A common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as a “spinal manipulation,” or “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of a chiropractic manipulation, more commonly known as an adjustment, is to restore proper joint motion.
Occasionally, joints become hypomobile or restricted in their movement. This can be caused by a single traumatic event or repetitive stress, such as poor posture. Manipulation of the affected joint helps restore proper joint motion, decreasing inflammation, pain, and muscle tightness.
Massage Therapy RoomMassage therapy is commonly used to improve healing and decrease muscle spasms. Our massage therapists use a variety of methods to help restore proper joint motion and muscle tension. Massage therapy is often used in conjunction with chiropractic manipulation to get patients back to full health as quickly as possible. Be sure to ask which massage therapists may be best for your specific problem as they all have their own specialties.
Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle [much smaller than a typical hypodermic needle] to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. [It] is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue, and to diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input, and reduce or restore impairments in body structure and function, leading to improved activity and participation.
Laser therapy is a medical treatment that uses focused light to stimulate a process called photobiomodulation, or PBM. During PBM, photons enter the tissue and interact with the cytochrome c complex within mitochondria. This interaction triggers a biological cascade of events that leads to an increase in cellular metabolism, decrease in pain, reduction in muscle spasm, and improved microcirculation to injured tissue. This treatment is FDA cleared and provides patients a non-invasive, non-pharmacological alternative for pain relief.
Interferential current administers electrical impulses to tissues, which may be in pain, inflamed, or tight. Many patients find interferential current to be relaxing. The electrical impulses relieve discomfort and promote soft-tissue healing by getting the body to secrete pain-relieving endorphins.
Kinesio Taping Method
kinesiotapeThe Kinesio Taping Method uses an elastic tape to support and stabilize muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It’s used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.
Recently gained notoriety with its extensive use in the Olympics, it is different than traditional white athletic tape. Athletic tape is used to restrict movement, which may also obstruct nutrient and blood flow to injuries.
Lumbar Flexion-Distraction Therapy
Flexion-Distraction is a treatment utilized for neck and back pain that involves distraction of the spine with controlled movements by the doctor. This can help increase the flow of nutrients to injured areas and/or move spinal disc material that may be causing pain.
Often times patients have neck or back pain that results from having compressed nerves, disc herniations, or disc bulges.
Avenues Health Center administers a state-of-the-art spinal decompression machine that distracts specific areas of the spine. This relieves pressure on spinal nerves, increases nutrient flow, and decreases pain associated with spinal disc problems.
Therapeutic ultrasound stimulates tissue beneath the skin’s surface using sound waves. Ultrasound helps to reduce swelling and increase blood circulation. This reduces the pain from an injury and promotes faster healing. Our article on ultrasound explains in depth how therapeutic ultrasound specifically helps with injuries.