Chiropractic Physicians are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Historically, they represent a broad range of philosophical interests in primary non-surgical spinal health care. Though not limited to simple vertebral adjustments, most tend to view their health care treatments as nerve, bone and muscle related and their techniques, while varied, are designed to manually, and with other equipment, alter the tissues to achieve structural and injury homeostasis and repair.
The manipulation of soft tissues, the spine, and other joints with manual therapy is, for most chiropractors, perceived to be physiologically based. They use exams and modern diagnostics to sort out clinically significant disturbances affecting patients’ physical health. The American Medical Association, in l987, was found to engage in restraint of trade and conspiracy, which ended their de facto boycott of chiropractic. The bias against this profession still lingers from this era.
The subjective experience that patients seek out from chiropractors results from techniques designed to maneuver the three joint complex of the spinal column, using thrust, or sudden force, which increases a joint’s range of motion. Likewise, other joint problems can be mobilized through manual and other techniques.
At the Health Center, Damien Passalacqua, DC, works with various conditions along with the common neck and back pain. These include headaches, carpel tunnel syndrome, pain radiating into the arms and legs(sciatica), disc bulges and herniations, muscle pain (strains and pulled muscles), sprained ankles, arthritis, shoulder pain (adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder, decreased range of motion, rotator cuff disorders), sports injuries including overuse disorders and IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and knee pain.
Damien may use the following treatments after examination. Spinal manipulation or adjustment which is usually associated with an audible “pop”, and reduces the subluxation (joint problem) resulting in improved range of motion, reduced nerve irritability, better joint function, and relief. A spinalator table uses a set of rollers to lift and separate each spinal segment as it goes up and down the back. It is a great conditioner of the para-spinal musculature. Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) prevents disuse atrophy, strengthens nerves of certain muscle groups, reduces muscle pain and spasm, and results in shorter recovery following sports. Muscle growth, strength and endurance are improved if EMS is used before or after exercise such as weight lifting and many others. Therapeutic ultrasound speeds up the repair process and increases blood flow and decreases the pain by reducing swelling. Therapeutic exercises, both in the treatment room and at home, in order to speed recovery from injury or disuse, and to prevent recurrent pain. Deep tissue muscle work is utilized to reduce chronic pain, break up scar tissue, and rehabilitate injured muscles.
Some questions worth being asked:
Am I safe to see a chiropractor while pregnant?
In most cases, it can be very beneficial. Damien has a lot of experience treating pregnant women through all stages of their pregnancy. If you are having complication with your pregnancy, it is always best to check frist with your OBGYN or midwife.
Is anyone too young or old to benefit from chiropractic treatment?
No, treatment is individualized to fit your needs, irregardless of age.
Do I need X-rays prior to a chiropractic treatment?
You do not need X-rays before you are evaluated and in most cases you can be adjusted without them. There are however certain situations where an X-ray or MRI may be needed; in that case you will be given the proper paperwork to have this done at an imaging facility.
I am not sure if a chiropractor is right for me?
If chiropractic treatment is not appropriate for your condition or you are not responding appropriately to your treatment, you will be referred to the proper doctor or therapist.
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