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Chiropractic is the primary care profession for spinal health and well-being, focusing on disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on overall health.
Acupuncture treatments are a safe, effective, drug free therapy that has been clinically proven to alleviate pain, treat and prevent disease and restore balance and homeostasis in the body. Acupuncture is based on natural laws, which describe the movement of life energy (called Chi or Qi) in nature and in the body.
Physical therapy is a branch of rehabilitative health that uses forms of exercise and equipment that are specifically designed to assist people to either regain or improve their physical abilities. Physical therapy helps to restore a person’s best ability to function through minimizing physical impairment, disability-related congenital and acquired conditions, and functional limitations.
Trigger Point Therapy
A Trigger Point is an area of uncontrolled muscle tightness causing tenderness, which interferes with normal muscle function. This restricts normal range of motion, weakens the muscle and may refer pain to other parts of the body.
Functional Capacity Evaluations
An intensive goal oriented treatment program specifically designed to restore an individual’s systematic neurological musculoskeletal (strength, endurance, movement, flexibility and motor control) and cardiopulmonary functions.
A program which is interdisciplinary in nature, uses conditioning tasks that are graded to progressively improve the biomechanical, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, metabolic and psychosocial functions of the individual in conjunction with real or stimulated work activities.
Chronic Pain Program
Combines stress reduction, coping strategies and physical therapeutic rehab to help patients overcome the psychological effects of long term pain and medication use. This is done with one-on-one and group counseling sessions.
Chiropractors take them as a standard procedure, to rule out pathology (such as a possible tumor or fracture) and/or to aid in determining where to adjust the spine. As a general guideline, an X-ray is indicated if it is likely to inform the type of treatment recommended for the patient. In any of the above cases, an X-ray would likely provide critical information that will direct treatment protocols and/or referral options for the patient.
Spinal Decompression Therapy involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device, with the goal of relieving back pain and/or leg pain. This procedure is called nonsurgical decompression therapy (as opposed to surgical spinal decompression, such as laminectomy and microdiscectomy).