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Finding a Guelph Chiropractor – Treatment Options

February 21, 2011

Last week we discussed what you can expect as a new chiropractic patient.  This week we’re going to look at conditions that chiropractors in Guelph treat and the specific treatment options offered – the different ways that we can help to get your repairs in order, so to speak.

Most people know chiropractic care is good for back pain, neck pain and headaches.  While that’s true, chiropractic is well positioned to help with a variety of musculo-skeletal conditions including the following:

Sports injuries                         Osteoarthritis
Shoulder pain                          Hip, Knee, ankle injuries
Rotator cuff injuries               Jaw pain (TMJ)
Elbow and wrist pain             Plantar fasciitis
Carpal tunnel syndrome

There are many styles, techniques and treatment options within the scope of chiropractic care.  Listed below are the main treatments that we use at our clinic in Guelph.

Adjustment – This is the treatment that chiropractors are best known for.  An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustments loosen the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function.  When a joint is adjusted, a gas bubble within the joint fluid sometimes forms causing the popping sensation you may have heard about.  There is also a localized release of endorphins, your body’s natural pain killers, around the joint.  This further helps things to feel better and allows more freedom of movement.

Mobilization – Joint mobilizations involve a slow rhythmic induction of movement to a specific joint in the body. Like adjustments, mobilizations help to restore proper movement and to optimize function.  Not all patients are good candidates for adjustments; therefore mobilization can be a great alternative.

Myofascial Release – When muscles are in a state of chronic tension the fibres within the muscle can start to develop adhesions between one another.  These adhesions act like sticky tape reducing the motion of the muscles and surrounding joints.  Myofascial Release is a soft tissue therapy that is used to decrease inflammation and contracted tissues (“muscle knots”) by helping to break up those adhesions. It may involve either active or passive stretching along with direct pressure to adhesions in the muscles.

Passive Stretching – Sometimes it can be difficult, especially when in pain, to stretch on your own.  We are able to help passively (without your assistance) move your joints into specific positions in order to achieve the relaxation effect that stretching provides.

Trigger Point – Localized tight and tender areas within a muscle are called knots.  Trigger point therapy aims to reduce tension within the muscle by applying direct pressure over the muscle knot.  As it is being performed the patient will often feel tenderness and resistance within the muscle which eventually gives way to a sensation of release and relaxation in that specific area.

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) – TENS therapy is an electro-stimulation modality that is applied to the affected area using pads and works to decrease muscle spasm, pain and inflammation.  TENS can be very beneficial with acute, painful injuries.  Depending on the setting, TENS can feel like an electrical tingle or a pulsing/contracting sensation within the muscles.

Microcurrent – Microcurrent therapy is an electro-stimulation modality which works to decrease inflammation and pain to the applied area. It works to accelerate the body’s natural healing ability.  Different from TENS, there may only be a mild tingling or itching sensation, if anything, associated with Microcurrent therapy.

Orthotics – If our feet are not functioning at their best they can be linked to conditions such as foot and ankle pain, knee pain, hip and low back pain. Custom made orthotics can help to correct faulty foot mechanics and reduce these painful conditions.

Exercise and Stretching – Not all exercises are created equal – finding healthy, safe and effective exercises is an integral part of reducing pain and maintaining optimal function. We prescribe specific stretches and exercises to help recover from painful conditions. We also advise on general fitness and exercise techniques to keep you moving well and avoiding pain.

Healthy Eating – Good food is important. Changes in diet, both good and bad, can have a large impact on how your body feels and functions. We can help by providing information on what you can do to improve and maintain good, healthy eating habits .

Stress Reduction – The daily stresses in our lives play a big role in how we feel, how we respond to treatment, and our overall health.  Just like regular exercise and healthy eating, regular relaxation practice and techniques can positively impact pain management and recovery.

Next week’s post will focus on the bigger picture of setting out a treatment plan and the things that you can do to ensure you get the most benefit from your treatment.

If you would like more information on chiropractic treatment options or finding a chiropractor in Guelph please contact us at Clear Path Chiropractic Health Centre.

Image credit:  hey mr glen

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