MODERN CHIROPRACTIC CARE

Chiropractic is a hands-on therapy aimed at treating the source of neuromusculoskeletal problems, not just the symptoms.  It is a natural, non-invasive, conservative method of healthcare. Chiropractors respect the human body’s natural ability to heal itself, and use manipulation of the joints and soft tissues to affect the nervous system and provoke this natural healing response.  Special attention is focused on proper diagnosis, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as the associated effects that these disorders have on the nervous system and the patient’s general health. 

Historically, the main focus of Chiropractic care was proper alignment of the vertebrae.  Misalignments of the spinal column and extremities were thought to cause many common ailments such as pain, headache, stiffness and loss of range of motion.  These misalignments may then also affect the nervous system where nerves exit the vertebral column, and this can lead to disruption of the communication between the brain and body.  During their four year post-graduate medical education, Chiropractors become well trained at how to skillfully correct these misalignments and the structures of the spine and extremities utilizing mobilization and manipulation techniques.  Treatment is safe and effective, and often produces immediate and lasting results.  

In modern Chiropractic care however, continued research and education have highlighted many other factors that are thought to be at play with pain and dysfunction.  While alignment of the spine is important, proper function of the soft tissues around the spine and throughout the body are thought to be equally as important. Chiropractors are fully trained to effectively examine, diagnose and treat not only spinal dysfunctions but soft tissue dysfunctions as well, since one rarely exists without the other.  This is why at the Institute of Movement, we utilize cutting edge soft tissue rehabilitation techniques such as Active Release Therapy®, Graston®, and Kinesiotaping®. Combining these techniques with functional rehabilitation methods (SFMA®, DNS® and Movement Coaching) and traditional Chiropractic mobilization and manipulation techniques, our skillful team is able to develop the best possible treatment plan tailored to each of our unique patients.  

We believe that even your smallest joints play an integral role in your body’s overall health and movement.  Having balanced joints prevents local inflammation, early degeneration and injury throughout the body. In addition to treating and preventing disease, Chiropractic treatments also improve physical performance and wellness by avoiding inefficient movements that often lead to dysfunctional muscle compensation patterns.  

Here at the Institute of Movement we are proud to work together to create a truly integrated, multi-disciplinary clinic that enables you to conveniently access all of the best modalities to make up your unique treatment and rehabilitation plan.  If recommended for your condition, adjacent to your Chiropractic treatment we offer the option of Neuromuscular Acupuncture to increase effectiveness and the longevity of relief. These two treatment modalities work exquisitely in concert as Acupuncture is able to deescalate extremely tight muscles prior to Chiropractic treatment, or can be utilized immediately afterwards to further encourage muscles to remain in their relaxed state to preserve the therapeutic corrections that were made.  In addition, these Acupuncture treatments as well as Registered Massage Therapy are offered independently and are often recommended regularly between Chiropractic treatments to elongate positive effects and boost wellness between adjustments.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TREATMENT:

On your first visit, your chiropractor will conduct a thorough health history to obtain an in-depth understanding of your current health concern and an overview of your general health status. A physical examination will follow to determine the cause of your health concern. This will include any of the following: range of motion, global movement patterns, palpation/identification of affected tissues, neurological testing, orthopedic testing, specific testing based upon your sport/work demands, performance testing.  Based on the findings in your health history and physical examination, your Chiropractor will provide you with a diagnosis and create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your current health concerns.  We may refer you to your medical doctor if we suspect an underlying cause to your condition that requires additional testing such as blood work, diagnostic imaging, or a referral to a medical specialist. Our goal then is to bridge the gap between your current physical capacity and your life-specific demands to get you moving and feeling better, and prevent re-injury.musculoskeletal disorders, as well as the associated effects that these disorders have on the nervous system and the patient’s general health. 

BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS INCLUDE:

  • Restoration of restricted joint motion.
  • Improved global range of motion.
  • Improved blood flow and nutrition to vertebral discs, joint cartilage, and local surrounding tissues.
  • Pain relief.
  • Reduction in muscle spasm and tightness.
  • Improved alignment of new scar tissues.
  • Stimulation of the nervous system for improved sympathetic/parasympathetic response.

COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED/MANAGED WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE:

  • Headache
  • Concussion
  • Back pain
  • Disc bulge/herniation
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Pre/post surgical rehabilitation
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Rheumatic disease (Rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, etc)
  • Ligament/joint laxity
  • Scoliosis
  • Achilles tendinosis
  • Ankle sprains
  • knee pain (runner’s knee, Patellofemoral syndrome, meniscal and ligament injury)
  • Plantar fasciitis

And many more….  If it involves the musculoskeletal system, we can help!

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