The most common therapeutic procedure performed by our doctors is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolve within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, our care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, our chiropractic care complements and supports medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Our doctors will assess you through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. We will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when our care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
Heat therapy works by stimulating your body’s own healing force. For instance, heat dilates the blood vessels, stimulates blood circulation, and reduces muscle spasms. In addition, heat alters the sensation of pain.
Reduces swelling by constricting blood vessels. While cold packs may be uncomfortable at first, they can numb deep pain.
Therapeutic Ultrasound is a method of stimulating tissue beneath the skin’s surface using sound waves. It is a very high frequency massage that can penetrate up to 5″ below the surface of your skin.
This may include stretching, core exercises, weight lifting, and walking. Your Chiropractor may teach you an exercise program so you can do it at home.
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