Chiropractic & Soft Tissue Therapy
Our Assessment Makes The Difference.
Whether training for a triathlon, practicing yoga, or simply working at your computer, the body has to work as a whole to accomplish mechanical tasks. In most cases the site of pain is not the root problem. The injured tissue is overworked because it is trying to do the job of others around it that have stopped functioning properly. Our chiropractic & soft tissue assessment hones in on fascial problems and dysfunctional movement patterns that are the root of your problem or a risk factor for injury.
Dr Eric looks at a series of simple every day actions including the ability to touch your toes, reach overhead, or perform a lunge. Poor movement is often masked by compensations that develop overtime and daily repetition of this can ultimately result in injury and pain. The Functional Movement Assessment helps Dr Eric identify regions in the body that lack mobility (range of motion), or stability (motor control), allowing for an accurate treatment to restore pain-free function and movement.
Active Release • Graston • Cupping
Overuse of soft tissues through repetitive motion or athletics can cause your body to produce dense adhesions that bind up and tie down muscles and nerves that need to move freely. This can cause muscle tightness and reduced range of motion, loss of strength, pain, even numbness and weakness.
Active Release Technique (ART), Graston and Massage Cupping help break-up trigger points and fascial adhesions to allow for free and unimpeded movement of muscles, tendons, nerves and joints; to allow for a dramatic change in comfort, flexibility and strength and to improve your form and function for better performance.
Joints that become restricted force your body into dysfunctional movement patterns — abusing surrounding tissues or irritating nearby nerves. Chiropractic adjustments add motion back to these stuck joints to restore ease of movement and nerve function.
We understand not everyone feels comfortable with getting a chiropractic adjustment and in some cases there are even better options. Some of the more gentle joint mobilization options we may substitute are Flexion Distraction or McKenzie Exercises.
Treatment sessions are typically supplemented with individualized Physical Therapy or McKenzie exercises to be performed at home. This combination of treatment along with a home routine will help result in the best possible outcome.
Elite athletes and professional sports teams depend on laser therapy for its ability to enhance tissue recovery and speed up injury healing time. Laser therapy stimulates your mitochondria (your cellular engine) to produce ATP (cellular fuel). Since more energy is now available, the cell may utilize this fuel to function or operate more efficiently, including its ability to heal.
Holly is your typical desk jockey / running fanatic. Like most, Holly spends the majority of her day at her desk hunched over a computer.
Holly’s main concern is she is training for a marathon but has to stop at the 6 mile mark due to severe IT band pain. Your sciatic nerve runs between some deep muscles in your butt and down the middle of your hamstring. Because Holly sits most of the day, hers has become stuck to her hamstring.
Now every time her hamstring contracts it pulls on the sciatic nerve, but not enough to cause sciatic pain down the back of her leg. Your hamstring is the most important knee stabilizer, especially while running. Holly’s hamstring and attached sciatic nerve is able to deal with the abuse for awhile but once mile 6 comes along enough is enough.
As her hamstring struggles to do its job of knee stabilization, other secondary stabilizers try to perform more than their intended share of the load. Secondary knee stabilizers such as the quads, gastrocnemius, and in Holly’s case… IT band.
For tissues to stay healthy they need a constant supply of blood. Blood is what carries oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and takes away waste products. Think of your muscles like a sponge. As you squeeze and release, it draws water in and out of the sponge. Your muscles are designed to do the same thing as you move; drawing in fresh oxygen and nutrients and pushing out waste.
Think about this concept next time you’re stuck at your desk all day. Notice how your glutes are compressed against the chair seat, your upper body is rounded forward causing back and neck muscles to stretch like a wrung out rag, your forearm is burning from the constant grip of the mouse or some other tool. Not a lot of fresh blood being drawn into your muscles is there?
Your body is a precision machine made up of multiple layers of muscle, each with its own action and line of pull to help you optimally perform tasks. But what would happen if you dripped a glob of glue (i.e. adhesion) on a muscle? This is essentially what happens to a muscle without a constant supply of fresh blood.
Not only would it limit the performance of that muscle to contract or stretch, it would also invade the layers around it. Now muscles, nerves, and blood vessels that were meant to glide past each other to perform optimally are all anchored together. To make matters worse, you might subconsciously adopt movement patterns that avoid this problem completely leading to a secondary overuse injury.
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