How Do Chiropractors Treat Pain

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Chiropractic Manipulation Therapy

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The word chiropractic comes from the Greek words cheir (hands) and praxis (practice). As the name suggests, it is a hands-on therapy.

 

Chiropractic manipulation is the application of pressure to a person’s spine or other parts of their body by a qualified chiropractic doctor, or chiropractor. This pressure allows a chiropractor to adjust and correct alignment.

Chiropractic manipulation aims to reduce pain and improve mechanical function, or the way a person moves.

Electric Muscle Stimulation Therapy

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Electrical Muscle Stimulation Therapy or EMS is a comfortable current that is used to:

  • Helps you hold your adjustments longer because the muscles are relaxed

  • Improve joint pain and swelling.

  • Prevents and reveres muscle atrophy (loss of muscle mass/tissue)

  • Enhances rehabilitation of muscles.

  • Increases range of motion for tense muscles or tendons.

  • Reduces stress and discomfort.

  • Improves blood flow and circulation.

  • Decreases pain

It is commonly used by Chiropractors and Physical Therapist. Even some sports team use it as part of their trainers therapy.

Class IV Low Level Laser

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Biological affects of the Laser

 

Clinical studies and research using laser therapy technology indicate the following beneficial effects of laser therapy on tissues and cells.

 

Anti-Inflammation

Laser therapy has an anti-endemic effect as it causes vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system (drains swollen areas). As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.

 

Anti-Pain (Analgesic)

Laser therapy has a high beneficial effect on nerve cells which block pain transmitted by these cells to the brain and which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to less inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain-killing chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins from the brain and adrenal gland.

 

Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth

Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles are repaired faster.

Improved Nerve Function

Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser light will speed up the process of nerve cell reconnection and increase the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle action.

Intersegmental Traction

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Intersegmental traction gently help you regain the normal ranges of the spine. Intersegmental traction tables also help promote muscle relaxation and reduce muscle spasms.

It accelerates recovery progress from a back and neck injuries.

 

The intersegmental table moves rollers up and down the muscles on either side of the spine. Intersegmental traction tables are very relaxing and make for a great healing tool.

 

How intersegmental traction therapy works

The intersegmental traction table mobilizes the spinal column while simultaneously stretching the ligaments and muscles. This helps to increase blood flow and oxygen to discs, ligaments and muscles, improving balance, strength and mobility.

Rehabilitative Exercises

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Rehabilitative Exercises not only strengthen your muscles, improve your posture, increase range of motion it also reduces pain.

 

Rehabilitative Exercises can be done for all parts of the body. Depending on your injury or your conditioning we start with the exercises where you are at and then progress from there.

 

To make sure we have the appropriate exercise for you we first perform a Functional Movement Screen. This checks your upper and lower body strength and flexibility.

 

Every person is unique and different in their need to exercise after a injury or chronic pain. Your progress is measured monthly by repeating the Functional Movement Screen.

 

Check out our 10 Minute Posture Improvement. Watch the video now. https://vimeo.com/202990443

Kinesiotape

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If you’ve watched a volleyball game or competitive bicycle race, you’ve probably seen it: strips of colorful tape splayed in patterns across shoulders, knees, backs, and abs. That’s kinesiology tape: a therapeutic tape that’s applied strategically to the body to provide support, lessen pain, reduce swelling, and improve performance.

Kinesiotape works by: 

  • Changes signals on pain pathways

  • Creates space in joints

  • Improve circulation of blood and fluids

  • Supporting weak zones

  • Re-educating muscles

  • Enhancing performance

  • Managing scars

 

Massage

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Massage therapy is a manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons: to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness. Our massages are performed in a warm comfortable room that allows you to relax and recover the battle of daily stresses.

 

Massage is not purely a luxury you get when on vacation it is a necessity for your overall healing and wellness. To show how important massage is to your overall wellness we may include it as part of your care plan to help not only reduce muscle spasms and soreness but also to promote relaxation and stress reduction. Massage may also be used together with Chiropractic Care and even acupuncture or weight loss.

 

Our massage therapist has extensive schooling and years of experience in treating people who have a musculoskeletal issue that goes beyond an occasional sore muscle. Because we view massage as therapy we incorporate it into our patient's care plans along with Chiropractic, exercise, and nutrition. We like to say the massage is the reward for all the hard work you have done.

 

Types of Massage

 

Relaxation Massage - also known as Swedish massage; this is for pure relaxation and reduction of stress and anxiety. The Therapist uses light pressure and longer strokes. Relaxation massage is perfect for stress, tension, depression, a busy mind, or people who prefer a lighter touch or are sensitive.

Deep Tissue Massage – also known as therapeutic tissue, or medical-massage. This type of massage is targeted to rehabilitate an injury, reduce pain, release deep muscle tension that is produced by exercise. The Therapist uses firm pressure along with stretches that release deeply help spasms, trigger points, and metabolic waste in the muscles. Therapeutic massage helps with back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, or people who prefer a firmer touch.

 

Sports Massage - Sports Massage is a must for both weekend warriors and elite athletes. It is an essential part of any recovery routine. Sports massage can help improve performance, prevent injury and speed recovery from muscle and soft tissue soreness and the everyday aches and pains associated with sports. This massage focuses on the muscles that the athlete's sports rely on the most and is individualized for each person and sport. If you are looking for enhanced athletic performance, recovery or increased range of motion and flexibility this is a great massage for you.

