Types of Treatment and Therapy
Adjustments, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to is the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.
When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can't function at our peak.
An adjustment is often a pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you're cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint.
Overall, adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level. When the body is in alignment, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation is an exceptional way to help the body in the healing process. This is accomplished by sending a very small electrical current into the affected soft tissue injury or muscle spasm. The therapy utilizes this current to reduce swelling and release trigger points that may have the muscle locked up. This process helps the body to release natural pain relievers or endorphins, helping the muscle to relax and allow it to return to its normal state. Therapy sessions are an excellent way to facilitate healing from acute and chronic pain.
Offers patients a relaxing therapy referred to as inter-segmental traction.
The patient benefits by intersegmental traction several ways:
Increased blood circulation
Reduced fixation of spinal segments
Relief of muscle contractions and tense ligaments
Strengthening of ligaments
Stimulation of specific nerve centers
Traction helps loosen knotted muscles so the patient can relax before their adjustment.
Ultrasound can produce many effects other than just the potential heating effect. It has been shown to cause increases in tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown. The effect of the increase in local blood flow can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation, and, according to some studies, promote bone fracture healing. The intensity or power density of the ultrasound can be adjusted depending on the desired effect. A greater power density (measured in watt/cm2 is often used in cases where scar tissue breakdown is the goal.
Some conditions treated with ultrasound include tendinitis (or tendinitis if you prefer), non-acute joint swelling, muscle spasm, and even to break down the scar tissue. Contraindications of ultrasound include local malignancy, metal implants below the area being treated, local acute infection, vascular abnormalities, and directly on the abdomen of pregnant women. It is also contraindicated to apply ultrasound directly over active epiphyseal regions (growth plates) in children, over the spinal cord in the area of a laminectomy, or over the eyes, skull, or testes.
Therapeutic activities includes a broad spectrum of activities, from passive range of motion and breathing exercises to high-speed agility drills. Precautions, therefore, are specific to each individual depending upon his or her condition. The doctor uses his specialized knowledge to determine exercises or activities are appropriate for a patient or client's level of ability, age, endurance, severity of injury and/or stage of recovery.
The application of diverse techniques of kneading, and stroking to muscles and soft tissue to achieve relaxation and to improve the patient's well-being. Benefits include Muscle relaxation, Lowers blood pressure, Stimulates circulation, Stimulates lymphatic drainage, Reduces swelling, Pain relieving, Psychological, Mental relaxation, Revitalizing, Releases emotions, Facilitates communication, and Aids sleep. The relaxation affects aid the doctor in manipulation of the vertebrae by reducing resistance from tense muscles connected to the spine.
Disease and abnormal aging can be greatly influenced by nutritional deficiency. Nutritional concerns affect many conditions. We will also review any recent lab work, medications, current supplements and your health goals/concerns. We will test you for vitamin defiencies by a combination of lab work, history, and physical examination. At our clinic, you will under go several health improvements by making upgrades to your current diet, lifestyle and supplement plan. The goal is to begin to balance your nutritional needs by simultaneously filling in deficiencies. You will experience a biochemistry shift, and experience positive changes rapidly. This will promote healing and speed recovery from conditions treated by chiropractors.
Manual therapy techniques consist of, but are not limited to, connective tissue massage, joint mobilization and manipulation, manual traction, passive range of motion, soft tissue mobilization and manipulation, and therapeutic massage including manual lymphatic drainage. This technique helps to heal injury sites and restores function.
Depending on the patient's condition, exercises may be performed by the patient alone or with the staff help, or with the docto moving the patient's limbs. Exercise equipment for therapy could include an exercise table or mat, a stationary bicycle, treadmill, thera-bands, or dead weights. Exercise helps the patient to return to more normal activities quicker and greatly decrease the chance of re-injury.
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Monday through Friday
9:00am - 6:00pm
322 North Main Street
Bryan, TX 77803
Dr. Richard Stephenson D.C., DAAPM
- Diplomat, American Academy of Pain Management
- Approved TX Workers' Compensation