Chiropractic Adjustments

The Chiropractic Adjustment is the main tool that a Chiropractor will use to treat you. The adjustment is defined as a focused amount of force created by the Doctor of Chiropractic on a specific area of the spine or joint to correct any malpositioning that was found. This malpositioning is called a subluxation. Subluxation is a common term used among Chiropractors in reference to one vertebra being in misalignment with another vertebra. A subluxation can not only affect a person's range of motion, but also can alter blood, nutrition, and communication flow throughout the body and it's internal systems. Only a Chiropractor is trained to effectively correct the subluxation through a focused use of force called an adjustment. A Chiropractor will also be able to empower you to take



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Ultrasound


While you may think ultrasound is only used in pregnancy, you may be suprised to discover the theraputic benifits of ultrasound. Ultrasound therapy is used to minimize muscle pain and movement dysfunction. Therapeutic ultrasound uses sound waves to deliver deep heat to the treated tissues. The treatments may help reduce stiffness, swelling, and pain, increase circulation, and promote pain-free movement. Ultrasound therapy may be used alone or in conjunction with stretching, therapeutic massage, heat, or gentle chiropractic manipulation. Ultrasound therapy is a painless procedure, and many people find it relaxing.



Muscle Stim


Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) is a therapeutic form of electrical current. EMS is applied for the relief of pain, rehabilitation of injured tissues, and and release of muscle spasm. There are a lot of patient Benefits to this procedure such as it reduces pain sensation and swelling, promotes more optimum muscle tone and assists the healing process

EMS works by applying a small amount of electrical current into the tissues. In the same way your body uses electrical nerve impulses to contract muscles, EMS uses electrical impulses to contract muscles. The difference is that in EMS, the muscle control comes from a source outside the body.

Muscle spasm, which is a partial, involuntary contraction of a muscle, can occur in reaction to tension, stress, overuse or injury. Temporarily taking control of the muscle contraction with EMS makes it harder for the body to maintain a muscle spasm. Electrical impulses in EMS are also useful in blocking pain sensations, and may trigger the release of endorphins in the area being treated. This widely-used technique safely strengthens muscles, releases spasm and reduces painful symptoms.


Moist Heat

While the overall qualities of warmth and heat have long been associated with comfort and relaxation, heat therapy goes a step further and can provide both pain relief and healing benefits for many types of neck and back pain.

Heat therapy application can help provide lower back pain relief through several mechanisms:
            •Heat therapy dilates the blood vessels of the muscles surrounding the lumbar spine. This process increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles,

             helping to heal the damaged tissue.
           •Heat stimulates the sensory receptors in the skin, which means that applying heat to the lower back will decrease transmissions of pain signals to the brain

             and partially relieve the discomfort.
          •Heat application facilitates stretching the soft tissues around the spine, including muscles, connective tissue, and adhesions. Consequently, with heat therapy,

             there will be a decrease in stiffness as well as injury, with an increase in flexibility and overall feeling of comfort. Flexibility is very important for a healthy back.


Intersegmental Traction

Intersegmental traction is a way of inducing passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints and increasing mobility. This involves lying the patient face up on a bench table which has roller-type cams beneath its surface. These rollers can slowly travel the length of the spine, stretching spinal joints. Most patients find this form of treatment to be relaxing and very helpful. The gentle rolling action is restful, exercising the spine without effort. Since discs have a poor blood supply, they get nutrients from the circulation of fluids surrounding spinal joints. Fixations prevent this natural circulation and can cause disc thinning and degeneration. Intersegmental traction helps increase and restore necessary elasticity and motion to the spine.


Patient Benefits:

        •Reduces painful symptoms
        •Increases spinal mobility
        •Improves blood supply to the disc, causing it to heal more quickly
        •Decreases local swelling
        •Reduces spinal fixations
        •Accelerates the healing process

Combined with the Chiropractic Adjustment, intersegmental Traction is a very effective way to help your body heal more quickly.


Spinal Decompression


Spinal Decompression is a non-surgical treatment designed to improve herniated discs as well as degenerative discs (arthritis of the spine) in the neck and low back. The discs of the spine are made of a firm outer covering called the Annulus Fibrosus, and a soft, jelly-like substance on the inside called the Nucleus Pulposus. The purpose of each disc is to act as a cushion between the vertebrae, and to separate the vertebrae so there is enough room for the nerves to exit the spine and travel to the different parts of the body.
When a disc herniates, the firm, outer covering (Annulus Fibrosus) tears and the jelly-like fluid (Nucleus Pulposus) starts to push through the outer layer. This creates a "bulge", which usually compresses the nerves of the spine or the spinal cord, causing severe pain and loss of normal function.
Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD - one form of arthritis of the spine) occurs when the jelly-like fluid (Nucleus Pulposus) begins to evaporate and shrink. This condition progressively becomes worse with time.
In both cases (the herniated disc and DDD), the disc becomes shorter (compresses), which pinches nerves of the spine and causes pain and other symptoms, depending on the disc involved.
Spinal Decompression is designed to decompress the herniated / degenerated disc, utilizing a series of traction / relaxation cycles with increasing strength over a period of approximately 30 minutes. The treatment itself is very relaxing, and has a very high success rate (86%) in correcting these types of conditions.

