5 Most Common Conditions that Chiropractors Treat

5 Most Common Conditions that Chiropractors Treat

                Chiropractic is an area of healthcare that focuses on identifying and treating dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system. Although the primary focus is on the spine, Chiropractors are trained to treat a wide array of complaints utilizing a holistic approach to viewing the overall biomechanics and functions of the human body. Through gentle, specific manual adjustments Chiropractors can restore motion to affected joints. They utilize several additional therapies to compliment this technique which may include soft tissue manipulation, electric muscle stimulation, heat/ice, and stretching/strengthening exercises just to name a few. Many patients experience noteworthy sustained relief with Chiropractic care for numerous conditions, here are some of the most common:

                Neck pain can have several different causes such as strains/sprains of muscles and ligaments, disc herniations, and joint dysfunctions. The initial goal is to identify the main origin of the pain through a thorough history and evaluation. Once a diagnosis is formulated the Chiropractor can begin treatment to the area in question. With advancements in technology that have lead to daily use of cell phones, computers, and tablets; Chiropractors are seeing more and more neck pain symptoms having roots in postural disorder.

                Low back pain can also have its origins in strains/sprains, disc herniations, and joint dysfunctions. Focusing on the ligaments, nerves, joints, and musculature associated with the lumbar region and pelvis can help specify the area of injury. Upon recognition of the root of the problem, the Chiropractor can employ an individualized, evidenced-based treatment plan to assist the patient to a speedy recovery.

                Headaches can have several different manifestations. The Chiropractor’s initial goal is classifying the type of headache in question. With this knowledge, the clinician can determine which muscles and joints to focus on. Many patients report nearly instant relief of headaches following a Chiropractic adjustment, in particularly those experiencing “Tension Headaches”. Tension headaches can be caused by tightness in the musculature of the head and neck as well as stiffness in the joints of the cervical vertebrate.

                Sciatica refers to pain that radiates down one or both legs. This pain can travel to the thigh and even as far as the foot. As with any other complaint, identifying the true cause of the pain and not simply treating the symptoms will be of the greatest benefit to the patient. Sciatica can have several causes such as muscular strain, lumbar disc herniation, and piriformis syndrome just to name a few. A proper initial diagnosis makes all the difference in the success of treating this condition.

                The Sacro-iliac Joint is a joint in the pelvis where the ilium (hip bone) and sacrum meet. This joint creates the foundation for most movements of the spine such as walking, bending, and lifting. The joint is stabilized by ligament and muscular tissue. In cases of injury these tissues can become inflamed. Due to the daily activation of these joints with normal routines, once injured the tissues can become easily aggregated, prolonging recovery time. Chiropractic adjustments, muscle work, accompanied with strengthening/stretching exercises work wonders in this region.

               Patient’s also visit a Chiropractor for “Wellness Care”, reporting significant enhancements of overall health and function when they receive routine adjustments. Each treatment method is catered to the individual and their respective condition. Through a thorough history and evaluation, a Chiropractor can uncover and treat the root of a problem. This type of approach leads to proper healing, more efficient recovery time, and sustained relief. The next time you find yourself in pain or are looking to stay ahead of the game with preventative care seek the help of a Chiropractor.

               

5 Things You Need to Know about GRASTON TECHNIQUE

5 Things You Need to Know about GRASTON TECHNIQUE

                Graston Technique was developed and refined with a strong emphasis on accelerating and improving healing of soft tissue injuries. Since its inception it has gained significant traction in the healthcare community. It revolves around an evidence-based method of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), combined with rehabilitative exercises to improve musculoskeletal function. Incorporating the use of six specifically designed stainless steel instruments, the clinician is assisted in the detection and treatment of soft tissue dysfunction.

The clinician begins by gently scanning the tissue with the instrument, gathering diagnostic information through texture and feedback from the patient. Injuries to soft tissue typically create an inflammatory response that can leave irregularities in surrounding areas. If the instrument is placed over these areas it may feel gritty or fibrous, as if you were “running your fingers across a gravel road”.  Once identified, the clinician is able to utilize a combination of several strokes and instruments to treat the injured area. Each treatment is catered to the individual and their specific condition.

A typical Graston treatment involves four main steps: Warm-Up, IASTM, Stretching, and Exercise. For example, in treating a marathon runner with a quadriceps strain, the clinician would start by having the patient “Warm-Up” the tissue with an activity such as an isometric squat. Once the area in questions has been stimulated, the clinician will begin “IASTM” with the specifically designed Graston instruments. The next step is “Stretching” which can be done independently or with the help of the clinician. In this case the focus would be on the anterior thigh. Lastly, the clinician would instruct the patient to complete high repetition, low load “Exercise” for the quadriceps muscle group, such as a seated leg press. Each step of this process complements one another and is what makes Graston Technique so unique and effective.

Graston can significantly aid in the treatment of tendinopathies such as golfers elbow and tennis elbow, fascial syndromes such as plantar fasciitis and IT band syndrome, ligament sprains such as ankle sprains or injuries to the MCL/LCL of the knee, entrapment syndromes such as thoracic outlet syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as post-surgical scar tissue, and edema reduction. It has been shown to increase fibroblastic activity, enhance blood perfusion, alter neural activity, and even increase stem cells to an area of concern. All of which result in more efficient, proper healing of tissue and a quicker recovery time for patients to return to the activities they love the most. Whether the condition is acute or chronic, Graston Technique has the ability to make a substantial impact through its multifaceted, specific approach.

For more information on Graston Technique, please visit: http://www.grastontechnique.com/

 

 

 

We Are Proud of our Patients

We are so proud of all our young athletes and their great accomplishments, this year and always. As an award for your great achievements, Complete Care Chiropractic is going to raffle off a $50.00 gift certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods.
When you bring in a photo of yourself playing your sport, we will enter your name into our raffle and post the pictures on our young athlete wall. The winner will be chosen on May 11, 2016.
The raffle is open to athletes of all kinds, from baseball to dance, karate to recreational athletes.
While we are highlighting athletic achievements, we are proud of all our patients and the great advancements they have made in their lives with our treatment. From attaining and maintaining overall wellness and leading healthy lives to making the team, perfecting playing an instrument to hitting a home run. Even walking to the curb to retrieve the mail is a success to be celebrated.
Success comes in many forms and we commend all our patients on their determination, improvements and achievements. We are very proud of all our wonderful patients and are so blessed to be able to work with such wonderful and inspiring individuals. You keep putting one foot in front of another, and then one day, you look back and you have climbed a mountain.
Be sure to bring in your picture at your next visit!