversion therapy can be performed at home but should not be done without approval from a physician. Spinal Decompression Therapy, also called Vertebral Axial Decompression (VAX-D), is a form of mechanical lumbar traction. Traction is contradicted in people with certain medical conditions including osteoporosis, spinal fractures, Spondylolisthesis, inflammatory arthritis of the spine, etc. Despite the lack of scientific evidence that lumbar traction provides any long-term benefits for chronic lower back pain, many practitioners have found traction to be clinically effective for short-term pain relief. Spinal traction is a widely used and accepted treatment for chronic lower back pain, especially sciatica.
Chiropractic diagnostic and treatment method said to involve analysis and correction of sacral and cranial distortions to improve circulation of cerebrospinal fluid. The degree of alleged correction obtained is monitored by checking leg length.
Spinal adjustment and chiropractic adjustment are terms used by chiropractors to describe their approaches to spinal manipulation. Claims made for the benefits of spinal adjustments range from temporary, palliative (pain relieving) effects to long term wellness and preventive care. Some claims are controversial, particularly with regard to indications and health benefits. There is debate concerning the safety of some of the procedures used in spinal adjustments, particularly those including upper cervical manipulations. Spinal adjustment is the chiropractic term for a procedure otherwise known as spinal manipulation. When used by straight chiropractors, it is specifically intended to correct vertebral subluxations.
Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions, relieving and assisting pain management. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 16,000 clinicians worldwide—including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers. GT is utilized at some 1,550 outpatient facilities and 39 industrial sites, by more than 234 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 54 respected colleges and universities. For the pain patient, Graston Technique provides quicker and more improved outcomes. There is increased satisfaction in recovery time and decreased frustration as a result of Graston Technique’s inherent diagnostic ability. Pain, swelling, spasm, and knots in the muscle decrease quickly. Movement or range of motion improve quickly. Typically, results are experienced in 2-5 office visits.
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*Patients having open wounds, thrombophlebitis, uncontrolled hypertension, inflammatory conditions due to infection, hematoma, osteomyelitis or an unstable fracture should NOT have Graston Technique performed. Be sure to consult with a Certified Graston Technique practitioner.
Taping to prevent injury and for pain relief has been used by chiropractors, physical therapists and fitness trainers for more than 30 years. During the summer Olympics in Beijing 2008, several medal winning American and foreign athletes were wearing the nude and or colored tape during competition. Many media outlets were giving headline exposure to this contemporary form of treatment.
Taping helps to reduce pain, prevents injury, optimizes performance, promotes and improves circulation and healing and re-educates the neuro-muscular system. It facilitates the body’s normal healing process while offering support and stability to muscles and joints aiding pain management. It also looks cool while on the playing field!
Dr. Jason Brattner is a trained Kinesio Tape specialist and also uses Rock Tape in his offices.