Chiropractic manipulation is a very safe and effective tool to increase mobility to joints, decrease inflammation and restore balance to the body Chiropractic manipulation is used to help restore normal function and motion to a joint that is fixated. This procedure typically involves gentle pressure or a shallow thrust to restore optimal motion. An adjustment may be accompanied by a “pop” or “cracking” noise, which is simply nitrogen gas being released. Patients benefit from our manipulative therapy techniques, which are based on the most current research. We aim to provide our patients the most effective conservative care techniques available, and to achieve long-term results in fewer treatment sessions.
Active Release Technique
ART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue manipulation technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. This aberrant tissue can be caused by acute injuries, chronic micro-trauma (i.e. repetitive movement), or hypoxia (not enough oxygen). Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy is a non-invasive therapy that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to help accelerate healing process. The laser is a specific wavelength of light along with energy that has been scientifically proven by over 2000 studies to help stimulate the injured tissue to produce more energy. This increase in energy production causes a cascade of healing steps to occur and the end result is stimulated tissue repair and a decrease in pain. It is not unusual for a patient to feel an immediate difference in their pain level or an increase in their range of motion after just one treatment, but like most injuries, it is a process to help heal the body – the laser makes this process happen faster in most cases.
Functional Movement and Titleist Performance
Functional Movement Systems (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) are systems used to analyze movement patterns and pain to determine where and how a patient should be treated. The body is an extraordinary and complex creation! The medical world has slowly forgotten this concept as it has become so focused on where the musculoskeletal pain is located. The FMS, SFMA and TPI (golf specific) are used as guides to look at the musculoskeletal system from a global view to find movement impairments and imbalances, which may lead to better rehabilitative outcomes, less pain and even improved golf scores. If pain is the sole focus and the underlying impairments are not addressed, most likely that pain will continue to return.
Creates a negative intradiscal to promote healing to bulging or herniated discs, stenosis and/or arthritis.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Great for decreasing scar tissue and fascial restrictions with the use of a tool.
Relax the muscles with deep tissue, trigger point therapy, pregnancy-related, and/or therapeutic massage.
Sometimes you need a little help learning the ropes before heading to the big gym.
Get the vitamins and minerals your body needs for recovery and daily living.
Did you know that we treat plantar fasciitis at Kooistra Chiropractic Clinic? A common misconception of chiropractors is that we only treat the spine. Traditionally this is true, but we treat many other musculoskeletal conditions, such as plantar fasciitis.
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