Chiropractic Services

Chiropractic
Chiropractic is a manual therapy provided by a skilled practitioner for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system, joints and musculoskeletal system.  The goal of chiropractic treatment is to restore proper function and relieve pain.  A chiropractor may achieve this through the use of different techniques or modalities .  Traditionally known for “the adjustment”, the chiropractor uses non invasive methods of restoration by delivering a hands on approach that is specific for joint correction.
Many people seek chiropractic care for different reasons which may be any of the following; an acute episode of pain, for symptom control for chronic conditions, preventative measures for maintenance or strengthening and rehabilitation.  As well, chiropractors may even provide information on nutrition.  People of any age may benefit from chiropractic care as it is not limited to the adult population.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese Medicine that involves insertion of fine needles into specific points into the skin to encourage natural healing.  The needle triggers a cascade of reactions that reduce or relieve pain, decrease inflammation and promote healing.

Low Level Laser Therapy
This therapy has been around for 30 years and uses the photons of light to promote healing.  This type of phototherapy uses a non invasive laser light to penetrate tissues superficially and trigger a healing response that is faster than normal.  It can be used to speed up wound healing and treats many soft tissue injuries such as repetitive stress injuries both acute and chronic, as well as a lot of athletic type soft tissue injuries.  By providing the stimulus of photo therapy to the tissue, healing can happen faster and often surgical intervention may be avoided.

Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a therapy that utilizes a motorized traction device.  It specifically targets the injured spinal segment and gently stretches the spine.  The “stretch” creates a negative pressure within the spinal disc and allows any bulging or herniated material to be pulled back in.  In addition, this negative pressure or vacuum effect promotes healing of the disc through movement of water, oxygen and nutrients into the injured site.  Spinal decompression therapy has been proven effective in relieving pain and symptoms from many causes of back pain, for some patients surgery has even been avoided.    People who are potential candidates include people who have suffered back or neck pain for over one week,  those with sciatica, bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, worn spinal joints ( called posterior facet joint syndrome) or injured or diseased spinal nerve roots   (called a pinched nerve or radiculopathy).  Spinal decompression is not recommended for pregnant woman, patients with severe osteoporosis, those who are severely obese or have severe nerve root damage.  As well, spinal decompression it is also not a viable treatment option if you have had spinal surgery with instrumentation including metal plates, screws or cages.  Please call for a consult to see if you are a candidate.

Ultrasound Therapy
This therapy is usually used to compliment other therapies and uses sound waves to emit energy in the forms of vibration and heat to the injured tissues.  Using this modality breaks down scar tissue and stimulates cells to start the healing process.

Interferential Current
Interferential Current is a modality that is used for both pain control and healing.  It uses current in two ways; at low frequencies it causes contraction of muscles which helps clear swelling and inflammation in the affected area, at higher frequencies it causes vessels to dilate and blood to flush into the area to help start the healing cascade.

Orthotic Therapy
Orthotic Therapy can benefit many people as the foot is your main shock absorption tool and affects your entire body and how it copes with the physical stresses of ambulation.  The normal gait cycle requires the foot to roll both in and out to a certain degree.  When observed, many people are rolling a little too much one way or the other. This can cause problems not only in the foot but all the way up the spine.  Some people have really flat feet or very rigid feet.   Orthotic therapy aids people to correct their personal deviation from “normal” and to allow them to walk most efficiently on their feet and have their foot supported to decrease any predisposition to injury.  Some common injuries that orthotic therapy may benefit are:  plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, knee pain, hip and low back pain.

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