Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and the effects of these disorders on general health. Doctors of Chiropractic, often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, practice a hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic are known as spinal and extraspinal adjustments, joint manipulation, or mobilization to joints and related soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments). The purpose of specific manipulation techniques is to help promote proper joint motion and alignment in the spine and extremities (shoulder, elbow, etc.) and to support proper nerve function throughout the body. Manipulation or adjustment of the affected joints and related soft tissues helps to restore mobility and increase proper nerve function, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tension and promoting healing.
Chiropractic Physical & Complementary Therapies
These are various techniques and modalities used at Lotus Healing Arts to help:
- Reduce pain, spasm, and inflammation in nerves, muscles, and joints
- Promote blood and lymphatic fluid flows, increase circulation to promote healing
- Relax tight, constricted muscles and tendons; and support healing processes
Ultrasound – Uses high frequency sound waves to aid the healing process in areas of injury. Its effects are to generate deep tissue heat, enhance local circulation, and to enhance the body’s natural healing abilities.
Diathermy/Magnatherm – This modality is used to create heat in the deep tissues. Diathermy aids healing by increasing blood and lymphatic flow and thus circulation to the affected areas, relaxing muscles, and reducing pain.
Laser Therapy – Low level or cold lasers utilize beams of light at specific frequencies that penetrate into the skin and deeper tissues. Designed to help restore abnormal cellular function, reduce pain and inflammation, increase circulation and tissue healing.
Electrotherapy – Interferential – A comforting level of electrical impulses creates a therapeutic treatment/modality to aid in: pain relief, reduced swelling and muscular spasm, promotion of soft tissue healing.
Electrotherapy – Microcurrent – Injury to the body disrupts its normal electrical activity; this type of therapy reduces mild electrical signals like those naturally occurring when the body is repairing damaged tissue. Helps to speed the healing process and reduce pain and inflammation.
Percussor – This vibratory modality is used to free up muscular spasms, fascial and joint restrictions by utilizing gentle mechanical waves of energy on various areas of the body.
Therapeutic Exercise, Neuromuscular Re-Education – Attended instruction to injured/dysfunctional areas to include: therapeutic stretches, joint stabilization exercises (resistance tubing, Swiss ball, etc.), gait and postural re-education.
Infra-Red Heat Therapy – Provides heat to affected areas to help promote circulation, relax tight muscles, and is helpful adjunct to hands on treatment and acupuncture therapies.