Chiropractic Care involves the adjustment of the spine and other extraspinal regions, and may also include manual therapies, to help maintain the body’s overall health and wellness and ability to function at an optimal level.
A chiropractic examination is performed to examine the structure and function of the spine and associated muscles to determine specific chiropractic treatments. If the doctor finds that your condition may require more than the services offered, or that medical images are necessary, you will be referred to the appropriate facility.
Chiropractic adjustments involve a chiropractor using their hands or an instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal is to realign joint subluxations to improve spinal motion and improve the body’s physical function.
Extremity adjustments can be used on all other joints outside of the spine. It is beneficial to restore the mobility of the extremity joints to improve the mobility of those areas and create less stress on the spinal column .
Manual therapy is a physical treatment primarily used to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. The Doctor will determine which therapy is best suited for your condition during the examination.
Instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a manual therapy that uses instruments to massage/scrape the skin gently. The therapy is designed to help the practitioner attempt to break up scar tissue. The general goals of the therapy are to reduce the patient’s pain and increase function. Additionally, the body’s position sense organs, such as mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors, seem to respond to these forms of treatment.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which special cups are placed on the skin for a few minutes to create suction. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve pain and relax stiff muscles.
Percussion therapy accelerates and enhances the repair of muscle fibers by providing rapid bursts of pressure in concentrated, short duration pulses deep into the tissues of the body.
- Helps relieve muscle soreness and stiffness
- Improves range of motion
- Promotes circulation
- Accelerates recovery