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What we do
Functional Movement Analysis
We direct you through various ranges of motion and movement patterns, carefully observing and noting motion dysfunction and asymmetry. This helps us accurately diagnose and treat your ailments. It also allows us to prescribe exercises to enhance your care and to prevent further injury.
Active Release Techniques
Active Release Techniques make up the majority of the muscle work we do. It is a movement-based technique to release muscle knots and other adhesions or constrictions in soft tissue. Compared to a passive technique like massage, the active nature engages your brain to enhance neuromuscular communication and control. It also has the advantage of using the body’s natural system of reciprocal inhibition. The use of your biceps, for example inhibits the activation of the antagonist muscle – your triceps. So I have you activate your biceps, allowing me to work through your triceps when they are in a relaxed state. Pretty cool and very effective.
Simply put, adjusting is mobilizing a joint and putting it into the correct biomechanical position so that the joint can function properly. That popping sound you might hear during an adjustment? Though there is still more research to be done, it’s generally regarded to be the popping of gas bubbles in the synovial fluid within the joint. The sound, called a cavitation, occurs when the joint is stretched, like when you pop your knuckles. Sometimes a joint cavitates when it is being adjusted, sometimes it doesn’t. The sound isn’t critical to the adjustment; the important point is the restoration of movement and function.
Exercises and Stretches
You probably won’t make it out of our office without some homework. We want you to understand what is causing your pain (we love explaining anatomy) and how you can continue to aid your recovery. We teach exercises and stretches that will help you heal as well as what you can do to avoid future injury. As we said earlier, our goal is to have our clients to spend more time doing what they love, and less time in our office.
What else do we do?
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
This therapy uses stainless steel instruments to provide an optimal environment for healing, by either modifying physiologic responses to injury (e.g., inflammation, muscle spasms, pain) or enhancing components of normal musculoskeletal function (e.g., increase range of motion, increased muscular strength). The benefits of IASTM include release of fascial restrictions, breakdown of collagen cross-linkages, increased blood flow, and possibly an increase in regenerative cellular activity.
RockTape and Functional Movement Techniques
Kinesiology tape is used by medical professionals throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance. RockTape turns down the volume on pain by providing a proprioceptive input that interferes with pain signals direct to the brain. It decompresses areas of swelling and inflammation via a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers that allows the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly. In addition, RockTape delays muscle fatigue during activity and helps distribute physical stress allowing the injured area to take less of the brunt. It can be used to treat sports and non-sports injuries, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee and back pain.
The RockTape Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) certification is based on the concept of muscles acting as a chain; it addresses applications for pain, posture, edema, scars and neurological symptoms with an emphasis on myofascial pathways, movement therapy and performance enhancement.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. It is used for many healing purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
EMS units run a light electrical current through the treatment area, stimulating the production of enkephalins and endorphins, naturally occurring substances that act like morphine in their ability to reduce pain. When electrical stimulation is used to produce muscle contraction it also increases blood flow to the area, alleviating tissue hypoxia, and can help relax chronically tight musculature and reduce muscle spasm.
Nutrition Counseling What you eat makes a huge difference in how you feel and how you heal. We look at how simple dietary changes can reduce your body’s inflammation, aid healing processes, as well as help with energy levels and hormone balance. We have a few select supplements in stock as well, the one’s we ourselves take and we feel good about recommending.
Nutrition, why it matters
As mentioned, hat you eat makes a huge difference in how you feel and how you heal. Some foods (eg. sugar) trigger inflammatory processes, others help reduce inflammation. When you have an injury, dosing up on natural anti-inflammatories such as ginger, turmeric, Omega-3s and bromelain can help a great deal -and they don’t have the side effects of the NSAID drugs. Also it is best to avoid foods known to increase inflammation such as sugar, alcohol, Omega-6 fats (found in vegetable oils) and processed foods. As a former pastry chef, Dr. Laura knows cookies bring joy… but the joy health brings is so much deeper and longer lasting. So let’s talk about delicious and nutritious food.
With a degree in Culinary Arts, a Doctorate in Chiropractic and passion for nutrition, Dr. Laura will explore with you how to plan meals that nourish your body and that you are excited about eating. Let’s create the diet that doesn’t feel like a diet, instead a lifestyle where you have delicious and simple to make food that reduces your inflammation, helps you heal, balances your weight and hormones, and restores your energy.