Chiropractic is the treatment of the human body without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractors use their hands to assess joint function and soft tissue tone. Frequently, areas of restriction are found in the joints of the spine and extremities which are referred to as "subluxations". A chiropractic adjustment is delivered to restore motion and function to these restricted joints. Joints often become restricted due to factors such as posture, position, trauma, or repetitive stress. Not only can restricted joints be a source of pain themselves, but they can also create problems elsewhere in the body via compensation mechanisms.
What is Chiropractic?
Dr. Garton and Dr. Field have been extensively trained in finding the location of these restricted joints. The doctors are also well versed in many forms of manipulation to remove these restricitions. The doctors use both traditional and low force techniques to restore motion, decrease pain, and improve function. Because each patient is unique, the doctors always choose the technique that is best suited for each situation. Please feel free to as the doctors for more information. Some of the techniques used are: Diversified, Thompson drop, Activator Methods, and Cox Flexion Distraction.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.
In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This approach is often referred to as dry needling. The stimulation from the needles boosts your body's natural painkillers and increases blood flow, thereby speeding up the healing process and reducing pain.
Electrical stimulation is an effective modality for reducing pain and speeding up the healing process for many musculo-skeletal conditions. Electrical current is applied to the affected area using four electrodes. The four electrodes are placed in such a way that the two currents produced cross each other in the affected area. This is beneficial for three reasons:
1. an increase in localized blood flow which can improve healing by reducing swelling (the additional blood flowing through the area takes edematous fluid away with it) and as a result helps remove damaged tissue and bring nutrients necessary for healing to the injured area
2. the stimulation of local nerve cells that can have a pain reducing/anaesthetic effect due to potentially blocking the transmission of the pain signals (pain gate mechanism) or by stimulating the release of pain reducing endorphins (opiod mechanism)
3. some degree of muscle stimulation as muscle contraction can be achieved through external application of an electrical current, overcoming some of the muscle inhibition often caused by local injury and swelling
KinesioTape is a newly popularized modality used for reducing pain and swelling and offering added support to injured areas. On skin, the Kinesio Tape pulls the upper layers of skin, creating more space between the dermis and the muscle. The space created is believed to relieve pressure on the lymph channels in the area between the muscle and the dermis, creating more space for lymph flow and thus better lymph drainage through an affected area. This space also houses various nerve receptors that send specific information to the brain. When the space between the epidermis and the muscle is compressed, such as during an injury, these nerve receptors are compressed and send information to the brain regarding continuous touch, light touch, cold, pain, pressure, and heat. This information causes the brain to send out certain signals to the body on how to react to particular stimuli. Kinesio Tape alters the information that these receptors send to the brain and causes a less reactive response in the body, allowing the body to work in a more normal manner and removing some of the roadblocks that normally slow down the healing process.
We sell a variety of health and wellness products at Complete Chiropractic & Wellness Center. A few of the items available at our office include: Chiroflow Water Pillows, Biofreeeze, Gentle Detox Tea, Standard Process Supplements, foam rollers, tens units as well as several other items.
Soft Tissue Mobilization
It is important to recognize the role of muscles and their attachments around the joints. Muscle tension can often decrease once joint motion is restored, but many times the spasm will continue to be present. In such cases, muscle tension should be addressed or the joint dysfunction may return. The goal of soft tissue mobilization (STM) is to break up inelastic or fibrous muscle tissue (called 'myofascial adhesions') such as scar tissue from a back injury, move tissue fluids, and relax muscle tension. This procedure is commonly applied to the musculature surrounding the spine, and consists of rhythmic stretching and deep pressure. The therapist will localize the area of greatest tissue restriction through layer-by-layer assessment. Once identified, these restrictions can be mobilized with a wide variety of techniques. These techniques often involve placing a traction force on the tight area with an attempt to restore normal texture to tissue and reduce associated pain.
Therapeutic exercises refers to a wide range of physical activities that focuses on restoring and maintaining strength, endurance, flexiblity, stability, and balance. The goal of therapeutic exercises is to return an injured patient to a fully functioning, pain-free state.
Intersegmental traction is a means of inducing passive motion into your spine for the purpose of improving the function of the the spinal discs as well as the joints of the spine. Intervertebral discs receive very poor blood supply, and therefore, receive their nutrition through a process called imbibition (movement of the disc). Proper spinal movement (mechanics) allows needed proteins/nutrients to enter the disc.
The spinal joints also benefit from this movement via the resultant increase in production of synovial fluid.
Patients lie on their backs on a table which has vibrating rollers beneath its surface. These massaging rollers travel slowly up and down the spine. Most patients find this form of traction to be very relaxing and therapeutic.
Nutritional Counseling and Supplements
When it comes to nutrition, it is easy to get confused due to the large amount of contradictory information available today. The advice given at CCWC, is to not overthink things. Eating foods that were, at one time, living is generally your best bet. Unfortunately eating fresh, raw foods is not as easily attainable as it once was. This is why we recommend Standard Process nutritional supplements. For more than 85 years, Standard Process has formulated supplements made with whole food ingredients that fill the gaps of less-than-perfect diets. Discover just how resilient your body can be when given the proper nutrition.