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What Types of Chiropractic are there?

Types of Chiropractic

All chiropractic care begins with an initial examination, after which, x–rays may be recommended to determine the seriousness of your condition. In addition to be adjusted, you may be given exercises to do, diet suggestions and ways to improve your posture.

Relief Care is provided for acute pain and discomfort. Depending on the diagnosis, your age and physical condition, frequent visits over a relatively short period of time may be required.

Corrective Care treats long-term spinal problems. Because they have existed for some time they require a longer period of care, similar to crooked teeth slowly improving with braces.

Maintenance Care helps to avert minor problems in becoming serious which may limit daily activity. This is similar to a dental check-up or car tune-up.

Electro-Muscle Stimulation

Electro-Muscle Stimulation is a special form of electrical current that is administered at the site of the soft tissue injury, especially muscles, for the blocking of pain. T.E.N.S. unit is a commonly known electrical device.

How does it work? Small amounts of electrical current are induced into the tissues for the purpose of reducing swelling. This widely used technique helps reduce painful symptoms and safely strengthens muscles.

What does Electro-Muscle Stimulation feel like? Patients generally feel a slight tingling sensation at first. Since your body may become accustomed to the initial setting, the intensity may be raised during the course of your 10-20 minute treatment, for maximum healing effect.

Why is Electro-Muscle Stimulation used? Electro-Muscle Stimulation has been used as an effective form of pain relief. It is recommended in cases in which pain is accompanied by swelling and inflammation.

Patient Benefits:

  • Reduces pain and sensation
  • Helps decrease swelling
  • Promotes general muscle tone
  • Speeds the healing process

Cryotherapy

What is Cryotherapy? Cryotherapy is a term that describes the application of ice, cold towels, ice massage and compresses to reduce to reduce the temperature of tissues directly on or below the surface of the skin.

How does it work? Surface cooling constricts blood vessels, numbs painful areas, and helps relax muscle spasms. Cold temperatures reduce nerve transmission of painful symptoms and provide temporary relief.

What does Cryotherapy feel like? Ice is most often used to manage acute injuries or recent eruptions of chronic conditions. Cooling affected tissues is effective in reducing and preventing posttraumatic swelling. Local cooling should be applied several times a day during the initial stages of an injury.

Why is Cryotherapy used? Cryotherapy is inexpensive, readily available, and an easy way to reduce local swelling of inflamed tissues.

Patient Benefits- Cold Therapy

  • Helps reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Numbs affected area to reduce inflammation
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Inexpensive and can be self-applied

Patient Benefits- Hot Therapy

  • Can Help speed the healing process
  • Dilates blood vessels for improved circulation
  • Stimulates white blood cell production
  • Increases metabolism and waste removal
  • Helps prevent adhesions and scar tissue

When is it best to use Ice and Heat? Ice is beneficial at any stage of injury, especially the first 72 hours after injury, to help reduce pain, swelling and muscle spasm. Heat is detrimental immediately following injury as it would increase swelling. Following 72 hours, heat aids to increase circulation to alleviate swelling and muscle tension.