Diversified Technique: Diversified is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients. A diversified adjustment entails a high velocity/low-amplitude thrust by hand to the affected joint. During the adjustment, there is usually a cavitation of the joint (popping sound) however if a cavitation is not heard, this doesn’t mean the adjustment has not been delivered (cavitations may be more noticeable in some than others). This technique can be used to treat many joints in the body and is not just limited to the spine.
Activator Technique: This adjustive technique utilizes a small hand-held instrument to deliver a lite impulse force to a subluxated spinal segment or bony structure to ultimately restore motion to the targeted joint. Practitioners adhere to a specific protocol when diagnosing and treating patients with the activator tool that clinical data has shown to be a very effective treatment system for many types of back pain, neck pain, and headaches. This is a very safe and gentle alternative to traditional chiropractic adjustments.
Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (IASTM): This is a soft-tissue treatment technique that utilizes a stainless steel instrument or set of instruments to identify areas of restriction in the muscle and connective tissue. This technique ultimately breaks up scar tissue lesions in the soft tissue and helps restore natural function to the affected area.
TENS Therapy: TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. This therapy utilizes low voltage electrical current to provide pain relief. Electrode pads are placed over the area of pain or muscles spasm, creating a circuit of electrical impulses traveling along the nerve fibers. TENS reduces your pain and muscle spasm by blocking the pain message to the brain increasing endorphins (a natural pain reliever), and improving blood circulation.
Cox Flexion/Distraction Technique: Commonly referred to as F&D, this technique is a type of spinal decompression used to treat the most common types of low back pain. A specialized F&D table is used which allows the doctor to distract the spine and use flexion as well to increase the amount of total decompression. Essentially, this technique opens up the canals in the spine from which nerves emerge reducing any impingement. F&D is also a very effective method of reducing muscle tension and spasm in your lower back.
MRT: MRT is a soft/tissue system/movement based massage technique that identifies and treats problems associated with muscle, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. The doctor uses his/her hands to evaluate the tightness/texture and movement of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Abnormal tissue is treated using precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
Rehabilitative Exercise: In most cases, patients who combine traditional chiropractic therapy with rehabilitative exercise will see optimal long-lasting results. Selected exercises are prescribed specifically for each patient, which are designed to restore natural posture/function by enhancing balance, core strength, stretching overly tight muscles and strengthening weak musculature.
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