Defined by the Oxford Dictionary as an "alteration or movement made to achieve a desired fit, result." A chiropractic Adjustment is a high velocity/low amplitude force applied to alter your joints, this provides more movement in a dysfunctional/restricted joint. Restoring proper function to these joints allows for optimal movement as well as any neurologic dysfunction resulting from affected joint.
When clinically warranted, digital X-rays will be taken during a new patient visit or, with any new injury the doctor seems fit, to help diagnose and treat a patient. X-rays allow the doctor to observe the health of bones and joints more thoroughly which will help determine the best treatment plan for a patient.
Selective Functional Movement Assessment:
The SFMA is the movement based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess 7 fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.
This systematic process allows clinicians to clearly match their intervention to the main problem of the patient. This model efficiently integrates the concepts of altered motor control, the neurodevelopmental perspective, and regional interdependence into musculoskeletal practice.
Webster Technique and Pregnancy Care
The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral/ SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.
The ICPA recognizes that in a theoretical and clinical framework of the Webster Technique in the care of pregnant women, sacral dysfunction may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia). Dystocia is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. The correction of sacral dysfunction may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.
In this clinical and theoretical framework, it is proposed that sacral misalignment may contribute to these three primary causes of dystocia via uterine nerve interference, pelvic misalignment and the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments. The resulting tense muscles and ligaments and their aberrant effect on the uterus may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.
Yes! Children can be adjusted, although it may appear different than what you've experienced for an adult. Children have the same joints that we do, but they’re not quite fully formed yet. Rather than being truly bony they are more cartilaginous, so the adjustments have to be done with less force; this is due to the increased flexibility within the joint and the smaller surface area the doctor is treating. If a child is experiencing spinal dysfunction, their ability to learn through touch, taste, sight, smell, and hearing, may be hindered.
Muscle testing is utilized to assist the doctor in assessing a patient's nerve function. Pain, primary pain signal, is the last signal to tell your body there is something wrong. By utilizing muscle testing the doctor can see which nerves are not firing optimally and where the patients needs help before pain occurs. Muscle testing can also be very useful in locating subluxations/dysfunctions when a patient is in very acute or chronic pain.
Motion Palpation is utilized to assist the doctor in assessing where the patient has lack of motion with in their joints. This helps the doctor understand more specifically which direction an adjustment will take place.
We use nutition to support our patient’s cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. This can include dietary recommendations and/or supplements to assist in healing these tissues. We only use the best quality supplements with proven purity, potency, and absorbability
Food Sensitivity Testing
Using Applied Kinesology to test patients for environmental, food, and chemical sensitivities, along with other toxic substances that can cause a wide array of primary and secondary symptoms. By eliminating these stressors from the diet and from the patient’s environment, we are able to take a significant burden off the body. This provides the body with a more optimal environment to heal. We test for food allergies via traditional laboratory blood tests, elimination diets, and muscle response testing, or Applied Kinesiology.
Class IV Laser Deep Tissue Therapy:
Deep tissue laser therapy uses a process called photobiomodulation to change the condition of damaged tissue by stimulating cellular metabolism, thereby accelerating the healing process. This laser therapy can be used for a variety of pain and inflammatory conditions (e.g. bursitis, disc issues, sciatica, low back pain, neck pain, plantar fasciitis, sports injury, tennis elbow, shoulder and knee pain).
The goal of dry needling is to reduce pain and restore normal function of muscles and joints by specific, purposeful and targeted insertions of needles into myofascial tissue (i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia).
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM):
This form of therapy uses a stainless steel instrument, with smooth beveled edges, with the intent of increasing the patient's tolerance of a specific movement; upon an increase in tolerance, the patient is able to move through positions with greater ease and less pain.
The application of the tape ‘lifts’ the superficial tissues, which cause a ‘tenting’ effect beneath. This stimulates the cutaneous (skin) receptors, as well as the mechanoreceptors of the underlying tissues, causing things to pull up and move, or what RockTape calls, a local decongestant effect. Kinesiology tape helps with movement of the muscles as well as signals the brain to a change on the surface of the skin through mechanoreceptors.
These types of exercises are commonly prescribed in our office, with the purpose of supporting the mobility gained through the treatment of joints and soft-tissue.
Active Soft Tissue Therapy
Another form of therapy that allows the clinician to address problems in the soft tissue layers of myofascia as well as tendons, ligaments, and nerves. These soft tissues are often improperly or over-used which results in: acute injury (tear, pull, etc.), micro-trauma (accumulation of small tears), and hypoxia (inadequate oxygen supply to tissue). These changes cause the body to produce scar tissue which then places restrictions on the affected soft tissues, and often times pain.
EMS/TENS uses low-level electrical currents to stimulate muscles, sometimes forcing them to contract. This stimulation can be used for multiple therapeutic purposes such as: muscle re-education, muscle strengthening, pain management, and muscle relaxation.
Functional medicine is anchored by an examination of the core clinical imbalances that underlie various disease conditions. Those imbalances arise as environmental inputs such as diet, nutrients, exercise, and trauma that are processed by one’s body, mind, and spirit through a unique set of genetic predispositions, attitudes, and beliefs. An examination is used to dig deeper into a patient’s physiological processes and addresses altered function in hormones, neurotransmitters, o-reduction, detoxification, immune imbalances, inflammatory conditions, digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances.
Is a technique to help calm your nervous system. Just like a nerve can not fire properly it can over fire causing over-stimulation. Spinal Relaxation has been found to help decrease stress, and increase your ability to focus. This technique brings attention to areas in your spine overstimulated allowing your nervous system to process the confusion/congestion and release the tension allowing the bodies communication system to communicate more clearly, smoothly, and efficiently.