Services & Techniques
Our Chiropractic Techniques
We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our judgment and years of experience.
If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let the doctor know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care.
Chiropractic adjustments are the most essential part of your care.
Spinal joints that aren’t moving right can choke or irritate nearby nerves. Chiropractic adjustments add motion to these stuck joints, reducing nervous system disruption. Then, health has the best opportunity to return.
The primary adjusting techniques we use include:
Dr. Moore uses an adjusting style commonly referred to as “Diversified.” The method includes motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints as you turn and bend.
With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics. The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment. While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.
We use one of the most popular “low force” chiropractic techniques in the world.
The Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust.
Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body.
Massage therapy is the practice of applying pressure, tension, motion, or vibration - manually or with mechanical aids - to the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints, lymphatic vessels, organs of the gastrointestinal system and reproductive system to achieve a beneficial response.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is characterized by a knot in a muscle fiber consisting of a mass of sarcomeres (muscle fibers) in the state of maximum continuous contraction. The defining symptom of a trigger point is referred pain; that is, trigger points usually send their pain to some other site. This is an extremely misleading phenomenon and is the reason conventional treatment for pain often fail. Research has shown that trigger points are the primary cause of 75% of the time and are at least a part of nearly every pain problem. Trigger points can cause headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, back pain, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome. They are the source of the pain in such joints as the shoulder, wrist, hip, knee and ankle that is so often mistaken for arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, or ligament injuries.
Trigger points also cause symptoms as diverse as dizziness, earaches, sinusitis, nausea, heartburn, false heart pain, heart arrhythmia, genital pain and numbness in the hands and feet. Even Fibromyalgia may have its beginnings with myofascial trigger points.
Trigger points are easily located and deactivated with the techniques of trigger point therapy. Myofascial release of the trigger point flushes the tissue and helps the trigger points contracted sarcomeres begin to release. In dealing directly with the trigger point, myofascial release is the safest, most natural, and most effective form of pain therapy.
With trigger point therapy, myofascial pain can usually be eliminated within three to ten days. Even long-standing chronic conditions can be significantly improved in as little as six weeks. If you have any of the following then Trigger Point Therapy is ideal for you.
- Myofascial Restrictions
- Trigger Points
- Scar Tissue
- Muscle Strains
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
Upon initial examination, several aspects of the spine are examined to determine the condition of your spine. Based on the results of the examination, a program of stretching and strengthening exercises are recommended for your specific spinal needs. A regiment of exercises are given to improve you spinal and overall health, to produce and restore proper biomechanics of the spine.
Electrical stimulation uses an electrical current to block the pain pathway to reduce pain sensation and to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. Electrical stimulation (e-stim) currently is one of the most commonly used forms of electro-analgesia (pain control from electrical device). Hundreds of clinical reports exist concerning the use of e-stim for various types of conditions, such as low back pain (LBP), myofascial and arthritic pain, neurogenic (nerve) pain, visceral pain, and postsurgical pain.
By placing electrodes on the skin in various locations the therapist can also recruit the appropriate muscle fibers. Contracting the muscle via electrical stimulation helps strengthen the affected muscle. The therapist can change the current setting to allow for a forceful or gentle muscle contraction. Along with increasing muscle strength, the contraction of the muscle also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing.
Give our Westside Family Chiropractic a call to schedule an appointment so we can help you and your family!