What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a conservative form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to improve function and restore mobility to the joints of the musculoskeletal system. Improved joint function can reduce discomfort due to poor ergonomics, prolonged sitting, pregnancy, injury and more. Chiropractors may also utilize soft tissue techniques and suggest therapeutic exercises and stretches to further assist patients and help them manage conditions at home.
Who would benefit from chiropractic?
Chiropractic care can benefit just about anyone! At Division Chiropractic, we treat a wide variety of patients including adults, children, pregnant people, athletes and desk workers.
Conditions we treat include:
- Acute pain
- Pregnancy related pain
- Repetitive stress
- Herniated discs
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Sciatic pain
- Muscle spasms
- Overuse injuries
- TMJ (jaw pain)
- DJD (degenerative disc disease)
- Joint pain
- Chronic pain
A manual adjustment, also known as a spinal manipulation, is a procedure in which a chiropractor uses their hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint in the spine. The goal of this procedure is to improve the range of motion in the spine and reduce pain. It is typically performed on the vertebrae of the spine, but it can also be done on other joints in the body, such as the wrists, knees, and ankles. During a manual adjustment, the patient may hear popping or cracking noises, which is caused by the release of gas from the joint. This is completely normal and is not harmful.
Thompson Drop Table
The Thomson Drop Table is a chiropractic table that has segments called drop pieces. Each of these pieces can be raised about an inch. When the chiropractor adjusts using the table, the drop piece falls away. This allows the chiropractor to use less force into the body in order to perform the adjustment.
McKenzie protocol is a set of progressive exercises used to centralize pain. Centralization describes a phenomenon where pain originating from the spine and referred into the limbs, moves back towards the midline of the body in response to repeated movements. The pain often diminishes or is eliminated entirely.
The Webster technique is used on pregnant patients to help bring balance into the pelvic bones and ligaments. The goal is to increase mobility and expand the pelvis to allow baby more room to move toward an optimal birthing position. This can be beneficial in breech or transverse presentations.
Therapeutic exercises refers to a wide range of physical activities that focuses on restoring and maintaining strength, endurance, flexibility, stability, and balance. The goal of therapeutic exercises is to return an injured patient to a fully functioning, pain-free state.
The ArthroStim and activator are handheld chiropractic instruments that aids in performing adjustments. It allows your chiropractor to control the force being exerted the joints and soft tissue being treated. This tool is particularly useful with patients who feel uneasy with the popping and cracking sounds during an adjustment.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are areas of chronic “stagnation” that can refer to other areas. Trigger point therapy addresses the source of your pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
The Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) has been made of different materials, such as metal and jade. It can help alleviate symptoms associated with limited or painful motion and muscle tension.