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Assessment and Treatment Techniques

 
 

Chiropractic Manipulative Technique (CMT)

Chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT) is the basis of treatment when seeing a chiropractor.  It involves manipulation (an adjustment) of joints that are not moving within their full potential range of motion to allow for improved movement within these areas.  Effects of joint manipulation can include decreases in pain, relaxation of muscles in the area, and increases in ranges of motion.  

Manipulation is not limited to the spine.  Extremities also often have joint dysfunction and are able to be adjusted. Our Ski Instruictiors love to get their hips, ankles and feet adjusted. Upper extremity joints such as shoulder, wrist can also be addressed. 

Trigger Point Dry Needling

Trigger point dry needling involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a tight or sore muscle. The needle then changes the muscle’s physiology so that the muscle is able to relax. It can be an effective method to address long standing muscle pain or joint problems related to chronic muscle tightness.The benefits of dry needling can be• Decreased muscle soreness• Increased flexibility• Muscle relaxation• Decreased pain.

Active Release Techniques (ART)

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Graston IASTM

Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM )that effectively breaks down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.


The Technique:

  • Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers

  • Increases skin temperature

  • Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern

  • Alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment)

  • Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area

  • Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells.

  • Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity

Functional Movement Screen FMS

Decrease probability of injuries and prevent nagging injuries by finding and fixing your weakest link.

 

Functional Movement Screening is an innovative system used to evaluate the quality of movement patterns exposing dangerous movement in people of all ages. Corrective exercises can then be prescribed to overcome these deficiencies.An example would be, you may have a very flexible hamstring (rear thigh) but very tight quadriceps (front thigh). Or, you may have developed very strong pectoral muscles but very weak (and tight) upper back muscles. If these problems are not corrected, greater imbalances will ultimately be developed and injury will most likely happen. Following a corrective therapy plan based on the results of a Functional Movement Screening has been proven to:• Improve performance• Improve efficiency of movement• Improve movement symmetry• Improve balance, stability and mobility.

Rocktape

RockTape turns down the volume on pain

More specifically, it runs interference on pain. Ever whack your shin and rub it, and suddenly realize you feel better? RockTape on the skin can interfere with painful signals which are directed to the brain.

When the signals arriving to the brain are altered, it does not produce the sensation of pain. When kinesiology tape is properly applied, many of our customers call it “magic” or think that it fixed their injury instantly. In fact, it helps to change how your body interprets pain, turning down the pain “volume” that your body hears.

 

Decompresses an area of swelling and inflammation

When RockTape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers. This allows the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.

 

It delays fatigue

Research has shown that RockTape on skin can attenuate muscle fatigue. In rehab, this is very important, not only for the parts of your body that are currently hurting, but also for the surrounding areas as they help to pick up the slack for muscles that are currently not working well.

 

It normalizes muscle tone

When someone is injured, fatigued, sick, or inflamed, the symphony of muscle action that normally takes place with great accuracy often falls out of tune. This can happen all over the body. For instance, research has shown that people who sprain their ankle tend to have altered activity of their hip muscle as a result. RockTape helps bring dormant muscle back to life and help calm down the overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.

 

It distributes physical stress

Unlike conventional taping, which prevents movement – RockTape allows full movement of a taped area.  Through elastic properties and quick recoil, RockTape can help distribute forces to other nearby areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones.

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Corrective and Rehabilitative Exercises

Corrective Exercise is an important part of the healing process.  In many instances, an injury occurs because of poor movement patterns and/or muscle imbalances.  If these problems are not corrected, it is likely that injuries will reoccur.  An important part of the initial physical examination focuses on how well the body is moving.  This is where deficiencies are noted and exercise can be applied.  We will work with you and teach simple exercises and rehabilitative movement patterns that will help to correct the problem, preventing future injuries. 

 

We will personally design and guide you through a custom rehabilitation or fitness program. Exercise is an essential factor in injury prevention, sports conditioning, and injury rehabilitation. We can help you with muscular imbalances, faulty neuromuscular coordination, inadequate ligament or tendon strength, inadequate muscle or cardiovascular endurance, problems with flexibility and problems related to body composition.

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