Chiropractic and massage therapy services at our clinic, compared to other common treatments for physical problems (over-the-counter and prescription pain medications), are a safe and effective option for pain relief.
At our Anchorage chiropractic clinic, we offer the following services:
Deep Tissue Massage A technique that releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following or going across the grains of muscles, tendons and fascia.
Myofascial Release This type of massage therapy uses long, stretching strokes to release muscular tension.
Therapeutic Massage A system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. The four strokes of Swedish massage are effleurage, petrissage, friction and tapotement.
Trigger Point Therapy (also known as Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy). A method that applies concentrated finger pressure points to break cycles of spasm and pain.
TENS and Inferential Electro-Therapy
TENS units, or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation units, are portable units that use electric current ti stimulate nerves for a therapeutic purpose. The intention is to reduce pain over the injury site. The unit is typically attached to the skin with one to four electrodes, and the user is able to adjust the pulse width, frequency, and intensity with a hand-held and battery operated pack. TENS has proven effective for treatment of pain and physical conditions in clinical research studies.
Inferential Electro-Therapy is a therapy in which very small amounts of electrical impulses are sent into the tissues of areas close to the site of an injury. The waves of the inferential create a stimulating effect on the area below the skin, which enables the body to produce natural pain killers and endorphins and also help reduce swelling of soft tissues. These substances are responsible for reducing pain. Inferential is typically described by patients as being extremely effective and only causing the feeling of pins and needles on the skin. We’ve found inferential electro-therapy to be a highly effective treatment, alongside chiropractic care, to reduce painful symptoms, decrease swelling, promote muscle tone and natural movement, and accelerate the healing process.
Chiropractic Adjustments (Spinal Manipulations)
According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic medicine is the health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are frequently used to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints and disorders, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. One of the most commonly utilized and well-known therapeutic procedures performed by a Doctor of Chiropractic is spine manipulation, or “chiropractic adjustment”. Spinal manipulations are used to restore joint mobility by using the hands and body to manually apply force into the areas of the back, neck, or spine that have become stiff and immobile (i.e. hypomobile, restricted). This is usually the result of an acute injury, long-term posture problem or chronic body mechanics deficiency.
Soft tissue injuries might be the result of one traumatic event that leads to damage of the body tissues, such as lifting a heavy object incorrectly or slipping and falling on your back. Soft tissue injuries may also develop over a long period of time due to repeated stresses on the area, including sitting in an awkward or non-ergonomic position at a desk that puts strain on the spine and surrounding issues.
Tissues that have been damaged or become damaged over a long period time will become inflamed, causing pain and diminished functioning. The chemical and physical changes that occur in damaged tissues are the predominate causes of the symptoms that prompt patients to seek medical treatment. Spinal manipulations, or chiropractic adjustments, will restore mobility, alleviate pain, and reduce muscle tightness, allow the tissues to begin to heal to their anatomically correct position.
Spinal manipulations are typically not painful, but some patients report feeling mildly sore or aching afterwards. This will generally resolve within 12-48 hours.
Mechanical Intermittent Traction
What is Mechanical Intermittent Traction system? Mechanical Intermittent Traction is a non-surgical treatment directed at relieving pressure on structures that may be the major source of pain.
How does it work? Mechanical Intermittent Traction helps relieve pain through decompression of lumbar or cervical discs and joints. This cyclical, painless stretching reduces pressure and promotes blood and fluid flow. This helps improve healing naturally. Treatments are painless and often relaxing, designed for patient comfort.
Can Mechanical Intermittent Traction work for you? Much of the common cause of back and neck pain is mechanical compression–Decompression can focus its effect at the source of the pain. If you are experiencing neck, back or radiating pain you should seriously consider Mechanical Intermittent Traction Treatment.
Flexion Distraction Table
A new table design, from an old technique that tractions the low back and then flexes it at a specific joint or disc. The table can isolate lumbar discs that have herniated (leaked) compressing nerve roots that may cause radiating pain as far down as the feet. The table mechanism can also reduce tightness and stiffness in joints and degenerated discs.
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