The Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors are licensed healthcare professionals who primarily concentrate on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of spinal disorders and other mechanical conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic care places a strong emphasis on the body’s ability to heal itself without employing surgery, drugs, or other medical measures.
Patients often experience relief from a wide range of painful and dangerous symptoms by seeking quality chiropractic care. At City Chiro Sports Center Irving/Valley Ranch, we address countless health and wellness issues using a variety of approaches. Read more about some of our specific services below.
Pulsed PEMF therapy uses magnetic energy to influence cellular metabolism, increase electrolytes and ions, and promote healing, particularly for chronic pain relief.
ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE
Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) is a hands-on therapy commonly used to address soft tissue injuries caused by scar tissue. It aims to alleviate pain and improve range of motion by targeting adhesions in the affected tissues. During an A.R.T. session, the therapist shortens the tissue and applies pressure to lengthen it, effectively breaking up these adhesions. This technique can be beneficial for individuals dealing with various musculoskeletal issues.
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment method that stimulates the body’s innate healing processes. This therapy can effectively alleviate pain and facilitate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. It achieves this by triggering the release of growth factors within the injured tissue, which promotes tissue regeneration and overall healing.
The Y-Strap adjustment is a chiropractic technique that involves stretching the spine by pulling the head in the Y-axis of the body. This pulling force creates a decompression effect on the vertebral discs. The force applied during this adjustment can vary in terms of speed and force patterns, ranging from a slow and smooth stretching motion to a High Velocity, Low Amplitude (HVLA) movement.
Extremity adjustments are a chiropractic technique that focuses on manipulating joints in various parts of the body, such as the arms, legs, and shoulders. The goal is to restore and enhance the smooth movement of these joints. By achieving this, extremity adjustments can improve your body mechanics, which encompasses how you move and position your body during activities like standing, sitting, lifting, bending, carrying, and even sleeping. This can help alleviate discomfort and improve overall function.
COLD LASER THERAPY
Cold Laser Therapy is employed to provide temporary relief from minor muscle and joint pain, arthritis, muscle spasms, and stiffness. Additionally, it promotes muscle tissue relaxation and temporarily increases blood circulation in the treated area.
Dry needling, also known as Myofascial trigger point dry needling, is a treatment method used for muscles experiencing pain, knotting, or nodules. It involves the insertion of a very fine filament needle through the skin and into deeper tissues, specifically targeting trigger points associated with pain. This technique creates microlesions within the affected tissue, leading to several beneficial effects:
- Breaking up shortened tissues
- Inhibiting reflex arcs from the nervous system to the tissue
- Normalizing the inflammatory response
These mechanical and neuromuscular effects create an environment that promotes the body’s natural healing processes, ultimately reducing pain.
Cryotherapy and Spot Cryotherapy utilize extreme cold to freeze and eliminate abnormal tissue. Cryotherapy offers several potential benefits, including:
- Pain relief
- Reduction of swelling
- Stress reduction
- Promotion of healing
- Enhancement of athletic recovery
- Improvement in mood
- Increased energy
- Enhanced sleep quality
These effects are attributed to the extreme cold exposure and its impact on the body’s physiological responses.
Decompression therapy is used to alleviate pressure that accumulates on the discs and nerves in the spine. It aims to relieve pain by addressing herniated discs. The process involves gently drawing the affected areas of the herniated disc back into their proper position, which can help reduce pain and discomfort associated with spinal issues.
FASCIAL DISTORTION MODEL
Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) is a technique that identifies the source of pain based on a patient’s description of symptoms and corrects fascial distortions through hands-on deep pressure application to reduce pain and restore mobility.
Premodulation, Interferential, Russian Stim, and High Volt Galvanic are various electrical stimulation techniques that utilize different frequencies of electricity to achieve specific therapeutic effects, such as:
- Muscle Relaxation: These techniques can induce muscle relaxation, making them useful for managing muscle tension and spasms.
- Ionic Movement and Swelling: Electrical stimulation can promote the movement of ions, which can assist in reducing swelling and edema in affected areas.
- Pain Management: These modalities can also have a numbing effect on pain by interfering with pain signals sent to the brain, providing relief for various painful conditions.
These techniques are commonly used in physical therapy and rehabilitation to address a range of musculoskeletal issues and pain management.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a technique that utilizes specialized tools to break down scar tissue and fascial adhesions. It promotes healing, reduces recovery time, aids in chronic condition management, increases blood flow and cellular activity, and decreases scar tissue and adhesions.
SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports Massage Therapy is designed to stretch tight muscles, activate inactive muscles, and enhance the condition of soft tissues. It aims to improve flexibility, help you move more freely, and, over time, can lead to enhanced posture. This form of massage is particularly beneficial for athletes and active individuals to maintain and enhance their physical performance.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is an advanced flexibility training technique that combines stretching and muscle contraction of the targeted muscle group. PNF stretching is highly effective for improving flexibility and expanding the range of motion. It is widely used in rehabilitation and sports performance to enhance an individual’s overall flexibility and mobility.
DEEP MUSCLE STIMULATOR
The Deep Muscle Stimulator (D.M.S.) is a massage modality known for its deep tissue penetration. It is particularly effective at addressing pain and movement restrictions caused by underconditioned or damaged muscle tissue. This therapy targets deep layers of muscle to help alleviate discomfort and improve mobility.
Fire cupping is a therapeutic technique that involves creating negative pressure in glass jars placed over specific areas of the body. It is used to address pain, inflammation, improve blood flow, and provide a form of deep tissue massage.
Hydromassage is a therapeutic technique that utilizes water and pressurized jets to massage muscles and other soft tissues in the body.
The primary goals of physical therapy are to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and strengthen weakened muscles. Physical therapy encompasses a range of techniques, including:
- Active Exercises: Patients perform specific movements themselves to enhance their mobility and strength.
- Passive Movements: Therapists manually perform movements for the patient, aiding in joint and muscle mobility.
- Massage: Application of pressure through massage techniques to relieve tension and promote relaxation.
- Physical Stimuli: Utilizing physical agents like heat, cold, electrical currents, or ultrasound to support the healing process and manage symptoms.
Physical therapy is tailored to the individual’s needs and aims to enhance their overall physical function and well-being.
Functional training is a training approach that emphasizes movements designed to enhance everyday functionality. It often involves compound movements, which engage multiple joints and muscle groups to replicate movements relevant to daily life. This type of training aims to improve an individual’s ability to perform daily activities more effectively and with reduced risk of injury.