Rehabilitation

Chiropractic rehabilitation are exercises specifically designed to strengthen the area of injury. By doing these exercises, you will experience faster relief, as well as longer-lasting results. By strengthening the muscles that surround the injured area, you provide necessary support to the area to prevent future injury.
Although most of the exercises are easy for a person in good health, these exercises may prove to be challenging to a person who is injured and experiencing pain. It is normal to experience mild to moderate discomfort while performing these exercises. It is also normal to experience soreness in the muscles immediately following the exercises. It is very important that you push through the discomfort and soreness, and don't give up. You will find that these exercises become easier, which is a sign that you are progressing. As you progress, we will be increasing the intensity of the exercises, gradually building the strength of the injured area over a period of time.
Rehabilitation is necessary to maintain alignment between adjustments. We can adjust these misaligned vertebrae in your spine, but the muscles are responsible for holding those bones in their proper position. These exercises strengthen the muscles, which help keep the vertebrae in their normal position for a longer period of time, which means that you experience relief faster, and the results last longer.
We do not only provide these services in the office but offer advice on things you can do at home. We always encourge active participation on your part to help heal yourself.

Patient Benefits:
           •Reduces painful symptoms
           •Decreases local swelling
           •Restores normal movements
           •Strengthens muscles
           •Increases flexibility
           •Increases endurance
            •Improves range of motion

X-Ray

X-rays (or diagnostic images) play a vital role in chiropractic. They allow chiropractors to view your bones and joints with clarity, and to some extent, the related soft tissues. With the help of x-rays, chiropractors can evaluate the health of your bones and derive an accurate diagnosis. However, x-rays are not always necessary.

X-rays will show your bones and joints along with the related soft tissues such as muscle or fat. However, the detail of muscle is not good on x-rays as compared to your bones and joints. If the chiropractor takes your x-ray in a standing or weight-bearing position, the various normal and abnormal curves of the spine can be seen as well as the severity of changes in joints.

Our doctors can evaluate the general health of your bones; determine whether or not you have any congenital anomalies (unusual shapes to your bones from birth), fractures, dislocations, and arthritic conditions, infections of the bones, or joints and tumours which would significantly alter the plan of treatment.

We are proud to offer state of the art digital x-rays that much eaiser for you to take with you if you need to. These can be read on any computer by any doctor. We strive to offer the most advanced care for you and digital x-ray is another way we can do this.

Other Services


            •Extremity Adjustments

            •Nutrition and suppliments

            •Neck & Lower Back Decompression

            •Sports and Work Physicals

            •Orthopedic Braces

            •Chiropractic pillows

            •Custom made orthotics by footlevelers

            •Websters Technique for Breech Pregnancy women



Conditions we Treat


            •TMJ

            •Neck and back dysfunction

            •Migraines / Headaches

            •Sinus Discomfort

            •Sciatica

            •Shoulder, Knee, Ankle & Foot Pain

            •Elbow Pain

            •Carpal Tunnel

            •Scoliosis

            •Sprain and strains of Neck, Back and Extremities

            •Sports Injuries

            •Pre and Post Natal Care

            •Whiplash

            •Personal and Home Injuries

            •Work Injuries


Conditions we Treat in Children



There are many reasons why children receive chiropractic care. Most of all, children receive chiropractic care to reach their optimum health and life potential. The are truly just small and more active versions of US. Prevention is the key here finding misalignments before they cause trouble, but sometimes after as you'll see common childhood symptoms such as colic, growing pains, asthma, bedwetting, ....... and the list goes on.

The chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to suit a child's size, weight and unique spinal condition. They are both gentle and specific to the child's developing spinal structures. On a newborn, the adjustment is as light as a finger touch, 2 years old like the tapping of a finger, 10 years old the pressure of kneading dough for pizza. Some of the more specific reasons your child should be under chiropractic care are as follows:


The Birthing Process: Many spinal problems seen in adults begin as early as birth. Even so called "natural" birthing methods can stress a developing spine. Think of how much stress mom was in during labor then magnify that by 15 times as thats the size ratio of your baby, really it's a big deal. Imagine if you had to go through the birthing process now as an adult how much stress that would place on your spine and nerve system.


Child Development: During infancy, learning to hold the head up, sit, crawl, and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment, and are important times to have your child checked by a Chiropractor, like our specifically trained in pediatrics. Also, as your child begins to participate in regular childhood activities, small yet significant spinal misalignments (subluxations) may occur. If neglected, these impairments may lead to more serious problems later in life. As they say...."as the twig is bent, so grows the tree"


Bumps and Falls: One of the most common reasons parents seek care for their child is trauma; a fall or injury of some sort. These spinal dysfunctions may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms, most don't. Regular chiropractic check-ups can help identify spinal dysfunction from these traumas and early correction will help you avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adulthood.


Common Conditions we see in our practice: Another reason chiropractic care is sought after in children is the resolution of a particular symptom or condition. Parents seek care for conditions because they have heard from other parents that Chiropractic Care helps. Some of the conditions we treat in our practice are:

            •Scoliosis

            •Bedwetting

            •Asthma

            •Colic

            •Sports Injuries

            •Headaches

            •Allergies

            •Growing Pains

            •Ear Infections

            •ADHD

            •Pre and Post Natal Care

            •Whiplash

  
Appointments


We know your time is prescious and you don't want to spend an hour a visit in our office. We usually can see you within 10 minuits of your appointment time. Of course there are exceptions, but this is our goal. We do perfer appointments because of this. This will help us find a time where you can be in and out in an efficiant time.

We do take walk in appointments! We also strive to be flexable with your schedule as well. Many of our patient have to walk in due to their work schedule. If needed, please feel free to walk in for an appointment!


Billing


We are pleased to submit your claim to your insurance for you! We bill electronically for a quick return of your claim to know exactly your share of the claim. We are providers for most major insurances.

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We do expect payment when services are rendered. We try to call on every patients insurance as a benifit to you to know exactly how much you will owe each visit. We believe that you deserve to know how much you will owe up front and not 3 months later with an unexpected bill. This allows you to make an informed decision on how long you continue care.

If you do not have insurance, or if your insurance is not adequate, we offer a discount if you pay at the time of service. Please ask our staff how paying at the time of service may save you money!

Referrals


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