Spinal & Extremity Adjustments
Joint adjusting, or manipulation, is the technique most traditionally performed by chiropractors, which involves a gentle and fast force applied to a joint of the spine or joints of the limbs (e.g. knee, hip, hand). Adjustments are performed in order to (and have been proven to) decrease pain, increase a joint’s range of motion, relax back muscles, improve local nervous system function, and improve a number of other bodily functions.
It is normal to be apprehensive about your first adjustment but it is something that almost all patients come to enjoy and seek out. However, there is no reason for fear. An adjustment is a precise medical intervention intended to improve the function of a joint by restoring its normal motion.
The “crack” or “pop” that is often produced is nothing more than gas (nitrogen mainly) being release from the (synovial) fluid in the joint, when the joint expands. It is analogous to opening a pop can – when opened, the gas in the can is allowed to expand and “pop”!
Acupuncture is a minimally invasive, non-painful part of conservative care that works by modulating the nervous system to restore its function. Given the nervous system’s connection with nearly every cell in the body, acupuncture can be used to help with problems based in muscles or joints all over the body or in the organs of the abdomen and thorax. Acupuncture carries with it very few side effects when used by trained professionals.
Acupuncture has been proven through research to be effective in helping the body to heal a number of conditions such as decreasing pain, increasing circulation, facilitate healing, reducing inflammation and increasing feelings of wellness.
In brief, needles are inserted close to, but not into, the nerves and are generally not painful. The needles stimulate local and body-wide changes in the nervous system that bring about the benefits. The needles can be connected to a low power (battery) current that provides additional stimulation to the nearby nerves that might not be operating optimally. Dr. Barry will often use electroacupuncture to “turn-on” muscles that are not functioning properly, such as the back muscles in a person with poor posture or low back pain, or the thigh and hip muscles in a patient who recently underwent surgery or is recovering from a joint injury.
Manual Release Soft Tissue Therapy
Manual Release Therapy (MRT) is a soft tissue massage technique used on muscles, ligaments and joints that focuses on the specific problem causing structures through the natural movement of the tissue. The technique works to stretch specific muscles or structures, reduce pain, break down scar tissue, and help you move better. MRT can be used to treat muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves to affect conditions including but not limited to, headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow.