Chiropractic is an all natural form of primary healthcare without the use of medications or surgery. Chiropractors use spinal and extremity adjustments to correct misalignments in order to restore proper function to the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, which helps the body heal naturally.  Some have the misconception that chiropractic is just about "popping bones", but there are many techniques used in chiropractic that make the "adjustment", or the application of a precise force to a specific spinal segment or extremity joint, without causing a popping sound.  The adjustment allows for proper nerve transmission through the spinal cord, restores mobility, alleviates pain and muscle tightness, and allows the body to heal itself naturally.  In addition to relieving low back pain, neck pain, headaches, muscle aches, and neurological conditions, chiropractic care is also beneficial for optimal immune system function, blood pressure regulation, healthy organ function, healthy pregnancies, asthma, sinus issues, ADHD, bowel and urinary regularity, menstrual cramps reduction, and relief of scoliosis pain and prevention of further progression.  Chirorpractic also improves posture, enhances performance, improves strength and flexibility, provides a greater resistance to injury, reduces inflammation, allows for better sleep and relaxation, helps with emotional stresses, and an overall enhancement to health and well being.  Chiropractors are able to treat a variety of health conditions in all ages, from birth to the elderly.  No referral is needed to see a chiropractor, so make chiropractic your first option, not your last.

What is Chiropractic

Specialties and Certifications

 

 

CCEP: Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner

A CCEP is a chiropractor who has completed an additional 105 hours of coursework and seminars with a specific focus on extremities. Treatment of the whole body requires synchronization of the nervous system (spine) and the mechanical control system (extremities) of the entire kinetic chain of the body, and not just the spine.  Many patients suffer from repetitive subluxations and nerve entrapments because the mechanical, or extremity component is ignored, leaving root causes of pain undiscovered and untreated.  Extremity misalignments can cause inhibition or weakening of associated musculature, thus leading to pain, adhesions, and injuries.  Extremity adjustments help restore normal motion and function, thus helping the patient return to optimal performance and health.

 

ART:  Active Release Technique Full Body Certified

 

 

        

Active Release Technique (ART) is a hands on soft tissue manual therapy technique aimed at identifying and removing fibrous adhesions that are thought to be interfering with the proper biomechanical function of other tissues. 

ART combines a precise, directed tension with specific patient movements to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.  

ART is used to treat overuse issues that can occur from acute injuries such as strains or sprains, an accumulation of small tears over time from wear and tear, or reduced oxygen flow to the cells.  This causes a build up of scar tissue and adhesions, resulting in shorter, weaker muscles that lead to reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. Tension on tendons and fascia can cause tendonitis or faciitis, and nerves can become trapped between tight muscles, which results in numbness and tingling.  The goal of ART is to break these adhesions in order to restore proper function to the soft tissues.

There are over 500 specific ART treatment protocols for the entire body. 

ART treatments usually last 8-15 minutes for each area being treated, and results should began to be noticed by the second or third visit, with functionality restored anywhere from 2-10 visits, depending on the extent of involvement.  Patients may experience mild to moderate soreness after treatment for 24-48 hours afterwards due to the breaking down of adhesions so the body can repair itself.

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Conditions Treated with ART and Chiropractic

  • Arthritis

  • Achilles Tendonitis

  • Ankle Pain/ Swelling/ Injuries

  • Back Pain/Injuries

  • Bicepital Tendonitis

  • Bunions

  • Bursitis

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Compartment Syndrome

  • DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis

  • Foot Pain/Injury

  • Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis

  • Gluteal Tendonitis

  • Golfer's Elbow

  • Groin Strains

  • Hand Injuries

  • Headaches

  • Hip Pain

  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome

  • Impingement Syndromes

  • Joint Dysfunctions

  • Knee Pain/ Swelling/ Meniscus/ Ligaments

  • Leg Pain/ Injuries

  • Ligament Sprains

  • Low Back Pain

  • Metatarsalgia/Morton's Neuroma

  • Muscle Strains 

  • Neck Pain

  • Nerve Entrapment Syndromes

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Piriformis Syndrome

  • Post Surgical

  • Repetitive Strain Injuries

  • Rib/ Intercostal Pain

  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

  • Running Injuries

  • Sciatica

  • Shin Splints

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Tendonitis

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

  • Throwing Injuries

  • TMJ

  • Weight Lifting Injuries

  • Whiplash

  • Wrist Injuries

Adjustive Techniques

 

Diversified Technique

Diversified is the most commonly used adjusting technique by chiropractors.  It is a high velocity, low amplitude thrust directed into a specific spinal or extremity joint that often produces an audible sound, with the objective of removing joint dysfunction by restoring motion and alignment for optimal nerve and musculoskeletal function.

Thompson Technique

 

Thompson technique uses leg checks to determine the areas of misalignments, and is a high speed, low force adjustment utilizing a drop table, in which sections of the table drop to assist with the adjustment while minimizing the force. This type of adjustment rarely causes an audible, and is very safe and effective. 

Cox Flexion Distraction

This technique uses mechanical and a hands on treatment approach utilizing a special table where the spine is tractioned and flexed forward. This is a proven, effective technique for decompressing spinal nerves in the neck and low back, and treating lumbar or cervical disc conditions.  It is a gentle, no force technique in which the lumbar or cervical joint spaces are distracted as the table moves up and down at the waist or at the neck, which causes the opening of the joints.  This results in reduced tension on the disc fibers and nerves, improves circulation, increases range of motion and muscular function, and opens the disc spaces, thus relieving pressure on inflamed, bulging, or herniated discs.  It is also effective in relief of sciatica, and non disc spinal disorders such as scoliosis or muscle tightness.

Activator Methods

This technique utilizes a hand held, spring loaded instrument to deliver a light and quicker thrust than can be delivered by hand.  Areas of misalignment are determined with leg checks along with specific patient motions according to a standardized protocol.  It may be used on those who do not desire manual manipulation or where a manual adjustment may be contraindicated.

Applied Kinesiology

 

This is a system that uses manual muscle testing to determine the area of misalignment and/or muscle involvement with related spinal segments.  It also evaluates structural, chemical, mental, and emotional aspects of health, as well as providing pain relief techniques using tapping and meridians of the body much like the concept of needle free acupuncture.

Physiotherapy

 

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

This type of therapy is sometimes referred to as E-Stim, EMS, or TENS.  An electric current is sent through adhesive patches placed on the body on the area of involvement, and this current is delivered to the muscle tissue below causing a sensory and/or motor response.

Some effects of EMS include:

     Pain Relief                   Relaxation of Muscle Spasms

     Nerve Block                 Muscle Re-Education

     Edema Reduction        Increased Blood Circulation

     Muscle Stimulation      Increased Range of Motion

Therapeutic Ultrasound

This is different than diagnostic ultrasound that is used during pregnancy or to detect medical conditions.  This type of ultrasound provides sound waves that may or may not produce a deep heating effect to treat pain, muscle spasms, and joint contractures.  Some conditions treated include tendonitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, adhesive capsulitis, myositis, soft tissue injuries, scar tissue, and muscle tightness and contractures.

Therapeutic Exercise and Activities

Therapeutic exercise and activities are designed to stretch and strengthen to increase range of motion, improve function, and provide stability.  Exercise is on a patient to patient basis, and prescribed accordingly.  Some exercises and activities used in office include:

  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

  • General Stretching of Restricted Muscles

  • Core/ Low Back Stretching and Strengthening

  • Cervical Stretching and Strengthening

  • Extremity Stretching and Strengthening 

  • Active/ Passive Resistance to improve ROM

  • Home Programs for Maintenance Care

 Functional Health & Sports Chiropractic

 

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