Chiropractic Care can consist of so much more than just a spine alignment, and ChiroCare of South Florida offers a wide array of services that complement chiropractic adjustments perfectly. When treating neck and back pain, or muscle injuries and strains, it is often a combination of chiropractic services that work best to address the condition and alleviate pain for the patient. Our goal is to not only help reduce pain in the short-term, but to promote healing deep within the body to find a permanent solution.
A well-trained chiropractor will work with a patient on an individualized basis to create a treatment plant that is truly customized to meet their unique needs. No two injuries or conditions are the same, and no two treatment plans will be the same either. While chiropractic adjustment plays an important role in patients' care, many other services can complement the therapy.
Acupuncture, a form of alternative medicine, is an ancient technique that is considered to be a crucial part of Chinese medicine. There are theories that the practice dates back as far as 6000 BCE, making it one of the oldest forms of medicine known to man. There are many benefits of acupuncture, including improved blood and oxygen flow, pain alleviation, and the promotion of healing within the body.
The process consists of tiny needles being inserted into the skin at predetermined spots, and then left there for anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes per session. While the thought of needles scares many, the process is actually virtually painless and harmless. There is no lasting damage to the skin incurred through the use of acupuncture as an ancillary therapy.
Cryotherapy is another service that often complements chiropractic adjustment quite well. Cryotherapy is similar to the age-old method of icing an injury, except at a larger, medical scale. Similar to icing a sprained and swelling ankle, cryotherapy utilizes extreme cold to target areas that are experiencing inflammation and pain.
This treatment also has eastern Asian roots, though its inception is much more modern than acupuncture. It was formulated by Japanese doctors in 1978 and eventually spread to chiropractic practices in the United States.
The process involves getting into a cryogenic chamber, where liquid nitrogen is used to create extremely cold conditions. Temperatures inside the chamber can dip as low as -270 degrees, and the benefits can be seen in as little as two minutes. The produce is considered to be low risk, and helps with conditions ranging from fibromyalgia, to muscle injuries, and chronic joint pain such as that resulting from arthritis.
Electrical Stimulation (E-STIM)
E-STIM is another service that can complement traditional chiropractic adjustment. It's non-invasive, and like all other chiropractic services, is designed to help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and relieve tension.
Like acupuncture, the technique is ancient and dates back centuries. It was first used by the ancient Egyptians. This may seem odd, as the first word is "electrical," and we don't often associate electricity with ancient times. It is thought that back then that electric fish were used on body parts to cure ailments.
The process formally evolved over the years, and Benjamin Franklin is credited with inventing the first actual device for the intended use of sending electric currents through people who were suffering from varying conditions.
The efficacy of the method at this point is not clear, but today, the process has been refined and is now backed by scientific evidence. In chiropractic care, small pads are attached to a patient's skin to target soft tissue like muscle that is causing pain or inflammation. An electric current is then emitted, and while it is able to be felt by a patient, it's never designed to cause pain.
The Graston Technique®
The Graston Technique is utilized for work on soft tissue, such as tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It's often implemented in addition to traditional chiropractic adjustment when a patient has suffered an injury, as it is known for its ability to help promote healing in soft tissue. It's known to help treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, fibromyalgia, and scar tissue as well as the various back, neck, and joint pains that patients typically present with.
The Graston Technique uses a variety of medical instruments, all non-invasive, to help chiropractors manipulate soft tissue deep within a patient's body. The instruments help locate the problem tissue, which has often built up scar tissue, and helps to break apart what is known as fibrotic tissue. Again, this is done entirely non-invasively at the skin's surface. The process is known as cross-friction massage. Benefits of The Graston Technique include improved flexibility, increased range of motion, and the alleviation of pain.
Laser therapy is another technique that is often used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustment in the treatment of soft tissue. It is also non-invasive and is performed on the surface of the skin, though the benefits are able to reach deep within the body via light wavelengths. A typical session of laser therapy lasts three to ten minutes and is entirely painless. Benefits of the process include reduced scar tissue, the reduction of inflammation, improved joint function and circulation, and improved nerve function.
There are many services that ChiroCare of Florida use together with traditional chiropractic adjustment to find the best, whole-body treatment plan for patients. While chiropractic adjustment is often part of a treatment plan, patients can typically benefit from a variety of other ancillary services offered at our offices.
With offices throughout Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties, ChiroCare of Florida is proud to bring South Florida residents the most innovative, cutting-edge technologies in regard to chiropractic care.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and see which of our offered techniques can best address the issues you are struggling with. You can end your pain- let us help.