A Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixed, "locked up", or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The results of this safe and natural procedure are improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health. Dr. Iseke incorporates many different techniques to ensure the best and most comfortable outcome for his patients.
There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually, the doctor's hands or a specifically designed instrument delivers a brief and highly accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow and constant pressure.
Chiropractic manipulative therapy helps repair biomechanical and structural problems in the spinal column that can irritate parts of the enclosed nervous system. This irritation can result from harmful inflammatory biochemicals released during tissue injury or may result from direct mechanical pressure. As the body's recuperative powers are integrated through the nervous system, correcting spinal abnormalities which irritate the nervous system can lead to the relief of pain in patients suffering from various, seemingly non-spinal health conditions.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice that originated thousands of years ago. It is based on the premise that a blockage or disturbance in the flow of energy, or “qi”, can cause health issues. Acupuncturists insert hair-thin needles to specific points throughout the body to restore the flow of qi to balance the body’s energy, stimulate healing, and promote relaxation. According to TCM theory, there are over 1000 acupuncture points on the body, each lying on an invisible energy channel, or “meridian.” Each meridian is associated with a different organ system.
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, your body's natural pain-relieving chemicals. Acupuncture is also said to influence the autonomic nervous system (which controls bodily functions) and the release of chemicals that regulate blood flow and pressure, reduce inflammation, and calm the brain, making you feel more relaxed.
Why Do People Get Acupuncture?
- Chronic pain (such as headaches, lower back pain, neck pain)
- Sinus congestion
- Stress and anxiety
- Weight loss
Some people use acupuncture to promote fertility. It is also used to quit smoking and as a component of the treatment for other addictions.
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.
Doctors have used nonsurgical spinal decompression in an attempt to treat:
- Back or neck pain or sciatica, which is pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg
- Bulging or herniated disks or degenerative disk disease
- Worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome)
- Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
Electro-Muscle Stimulation, Neuromuscular Stimulation Therapy (EMS)
A modality used to elicit muscle contraction by delivering electric impulses to the muscles. The electric impulses are generated by an electric device and delivered through terminals (i.e. electrodes) to the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses which mimic the action potential coming from the central nervous system trigger a muscle contraction.
Most common uses: Prevent or retard disuse atrophy, strengthening programs, reeducate muscles, pre and post orthopedic surgery, gait training, shoulder subluxation and reduction of muscle spasms.
Therapeutic ultrasound as a treatment modality has been used for over the 50 years to treat soft tissue injuries. Ultrasonic waves (sound waves of a high frequency) are produced by means of mechanical vibration of the metal treatment head of the ultrasound machine. This treatment head is then moved over the surface of the skin in the region of the injury. When sound waves come into contact with air it causes a dissipation of the waves, and so a special ultrasound gel is placed on the skin to ensure maximal contact between the treatment head and the surface of the skin.
Myofascial Release/Therapeutic Massage
Deep tissue or manual therapy which is utilized for the reduction of adhesions, muscle spasms and trigger points. This form of deep-tissue massage is used for therapeutic purposes only and is not meant for relaxation.
Trigger Point Therapy
Ischemic pressure is applied directly to the muscle spasm or "knot" in order to force the blood supply out of the immediate area. Once the pressure is released, newly oxygenated blood flows back through the tissues forcing out toxins and allowing the muscle to relax. Trigger Point Therapy is generally used in conjunction with myofascial release and therapeutic massage treatments.
Hot & Cold Packs
To aid in the muscle therapy and depending on the phase of healing, either hot or cold packs are used to relax the muscles and increase circulation or to decrease inflammation. Ice is used during the acute phase of healing, whereas moist heat or ice may be used during the second and third phases of healing for warm up and cool down.
Cold laser therapy has been used to help reduce chronic and acute pain and stimulate the healing process. Light energy stimulates the cell activation processes which, in turn, intensify physiologic activity. Healing is essentially a cellular process and light energy initiates a cascade of reactions, from the cell membrane to the cytoplasm, to the nucleus and DNA. This is called cellular amplification; a phenomenon whose demonstration earned the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1994. For a more complete explanation on the science behind the cold laser therapy and its uses, call the office any time for a free report.
Extracorporeal shockwave medical applications have provided pain relief and a regenerative healing effect of shock waves on musculoskeletal structures, such as bones, tendons, muscles, ligaments, joints. The mechanism of musculoskeletal shockwave therapy produces neovascularization and regeneration of the affected tissue by changing cell shapes, forming new cells and new blood vessels, decreasing inflammation and modulating pain transmission. Multiple studies established effect of ECSWT on tissue cells by changing their shape which leads to new cell function healing effect on tissues, so called “tissue reengineering”.
The general consensus of these studies is that the shockwave therapy have changed the nonoperative treatment of musculoskeletal disorders substantially. In 2008 the International Board of experts established guidelines for approved standard applications of ECSWT for muscular skeletal system
- Increased muscle strength
- Increased muscle endurance
- Increased muscle firmness and tone
- Improved circulation
- Improved bone density
- Improved flexibility
- Accelerated weight loss
- Prevention of age-related muscle loss
- Massage and relaxation
- Overall feeling of well-being
- Reduction of the effects of stress
When you stand on our oscillating vibration technology platform, vertical vibrations are produced with a side-alternating rocking movement, similar to walking. Our body reacts to this natural stimulus with an involuntary reflex muscle contraction. Depending on the speed, muscles will react up to 23 times per second (approximately 11-12 contractions and 11-12 relaxations), and as the acceleration forces increase, your body will feel as though it “weighs” more. This clever technology means you can work against a far greater influence or “load” of gravity in every movement you perform. The result – more benefits! Unlike other vibration technology fitness machines, our vibration machine’s technology is particularly unique because it may achieve results for a wide range of objectives, for all ages and body types. There are two main types of vibration available:
Oscillating/ Pivotal Technology (What Our Vibration Machines Use)
Oscillating vibration is the most natural vibrating movement and has the widest range of benefits. People find this type of vibration technology most comfortable and it makes sense that muscles are activated alternately as they would be in walking.
This is by far the most popular type of vibration technology with many scientific studies to support it. Widely used by chiropractors, physiotherapists, trainers and doctors across the world, this type of vibration technology is suitable for all ages and health levels.
Linear/Tri-planar Technology (Not Used by Us!)
Very high frequency vertical micro-vibrations are created by this technology. This style of technology can be uncomfortable for some users as it does not emulate a natural movement like walking. These types of technology are not recommended for those that are not in top shape and can be very uncomfortable for older users. There are also questions about frequencies that may be too high and aggressive for the body.