During the course of your examination, your doctor may find that you have a restriction in one or more of your joints. These joint restrictions can occur anywhere in the body. For example, when they occur in the spine, patients often describe their back as being “out.” Other joints like knees, elbows, ankles, and shoulders may simply feel pinched or “caught.” Sometimes this will feel like a sharp focal pain, other times, there is no noticeable pain or discomfort at all. Not all patients require manipulative therapy. If a joint restriction is discovered during the course of your examination, your doctor will explain the details and treatment options to you. Joint restrictions inhibit normal movement and athletic performance, as well as cause muscle guarding and often, pain. Additionally, they place stresses on adjacent structures, causing them to become overworked and inflamed. In other words, the pain you feel in one area may be caused by a joint restriction in another. Chiropractic “adjustment”, is a highly effective and painless procedure which returns the joint to its normal function, often providing immediate relief.
Most of the cases I’ve seen include some type of soft tissue injury. Most often, soft tissue is referring to the muscles, discs, ligaments, nerves and tendons. These tissues can be injured with direct trauma or overuse from improper body mechanics. When injured, the tissue becomes fibrotic, forming adhesions leading to pain and dysfunction. Examples of these soft tissue problems include frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis, Iliotibial band syndrome, tendonitis, lower back pain, and sciatica. Fibrotic soft tissue causes movement restriction, which can lead to pain. Active Release Techniques® is the gold standard in releasing adhesions and restoring normal function. It is the first treatment choice for athletes.
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Soft tissue such as muscle, tendon, and ligament can become fibrotic (infiltrated with scar tissue often referred to as adhesions) from either direct trauma or from chronic over or improper use. These adhesions can cause pain, weakness and can inhibit athletic performance. In my office I use one method we use to treat adhesions is with RockBlades. It uses specialized instruments to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Using RockBlades instruments to amplify the abnormal tissue texture helps the doctor locate the adhesions. Then the instrument is used in a gliding fashion to break up the adhesions. Breaking up the adhesions helps to decrease pain, improve circulation to the area and improve motion.
Cupping is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine which treats damaged tissue by using suction cups. These cups draw toxins from damaged tissue to the lymphatic system. Cupping has additional side effects like reduced pain and improved local circulation. As you may have seen at recent Olympic games, cupping is the latest in soft tissue therapy. Professional athletes and weekend warriors alike are discovering the powerful benefits of cupping for recovery and performance. I use cupping in my office for myofascial release in addition to the Traditional Chinese Medicine method. I use modern soft silicone cups, which are comfortable, effective and generally do not leave the circular dark purple marks. The suction cup is placed over the injured area; the patient is then instructed to move through a range of motion while the cup remains in place. The decompression force of the suction allows both the fascia and muscles to pass under the cup separating adhered tissues. The result is reduced pain and greater range of motion.
Most people think of spinal conditions when they think of chiropractic care, only to treat spinal conditions, but also a wide variety of other conditions too. In addition to lower back, upper back and neck pain, some of what we regularly see are:
Feet: Plantar Fascitis Bunions Ankle Sprains Achilles tendinitis Metatarsalgia Flat Feet
Lower Leg: Shin Splints Compartment Syndrome Calf Muscle Pulls/Tears
Knee: Patellar pain Sprains Meniscus Injuries Iliotibial band syndrome Bursitis
Thigh: Hamstring Pulls/Tears Quadricep Pulls/Tears Sciatica Groin Pulls/Tears (Dr. Fuller Only) Adductor Sprain
Hip: Popping Hip Syndrome Piriformis Syndrome Labral Tears/Injuries Hip Impingement Hip pain
Lower Back: Disc injury Disc herniation Disc Rupture Sciatica Pinched Nerve Facet Syndrome Pulled Muscle Lumbago
Mid Back: Thoracic Sprain Rib ‘Out’ Rib pain Costosternal Pain
Neck: Headaches (migrane, cluster, muscle tension, …) Neck pain Neck stiffness Pinched nerve
Shoulder: Rotator Cuff Injury Bursitis Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Frozen Shoulder Shoulder Impingement Swimmers Shoulder AC Joint Sprain Labral Tears Bicipital Tendinitis
Elbow: Tennis Elbow Golfers Elbow Medial Epicondylitis Lateral Epicondylitis Bursitis
Wrist/Hand: Pain Pinching Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Weakness Stiffness Nerve Entrapment
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