This is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. This non-invasive technique helps millions of people get well and stay healthy.
Clinical lifestyle recommendations, ergonomic changes, manual treatments and functional exercise help patients return to their activities of daily living. Therapy begins by identifying faulty patterns of movement often resulting from poor posture, muscular de-conditioning, dehydration, improper lifting mechanics, fitness training errors or injury. In the early stages, subtle changes in movement or muscle activation can go unnoticed by the patient. However over time, the increased stresses placed on the joints and surrounding soft tissues can produce pain in muscles or joints and/or loss in normal range of motion.
To effectively treat these dysfunctions, which often affect patients daily activities, doctors may offer joint manipulation coupled with a series of targeted exercises patients can do as homework. This comprehensive and consistent approach works to retrain muscles, restore joint function and prevent recurring injuries and doctor visits. Additionally doctors will equip patients with proper lifestyle techniques and movement mechanics. Effectiveness often depends on the patient's commitment to therapeutic exercise.
To put a movement in a joint that is fixated, the doctor utilizes chiropractic manipulation or an adjustment to help restore normal function in a joint. Generally this technique employs gentle pressure or a shallow thrust to restore optimal motion. An adjustment is sometimes accompanied by a pop or cracking noise, which results from the joint's release of nitrogen gas.
To date, many studies of the chiropractic adjustment have proven its effectiveness, safety and high levels of patient satisfaction. In 1994, the US agency for Health Care Policy deemed this technique as the gold standard for treating low back pain. Since then more favorable research has been conducted on neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome and infantile colic.
Along with proper nutrition, the correct exercise protocol reduces exacerbations of structural deficits. Our staff can convert your treatment to a wellness program when your symptoms have been reduced and range of motion is restored. Click hereto learn more.
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."--Thomas Alva Edison
Proper nutrition is the foundation for good health. Obesity, acid reflux, leaky gut, heart disease and diabetes are a few of the leading ailments in this country directly tied to more health problems and medications. Improved diets lead to less dependence on pills and lower risks for medication side-effects.
Treatment is intended to achieve a decrease in the frequency and intensity or pain distribution, improve range of motion and increase endurance with fewer symptoms between treatments.
Rarely is a joint out of place. Rather what happens is that a joint loses movement. This loss of movement causes degenerative changes in other joints that are compensating for restriction. Motion Palpation determines where (or if) there are movement restrictions in the spine.
Once a restricted joint is identified, the doctor works to mobilize the fixated areas, restoring function to these joints. Adjustments to the incorrect joints could not only prove ineffective, but it could also further aggravate the patient's condition.
This manual treatment for musculoskeletal disorders helps remedy injuries such as muscle strains, rotator cuff tendonitis, tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Applied by hand using specific pressure and tension on the muscle, myofascial release is more aggressive than massage therapy. This technique works by trapping the affected tissue with the doctor's thumb or fingers and moving the tissue from its shortened position to an elongated point. This method softens and stretches the muscular adhesions, resulting in increased range or motion, enhanced strength and improved circulation to optimize the healing process.
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