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Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments
Dr. Heidingsfelder is highly trained in spinal manipulations (adjustments). Spinal adjustments can increase motion to the joints and decrease pain. A chiropractic adjustment, which is normally but not always applied to the spine, utilizes a quick but gentle
maneuver to enable movement in joints with a decreased range of motion, thereby reducing pain. Joint mobilization is similar to manipulation but is used in different conditions. It is not as quick as a manipulation but it is still effective at increasing motion in joints with limited range of motion. There are several chiropractic "techniques" for adjusting that Dr. Heidingsfelder uses including:
Cox Flexion Distraction decompression
A flexion distraction chiropractic table is used to treat the lumbar and thoracic spine. It moves up and down, and side to side;
providing traction, which mobilizes the spinal joints, addresses disc herniations, and decreases spasm in the surrounding soft tissue. Multiple studies have shown this specific lumbar traction technique to decrease
intradiscal pressure thereby hydrating a degenerated disc or helping to decrease the severity of disc herniations.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves applying pressure to tender muscle tissue in order
to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are performed
together. The purpose of trigger point therapy is to eliminate pain and to re-educate the muscles into pain-free habits.
After several treatments, the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased,
and tension is relieved. Circulation, flexibility, and coordination are improved.
Traction is a decompression modality that gently stretches the spine using precise intermittent pulling. This stretching
reverses the forces of gravity that cause discs to degenerate, muscle spasms, and reducing pain.
See our page about Triton DTS Traction Decompression therapy
Electrical Muscle Stimulation and TENS
Electrical nerve and muscle stimulation are used to relieve muscle spasms by mimicking a nerve signal. This signal is an electrical impulse that causes a contraction of the muscle that is either in spasm, or that is causing pain. During EMS the electrical signal is sent via electrodes that are placed on the skin surface. Chiropractors are trained specifically in the use of EMS, and TENS, and certified by the National Board Exam. When EMS is used, it can accelerate the healing time, reduce pain and swelling, and increase circulation. Electrical Muscle Stimulation is a painless therapy that is monitored by the doctor to the patient's tolerance.
Without some type of rehabilitation, recovery from your condition can take longer to achieve. When muscles, tendons, or ligaments are injured through work injuries, automobile accidents, overexertion, repetitive motion, or simple inactivity, it can affect the joints (spine) around the injury. Without proper tone and strength of those muscles, your problem may return, worse than it was when you began care.
Dr. Heidingsfelder would rather have you recover in less time and visits in the
office, than you coming into the office over and over with the same complaint. It is better for everyone to have happy,
educated, and strong patients singing the praises of chiropractic.
Chiropractic focuses on the hard tissue of the body (vertebrae and joints of the spine) while massage focuses on the soft tissues (muscles) of the body. By targeting both the hard and soft tissues, a faster and more overall complete recovery is achieved.
Massages work well with chiropractic because of the relaxation factor. After a massage, a chiropractic patient is more relaxed and less anxious. This allows the chiropractor to better adjust the joints and spine. Relaxed muscles also won’t pull the joints back out of alignment due to the release of muscle tension.
When combined together, chiropractic and massage therapy provide a complete and efficient system of treatment. Whatever your physical problems may be, combining these two types of care together can increase your overall quality of life and help maintain optimum health for patients.