A Unique Approach to Chiropractic Treatment
At Edgar Family Chiropractic we offer a multi-modal and comprehensive approach to treatment. This means that in any one treatment (and depending on the patient’s specific needs), the following therapies are all included in one treatment:
- muscle therapy and soft tissue techniques
- joint and spine mobilizations
- physiotherapy modalities (such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, hot/cold therapy)
- medical acupuncture
- rehabilitation exercises
Our chiropractic treatments are 20-30 minutes long and sometimes longer depending on the condition that is being treated.
Muscle Therapy/Soft Tissue Techniques
Bone, joint, disc and nerve injuries do not happen in isolation. Often the muscles that are supporting these structures are also affected. This is why soft tissue therapies are an essential part of any chiropractic and physiotherapy treatment. Soft tissues include muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective fibres, and fascia.
The Goals of Treatment Are:
- To reduce tissue tension/stiffness
- To lengthen shortened/contracted tissues
- To break down scar tissue
At Edgar Family Chiropractic, there are several different techniques that we use to treat soft tissues:
Active Release Technique (ART) - a soft tissue technique that incorporates movement into the therapy. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension by the chiropractor combined with very specific patient movements. 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.
Trigger Point Therapy - a technique that addresses tight bands (knots) within the muscles by using direct pressure and depth to the tight bands to release the tension in these knots.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitated (PNF) Stretching - passive stretching of the targeted muscle (done by the chiropractor) is done immediately after an isometric contraction (by the patient).
The purpose of chiropractic adjustments is to add movement to joints that are otherwise not moving well (or are “stuck”). By “adjusting” joints or getting the proper motion back, the range of motion is restored (patient feels they can move better), muscles surrounding the joint relax, a re-setting effect on the nearby nerves occurs, and there is a release of endorphins that happens (feel-good chemicals). Our patients often report a pleasant sense of release following the adjustment.
There are many ways to perform an adjustment:
- A specific, fast, low amplitude and highly-accurate thrust(after which a release of gas from the joint can occur; this is the “cracking/popping” noise that is heard)
- Instrument directed adjustment (very gentle form of adjustment that is still highly accurate and effective and performed by a special instrument)
- Slow, constant pressure/mobilization
If your chiropractor diagnoses you with a condition for which an adjustment is the best course of action, it is important to note that adjustments are tailored to your size, age, and particular health issue. Everyone from newborns, infants, children, seniors and even back surgery patients can get adjusted.