Adjustments, or manipulation as they’re sometimes referred to, are 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 in an effort to help reduce swelling and release trigger points that may have the muscle locked up. It does this by helping the body to release natural relievers of pain often referred to as endorphins.
This is a great therapy if there is a spasm in a back or neck muscle. It works well in relaxing the muscle and allowing it to return to its normal state rather quickly. Short therapy sessions are excellent at facilitating healing from acute and chronic pain.
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Cryotherapy is an excellent way to help with muscle spasms in the body. This therapy is well known to help numb painful areas as well as provide a cooling relief to affected soft tissues. The therapy consists of applying cold compresses on to the skin to effectively reduce the temperature of the skin as well as constrict the blood vessels in the area.
If you are suffering from a muscle spasm or just recently had a soft tissue injury, cryotherapy is an excellent way to help reduce swelling and further injury in the early stages of your healing process. This therapy is rather inexpensive and is something that can be done at home as well as in the office.
Ultrasound is a therapy that is utilized in the office to handle injuries related to joints, muscle spasms, as well as most soft tissues. While it shares the same name, this ultrasound is not the same as the type of ultrasound utilized diagnostically to screen internally in the body. This ultrasound creates small sound waves that in effect vibrate and massage soft tissues and muscle. These sound waves do an excellent job in facilitating the body’s healing process in addition to decreasing scar tissue formation.
Certain ultrasounds also create a heating effect to help relax the muscles or tightness in the body. This heat combined with the overall features of the ultrasound help to start the healing process at the most basic cellular level speeding up your road to recovery.
Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health.
There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation. Chiropractic physicians do not use medications or surgery, but rather utilize a natural, hands-on method in conjunction with lifestyle modifications and exercise.
Through a physical examination and discussion of the problem, most cases can be diagnosed easily. Even so, chiropractic physicians use MRI, X-rays, blood testing and other diagnostic tests when necessary.
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At North Orlando Spine Center, we strive to empower our patients to become active participants in their health. We accomplish this through education on the proper tools essential to their specific health care concerns.
Rehabilitation is the stage of care when coordination, balance, strength and endurance are emphasized. The primary goal of rehabilitation is to prevent re-injury.
Our objective is to teach patients how to control their own symptoms through low tech means such as exercise, stability training, strengthening and posture re-education. Treatment recommendations are based on the precise goals and defined needs of each individual patient.
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At times, scar tissue and mechanical restrictions within muscle and the soft tissue that surrounds the muscle becomes painful and problematic. Scar tissue and adhesions prevent fluid movement of the muscles, tendons and ligaments. The binding effects of scar tissue make us feel ‘tight’ or cause pain during movement.
At North Orlando Spine Center, we use a technique called Graston Technique®, along with other methods, to detect and break down scar tissue. The Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. This technique enables North Orlando Spine Center to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions in our patients. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect, and effectively treat, areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
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The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion, as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.
Kinesio® Tex Tape has the ability to:
- Re-educate the neuromuscular system
- Reduce pain
- Enhance performance
- Prevent injury
- Promote good circulation and healing
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Graston Technique is another soft tissue treatment that has been gaining popularity especially in the sports world with many professional teams including the Colorado Avalanche; utilizing the therapy to keep their athletes in top condition.
This techniques uses metal instruments to locate and remove scar tissue from ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Recently, research has been performed using Graston Technique, showing it’s effectiveness for carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, post surgical pain, and a whole host of other conditions, both in the spine, and in the extremities.
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The secret to managing sciatica and back pain related to a herniated disc, is the chiropractic technique called Flexion Distraction. This leading form of non-surgical disc injury management, is now available at Health First Chiropractic.
Flexion Distraction is an advanced, traction based therapy commonly used to manage the symptoms of disc injury, and various other low back complaints with great success. It is a very effective, safe, gentle, non-force, and non-surgical procedure.
Among different chiropractic techniques, Flexion Distraction is superior in managing herniated discs and sciatica.
What does Flexion Distraction Therapy involve?
Flexion Distraction involves the use of a specialized table that simultaneously distracts (stretches) and flexes the spine in a gentle cyclic motion. The chiropractor applies gentle pressure to specific areas of contact that is intended to relieve pain, as well as restore motion and realign the spine.
Flexion Distraction Therapy is clinically proven to
- reduce pressure inside the spinal disc
- widen the spinal canal
- reduce pressure on the spinal nerves
- return motion to spinal joints
It is a very safe, effective, conservative approach for disc injuries, low back and leg pain symptoms, and a definite alternative to explore if spinal surgery has been recommended.
How does Flexion Distraction help to manage the symptoms of disc injury?
The gentle pumping rhythm of Flexion Distraction enables the spinal disc to be placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. Because of this negative pressure, disc material that has protruded or herniated can be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, and permit healing to occur. This technique can help move the disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation of the nerve root, and eventually any associated pain, pins and needles, numbness or weakness of the leg (that may be related to your herniated disc).
Conditions that may benefit from Flexion Distraction Therapy
- Lumbar disc injuries (ruptured, bulging or herniated “slipped disc”)
- Low back pain
- Leg pain/Sciatica
- General lower back stiffness
- Sacroiliac syndrome
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Failed back surgical syndrome