Chiropractors are always on the lookout for technologies and treatments to help them provide better care for their patients. Here at Stanlick Chiropractic, we offer several services to our clients. Our patients and their needs are unique, and their treatment plans should be too. Modern chiropractic care goes beyond spinal adjustment. Here are the treatments you could receive at our clinic.
1. Spinal Decompression Therapy
Injuries to the spinal discs and facet joints are some of the most common that we see. These types of injuries can be debilitatingly painful and lead to chronic discomfort. The spinal discs and other structures within the spine, including the facet joints and soft tissues, often don’t receive robust blood flow. This causes these areas to be slower to heal than other parts of the body. Compressed discs or facet joint problems can also cause pressure or inflammation around nerves. Spinal decompression therapy addresses both of these concerns.
During this treatment, the patient is comfortably secured to a specialized table. The chiropractor will program the table using a computer, and it will begin to separate, gently stretching the patient’s spine. This “computerized traction” is the only form of traction proven to create negative pressures between the vertebrae.
Negative pressure means that bulging discs can be sucked back into place. It also encourages blood flow which brings oxygen and nutrients to the area. The rehydration of the disc causes physiological changes that lead to healing. During the treatment, pressure is taken off nerves. Permanent relief is possible once the disc has healed.
Spinal decompression therapy has been proven safe and effective for stubborn back pain in multiple scientific studies. If you are struggling with chronic pain that just won’t go away or if you’ve recently injured your back and want to prevent chronic pain, this therapy may be right for you.
2. Spinal Adjustment
Adjustment is almost synonymous with chiropractic care. It’s the most well-known treatment that we provide. Chiropractors are trained in dozens of adjustment methods and can provide personalized treatment for different needs including, children, the elderly, and pregnant women.
The goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to fix misalignments in the spine, called subluxations. These misalignments impact the nervous system and the soft tissues of the back, causing pain, stiffness, and sometimes numbness or tingling. Subluxations can happen as a result of normal wear and tear. Trauma, like a fall, could cause more serious subluxations. Over time, even small subluxations can build up and become problematic. Regular chiropractic adjustments can keep the spine working optimally and prevent pain and injury.
Spinal adjustment is safe and effective and has been used for nearly one hundred years to treat back and neck pain. If you feel stiff, sore, or have trouble standing with good posture, an adjustment could help. Spinal adjustments are also a first line of treatment for some types of acute back injury.
3. Massage Therapy
The back comprises many structures, including the spine, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Sometimes soft tissues become tight or inflamed. This can cause pain ranging from mild to severe and may limit your range of motion. Chronically tight muscles can pull on the vertebrae and cause subluxations. Conversely, subluxations can put a strain on muscles. Massage therapy is a great complement to spinal adjustment. Adjustments can fix the subluxations, and massage relaxes and elongates the muscles.
Massage promotes circulation, reduces inflammation, and encourages your body to release feel-good, pain-reducing chemicals. We provide in-house massage therapy at our clinics so our patients can experience the benefits of massage along with their adjustment. Going in for a massage before being adjusted can loosen the area, so the adjustment is more effective. A post-adjustment massage can address lingering trigger points and prevent tight muscles from pulling on the vertebrae.
We also sometimes recommend massage without adjustment for patients whose pain is primarily caused by soft tissue problems. Massage is very safe and effective for both acute and chronic pain. Its also been shown to improve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
4. Specialized Treatment During Pregnancy
Pregnant women have unique chiropractic needs, and at Stanlick Chiropractic, we can safely address them. Chiropractic adjustment can make pregnancy more comfortable for the mother and provide important health benefits.
Many women don’t realize they have a tilted pelvis until they become pregnant. A pelvic tilt can restrict the uterus and hinder fetal development. Fortunately, this condition can be corrected with chiropractic adjustments. Breech presentation can also be safely corrected using an adjustment known as the Webster Method. Studies have shown that women who receive chiropractic care during pregnancy are less likely to have a preterm birth or a C-section.
During pregnancy, other benefits of chiropractic care include reduced back and hip pain, less nausea, and fewer migraines. All chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women. Since the hormone relaxin loosens joints during pregnancy, we use gentle techniques. According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are no contraindications to chiropractic care during pregnancy. This means it is considered to be safe. At Stanlick, we thoroughly evaluate our patients to make sure we are meeting their needs safely.
5. Custom Orthotics
When you think of chiropractic care, you might not think about your feet, but foot problems are a common cause of back, knee, and hip pain. Flat footedness, high arches, and gait problems cause instability all the way up your body, putting strain on joints and soft tissues. Most foot problems can be easily corrected with custom orthotic inserts.
By supporting the three arches of the foot and compensating for abnormalities, we can correct the gait and relieve strain on the knees, hips, and back. We create orthotics that are personalized to our patients’ medical needs and activities. There are orthotics for sports, leisure, and business shoes.
Wearing the correct orthotics for your feet can reduce pain related to plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and plastic deformation. Since the body works as a mechanical system, balancing your feet may also relieve your knee pain, sciatica, and lower back pain. Many of our patients who have dealt with chronic back pain are surprised when they experience relief after being fitted with an orthotic.
At Stanlick Chiropractic, we use innovative treatments to help our patients live pain-free. Schedule a consultation to experience the best in modern chiropractic care.