In Addition to Chiropractic manipulation and mobilization, Gilreath Chiropractic Health Center also includes mechanical therapies into most treatment plans. These therapies are complimentary to the adjustment, and often stimulate the muscle to the point of relaxation.
Some physiological therapeutic measures that are often utilized in chiropractic care include:
- Moist Heat: Heat therapy is used to relax taut and tender muscles that are a result of subluxation and injury. Heat has been known to restore blood flow to the area and promote faster healing.
- Exercise: Instructions for an exercise program focusing on stretching and strengthening the back and/or extremities may be an addition to a treatment plan, as determined by the treating physician.
- Active Release Technique: Chiropractors may massage the soft tissues to improve circulation, reduce swelling and inflammation associated with the area of pain, and encourage quicker healing. Topical pain -relieving cremes and/or essential oils may also be incorporated into this modality.
- Dietary management: Often our treating doctors will provide patients with tips on how an improved diet, which may help with their back pain, and some may recommend dietary supplements.
- Ultrasound: With ultrasound, sound waves create deep heat therapy that is applied to the soft tissues and joints surrounding the spine and extremities. Ultimately a form of micro-massage for the soft tissues and joints, ultrasound therapy can not only help reduce back pain, stiffness, and spasms, but increase blood flow and accelerate the healing process.
- Electrical Muscle Stimulation: During this therapy, electrodes are placed on the skin that send light massaging, electrical pulses to different areas of the body with the intent to reduce inflammation, decrease muscle spasms and relieve pain.
- Traction: A chiropractic mechanical traction includes the patient lying face up as a system of rollers move about the back, all the while stretching and massaging the para-spinal muscles. Chiropractors may use manual traction as well by lying the patient face up and applying a comfortable pull toward the top of the head. Traction is a useful tool to stretch the spine, decompress the discs and reduce the pressure on the nerve roots.
- Ergonomics: During the course of chiropractic care, the treating physician may recommend some modification to lifestyle choices, such as a work station change that is applied at home and/or at work, mattress selection, pain-generating habits, etc. The success or failure of the outcome may be directly related to applying an ergonomic/job-related modification or eliminating a hobby-related irritating activity.
- Pelvic stabilization: When leg-length deficiency, flat feet and/or subtalar instability are present, the treating physician may place a small heel lift in the shoe on the short leg side and/or prescribe corrective arch supports to help stabilize the pelvis.
- Patient education: The treating physician may advise a variety of lifestyle modifications, including diet and nutritional programs, self-care and coping strategies, to the patient.
Through the course of a patient’s case management, these methods, or a combination of these methods, may or may not be utilized by the treating physician.