Do you do care plans?
One of the most common concerns we hear from our patients is that chiropractic care means having to return to our office on some sort of "plan" for the rest of time or that they will forever need to be adjusted. .
While this was commonly recommended for years (and still sometimes is) evidence based research continues to agree that repetitive adjusting of patients without pain or dysfunction does not significantly impact long term health.
We treat based upon your current condition, complaint, functional level, and goals for return to activity. Once we have met those goals you will be released from care.
This time period looks different for every patient and every condition but our goal is always to provide effective treatment in the least possible number of visits. If your treatment does not proceed as expected we will make the appropriate referral for advancement of care.
What type of chiropractic do you use?
Chiropractic adjustments are used to restore motion to joints in the body. These joints are not limited to the spine and include extremity joints such as the ankle and even the TMJ. Most chiropractors practice a variety of techniques to better serve their patients.
We most commonly adjust manually (using our hands) with gentle quick movements that result in what most patients describe as "popping" of the joints. We offer low force techniques as well including instrument adjusting and counter-pressure work that addresses the need of patients who do not want to "hear the pop." For those patients who are aware of the common chiropractic techniques we practice: diversified Palmer-style adjustments.
What type of manual techniques?
Manual techniques include a combination of techniques used to address the soft tissues of the body that surround and support the bones and joints. These tissues include fascia, muscle, tendon, and ligaments. Manual therapy works to loosen tight structures and restore proper communication between these structures and the nerves. Manual Release Technique (MRT) uses a combination of the patient's motion and the doctor's hand placement on tight soft tissue structures to release knots in the muscle and provide an overall increase in range of motion.
Every patient is in need of some form of manual therapy. As a patient you will often find this therapy is integrated into your treatment in such a way that you may not notice the transition between manual therapy and adjusting until you hear a "pop." We believe that proper muscular prep before an adjustment allows for an easier and more comfortable treatment overall.