Detail of Services Offered
Adjustments, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to, are what many people think of when they think of a chiropractor. When a chiropractor performs an adjustment, he/she is restoring motion to the joint that is being adjusted. Throughout daily living, joints become locked up due to a number of reasons, such as improper posture or tight musculature.
Electrotherapy is an exceptional way to help the body in the healing process. This is accomplished by sending a very small electrical current into the affected soft tissue injury or muscle spasm. The feeling can be described as a light tingling sensation. The therapy utilizes this electrical current in an effort to help reduce swelling and release trigger points that may have the muscle locked up. It does this by helping the body to release natural relievers of pain often referred to as endorphins. This is a great therapy if there is a spasm in a back or neck muscle. It works well in relaxing the muscle and allowing it to return to its normal state rather quickly. Short therapy sessions are excellent at facilitating healing from acute and chronic pain.
Spinal Decompression and Traction
Spinal decompression puts negative pressure on each disk, to alleviate the pressure and pain associated with compressed disks. When a disk is compressed, the disk material moves from its place between each disk, into the space occupied by the sensitive nerves. When the nerves become crowded, the patient experiences great pain and pressure due to nerve irritation. Along with this, the stretching of the ligaments during traction helps to strengthen them through the lengthening process.
Cryotherapy, simply a more complex term for cold therapy such as ice packs, is an excellent way to help with muscle spasms in the body. This therapy is well known to help numb painful areas as well as provide a cooling relief to affected soft tissues. The therapy consists of applying cold compresses on to the skin to effectively reduce the temperature of the skin as well as constrict the blood vessels in the area.
Exercises are used in order to strengthen weak musculature and relax any tight, or hypertonic, musculature. Through the use of elastic bands, exercises are done in the office in order to help strengthen the neck, low back, and abdominal regions.
With vibrational therapy, patients stand on a metal plate that vibrates underneath them. The vibrations are transmitted through the entire body. This process helps to lead to better blood circulation, fewer muscle spasms and increased bone density. When patients experience low back pain, the musculature in that area tends to tighten up. As pain diminishes, vibrational therapy can be a great tool to help the rehab phase of care.