A chiropractic adjustment, also referred to as manual manipulation or spinal manipulation, is a non-invasive method in which trained specialists (chiropractors) manipulate joints with their hands, fingers and elbows or even with small instruments. The goal of spinal manipulation is to increase range of motion, reduce nerve pain and improve your body’s physical function.
Soft tissue therapies help remove areas of scar tissue caused by over-stressed or injured tissues. When muscles, ligaments, and tendons are overstretched or overloaded, the body uses scar tissue as a way of healing first. If the cause of the initial injury is not properly addressed, then the tissues will generate too much scarring and become an issue. Many common conditions, such as headaches, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and tennis elbow, can be improved or resolved by a combination of soft tissue techniques provided by our doctors.
Dry needling, also known as intramuscular stimulation, is the use of solid filament needles, or “noninjection” needles to stimulate specific reactions in an area of muscle tissue in order to alleviate pain.
The needles, similar to those used in acupuncture, are extremely fine and come in various lengths depending on the depth of the tissue being treated. A needle will penetrate the skin to reach muscular trigger points to produce a local twitch response (LTR), which is followed by a reflexive relaxation of the muscle. The needles are rarely felt when entering the skin, but discomfort may be felt for a couple of seconds.
Rehabilitative (or corrective) exercise helps patients suffering from an illness or injury improve faster by restoring lost skills and regaining maximum self-sufficiency. Knowing how to safely return to exercise after injury is critical so you don’t do further damage or suffer a new injury altogether. With the right rehabilitation exercises, you can speed up your injury recovery time and get back to exercising regularly.
A Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is the most effective tool we have for assessing your current musculoskeletal health. It quickly helps us identify dangerous movement patterns, and indicates a patient’s readiness to exercise. This test enables us to set realistic, attainable goals that will decrease the risk of injury or re-injury. FMS can be applied at all health and fitness levels and will provide a baseline measure of performance improvement.
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body by kneading and rubbing. Massage is used to provide pain relief, increase blood flow and oxygen to the body, and for relaxation. If indicated upon examination, Dr. Kathlaynas may recommend massage to help reduce your pain and help speed up the healing process
Spinal decompression is a non-invasive therapy that uses motorized traction to gently stretch the spine with the goal of relieving back pain and/or leg pain. This gentle, intermittent stretching changes the force and position of the spine which takes the pressure off the spinal discs, the gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine. This change can make bulging or herniate disks retract, which takes pressure off of nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn helps promote movement of water, oxygen and nutrient-filled fluids into the discs so they can heal.
Our office has a class 4 laser that can be utilized as a part of your treatment plan. A class 4 laser works at the cellular level to help injured cells/tissues heal faster. Laser treatment also helps to reduce inflammation and pain in the injured area. This allows the patient to see both relief and return to their normal life quicker.