The word “chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand”. Chiropractors practice a drug-free, manual approach to health care that includes patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment. The most common reasons people visit chiropractors include:
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Strains and sprains
• Work and sports-related injuries
• Restricted movement in the back, shoulders, neck or limbs
Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints of the body. Adjustments help relieve pain and restore normal functioning to the joints and supporting muscles and ligaments. Adjustment is a non-invasive, manual procedure that is delivered by a skilled chiropractor to dysfunctional spinal or extremity joints. The primary goal is to decrease pain and restore motion. The chiropractor adapts this procedure to meet the specific needs of the patient. Graded mobilizations are also provided to achieve a similar therapeutic goal.
Medical acupuncture was created for western practitioners to use scientific, evidence-based acupuncture in the treatment of pain and/or disorders. It is based on the understanding of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Treatment usually lasts about 15 minutes and is virtually pain free. The number of needles used will vary according to the condition.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE THERAPY (MRT)
Myofascial release therapy focuses on releasing muscular tightness. It is designed to restore free motion of all soft tissues, release entrapped nerves and lymphatics. There are a number of conditions and symptoms that myofascial release therapy addresses such as neck and back pain, TMJ, headaches, plantar fasciitis, ITBand syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, golfers elbow, tennis elbow, achilles tendonitis and rotator cuff shoulder injury.
INSTRUMENT ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE THERAPY
This is an effective way to break down adhesions and scar tissue. Common conditions that may benefit from this form of treatment include plantar fasciitis, golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow.
An individualized rehabilitation program will be tailored to each patient. A standard rehabilitation program includes stretching, strengthening and stabilization exercises. This part of the treatment is critical in order to achieve optimal recovery, and to prevent further injury.
A variety of modalities such as therapeutic ultrasound, laser and interferential current may be employed based on the individualized treatment plan in order to facilitate a faster recovery.