Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body. Doctors of Chiropractic call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. The Chiropractic adjustment has been proven to increase motion, increase circulation, reduce swelling and pain, and remove nervous irritation. Once this nervous irritation is removed, your body is able to do what it is designed to do - heal itself.
Chiropractors help in restoring nervous system function. Many chiropractors also focus on the biomechanics of the body such as joint motion. Helping to restore proper spinal biomechanics and improved nervous system function begins with a case history. Your case history is vital, as it reveals the background about your health such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your condition, and other details, which brought you into the office. After reviewing your history and discussing your specific problem, a thorough orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic examination is performed. X-rays may be taken which will help uncover structural and functional problems. Then, once the examination is complete, your chiropractor will explain the findings and outline a treatment plan. Progress is then monitored with periodic examination and follow-up reports.
All of our physical therapeutic modalities are designed to increase your bodies healing potential. If a patient is in the initial phases of treatment, we use additional treatments to decrease muscle spasm, decrease scar tissue, and manage pain. As the patient progresses, we will often add balance and proprioceptive exercises to help properly retrain the nervous system for more long term functional changes in your body.
Depending upon a patient’s condition, a pair of orthotic inserts may be beneficial. A mold of patient’s feet can be performed to show if a patient is distributing weight unevenly on their feet. This will show if a patient’s arch is dropping too much and if they are more susceptible to walking as a pronator. If a patient does have biomechanical dysfunction in the way they are walking and it is not corrected through orthotic inserts, other joints of the body can be affected. This includes everything from the ankle to the pelvis and up the entire spinal column.
Each individual patient’s condition and body is unique. Depending upon a multitude of different factors, the doctor may need to take an x-ray in order to investigate a specific area of a patient. X-Ray’s are only taken as necessary and are taken solely to help the doctor to be able to gain more knowledge about a patient in order to be able to treat them more effectively.
Based upon your evaluation and dietary choices, the doctors may make some nutritional recommendations for you. These recommendations may be changes or additions to your current diet, as well as additional supplementation as needed. All of these recommendations are given to help optimize the function of your body and maximize your health and wellness.
What is Dry needling (Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling) is the use of solid filiform needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles) for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome.t is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling involves the insertion of these thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle "trigger points", fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc) resulting in pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology. Trigger points commonly form following prolonged poor posture, injuries, degenerative processes, stress & overuse. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
What is a "trigger point"?
A myofascial "trigger point" is a hyperirritable point in skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule, or “knot”. This area becomes painful at the site and can also “radiate” in predictable patterns.
What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
The objectives and philosophy behind the use of dry needling by western practitioners is not based on ancient theories or tenets of traditional Chinese medicine. The performance of modern dry needling by Chiropractors is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture do, however, use the same tool; a solid needle filament.
Does it hurt?
Generally, the insertion of the needle is not felt. The local "twitch response" may provoke a brief pain sensation that has been described as a tingling, aching or cramping sensation.
Who can benefit from Dry Needling?
A variety of musculoskeletal problems including, but not limited to: Acute/Chronic injuries, Headaches, Neck/Back pain, Tendinitis, Muscle Spasms, "Sciatica", Hip/Knee pain, Muscle strains, Fibromyalgia, "Tennis/Golfer's Elbow", PFPS,Overuse injuries, etc.
• Achilles Tedonitis
• Shin Splits
• Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
• IT Band Syndrome
• Hamstring Strain
Neck and Shoulder Pain
• Disk and Nerve Problems
• Neck Pain
• Rotator Cuff
• Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
• Upper Back and Shoulder
Low Back and Hip Pain
• Low Back Pain
• Herniated or Bulging Disc
• Hip Bursitis
Dry needling helps to accelerate healing by allowing for increased circulation to the injured area, improved oxygen delivery, and stimulation of the neural pathways that can block pain messages as they travel from your central nervous system to your muscles. When combined with the appropriate strengthening or stabilization exercises and biomechanical adjustments, dry needling can help to alleviate both chronic and muscular disorders.
Are there any side effects to Dry Needling?
Side effects may vary among individuals. Typically, only mild muscle soreness or skin bruising.
Is Dry Needling covered by my health insurance?
At this point it is a fee or cash based service provided only by a licensed Chiropractic, however a few insurances are covering and more more every year.