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Chiropractic adjustments restore motion to immobile joints. This reduces pain and muscle spasm. These can be done by hand or with assistance of special drop tables or tools. The doctor will work with you to find the technique you are comfortable with.
Dr. Katie is specialized in a technique designed just for pregnant women. This technique reduces the aches and pains of pregnancy and prepares your body for optimal birthing conditions.
Every patient will be assigned therapeutic exercises to complete at home or in the office. These exercises correct faulty movement patterns that cause chronic pain, weakness, and fatigue. They are vital for maintaining the progress we make in the office!
This technique requires a specially segmented table where the lower half can be unlocked and moved. The chiropractor will flex the lower body while applying pressure to the low back to create a stretch and decompress the spine.
Fascia is a thin film that covers all of our muscles. Repetitive use or trauma can lead to adhesions and scar tissue that cause pain and decreased range of motion. IASTM uses a tool to painlessly scrape along the fascia and break up these adhesions.
Kinesio-taping uses a special kind of tape that is designed to stretch as it is laid on the skin. The tape lifts the top layers of the skin to help increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage to speed healing. The tape also alters your perception of pain and provides support without limiting range of motion.
Unlike most massage therapies that press down on the tissue, cupping creates suction to lift the tissue up. These can be used statically or the doctor might create suction and then glide along the muscle to break up adhesions and tension.
When vibrations are applied to the muscle, it causes the muscle to contract and relax. Our office utilizes localized and whole-body vibrations. The doctor will either use a handheld tool or might instruct you on stretches and exercises to perfom while standing on a vibration plate.
Mild electrical currents are sent through the muscle, causing it to contract and relax repeatedly. This increased blood flow and helps speed healing. The electrical current can also interfere with the pain signals that are being sent to the brain and reduce pain.
Therapeutic ultrasound is applied directly to the area of injury and produces deep heat within the muscle. This heat increases blood flow, reduces pain, and speeds healing. Ultrasound is recommended for chronic conditions like: arthritis, tendonitis/tendonosis, carpal tunnel, etc.
Ice packs or heat packs can be added to any therapy to reduce pain, relax muscles, or decrease inflammation.
The adjustment is a very powerful tool that we use on the majority of our patients. The goal of the adjustment is simple; to restore proper motion to an area that is not moving properly. When you are being evaluated for an adjustment, the Chiropractor will palpate the joints in your spine and feel for any joint dysfunction. When there is joint dysfunction in the spine, it means that the joint does not move the way it was designed to. You can picture it as being restricted or stuck.
Joint dysfunction can occur from an injury, muscular imbalances, sitting with poor posture, or a multitude of other causes. When we perform an adjustment, we are reintroducing the proper joint motion and mechanics. This allows the body to have proper biomechanics and will enable you to move better.
There are several ways that your Chiropractor could perform an adjustment. Dr. Katie is proficient in multiple techniques and will work with patients to find the type of adjustment that is most comfortable for them. Traditional hands-on techniques require the chiropractor to position the patient and deliver a quick, gentle thrust with the hand. Some hand-on techniques require the use of specialized tables that include drops or flexible pieces to decrease the amount of force needed for the adjustment. Dr. Katie is also certified in Activator Technique which requires a hand-held tool. This tool delivers a gentle impulse into the joint to restore motion and is safe for use on infants.
The Webster Technique consists of a Chiropractic evaluation and assessment of the sacroiliac joint. Your hip bones (illium, ischium, and pubis) and your tailbone (sacrum and coccyx) join together to form a bowl that your uterus and growing baby occupy. Adjustments are performed to ensure proper motion in the joints between the sacrum and the ilium (hips). Massage and stretching the attachment points of the uterine ligaments on the abdominal wall is also performed. When those muscles, tendons and ligaments are tight they can pull on the uterus which decreases the amount of room baby has to move around.
When your pelvis is moving properly and tension is removed from the uterus, conditions are ideal for a quick labor and delivery!
Webster Technique can benefit mother and baby at any stage of pregnancy. It is never too early or too late to add chiropractic care to your birth plan. At Achieve Chiropractic Care, we want to help you have the birth you want; whether it is a home water birth or a scheduled cesearian.
Disclaimer: This technique is NOT designed to turn breech babies. It is designed to make conditions optimal for the baby to do as nature intended and turn head down. Read more about Breech Babies in our Pregnancy section.
Our bodies crave motion. Our muscles and joints need movement to be happy, that's why a fixated or dysfunctional joint can cause so much trouble. Pain is our body's way of signaling that something is wrong. Sometimes dysfunctional joints can lead to muscular imbalances as your body tries to compensate for the lack of motion in one area. If these imbalances aren't corrected, they can cause dysfunction to return to the joint.
