You’re only given one spine and there are only a few replacement parts via orthopaedic surgery! Why wouldn’t you take care of a body that provides mobility, function, feeling, digestion, thought and so much more that we can’t begin to list them all.
The vertebral or spinal column are terms used to describe your entire "backbone". The spinal column has four key functions:
- To protect your brain and spinal cord
- To support your hips, legs, shoulders and arms
- To serve as an attachment to muscles and permit you to stand and move
- To support your head and ribs
Chiropractors use a variety of treatment modalities and manual therapies to relieve pain and spinal dysfunction to optimize one's health. Each treatment plan is tailored specifically to suit the needs of the patient.
Treatment options include spinal manipulations, mobilizations of the spine and extremities, soft tissue therapy, rehabilitation exercises, nutritional recommendations, and postural education.
Kinesiology tape also known as K-Tape is an elastic tape that can help relieve pain, reduce swelling and inflammation even bruising. K-tape can also act as a support to joints and muscles which can enhance athletic performance. The purpose of k-tape is to lift the skin helping to increase the interstitial space which then aids in decreasing inflammation, reducing pressure and enabling the flow blood and lymphatic fluid in and out of the target area. K-tape can also be used to help re-educate the neuromuscular system as it does not restrict range of motion but rather provides a proprioceptive feedback from the skin to the brain which helps to support injured muscles and joints.
Graston Technique (GT) is an instrument assisted soft tissue release technique used to treat disorders of the skeletal muscles and related connective tissue. Graston Technique uses a collection of six stainless steel tools of particular shape and size, to help the clinician identify and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. As the instruments are moved over the affected area and adhesions, the instruments help break up scar tissue and fascial restrictions. Reducing or eliminating the adhered fibers, restoring range of motion and eliminating the associated pain.
The Activator is an alternative to the traditional manual Chiropractic Techniques. The activator is a handheld device used to manipulate the spine or extremity joints. The instrument is generally regarded as a softer chiropractic treatment technique. The activator is a small handheld spring-loaded instrument which delivers a small impulse to the spine and joints.
Myofascial release techniques such as Active Release Technique is similar to deep tissue massage techniques. Myofascial release is an effective approach in treating soft tissue injuries and resulting pain. Therapists use this movement-based soft tissue technique to treat problems with nerves, fascia, ligaments and tendons and can help with adhesions that result when scar tissue is formed.
Spinal decompression is a great adjunct and integration with massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic and other complementary healthcare techniques.
It is especially useful for:
- Back or neck pain
- Sciatica, which is pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg
- Bulging disc
- Herniated discs
- Arthritis neck or lower back pain
- Degenerative disc disease
- Worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome)
- Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
- Spinal Stenosis
During spinal decompression therapy, the spine is stretched and relaxed intermittently in a controlled manner. The process creates a negative intradiscal pressure (pressure within the disc itself) which helps promote the passage of healing nutrients, into the disc and fosters a better healing environment for the disc and joint.