What is a chiropractor?
Chiropractors specialize in removing structural misalignments in the spine and extremities (arms, legs, shoulders, ankles, feet, wrists, hands, elbows, and jaw) so the body’s nervous system can function at its most optimum level. Chiropractors use spinal manipulations also called adjustments to remove nervous system interference, help alleviate pain, restore restricted motion, and improve function.
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic is the Science, Art and Philosophy that concerns itself with the restoration of good health by restoring and maintaining a properly functioning nervous system, without the use of drugs or surgery.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body. Doctors of Chiropractic call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.
The Chiropractic adjustment has been proven to increase motion, increase circulation, reduce swelling and pain, and remove nervous irritation. Once this nervous irritation is removed, your body is able to do what it is designed to do – heal itself.
Besides chiropractic adjustments, what other treatments does Marchese Sports Therapy offer?
Rehabilitative Exercises– Rehabilitative exercises help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. When performed as directed, they can restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. Rehabilitative exercises are appropriate for auto accident victims and patients with disabling conditions such as low-back and neck pain, arthritis, chronic headaches, and many other conditions.
Intersegmental Traction– Intersegmental traction is not a true form of traction. Rather it passively moves the vertebrae of the spine. The passive motion aids in improving range of motion of the spine and helps relax the muscles around the spine.
Exercises are performed in office with the Doctor’s supervision and instructions for at home exercises are also given. It is important to follow the Doctor’s instructions and perform the exercises at home to achieve the best results.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation– electrical muscle stimulation or EMS sends very mild electrical impulses to muscle. The electrical impulse causes the muscles to contract. EMS can help with rehabilitation of injured muscles but can also help a muscle that is in spasm or causing pain to relax.
Trigger Point Therapy– Trigger points are areas in muscle that are extremely irritable and usually cause pain not only in the area of the trigger point but at other areas of the body. A trigger point can feel like a nodule or knot within the muscle. Trigger point therapy can help reduce the amount of trigger points and reduce the pain they cause. Common areas for trigger points are the upper traps, forearms, rhomboids (mid-back), neck, and throughout the shoulder. Trigger points can cause headaches and other muscle aches. Multiple trigger points are typically found in patients with fibromyelgia.
Heat/Cold Therapy– the method of using heat or cold to aid in treatment. Both have a wide variety of benefits and treatment options.
Manual Soft Tissue Treatment-Manual soft tissue treatment includes stretching, trigger point therapy, cross friction massage, active muscle release or “pin and stretch”, myofascial release, skin rolling, muscle energy techniques, and PNF stretching.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)- IASTM is another option to resolve pain and tightness in the body. This approach to fascia work reduces friction which allows a preciseness, sensitivity and depth that cannot be accomplished with the hands, knuckles elbows etc.
IASTM instruments make it easier to detect and treat fascial dysfunction. They magnify the abnormalities (scars, restrictions and adhesions) in the fascia and make it easier to locate the area to treat. Using a tool focuses the force through an area smaller then your finger with less friction. This allows a more efficient treatment. The goal is to trigger an inflammatory healing response. This will stimulate the production of new collagen and proper, more functional, less painful healing.
Kinesiology Tape– Kinesiology Tape is applied along muscles, ligaments, and tendons (soft tissue) to provide a lightweight, external support that helps you remain active while recovering from injuries. KT Tape creates neuromuscular feedback (called proprioception) that inhibits (relaxes) or facilitates stronger firing of muscles and tendons. This feedback creates support elements without the bulk and restriction commonly associated with wraps and heavy bracing. KT Tape gives you confidence to perform your best.
The tape helps:
- support muscles
- improves blood and lymphatic circulation and reduces inflammation
- reduces pain
- improves range of motion of joints
- reduce joint misalignments