The doctors use a variety of adjustment styles suited to each patient’s individual preferences, and doctor recommendation for each patient.
Doctor uses specific manual thrusts focused on restoring normal biomechanical function with high velocity, low amplitude adjustments to the spinal or extremity joints. Adjustments are generally supplied by hand, and can vary in velocity, amplitude, duration, frequency, and body location.
One of the gentlest methods of adjusting the spine. The patient can adjusted in almost any position (standing, sitting, laying down) while the chiropractor uses a spring-loaded activator instrument to perform the adjustment.
Cox Decompression / Flexion-Distraction / Spinal Traction
A hands-on spinal manipulation performed with the patient lying on the Cox distraction table. This allows for flexion-distraction and decompression adjustments, relief of intradiscal pressure, relief of muscle spasms, and widening of the foraminal area reducing pressure on the spinal nerves. This style of adjustment is very helpful for patients suffering from disc herniation, bulging disc, facet syndrome, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and low back pain.
Soft Tissue Therapies:
Soft tissue therapies are generally used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments. Patients will benefit from the added therapeutic effects of these therapies. General benefits include: Decreased pain, increased circulation, decreased toxin build up, increased speed of the healing process, reduced scar tissue adhesions, relief from muscle spasm, improved sleep patterns, improved flexibility, reduced blood pressure, and reduced stress and fatigue.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) releases natural pain blocking chemicals to reduce pain, increases blood flow, and reduces muscle spasms. EMS works by putting a small amount of electricity into the muscle causing it to contract and relax. Electric muscle stimulation is a painless, actually quite relaxing, therapy which basically feels like the common muscle twitch we have all experienced at some point. This repetitive muscle twitching ultimately relaxes the muscles to result in a better spinal adjustment. The added benefit to this is the release of endorphins and enkephalins to the site of injury. These chemicals are your body’s natural “pain killers.”
Therapeutic ultrasound is the use of sound waves put into the body to break up scar tissue and to deep heat the muscle. Ultrasound therapy acts like a gentle warming massage of soft tissue and increases blood flow, improves healing of injured tissue, decreases inflammation, softens scar tissue, and decreases local pain. We use ultrasound for the treatment of ligament sprains, muscle strains, tendonitis, joint inflammation, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, facet irritation, impingement syndrome, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, other types of arthritis, and scar tissue adhesion.
Done by massaging toward the heart to increase the blood flow and lymphatic drainage. Muscle stripping increases waste movement out of tissue, increases nutrient and water movement into tissue, decreases muscle spasm, breaks up scar tissue, and reduces pain.
Massage of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques to enhance tissue function, increase blood flow, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle spasm, break up scar tissue adhesions, and promote relaxation and well-being.
Cross-friction massage is a more aggressive massage across the muscle belly to break up scar tissue, aid in the healing process, and stimulate blood flow. In addition to a stretching program, cross-friction massage will allow patients to gain maximum flexibility and mobility around the injured area.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are very specific areas of tenderness usually found in the muscle tissue or fascia, commonly in the shoulders, neck, jaw, low back, and hip muscles. The painful point can be felt as a nodule or “knot.” Pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. Trigger point therapy is used to break up these nodules in tissue. This is done by using very specific pressure on a trigger point to relax the tissue and relieve pain and tenderness.
Exercise and Stretching
Exercise and stretching can greatly improve functioning, range of motion, and overall health, especially when coupled with chiropractic adjustments. We can show you easy ways to stretch and exercise, and easy ways for you to fit these activities into your daily home or work environment.
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Active Stretch Techniques
Active stretch techniques utilize a combination of alternating isometric muscle contraction and muscle stretching, targeted muscle stretching with specific resistance, and/or direct muscle pressure coupled with normal range of motion. Active stretching techniques are used to enhance both active and passive range of motion, restore the smooth movement of tissues, release any trapped nerves or blood vessels, strengthen weak muscles, and relax overactive muscles. Active stretch therapies work great when used along with chiropractic adjustments, and can help improve problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Some common conditions that we use active stretch for include headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, other peripheral nerve entrapments, shin splints, sciatica, TMJ issues, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and other soft tissue inflammatory disorders of the joints.
Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
IASTM is used in treating and resolving soft tissue injuries, especially repetitive stress type conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, other peripheral nerve entrapments, shin splints, jumper’s knee, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, or other repetitive stress conditions. IASTM improves outcome, decreases number of treatments and reduces manual stress. It can be more aggressive or less aggressive depending on pressure applied. IASTM allows for more specific and deeper tissue work than manual therapies by hand.
Both Doctors at Crossroads Chiropractic are certified in acupuncture. Acupuncture is an alternative medicine methodology originating in ancient China. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by an energy called qi (or chi) which flows through the body in channels called meridians. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture aims to correct imbalances in the flow of qi by stimulation of anatomical locations on or under the skin called acupuncture points. Acupuncture points are mainly found at specified locations along the meridians. The most common mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points employs penetration of the skin by thin metal needles into specific points and in specific patterns over the body depending on desired results. Since most pain is felt in the superficial layers of the skin, a quick insertion of the needle makes most insertions of needles painless. Acupuncture’s greatest effectiveness occurs with treatment of pain and nausea. Specific conditions/outcomes that can benefit from acupuncture treatment include migraines, other types of headaches, arthritis, neck pain, low back pain, infertility, depression, fatigue, weight loss, smoking cessation, fibromyalgia, hot flashes, irritable bowel syndrome, erectile dysfunction, polycystic ovary syndrome, dysmenorrhea, autism, drug or alcohol dependency, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), epilepsy, enuresis, emotional disorders, and many others..
Crossroads Chiropractic has x-ray capabilities on site to further evaluate your musculoskeletal condition. Not all conditions will require x-ray evaluation, however there will be times when the doctor will note red flags in the medical history that warrant x-ray evaluation for underlying conditions that need to be ruled out for the safe use of some types of therapy. After x-rays are obtained the doctor will give you a thorough explanation of any findings, how we can help you, how long it would take, and any other questions you may have. Any findings that warrant further evaluation can be read immediately at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) located in the same building as us, here at the Northwest Saint Cloud Medical Group building.
If medical history or examination findings warrant the need for MRI evaluation, one can be ordered and performed at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) located in the same building as our clinic, here at the Northwest Saint Cloud Medical Group building.