Many chiropractors, osteopaths and physical therapists utilize manipulation and mobilization techniques to improve joint movement, reduce pain and restore muscle tone. Adjustments, sometimes accompanied by a pop or cracking noise, which results from the joint’s release of gases. Joint mobilization employs gentle pressure or a shallow thrust to restore optimal motion. These techniques are employed only when necessary and in conjunction with the patient’s approval.
Active Release Techniques® is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. During an A.R.T. session, a combination of examination and treatment takes place. With the hands, the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves are evaluated. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
Instrument assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a form of myofascial treatment. The instruments are stainless steel with beveled edges and contours that can conform to different anatomical locations and allows for deeper penetration than hands alone. This gives the ability to locate and treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue.
Dry needling or intra-muscular stimulation aims to reduce local and referred pain by means of eliminating neuromuscular trigger points. The procedure involves locating trigger points that may contribute to a patient’s condition and then manipulating them in a very specific way to alleviate them. Dry needling and acupuncture, while using similar needles, are two very different treatments. Dry Needling is mechanical in nature, with a specific goal of changing muscular response.
Once structural imbalances are corrected through hands on therapy like Chiropractic Care and A.R.T., different exercises may be needed to integrate these changes. Exercises that are prescribed are done so based upon not only your deficiency but also your capabilities. Whether your goal is to run a marathon or play with your kids, progressively adding exercises is how this gap is bridged. Rehab and exercise will also help reduce your need for passive pain relieving strategies such medications.s.
Compared to static analysis or regional joint testing, a gait analysis can uncover more precisely how someone is moving while running. Compensations and imbalances away from the site of pain are often times the biomechanical flaws that cause injuries to become recurrent or slow their recovery. Iliotibial band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and runner’s knee are common running injuries and conditions that have underlying biomechanical deficiencies.
The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints. However, unlike other taping methods it will not restrict the body’s range of motion which is essential for healing. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.