An adjustment is the moving of the vertebrae with techniques designed to increase motion in the joints and position them back into their correct places. These are generally low force, faster velocity techniques with the hands, although some additional instruments may be used to assist the movement. It’s an adjustment because it is specific with a purpose behind it rather then a manipulation which just sounds bad.
COLD LASER THERAPY
Cold laser therapy treatment also helps to reduce inflammation, a primary cause for pain. When our tissues are injured, a lack of oxygen and other nutrients may slow the healing process. Toxins accumulate within the tissues, which further blocks the healing process. Thick bands of scar tissue can form across the muscles, inhibiting movement and restricting your body’s natural range of motion. Cold laser therapy promotes circulation; this fresh blood flow is essential to flushing out toxins and reducing inflammation. This helps to minimize neck and back pain while helping the body heal faster.
Kinesio Tape has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, optimize performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.
Fascial manipulation or FM is a system of evaluating and treatingmyofascial dysfunction throughout the body. The fascial system is a complex network of connective tissues that run the entire length of the body and connect all of its parts together. It has been shown to play a vital role in the synergy of muscle contractions and joint motion. Many problems from back pain to headaches can be caused from the fascia not working properly.
A small hand held instrument called an Activator is used to gently restore proper alignment and motion to the vertebrae of your spine. The unique design of the Activator is responsible for the extraordinary safety and comfort of the Activator Technique.
The Activator gently aligns your vertebrae using only 6-16 lbs. of force. Other adjusting methods use as much as 66 lbs. of force on the neck and 120 lbs. on the low back.
The high speed of the Activator (1/50 sec.) eliminates the need to twist and bend your neck or back.
You never have to worry about injury or pain caused by the doctor using too much or too little adjusting force. The Activator produces the exact amount of speed and force required each and every time.
ULTRASOUND & ESTIM
Ultrasound therapy has been shown, especially when provided in low impulse bursts, to speed up recovery time by stimulating cell reproduction. The difference from cold laser is there is no new energy introduced. The sound waves (sonar) stimulate your body's immune response and blood flow to accelerate healing. I have found combining more than one modality (coldlaser, e-stim, ultrasound) has a tremendous healing effect on the body. Various major journals have confirmed the benefits of ultrasound therapy.
General ESTIM used for pain and tissue healing and is the most often used type in my office. Muscular ESTIM used for strengthening and often helps with rehabilitation. A TENS unit is for chronic pain. This is the most common home unit purchased and I often will prescribe a unit for those patients needing pain management. ESTIM can decrease pain/spasm, better the body's circulation and increase range of motion. By working to decrease pain and increase strength, e-stim can help improve the quality of life for my patients. There are countless studies from major universities showing a positive and statistically significant effect in improving endurance and reducing fatigue and chronic pain.
(IASTM) Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization - Cerfitied IASTM Specialist
Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed surgical stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.