Doctors of chiropractic diagnose, treat and help prevent musculoskeletal (bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, joints and connective tissues) conditions and disorders and the effect they have on the nervous system.
The main form of treatment chiropractors deliver is called an adjustment – a non-invasive procedure consisting of a precise directed movement to help relieve pain and discomfort, and restore range of motion. Sometimes chiropractors will also use other therapies like massage, heat, laser and ultrasound.
A chiropractor does not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, but may make a referral to medical specialists for such treatment when appropriate.
In addition to adjustments, chiropractors also counsel patients regarding nutrition, lifestyle and exercise.
What is ART? (Active Release Technique)
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
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ART is an soft tissue release technique often utilized in conjunction with chiropractic.
It is a patented technique that works on relieving tissue tension by working on adhesions and fibrosis. The clinician uses manual therapy to apply pressure to the area of tenderness while the patient is instructed to move through their range of motion - working from a shortened to lengthened position. This helps to restore range of motion and can even help free nerves that have become entrapped by adhesions.
Graston is another soft tissue treatment technique that can be used in conjunction with chiropractic or physical therapy. The most identifiable thing about Graston is that it is an instrument-assisted technique - that is, it utilizes specially designed tools to release the target
tissues. These tools focus on releasing scar tissue and fascial restrictions, helping to restore pain-free movement and function.
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