Chiropractic Adjustment by Hand
Chiropractic is from Greek words meaning done by hand. Chiropractors address how the body’s nerves, muscles and joints function as a whole. They focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders and imbalances of the body. They are specialists in using joint manipulations to improve nervous system function, joint mobility, and balance symmetry. Chiropractors perform adjustments, which are gentle impulses into a joint to help restore proper movement, reduce nerve interference, and improve brain activity. This can be done on all joints, ranging from problems of the spine, to the hips, knees, feet and shoulders. Chiropractic treatments can increase agility, reaction times, balance, strength, and other athletic abilities. In addition, this minimizes the risk for injuries and promotes a speedy recovery with optimal healing. I have years of experience in treating the causes of low back pain, neck pain, headache, shoulder pain, wrist pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and foot pain, to name a few.
Chiropractic Adjustment with a Gentle Instrument
This instrument is called an activator. It is used to deliver a quick, low-force impulse to spinal joints with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted joint. It is commonly used when a more gentle approach is needed, especially for children or elderly. It can also be used to small extremities that require a specific direction of impulse.
Kinesiology taping supports your muscle function. It is applied to relieve pain, facilitate movement, support muscle function, reduce swelling, and create better postural patterns.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) involves the use of a specifically designed stainless steel tool. The tools are contoured to glide smoothly over different body structures, which enables clinicians to effectively feel areas of scar tissue and fascial restrictions. By rubbing the tool over the injured area, it creates local inflammation that brings new blood to the area, helping the tissue to heal. It is extremely useful on areas of chronic inflammation and tendonitis.
- Decreases overall time of treatment
- Enables faster rehabilitation/recovery
- Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
- Continue to remain active
Physical Therapy Exercises
My approach goes beyond just chiropractic and extends to rehabilitation. I equip you with prevention strategies that can be incorporated into your everyday life. By making proactive choices, you can significantly reduce the risk of injuries before they even occur.
Injury prevention encompasses a range of practices, such as maintaining proper seat positioning at work, using a backpack instead of a messenger bag, and stretching before engaging in strenuous activities. These measures are integrated into every treatment, and longer appointments are available to accommodate them.
Proper movement is essential for maintaining athletic performance and avoiding injuries. Imbalances can occur from stiff joints (due to tight muscles), decreased range of motion, and muscular weaknesses. Our bodies are smart, and if one of these problems occurs, it will find a way to compensate in order to attempt to perform at full capacity. This can usually lead to injuries in places further away from the initial onset of pain. Depending on the patient and the injury, movement analysis could involve performing a squat, running, or a yoga pose. This identifies the areas of dysfunction, in order to determine which rehabilitation exercises are best.
Common Movement-related Problems:
- Knee Valgosity
- Hip hiking – lifting the hip on one side
- Limited ankle dorsiflexion
- Pelvic rotation
- Scapular Dysfunction