What truly differentiates doctors of chiropractic from any other healthcare professional is the fact that chiropractors perform spinal care that relieves pain and symptoms by restoring joint mobility and range of motion. Restoring the range of motion improves both posture, function, and relieves pain.
When spinal joint dysfunction occurs, a chiropractor can restore spinal alignment and function through spinal manipulation in addition to other corrective techniques. This procedure is appropriately called an adjustment, and the adjustment enables the body to heal. The chiropractic adjustment is a quick thrust applied to a vertebra for the purpose of correcting its position, movement or both. Adjustments are often accompanied by an audible release of gas that sounds like a “pop.” On rare occasions, muscle soreness might occur, as range of motion is restored. A patient will be given a treatment plan designed specifically to correct their condition. A course of treatment may last from approximately five treatments to thirty treatments for their condition. Spinal manipulations may be used in conjunction with therapeutic modalities, stretching/strengthening exercises or massage therapy for maximum health benefit.
Physical Medicine / Therapeutic Modalities We Utilize How Therapeutic Modalities Can Aid in Decreasing Pain and Increase Healing
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical Muscle Stimulation often referred to as "muscle stim.", the therapy involves low levels of electrical impulses delivered to the injured, painful tissues to reduce pain and speed healing. Often described by patients as a pleasant, "tingling" sensation, or "electrical massage," these impulses stimulate the body to release natural pain relievers, called endorphins. These endorphins reduce pain and inflammation, thereby promoting faster healing of the injured tissues. This therapy is often used to treat acute or chronic pain, as well as strains or sprains of the muscles, joints, and soft tissues of the spine and extremities
Interferential Electro-Therapy is most often used for pain relief and to aid in reducing the swelling of soft tissues. Ligament sprains, muscle strains and spasms often respond to this treatment, helping to reduce atrophy and increase blood circulation. Tiny amounts of electrical impulses are induced into the tissues in the vicinity of the injury. Where these waves intersect below the surface of the skin, a low-frequency stimulation is created. This prompts the body to secrete endorphins and other natural pain killers to help relieve pain. Most patients find Interferential Electro-Therapy to be extremely beneficial and describe the treatment as a faint "pins and needles" sensation.
Intersegmental traction tables gently help re-establish the normal ranges of the body's spine. Intersegmental traction tables also help facilitate muscle relaxation and reduce muscle spasms. Intersegmental traction tables mobilize the spinal column while simultaneously and gently stretching ligaments and muscles. In addition, Intersegmental traction tables increase blood flow and oxygen to discs, ligaments, and muscles, thereby improving balance, strength, and mobility.