Spinal adjustments, or spinal manipulation as they’re sometimes to is the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to slowly realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident or a slip and fall. Over time stress in the spinal column relaxes and allows ligaments, tendons, muscles and other soft tissue to return the spine back to normal, removing pain and restoring function.
When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can’t function at an optimal level.
An adjustment is often a gentle pressure of thrust from the doctor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a high velocity low impact movement and is often without discomfort. You may sometimes hear a noise that sounds like you are cracking your knuckles which is known as a joint cavitation. This sound is the release of gases such as nitrogen and oxygen from the joint and is unrelated to the effectiveness of the treatment.
Overall, adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body fluid and functioning at an optimal level. When the body is in optimal alignment, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to.
Stress to the spinal cord during the rough delivery process and throughout child development (the many aches, pains, falls, and sports injuries, etc.) can develop into major issues in adolescence. Children routinely checked by chiropractors have a better chance of preventing worse in the future. Dr. Allison gently adjusts children and has relieved many young children of chronic ear infections/aches, constipation, asthma, as well as colic.
Pregnancy Spinal Care
Over the course of a forty week pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes countless changes structurally and biochemically which create postural strain and neck and back pain. A quick change in weight creates spinal misalignment and postural distortions which will affect muscles, nerves, and joint mobility thus significantly decreasing range of motion and increasing pain and discomfort. In order to compensate for the abdominal weight, center of gravity shifts forward, balance changes and the lumbar region becomes exaggerated causing painful structural stress. Pelvic bones start to slip and can become fixated as the forward pressure on the pelvis stresses the sacroiliac joints. As the hips expand and the body accommodates the changes, the pregnant mother can find it difficult to move and do her daily tasks. Chiropractic adjustments combined with pregnancy massages help decrease the aches and pains so that moms can get much deserved relief and have a healthier pregnancy and easier delivery!
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
To further facilitate the body in the healing process electrical muscle stimulation is an excellent modality. This therapy sends a very small electrical current into the affected soft tissue injury or muscle spasm. The therapy reduces swelling and releases trigger points that may have a muscle locked up. This is achieved by causing the body to release endorphins. Dr. Allison utilizes the latest and best technology available with this therapy and will create a custom therapy that will work best for you.
At our office Therapeutic Ultrasound technique is often used to relax the muscles that are too tight around a joint to allow an effective manipulation.
Ultrasound is designed to provide a deep heating effect beneath the skin which encourages blood circulation and relaxation. Ultrasound is completely painless and the most you can expect to feel is a slight warmth.
Chiropractors and physical therapists, use of therapeutic ultrasound is to speed the healing of a joint, muscle or tendon by using a high frequency ultrasound. In therapy, ultrasound is commonly known to have two distinct benefits.
In one application, the use of ultrasound induces hyperemia, or increased blood flow, as tissue is heated to 40 to 45 degrees Celsius. The thermal affects from the energy produced by the sound waves speeds healing and reduces inflammation. The second common application of therapeutic ultrasound is a cavitational effect that results from the vibrating of tissue. The vibration seems to stimulate cell membranes which encourages repairing effects of cells in inflamed areas.
For Chiropractors, ultrasound therapy can be useful for many different patients. The ‘micro-massage’ that ultrasound creates can help reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and decrease pain, stiffness, and spasms, making it a viable therapy for numerous applications. From patients who have suffered car accidents to those that have chronic back pain from any number of sources, ultrasound therapy can help them.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy is an excellent treatment that is often utilized to treat a wide array of conditions and pain. This therapy allows the body to naturally heal itself by utilizing a combination of electric stimulation and cold laser technology. This low level laser therapy consists of a light emitting device that can be utilized on many different parts of the body.
In addition to simple back and neck pain, cold laser therapy has been utilized for a number of inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis, arthritis, and sprains. The number of conditions that have been notably increased in the usage of this therapy include carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder and neck injuries, wound management, muscle and joint pain, and more.