Chronic neck and back pain can be caused by many different conditions and diagnoses. Some of these conditions that can be treated with chiropractic treatment include but are not limited to:
If you are unsure as to whether chiropractic treatment in general or my specific approach will help you, please feel free to send me a message here.
Types of Treatments I use in my Practice:
Chiropractic (Diversified) Adjustments –
I adjust using high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts through areas of the spine and other joints in the body that are not moving as well as they should. These joint restrictions stop the regular movement and flow of your body and result in tight muscles, inhibited muscles, sprain/strain injuries, and stiffness. These adjustments help to decrease pain and improve your range of motion. Read my article about chiropractic adjustments.
A complete and thorough initial assessment is done prior to any adjustments to help me identify the true cause of your pain. For this reason, I don’t always adjust the areas of your pain since pain can be referred from other joints or muscles. Your body moves as a whole, not in parts, and thus why I treat the whole body. If you have any questions regarding chiropractic treatment, refer to the FAQ, or send me a message.
Soft Tissue Treatments
I use a combination of different soft tissue techniques in order to help my patients. Sometimes these involve other tools either for a move gentle approach or for a slightly more aggressive one. This is unique to each and every one of my patients. All of my treatment plans are different and are completely dependent on your conditions and diagnosis, your thoughts and health goals, your schedule and lifestyle, as well as how quickly you want to feel better.
I use a combination of soft tissue techniques to achieve our goals. Here are the ones I use the most:
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are knots in the muscles which can often be the source of musculoskeletal pain. There are several different techniques that address trigger points. One of the ones I use is NIMMO technique. Click here to read my post about trigger points.
IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Techniques)
This technique uses tools in order to get a little deeper into tight muscles and to break up adhesions in the fascia. It is also a great tool for post-surgery recovery and can help reduce scar tissue formation if done early enough. This technique is also really good for athletes and sports related injuries. I use gua sha tools and ConnecTx technique (similar to Graston).
Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique used with plastic suction cups directly on tight muscles to create a localized vacuum effect. This helps to reduce pain and speed up the body’s own innate healing processes.
Stretching and Mobilization
For very acute pain or for people for want or require an even more gentle approach, I use mobilization of joints and gentle stretching to accompany chiropractic treatment. Mobilization of joints involves gentle movements through all ranges of motion of a particular joint. This allows for fluid movement within the joint and can be helpful to improve range of motion and decrease pain. Stretches are done to very tight muscles to help temporarily increase the length of the muscle. This can help to improve range of motion as well as decrease pain.
In combination with all of the above chiropractic treatments, I also use lifestyle and nutritional advice in order to treat the root cause of your pain and also reduce the chance of the pain returning. Some of these lifestyle modifications can also be the source of your pain or be a significant contributing factor, especially in the case of chronic pain or inflammatory conditions. Click here to learn more about lifestyle and nutritional advice.
Orthotics as well as other assistive devices can sometimes be prescribed as part of your treatment depending on your diagnosis. Exercises and stretches may also be part of your home treatment plan.
I am confident that I can help you achieve your health goals. I want to get you to your fullest potential.