Acupuncture can help musculoskeletal conditions including neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, headaches, muscle aches and spasms, sprains and strains and a variety of other conditions.
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function. This is done by inserting sterilized, stainless-steel needles into specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses.
Over 3000 years ago, the ancient Chinese found energy channels that they call meridians that run throughout the body. They found that there were 360 points on the body throughout these meridians. By targeting certain points, Qi (energy) is altered. By altering the flow of Qi helps to treat different conditions. Medically, the needles that are inserted in the skin help to stimulate blood flow. Blood has healing elements that help to break up scar tissue and decrease inflammation which in turn helps to decrease pain and symptoms.
While some people elect just to have acupuncture, we recommend that they have chiropractic and acupuncture as part of their care plan. Combining the two disciplines helps people to get the best results possible.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Explained
Lumbar decompression relieves the pressure that builds up on the discs and nerves. The task of relieving pain comes about as a result of drawing areas of herniated disc back into place. Decompression achieves this by creating negative pressure within the disc, referred to as negative intra-discal pressure. This essentially creates a vacuum to draw the bulging and herniated disc material back into the disc space and relieves pressure. As the ligaments that hold the disc material in place become stretched or torn due to bulging and herniation, decompression strengthens the ligament bands that hold the disc material in place so healing can occur and future recurrence can be prevented.
In most cases the healing process requires only a few weeks of treatment on an out-patient basis. We have committed to undergo expert training in the delivery of decompression and dedicate a large portion of our practice to the relief of severe and chronic low-back pain. Patients come to us to return to a normal, pain-free life.
How does non-surgical spinal decompression differ from ordinary spinal traction?
Traction cannot address the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression creates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside of the disc. As a result, this causes the disc to pull in the herniation and the increase in negative pressure also causes the blood flow and nutrients to enter the disc, allowing the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and rehydrate the disc.
We offer a range of therapies in-office based on each patients’ needs and conditions. Additionally, we may provide patients with instructions for an exercise program focusing on stretching and strengthening the back or other areas of the body.
Using a spinal range of motion as a measurement of the effectiveness of therapy and exercise are ways in which chiropractors can make such determinations for overall patient care.
During e-stim therapy, a Chiropractic Assistant secures pads to your skin that are connected to an electrical muscle stimulation device. This device generates electrical impulses that stimulate your skeletal muscle to contract. An e-stim device has various settings, meaning the contractions may be barely noticeable or they may feel, and look, like involuntary muscle twitches.
The primary purpose of e-stim therapy is to stimulate what happens in the body when you voluntarily contract and release a muscle many times in a row. The process strengthens and repairs tissue, particularly muscles which have been shortened, weakened, or atrophied due to injury or disease.
Intersegmental Traction Table
Roller Table Therapy
Chiropractic roller table therapy is used to complement a patient’s chiropractic adjustment by creating motion into the spine, restoring the body to proper ranges of motion.
5 Reasons To Use Roller Table Therapy
ScanVision Static sEMG
The ScanVision sEMG measures the electrical activity of the paraspinal muscles. In other words; easily, accurately, and objectively measure muscle tension. Think of this as an EKG for spinal health. Colors on the report indicate the level of tension. High readings are typically seen in the acute phase of spinal subluxation or injury, while very low readings are commonly seen when muscles are in a chronic state of fatigue from being overly stressed.
We are often asked...
Do I need therapy before or after an adjustment?
The thing is, while chiropractic adjustments should rarely be painful or uncomfortable, any muscle spasms or tightness you experience may cause pain in the middle of the adjustment. A combination of the two can be an amazing way to relieve pain and improve your overall adjustment.
Is an e-stim therapy device the same as a TENS unit?
The answer is….. NO! E-stim mimics the action potential that comes from the central nervous system. TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) works on nerves rather than muscles. It’s used primarily for managing or blocking pain signals to the brain.
Can I get therapy and not get an adjustment?
The answer is….. YES and NO! To find out if you can benefit from therapy, you should have an assessment by Dr. Cobb. Ultimately, the adjustment is removing the nerve interference, while therapy is aiding in your recovery.
Should I see my chiropractor before or after getting a massage?
Chiropractic adjustments are designed to treat misaligned joints such as your spine or neck. On the other hand, massage therapy is focused on breaking the soft tissue of the human body.
If you have bad muscle tension or joint pain that requires regular chiropractic adjustments, you should consider having a massage following your treatment. If you deal with tight muscles, then it may be a smart idea to have a massage before you come in for an adjustment.