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Chiropractic Manipulation A "chiropractic adjustment" or "spinal manipulation" is the most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic. Its purpose is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled low amplitude, high velocity force into joints that have become restricted in their movement. Restricted joint mobility is generally caused by poor posture, improper gait, traumas or muscle hypertonicity. Over time, these segments undergo physiological and chemical changes that can create decreased function, pain and inflammation. The adjustment of the affected joint is able to restore mobility, thereby alleviating pain, inflammation, muscle hypertonicity and nerve impingement, allowing for the involved tissues to heal.

Active Release Therapy (ART) is a patented, OSHA approved, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. Active Release Therapy is a fast and highly effective technique in breaking up scar tissue and adhesions that perpetuate muscle pain and limited function. For more information please visit www.activerelease.com.

Ultrasound machines are a treatment modality that utilize high or low frequency sound waves. These sound waves are transmitted to the surrounding tissue at a depth set by the therapist. They penetrate the muscles to cause warming of muscles/tissues via the friction effect generated through vibration of the sound waves. This promotes tissue relaxation and therefore is useful in treating muscle tightness and spasms. The therapist can also adjust the frequency on the machine to use waves that will decrease inflammation. Ultrasound can change the rate of exchange between cells and thereby enhancing the transfer of fluids and nutrients to the cell, allowing faster healing.

Interferential Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is one of the various types of physiotherapy. It uses a mid-frequency current for treating muscular spasms and strains. The current produces a massaging effect over the affected area at periodic intervals, and this stimulates the secretion of endorphins - "the body's natural pain relievers". thus relaxing the strained muscles and promoting soft tissue healing. EMS also creates minute muscle contractions, which help bring blood to the area and with it oxygen, which allows muscles that are in spasm to become relaxed.

Hot packs are used in physiotherapy in order to cause vasodilation to allow more oxygen to be brought to the area of spasm, creating a relaxation effect on muscles. Cold packs are utilized in order to cause vasoconstriction to stop the influx of inflammatory chemicals to the affected area, decreasing inflammation and edema.

Exercises and rehabilitation specifically tailored to the patient's condition are demonstrated in order to speed healing and strengthen/stretch involved areas.

Video Gait Analysis is utilized primarily with runners in order to determine any biomechanical discrepancies that might have resulted in the injury, for which the runner has presented to the clinic.

Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body's natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions. Both Kinesio® Tex Tape and the training protocol have shown results that would have been unheard of using older methods and materials. The tape is designed to mimic normal muscle elasticity, thus taking pressure off of the joint without restricting mobility. Kinesio Tex is used in order to Re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote improved circulation and healing. For more information please visit www.kinesiotaping.com.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture stimulates a regulatory system affecting the body separately from such systems as the nervous, hormonal, and biochemical systems. This regulatory system is comprised of predictable pathways and points, which have a higher electrical conductivity than the surrounding tissues. When these points are stimulated, they send an electrical signal through the pathways intensifying the healing process and decreasing pain. Acupuncture treatment consists of carefully inserting hair-thin, disposable needles into the skin. Since the needles are so thin, the sensation is generally quite mild. In fact, nearly all patients experience a significant level of relaxation and may even fall asleep during treatment. Following an acupuncture treatment, many patients feel a heightened sense of well-being which may last for several days.

The goal of acupuncture treatment is to coax the body into healing itself by adjusting the flow of energy in the body. This is the basis of one of the major benefits of using acupuncture - the body heals itself and therefore little to no side effects occur. Acupuncture treatment can be extremely valuable in treating acute (acute musculo-skeletal injuries, flus, migraines etc.) as well as chronic conditions (chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, allergies, IBS etc.).

For the more acute conditions, generally speaking, acupuncture can alleviate the disorder within several treatments. In more chronic cases, it can take months of treatment. The goal in frequency of treatment is to always attempt to reach a point where the length of time between treatments is longer and longer and finally on an as needed basis. It is important for the patient to remember that acupuncture treatment is a cumulative type of treatment. That means that each treatment builds in strength on the last treatment. That's why in the beginning, it may be necessary to have treatments spaced more closely together. What this also means is that it is critical especially in the beginning of treatment for the patient to not miss treatments.

Massage Therapy

Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Specifically: Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.

Bodywork: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or repatterning to affect structural changes to the body.

Somatic: Meaning "of the body". Many times this term is used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.

There are more than 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies and many practitioners utilize multiple techniques. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be included to reduce friction on the skin.

Please note: Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies specifically exclude diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, or any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice orthopedics, physiotherapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of medicine. For further information on massage therapy, please visit www.massagetherapy.com.