Chiropractors believe that subluxation, a misalignment of the vertebrae in the spine, is the main cause of neck and back pain. They treat these misalignments with hands-on therapy called manipulation including: applied pressure, massage and manual adjustment of the vertebrae and joints.
Chiropractors also deal with other spinal problems such as invertebral disc conditions, sprains, strains and non-spinal problems such as joint issues, ankle, knee, elbow and shoulder pain caused by injury or other disorders.
Along with specialized chiropractic care, Chiropractic Connetion will provide you with rehabilitation exercises, advice on posture and stress management to name a few. The most important aspect of chiropractic care is the comprehensive approach to treatment, and management of chiropractic pain.
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As an ideal adjunct to chiropractic care, we use acupuncture when we see health problems that seem caused by disruption to energy pathways in your body called meridians. This centuries-old healing procedure focuses on the integrity of bodily systems, not specific conditions.
What About the Needles?
The most common question we get is about the needles. Most people have encountered hypodermic needles and sewing needles. Both types are gigantic compared to the ones we use. In fact, five acupuncture needles could easily fit inside a hypodermic needle! When these ultra-fine, sterile needles are inserted at special energy points on your body, most people report a small prick, like a mosquito bite. When there is discomfort it is usually created by vivid imaginations, not the needles!
A relatively new method of stimulation, laser acupuncture usually uses low-energy laser beams — instead of traditional acupuncture needles — to influence the flow of current at the acupuncture points. This procedure is usually the preferred procedure for effective treatment of painful conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, arthritis of the knee, and chronic headache in children. The procedure has some distinct advantages over the traditional needle method. Many patients who are usually afraid of needles, such as children, prefer the lasers. Use of a laser makes it a typically noninvasive, aseptic procedure, which significantly reduces the pain and recovery time associated with invasive treatments. Generally, this method can also treat the same range of complaints as needle acupuncture.
How Does it Work?
Perhaps the best way to think about acupuncture is to imagine rivers of energy throughout your body, organized by meridians. These meridians can experience a “log jam” and energy flow is restricted. Acupuncture helps loosen the logjam and allow energy to circulate properly.
A fundamental premise of Kinesiology is that the body has innate healing energy and is at all times doing its best to care for itself, but that sometimes it needs to be helped into a better position to achieve this care. Kinesiology also recognizes that there are flows of energy within the body that relate not only to the muscles but to every tissue and organ that go to make the body a living, feeling being. These energy flows can be evaluated by testing the function of the muscles, which in turn reflect the body's overall state of structural chemical, or emotional balance.
In this way, Kinesiology taps into energies that other modalities do not assess. Kinesiology looks beyond the symptoms. Kinesiology does not treat named diseases. Nor does it diagnose them. Kinesiology is concerned with imbalances in the body's energy. In this respect, Kinesiology has close links with the acupuncture concept of energy flow. Kinesiology is not limited to dealing with ailments. Energy balancing brings a person closer to achieving any goal of their choice; in sport, relationships, learning or coping with life in general.
Kinesiology is a non-invasive method, using precision muscle feedback and body awareness that can help you to reduce stress and pain, improve performance at school, work and home, in sports, in relationships, and promotes health and well-being. Kinesiology helps one access the inner knowing and find again the power of choice in one's life.
Laser Therapy has been scientifically proven to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, reduce swelling, and accelerate the healing process while strengthening damaged tissue. When the light source is placed against the skin, the photons penetrate several centimeters and get absorbed by the mitochondria, the energy producing part of a cell. This energy fuels many positive physiological responses resulting in the restoration of normal cell morphology and function.
Unlike many physical therapy treatments that mask pain or only address the symptoms of disease, Laser Therapy treats the underlying condition or pathology to promote healing. This means that the treatments are effective and the benefits of laser Therapy are long lasting.
Dr. Hare offers nutritional counseling geared toward each individual patient’s needs. She also advise specific supplements to enhance nutritional efficiency. The goal is to help you achieve optimum functioning in a gentle, healthy way that respects the natural, innate healing found in your body.
Physiotherapy, also referred to as physical therapy, assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function who work in partnership with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or life-changing events. Physiotherapy can help you recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility. A physiotherapist can also help you prevent further injury by listening to your needs and working with you to plan the most appropriate treatment for your condition, including setting goals and treatment outcomes. You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life. Physiotherapy helps with back pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical condition such as asthma, and in preparing for childbirth or a sporting event.
Spinal decompression is a non surgical procedure that alleviates pain caused by pinched nerves specially people suffering from pinched nerves as a result of herniated discs, degenerating discs, or sciatica and spinal stenosis.
Spinal decompression works by reducing pressure inside the disc, restoring movement and function. Using a controlled machine, the injured discs are lightly stretched apart. The movement realigns disc bulges and herniated discs back to the center, relieving pain on pinched nerves. During the decompression, the pressure in the disc is removed and a suction effect is created pulling in oxygen, water and nutrients back into the center along with the discs helping to restore healthy nutrients to the affected area. Back decompression offers a non-surgical, non-invasive solution to severe back pain.
Sports physicals consist of two parts: a medical history and a physical examination. The goals of sports physicals are to evaluate an athlete's general health, current fitness level, risk of injury, and physical well-being. Sports physicals are recommended for students and adults that are taking part in:
- School or interleague sports program
- Club sports teams
- New fitness regimens
A sports physical allows a physician to identify any conditions that might keep the athlete out of the game or affect performance. Athletes should have a physical six weeks before the start of the sport season; however this can vary due to changing sport seasons. This timing provides an opportunity to address an existing injury or improve conditioning prior to participation in the activity.