The chiropractic profession offers countless techniques, philosophies, and patient care models. Among all the variability, the one uniting element is the chiropractic adjustment and/or the chiropractic mobilization.
The goal of a chiropractic adjustment or mobilization is to restore normal motion to joints that are restricted. Several theories exist as to how joints become restricted. Joints that can get stuck between two joint surfaces, causing the joint to glide improperly. This usually occur when a joint is overloaded, poor posture, weak muscles, scar tissue, trauma, and nerve entrapments all lead to overload. Once a joint becomes restricted, several problems may result, including:
1. Restricted joint motion
2. Increased joint motion above and below the restricted joint
3. Pain and inflammation
4. Muscle spasm or muscle weakness (inhibition)
6. Joint and disc degeneration (arthritis, disc herniation)
An adjustment usually involves a quick but gentle corrective force across the affected joint to separate the joint surfaces. Joint mobilization can achieve similar results, but instead of a quick force, with a low amplitude thrust is used. The goal of both is to move the joint in a way that releases the joint restriction.
The goal of treatment is to fix a problem permanently, so not only does joint motion need to be addressed, but contributing scar tissue, weakness, instability, and perpetuating factors must be corrected as well.
Percussion therapy is being used by athletes at high levels of sport performance as a pre-workout enhancement tool and a post-workout recovery treatment.
Percussion therapy uses gentle pressure and vibration to relax connective tissue and fascia, decreasing internal resistance within muscles. This allows muscles to move smoothly and more optimally.
Think of it like a molecular jackhammer, helping to break down adhesions and internal scar tissue that is present after injuries or surgery
The idea behind percussion therapy is to increase blood circulation and oxygen delivery to the injured area, enhancing the repair and recovery process.
Using 3600 pulses per minute of vibration concentrated in the injured area, scar tissue interlaced deep within the muscle fibers is broken down.
Former Los Angeles Lakers Head Trainer explaining why he loves Percussion Therapy, using THE RAPTOR for soft tissue injuries.
NormaTec compression therapy applies pressure on the legs and other areas of the body. This releases tension, increases blood flow, and reduces pain and soreness.
Traditional compression therapy used therapeutic socks or stockings made with elastic, which constrict to allow veins to loosen. In 1998, bioengineer and rehabilitation physician Dr. Laura F. Jacobs created NormaTec® dynamic compression technology to treat patients with circulatory related disorders.
Today, NormaTec’s patented compression technology is revolutionizing athlete recovery,
Compression therapy has been used to help those with chronic circulation issues due to injury, surgery, weight gain, blood clots or long periods without movement.
Athletes use the technology to recover quickly from workouts and to rehab injuries. From Olympic athletes to LeBron James, NormaTec compression technology is used daily by:
NormaTec Recovery Systems enhance blood flow to speed the body’s normal recovery process. This helps keep athletes fresh so that they can maximize performance. NormaTec helps athletes recover faster between training and after competitions, so they can train harder and perform better. Studies have also shown it enhances flexibility.
Normatec uses compressed air to massage your arms, legs or hips. In a 20- to 30-minute session, the patented technology first molds to your body shape, then compresses your feet, hands or upper quads, before working its way up your limb.
The massage pattern is also patented, and based on physiology. Like with a traditional massage, it compresses in a pulsing manner and then releases.
Top professional teams and athletes including members of elite NCAA programs, MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLS teams, top football clubs in Europe, top rugby clubs in Europe, IFBB professional bodybuilders, high school athletes, and US Olympians began using percussion therapy devices to decreases post-workout muscle pain and cramps, optimizing the body’s ability to heal and recover.
A few of the many athletes using percussion therapy( Hypervolt) and compression therapy (Normatec) perform at their very best...
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique ® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break 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.
It has been shown to successfully treat all soft tissue conditions, whether chronic, acute, or post-surgical. Conditions commonly treated by Graston include: carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tendonitis, achilles tendonitis, plantar fascitis, tennis elbow, shin splits, iliotibial band syndrome, and headaches.
As a result of its unique ability to detect and break up scar tissus, the Graston Technique offers numerous advantages to the patient:
Cupping is a manual therapy technique performed by practitioners for treatment of skin, soft tissue and muscles. Cupping is used to soften tight muscles and muscle attachments, loosen adhesions, and lift connective tissue. Cupping therapy can be modified to deliver a spectrum of techniques, from deep tissue release to lymphatic drainage. It works to separate fused tissue layers by loosening adhesions, thereby allowing muscles to function more smoothly and efficiently by eliminating unhealthy tissue waste and debris. Cupping techniques can promote increased blood flow to body tissue and can stimulate the lymphatic system. Swelling and edema that is associated with injury and inflammation can hold toxins and fluid. Cupping can open the lymphatic system to help drain excess fluid and help the body reabsorb toxins through the lymphatic system. Cupping therapy is a versatile technique that compliments additional manual therapy techniques and can be incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan.
Stretching is an activity that can both help and hinder progress. When a muscle is tight, the doctor must determine why it is tight. Muscles can be tight for several reasons:
Pain: If something is painful, muscles tighten to take pressure off the painful structure. This is a protective mechanism.
In each of these cases, stretching would not be an appropriate form of treatment. If stretching were used, improvement would either be delayed or prevented.
Stretching is beneficial in other circumstances. For example, after a nerve entrapment has been released, stretching is used to glide the nerve through the muscles, preventing scar tissue from forming again.
Back Pain / Injuries
Bunions / Bursitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Compartment Syndrome
Foot pain / injury
Frozen Shoulder / Adhesive Capsulitis Gait Imbalances
Knee Meniscus Injuries
Muscle pulls or strains
Nerve Entrapment Syndromes
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Rotator Cuff Syndrome
Weight Lifting Injuries
(Hyperextension/Hyper flexion Injury)
Thoracic outlet syndrome
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