Chiropractic manipulation is a drug-free, non-invasive manual procedure which utilizes the highly-refined skills developed during five intensive years of chiropractic education.
Chiropractors assess disorders related to the spine, nervous system, and joints of the extremities and provide diagnosis, treatment and prevention of those disorders.
In addition to chiropractic manipulation and adjustments, our chiropractors also offer additional services and specialty certifications to address your specific needs.
The primary goal of chiropractic manipulation, also referred to as adjustment, is to treat areas of decreased movement in the joints of the spine which can create a reaction in surrounding tissues (ligaments, muscles and nerves) resulting in pain, dysfunction and muscular spasm.
Chiropractors are also trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies including dietary counseling.
Manipulation is a highly controlled procedure which rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment. The vast majority of patients who seek chiropractic care do so for complaints of the musculoskeletal system, most often for conditions affecting the spine.
Scientific study of spinal manipulation has clearly demonstrated that chiropractic treatment improves function and is effective for common conditions such as headache, neck, and back pain. Between 86 and 96 per cent of all visits to chiropractors are for these or similar conditions.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago. The modern practice of acupuncture has changed considerably since it was first introduced.
Acupuncture involves the stimulation of anatomical points on the body by penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.
Numerous recent studies conducted by scientists in Europe and the United States have found that acupuncture is effective in treating pain and nausea.
At The Orthopedic Center, acupuncture is offered by the chiropractic department to treat pain and muscle spasms in conjunction with other modalities.
Active ReleaseTechniques, ART®
ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system that is movement based. The technique is used to treat problems that involve the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.
ART® uses the examiners hands to apply the technique. The main goal is to reestablish proper motion between muscles and fascia while reducing fibrous adhesions. Ultimately myofascial (muscle and fascia) and neural (nerves) glide is reestablished allowing for proper function.
The technique can be used on patients with acute, chronic, overuse, repetitive strain injuries and postoperative cases of all types. The number of postoperative cases ART® providers see is growing steadily due to the scar tissue development involved in healing.
ART® uses movement of the patient to create tension on scar tissue. Every session combines an examination and treatment, which targets the soft tissue that has been injured. ART® treats specific muscles, which target the exact area of the scar within each tissue. Unlike massage or other myofascial release techniques, ART® has over 500 specific protocols that treat affected areas of the body.
MedX Spinal Rehabilitation
Many patients with chronic spinal pain are significantly “deconditioned”. Weakness of the musculature of the spine can lead to many conditions such as herniated discs, facet syndrome, and degenerative joint disease. A strong spine helps prevent spinal instability and nerve compression.
MedX is a technique for treating and reducing chronic back pain and dysfunction through specific spinal strengthening. The MedX Lumbar and Cervical Extension Machines have been clinically proven to be very effective in the treatment of chronic back and neck pain. MedX proprietary patient restraint systems, effectively isolate and strengthen the muscles of the spine.
Cupping, an ancient therapeutic technique, is the application of negative pressure to different body parts using glass or plastic cups.
Cupping is a safe technique that may help in the relief of pain as well as many other conditions where soft tissue adhesions and abnormal blood and lymph circulation are the cause.
Cupping is now offered at The Orthopedic Center by the Chiropractic department.