Chiropractic is a physical medicine technique that uses a wide range of manual techniques. A chiropractic adjustment is designed to put motion into joints that have been restricted for a multitude of reasons. If you restore motion to a joint, you restore function to the entire muscular and nervous systems. An adjustment is a gentle, specific "thrust" to a restricted joint in the right direction, with the correct amount of force to regain motion to the joint and restore function to the entire muscular and nervous system. Occasionally there will be a "popping" noise, but not always, and is created by the release of nitrogen gas from inside the joint's capsule. See some of the conditions we treat with chiropractic medicine.
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MCKENZIE MECHANICAL DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY
The McKenzie Method® is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education for back, neck and extremity problems. Most pain is "mechanical" in nature, meaning that it was caused by a force applied to the system. The theory is that mechanical pain is decreased or abolished by using the reversal of forces. There is usually immediate feedback when using the McKenzie Method® so that both the clinician and patient know right away if they are on the right track to healing. The key distinction is in the initial assessment component – a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then make an appropriate treatment plan. McKenzie is a comprehensive approach to mechanical problems based on sound principles and fundamentals that when understood and followed accordingly are very successful.
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When there is evidence of acute or chronic injury to the physical system, proper alignment, flexibility, strength and balance need to be restored in order to gain complete healing and prevent future dysfunction. Therapeutic exercises are custom designed for the patient's individual problem using sound principles of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
FASCIAL DISTORTION MODEL
Fascial Distortion Model is an anatomical perspective for envisioning a wide range of orthopedic and non-orthopedic injuries and conditions. FDM is comprised of six pathological components called distortions. Since fascial distortions obviously occur in fascial tissues (the primary connective tissue of the body that makes up tendons, ligaments, retinacula, fascial bands, myofascia, adhesions, and other tissues that surround and engulf muscles, bones, nerves, and organs), they are almost universally mis-diagnosed as muscle tears, pulled muscles, strains, sprains, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc., which leads to the often prescribed and ineffective treatment regimen of resting and anti-inflammatory medications.
The FDM is far more than just a collection of new manipulative techniques. Instead it is a comprehensive and entirely fresh perspective of envisioning and understanding injuries that competitively challenges current approaches and is poised to revolutionize the practice of physical medicine.
Massage is the practice of soft tissue manipulation with physical, functional and sometimes psychological purposes and goals. Massage therapy is the most widely used complementary and alternative practice in the United States. Massages relieve pain from musculoskeletal injuries, reduces stress, enhances relaxation, decreases feeling of anxiety and depression and improves overall well being. There are over 80 different modalities of massage. Although not all can be addressed, we will do our best in performing custom massages based upon your individual needs.
The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Qi (pronounced –chee) present in every living creature. The practice of acupuncture has been a part of Eastern Medicine for over 5,000 years. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained. Once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. Acupuncture works to "re-program" and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the energy flow. The needles are inserted just below the skin's surface and act like antennas to channel the energy in the correct direction to the correct locations. Acupuncture is relatively painless and has little or no side effects. Acupuncture can be used to treat a whole host of problems including general pain, injuries, systemic disorders and even infertility. See some of the conditions we treat with acupuncture.
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FUNCTIONAL DRY NEEDLING
Functional Dry Needling is a process involving a physical assessment and intervention for neuromusculoskeletal conditions. It uses small needles to deactivate trigger points and "loosen" shortened muscles. This treatment likely affects the immune, inflammatory, biomechanical, vascular and neurological systems. Dry Needling is a technique to treat the neuromusculoskeletal systems based on pain patterns, muscular dysfunction and other orthopaedic signs and symptoms.
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
A chiropractic neurologist serves in the same consulting manner as a medical neurologist. The difference is that the therapies or applications of a chiropractic neurologist do not include drugs or surgery. We will see patients with a variety of movement disorders, dystonia, post-stroke rehabilitation, and radiculopathy or nerve entrapment syndromes that are consequences of peripheral or central types of lesions. Chiropractic neurologists can provide therapies and treatments as well as counsel when there is a diagnostic dilemma or a question of appropriateness of care regarding an individual lesion or scenario.
Placing the foot in a proper position at all times will restore function to the entire system. Many professionals agree that the source of all problems stem from foot dysfunction. Common foot problems are dramatically improved, proper balance is obtained and stabilization of the pelvis and spine will be achieved once the custom-made orthotics are fitted and used properly. The goal is to supply support in a comfortable environment for the feet while correcting any improper foot mechanics.