Incorporating stretches and exercises to supplement the Chiropractic adjustment can help break the cycle of dysfunction and prevent future injuries. The exercises "set" the adjustment, patients that complete their home exercises typically require fewer in-office visits.
Every patient will get a customized stretching and exercise plan on their second visit. You'll recieve a printed copy with instructions as well as a username and password. You can use that information to view your exercises virtually and even report to the doctor that you've done them for the day!
Flexion-Distraction Therapy is performed on a segmented table that moves as your chiropractor slowly manipulates your spine. The manipulations, combined with the movements of the table, stretch and decompress your spine, relieving your back and/or leg pain.
As your chiropractor performs the gentle manipulations, a section of the treatment table drops or moves, changing the positioning of your body. When your body drops slightly, gravity enhances the effects of treatment and helps increase motion in the joints.
Flexion-distraction therapy can:
IASTM is a myofascial release technique that utilizes a special tool to gently scrape along the muscle. Fascia is a thin layer of tissue that covers all of the muscles in our bodies. Injuries or repetitive motions can lead to tears in the fascia. As these tears heal, they create scar tissue and adhesions that can restrict muscle movement, causing pain and dysfunction. The tool helps break up these adhesions and scar tissue to increase range of motion and reduce pain.
Benefits of IASTM:
Common Issues Treated:
Kinesiology tape was invented by Japanese Chiropractor, Kenzo Kase, in the 1970s. Kinesiology taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process. The tape provides support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. The tape is designed to stretch as it is being applied to the skin, this lifts the top layers of tissue and allows for easier blood flow and lymphatic drainage which encourages healing. The tape also runs interference on pain pathways which send signals of pain back to the brain. What this means is it changes how your body interprets pain, minimizing the painful signals going back to the brain from the area of injury.
Kinesiology Tape can be used to treat:
The practice of cupping has actually been around for thousands of years and can be traced to Ancient China. A glass, plastic or silicone cup is placed on the skin and the oxygen within that cup is removed to create a vacuum effect. This suction anchors the cup to the skin. Think of it as the opposite of massage—instead of pressing down on the muscle, a light pressure pulls it up.
Cupping is said to spur the body’s natural healing process by stimulating blood flow. This reduces pain and eases muscle soreness, breaking obstructions and drawing toxins out of the body. A recent study suggests that the short-term effects of cupping therapy on pain reduction (especially neck or shoulder pain) are more intense than no therapy or conventional drugs. Since cupping is non-invasive and low-risk, it’s a perfect therapy for temporary relief from musculoskeletal problems—making it hugely popular among competing athletes and chronic pain-sufferers alike.
When vibrations are applied to the muscle, it causes the muscle to contract and relax. These repeated contractions help release tension from the muscles and relieve pain. There are several different ways Dr. Katie might incorporate vibration therapy into your treatment. Localized vibrations might be applied with a massager or percussion gun. The massager uses gentle vibrations while the percussion gun uses more force. The doctor might have you stand or sit on a vibrating plate and perform exercises or stretches for whole body vibration.
During E-stim treatment, the doctor will attach electrodes to your skin. The electrodes connect to a machine that generates electric impulses to stimulate your skeletal muscles 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 simulate what happens in the body when you voluntarily contract and release a muscle many times in a row. This process strengthens and repairs tissue, particularly muscles which have become shortened, weakened, or atrophied due to injury or disease.
The doctor might recommend a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit for home use. A TENS unit is a form of Electronic Muscle Stimulation that operates at a different frequency and targets the nerves that carry pain signals to the brain. The TENS unit dampens the pain signal to the brain.
Many people picture sonograms when they hear the word "ultrasound". Sonograms are a type of diagnostic ultrasound. Therapeutic Ultrasound does not create a "picture" like diagnostic ultrasound does. Instead, it creates deep heat within the muscle or joint being treated. This increases blood circulation to promote healing and relieve pain.
Therapeutic ultrasound is often used for treating chronic pain and promoting tissue healing. It may be recommended if you experience any of the following conditions:
Ice and heat both have their own benefits for healing and pain reduction. Ice and heat should be used for a limited amount of time, no longer than 20 minutes, as prolonged exposure can cause tissue damage. Rest for 30 minutes before applying another round of ice or heat. It can be used in conjunction with other therapies to increase benefits.
Ice causes blood vessels to contract which numbs pain, relieves inflammation, and reduces bruising. That makes ice ideal for acute injuries (less than 2 weeks old).
Heat causes blood vessels to expand which increases blood flow, relaxes muscles and relieves aching joints. Heat is recommended for chronic or lingering injuries. Because heat causes blood vessels to expand, it can increase inflammation and it is not recommended for acute injuries.