 

Hot Stone Massage - Hot Stone Massage is a relaxing massage experience. The heated stones are used to gently massaged into your muscles to relieve all of your stress and tension. The stones are soothing and relaxing while providing a penetrating heat that encourages your muscles to relax and loosen. Hot Stone Massage is wonderful for deep relaxation, fibromyalgia, tension, muscle spasms, back, or joint pain.

 

Cupping Therapy with Massage - Cupping Therapy creates a pressure on the skin with the suction of a small cup. The suction is created by a hand pump attached to the cup. This form of therapy has been practiced for thousands of years and is safe, effective, and very relaxing. Cupping therapy releases muscle spasms and soft tissue irritations, draws out excess fluid and toxins, loosens adhesions, lifts connective tissue, and brings relief and blood flow to skin and muscles

Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine — a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced “chee”) flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites.

 

According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease.

 

To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the surface of the skin.

 

How does Acupuncture Work?

The benefits of acupuncture are complex. Research suggests that the needling process may produce a variety of effects in the body and the brain. One theory is that stimulated nerve fibers transmit signals to the spinal cord and brain, activating the body’s central nervous system. The spinal cord and brain then release hormones responsible for making us feel less pain while improving overall health. In fact, a study using images of the brain confirmed that acupuncture increases our pain threshold, which may explain why it produces long term pain relief. Acupuncture may also increase blood circulation and body temperature, affect white blood cell activity (responsible for our immune function), reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and regulate blood sugar and hormone levels.

 

What is Acupuncture Good for?

The benefits of acupuncture are complex. Research suggests that the needling process may produce a variety of effects in the body and the brain. One theory is that stimulated nerve fibers transmit signals to the spinal cord and brain, activating the body’s central nervous system. The spinal cord and brain then release hormones responsible for making us feel less pain while improving overall health. In fact, a study using images of the brain confirmed that acupuncture increases our pain threshold, which may explain why it produces long term pain relief. Acupuncture may also increase blood circulation and body temperature, affect white blood cell activity (responsible for our immune function), reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and regulate blood sugar and hormone levels.

Acupuncture is particularly effective for pain relief, and chemotherapy-associated nausea and vomiting. In addition, both the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health recognize that acupuncture can be a helpful part of a treatment plan for many illnesses. A partial list includes addiction (such as alcoholism or drug abuse), asthma, bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, facial tics, fibromyalgia, headaches, irregular menstrual cycles, polycystic ovarian syndrome, low back pain, menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, osteoarthritis, sinusitis, spastic colon (often called irritable bowel syndrome), tendonitis, tennis elbow, and urinary problems such as incontinence. You can safely combine acupuncture with prescription drugs and chiropractic care.

The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture also lists a wide range of conditions for which acupuncture is appropriate. In addition to those listed above, they recommend acupuncture for sports injuries, sprains, strains, whiplash, neck pain, sciatica, nerve pain due to compression, overuse syndromes similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, pain resulting from spinal cord injuries, allergies, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), sore throat (called pharyngitis), high blood pressure, gastroesophageal reflux (felt as heartburn or indigestion), ulcers, chronic and recurrent bladder and kidney infections, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), infertility, endometriosis, memory problems, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, sensory disturbances, depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders.​

Infrared Sauna

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What is Infrared?

Infrared light is part of the Sun’s invisible spectrum of light that has the ability to penetrate the human tissue. Infrared heat therapy uses these infrared light characteristics to heat the body directly rather than just the air. The experience of an infrared sauna is similar to sunbathing, which gives you the radiant heat that is all your own. The infrared heat penetrates your skin, giving you that wonderful natural warmth. Unlike sunbathing, infrared heat therapy is completely healthy and safe. You can relax in an infrared sauna and it will never cause your skin to burn.

Infrared saunas increase the body’s core temperature thus resulting in a much deeper, more detoxifying sweat from the cellular level of the skin where many toxins are housed. Conventional hot rock/steam heat saunas heat the air with steam, which can often be unbearably hot and will cause you to only sweat at the surface of the tissue. Steam also makes the air difficult to breathe. An infrared sauna uses soothing dry infrared heat that is well ventilated and extremely comfortable and relaxing. Infrared heat therapy has also been proven to assist with weight loss, pain relief, improved circulation, and skin rejuvenation.

 

Doctor Recommended

Infrared waves, reflected from the Sunlighten sauna to the body, provide concentrated radiant energy, similar to that from the sun. When any tissue in the body is exposed to infrared waves, whether irradiated by sunlight, reflected by specially coated fabrics or panels, there is a rapid increase in warmth which can be shown by thermography. This heat plus the activation of several other response mechanisms stimulates the healing processes.

 

Safety of Infrared

You can be exposed to infrared heat for hours and it will never cause your skin to burn. Infrared heat is completely healthy and safe for all living things. In fact, infrared heat is so safe it is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants. The same electrical standards required for the safety of your home are implemented into the electrical system of our saunas. Steel conduits protect your sauna from fire hazard and harmful electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation.

 

Health Benefits of Infrared:

 

  • Detoxification

  • Pain Relief

  • Weight Loss

  • Lower Blood Pressure

What does the infrared waves from Infrared saunas do?

  • Increase blood flow by promoting dilation (expansion) of the micro-circulatory system of capillaries.

  • Reduce muscle spasms as muscle fibers are heated.

  • Remove toxins from the site receiving infrared waves.

  • Assist in the reduction of swelling and inflammation by improving lymph flow.

  • Reduce soreness through direct action on both free nerve endings in tissues and on peripheral nerves.

  • Improves Circulation

  • Skin Purification