Techniques

Cox/Flexion Distraction

Chiropractic AdjustmentThe Cox Technique is a gentle, non surgical, chiropractic spinal manipulation technique procedure which is highly effective on certain forms of low back pain. The Cox Technique is one of the most researched and proven methods of treating disorders such as disc herniations, facet syndromes, spondylolisthesis, synovial cysts, sciatica, some forms of leg pain, and failed back surgery. Studies have demonstrated the Cox Technique to decrease the pressure on the discs of the low back and increase the areas where the nerves exit the spine resulting in less nerve irritation. At Allison Family Chiropractic we have helped prevent surgery for numerous patients by utilizing the Cox Technique and educating those patients on home exercise techniques to prevent re-injury. For those patients who do not wished to be treated using “cracking” techniques, the Cox Flexion/Distraction protocol is a phenomenal option. Dr. Allison will discuss your condition with you and whether or not you are a good candidate for Cox Flexion/Distraction based on your examination findings.

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Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a revolutionary new technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and in the low back. This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner. Distraction is offset by cycles of partial relaxation. This technique of spinal decompression therapy, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This “vacuum effect” is also known as negative intra-discal pressure. The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over four to six weeks, the results are quite dramatic. The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal. For the low back, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back or stomach on the decompression table, with a set of nicely padded straps snug around the waist and another set around the lower chest. For the neck, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back with a pair of soft rubber pads behind the neck. Many patients enjoy the treatment, as it is usually quite comfortable and well tolerated. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is very effective at treating bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, radiating arm pain, degenerative disc disease, leg pain, and facet syndromes. Proper patient screening is imperative and only the best candidates are accepted for care.

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Diversified Adjusting

Possibly the most widely used technique in the chiropractic profession, diversified adjusting is a term used to describe a type of adjustment in which a small quick movement is used to restore normal movement to a restricted joint. This type of adjusting is often associated with a clicking or popping sound, as the joint quickly moves, although this sound is not required for the adjustment to be effective. Studies have demonstrated diversified adjusting to be a superior form of treatment for many causes of neck pain, mid back pain, low back pain, and headaches.

Rehabilitation/Exercise Therapy

At Allison Family Chiropractic, we take great pride in educating our patients on what measures to take to reduce their pain and disability for years to come. To accomplish this, patient involvement is heavily emphasized in every treatment plan. Specific treatment strategies including sensorimotor and stabilization exercises will be utilized to train your nervous system to improve stability so that you are able to perform routine activities without pain or disability. The specific rehabilitation techniques utilized will be tailored to your particular diagnosis, and will progress along with your improvement.

Active Release Technique (ART)

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. How do overuse conditions occur? Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways: acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc), accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma) not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia). Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

Graston Technique

Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 18,000 clinicians worldwide — including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers. GT is utilized at some 1,960 outpatient facilities and 53 industrial sites, by more than 284 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 57 respected colleges and universities. Benefits: Decreases overall time of treatment Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent Activator Method Activator technique utilizes a small spring-loaded adjusting instrument to deliver a focused corrective impulse into the dysfunctional spinal segment. This technique is most commonly used in patients who prefer a low-force correction without the traditional “hands-on” thrust.