Chiropractic care is unique in that chiropractors are trained to identify the cause of your musculoskeletal condition and formulate an individualized treatment plan to help patients recover as quickly as possible. While many believe chiropractic care consists primarily of spinal manipulation, we are so much more.
Manual therapy techniques are skilled hand movements and skilled passive movements of joints and soft tissue and are intended to improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion; induce relaxation; mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restriction. Techniques may include manual lymphatic drainage, manual traction, massage, mobilization/manipulation, and passive range of motion.
Deep-Tissue Release / Massage
Deep Tissue Release is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fiber’s of the muscles, tendons and fascia.
A manual therapy technique in which pressure is slowly applied over a trigger point, or hypersensitive area of the muscle, until the tissue barrier releases and the trigger point is inactivated. This technique is used to decrease muscle tension, spasms and pain caused by trigger points.
A gentle blend of stretching and massage, myofascial release therapy uses hands-on manipulation of the entire body to promote healing and relieve pain. Chiropractors use the technique to ease pressure in the fibrous bands of connective tissue, or fascia, that encase muscles throughout the body. The provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
PNF is an acronym for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. It is a technique of combining passive stretching and isometric stretching in order to achieve maximum static flexibility. PNF refers to any, of several, post-isometric relaxation stretching techniques in which a muscle group is passively stretched, then contracts isometrically against resistance while in the stretched position, and then is passively stretched again through the resulting increased range of motion.
Extremity adjustment is used to correct joint fixations anywhere in the body other than the spine. This includes many troublesome areas, such as the jaw (TMJ), ribs, shoulders, wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome), elbows, hips, knees, ankles and the bones in the foot. When any joint is fixed, or does not move properly, it stretches the attached ligaments triggering sensory receptors to signal the brain. The result is pain in the affected joint. The brain sends a signal back to the adjacent muscles, reducing their strength in order to protect them. After manipulation of the extremity by a properly trained chiropractor, the stretched ligament goes back to its normal length, and the brain allows full strength to return to the adjacent muscles. Pain also decreases immediately. Sometimes lax or overstretched ligaments and tendons make a joint unstable and let it move too much. In this case, adjusting the joint alone is not enough to correct the problem. Strengthening exercises and perhaps taping must be used to permit the ligament to tighten and restore stability to the joint..
Joint mobilization is a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint in a way that you cannot move yourself. The doctor initiates small movements between the actual bone surfaces to introduce movement to restricted joints. This can help increase range of motion and to align the articulating surfaces of a joint. When applied to the spine, it is known as spinal mobilization.