Chiropractic Activator Adjustments
Some people have never had their spine evaluated and treated by a chiropractor, often because they are nervous or because they don’t want to be “twisted” and don’t want to hear the “popping/cracking” sound. Our chiropractors offer Activator Adjustments, using a small handheld instrument that moves the joints of the spine to restore proper alignment and motion. This instrument delivers a quick impulse to the spine in the location that needs to be adjusted, while the patient is laying in a neutral position. The patient is not moved at all during the adjustment, and there isn’t any “popping” or “cracking” sounds that are sometimes associated with manual adjustments. This is a gentle way to treat the spine, and patients find this treatment comfortable and effective.
Combining spinal adjustments with soft tissue therapies, as muscle tension can affect the bones and joints much in the same way that the bones and joints can affect the muscle tension, it is important to address any spinal misalignment first, as this sets a stable foundation for all of the soft tissues that attach to the spine. If the muscles are attached to a frame that is incorrect, any therapies applied to the muscles will only provide short term relief since the muscles will be moving and pulling on a frame that is not in the correct position and therefore the movement patterns of the muscles will be incorrect as well. Aligning the frame is the first step, and then soft tissue therapies can more effectively address muscle tension.
Active Release Technique A.R.T.
Active Release Technique is a state of the art movement-oriented system of manual therapy that helps resolve a wide range of muscle, nerve and joint injuries. It is a patented system developed by Dr. Leahy that addresses various injuries by breaking up scar tissue, releasing adhesions in and between muscles and un-trapping nerves that get stuck in muscles or impinged by bones.
Over-used movements is the main culprit for these conditions, that cause accumulation of dense tissue that binds up and ties down other tissue that need to move freely. As dense tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, weakness, and pain. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling and numbness.
Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension and depth with very specific patient movements. Performing the technique correctly allows muscles to slide, contract and lengthen properly which contributes to better muscle and joint function. Enhanced function helps drastically with the injury recovery process and reduces the chances of re-injury.
The Graston Technique
The Graston Technique integrates 6 patented stainless steel instruments designed to access, detect, and soft tissue dysfunction in the body and assist the patient in recovery from pain and injury. This is a form of soft tissue mobilization. This technique is based on Dr. James Cyriax's concept of cross-fiber massage, which is to break down collagen cross-links found in adhesions and scar tissue. A typical session of Graston Technique consists of a thorough assessment and screen of the patient's condition, a generalized warm-up, Graston Technique treatment followed by stretching, strengthening and ice.
Often repetitive strain, pain and injury can lead to the development of scar tissue or adhered fascia. This scar tissue can limit our range of motion and exacerbate poor
habitual posture and/or muscle guarding, which turns into dysfunction and chronic pain overtime. Graston instruments aid the practitioner in locating soft tissue restrictions, fascial adhesions or scar tissue similar to how a stethoscope amplifies the sound of the heartbeat. The Graston instruments break up the scar tissue and allow the body to reabsorb it. This disrupts the pain-tension cycle and allows the body to begin its own healing, thereby creating pain free range of motion and improved postural awareness.
Functional Range Release Technique F.R.
Functional Range Release is a revolutionary soft-tissue treatment and rehabilitation management system. This myofasical release technique simultaneously assessing, expanding, and instantly strengthening the patient’s functional range of motion.
The basic premise of the system is that the tissue which is responsible for limiting a person’s range of motion is not the muscle as is commonly believed. Rather, motion is restricted due to the nervous system’s control of that muscle. The nervous system’s central mechanism which controls muscle length contains a ‘stretch threshold’ which, when exceeded, triggers a stretch reflex causing the muscle to contract. This threshold is set far beyond what is necessary to prevent injury.Therefore, while the potential for further movement exists, the central nervous system will not allow this movement to occur.
As a result, the range of motion display is not determined by the actual flexibility or extensibility of the muscle tissue itself, but rather is the ‘decision’ of the central nervous system.
Tendonitis (rotator cuff, tennis elbow, Achilles’)
Repetitive stress injuries
Chiropractic is an effective form of treatment for a variety of conditions, including:
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