What conditions does a Chiropractic Physician treat?

Do you suffer from any of the common conditions listed below?

Chiropractic Medicine is a comprehensive health care profession that addresses many factors that impact upon your physiology. Chiropractic physicians specialize in natural and non-invasive health care and are trained to use a full range of medical diagnostic tools and a wide array of effective treatment options in patient care.

  • Low back pain / sciatica
  • Neck pain and headaches
  • Scoliosis
  • Sprains/ strains, sports injuries
  • Overuse injuries /tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rotator cuff injuries/ impingement
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Pregnancy related back pain

vitalitybutton-reserveappointmentnowA chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor applying manipulation to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. There are many degrees of styles of adjustments ranging from the most common diversified adjustment to low force techniques and mobilizations. Chiropractic adjustments are most commonly used on the spine, but can be performed on any joint in the body. Shoulders, hips, ankles, and wrists are often adjusted when treating conditions such as rotator cuff syndrome, sprains and strains, carpal tunnel and knee injuries.

Chiropractic Overview

The objective of this chiropractic treatment is to reduce joint motion restriction with the goals of increasing range of motion, reducing nerve irritability, decreasing muscle spasm and tightness and improving function. The importance of a quick adjustment is to create a neurological response by activating the very nerves that are irritated or impinged to send a message through the nervous system to jump start the healing process. The adjustment has two actions, the immediate improvement of joint and muscle function and the secondary neurological response which helps correct the initial problem. A healthy neurological response is essential to a fully functional and healthy body.

Often, a patient will feel and/or hear an audible joint popping which is referred to as a joint cavitation. This is a normal response to a healthy joint. This noise is the result of the quick stretch of the ligamentous joint capsule surrounding the joint. When this stretch occurs, a pressure release of oxygen and nitrogen gas occurs which results in the noise. There is no discomfort associated with the gas release, in fact, it often results in a reduction in pain. Occasionally, minor discomfort has been reported (that usually only lasts for a short time) if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the patient tenses up during the process.

We will often use pre-adjustive therapies such as massage, myofascial release, electric muscle stimulation and heat therapy. These therapies prepare the muscles for the adjustment, and are helpful in allowing the doctor to perform the technique without the muscle fighting the adjustment.  In my practice, an essential rapport and trust is necessary between doctor and patient. We take the time to address your concern and find the appropriate level of treatment that is effective and comfortable for you.

traction

This therapy involves the long-axis traction of specific vertebrae in your spine. This is used to help the discs stay hydrated and to stretch the surrounding structures. This is also an effective treatment for bulging or herniated discs.

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)

Wedge-shaped blocks are usually placed under the pelvis of the prone patient to treat problems identified in the low back. Low force, slow pressure types of adjustments may also be used to address joint problems identified in the skull. SOT may be used as an exclusive treatment or as an adjunct method of patient management.

Thompson Technique

This chiropractic method uses a special table with several segments called drop pieces. These segments are propped up a fraction of an inch so that when the thrust is delivered, the table drops slightly, assisting the thrust while minimizing the force used for the adjustment. Cavitation of the joint may or may not occur.

Myofascial Release Technique / Nimmo/ Trigger Point Therapy/ Neuromuscular Facilitation

A multitude of particular muscular release techniques that rely on hands on pressure and stretching over active spasm area of muscles called trigger points. Therapies include acupressure, ischemic response technique, and neuromuscular facilitation which utilizes activation of neuroreceptors to relax chronically tightened or spasmed muscles. Patients feel a combination of deep tissue massage, stretching and intermittent pressure points.

Active Release Technique

ART is a muscular procedure that reduces adhesive scar tissue that is formed when the body repairs injuries it suffers because of repetitive motion, injuries or misuse. The formation of adhesive scar tissue in the tendons, ligaments and joints is often the primary culprit in long-term pain. ART techniques breakdown the scar tissue and restore muscles and ligaments to normal consistency and function and returns joint mobility.

Muscle Activation:

A muscular technique that utilizes specific stretching and activation to release chronically tightened muscles. Muscle activation techniques are often used in cases of muscular imbalance and postural issues.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation / Interferential Stimulation

Electrical stimulation uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract, by placing electrodes on the muscles and adjusting the frequency and settings, to allow for a forceful or gentle muscle contraction. The muscle stimulation can increase muscle strength, and the intermittent contraction of the muscle also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing. Other settings can reduce inflammation of the affected area.

Cryotherapy and Heat Therapy

Application of ice and moist heat packs are an adjunct therapy to increase blood flow and reduce the inflammatory response.

Rehab / Post acute Treatment Options:

Although most patients initially begin care due to an acute injury or pain syndrome, Dr. Murphy’s approach is to support your recovery and give you the tools needed to prevent reinjury and return you to your active lifestyle.

These include:

Rehabilitative Exercise:

An individualized program to support your specific injury or condition. The proper instruction and specific exercises will be prescribed. These exercises provide the foundation to return to your normal activities, exercise routine or sports without the risk of reinjury.

Spinal Stabilization

A unique approach to activating and strengthening the small, intrinsic muscles of the spine to support the normal joint motion of the spine. These muscles need to be specifically trained to avoid the common muscle imbalance of the outer, more powerful muscles of the body.

Neuromuscular Education
The relearning of normal muscle and motion patterns that are disrupted by injury. Balance and proprioceptive training are utilized to retrain biomechanics.
Kinesiotaping:
Kinesio Taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints. Kinesiotape has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.