Adjustments are the cornerstone of chiropractic health care. The goal of an adjustment is to restore proper motion and function in the joints. Most adjustments are performed on the spinal joints, however, chiropractic care can treat any joint in your body that you are having dysfunction in.
When the joints of the spine are not moving properly, they affect the surrounding tissues including the spinal nerves causing inflammation, pain, and decreased function locally and wherever affected nerves extend to.
It is the job of the skilled chiropractor to determine which joints in the spine are not moving properly. Once determined, she will then adjust each dysfunctional joint using a quick, precise thrust to restore proper motion and function and allow healing. Techniques are modified to make adjustments safe and comfortable for patients of any age and size.
Diversified/ Hands On Technique
At The Chiropractic Edge, our main adjusting style is commonly referred to as “Diversified.” This involves the doctor feeling along your spine or other joints in your body and identifying the areas where the joints are “stuck” and not functioning properly. Once identified, a specific manual thrust is administered to those areas. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.
The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.
While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.
Dr. Russell doesn’t just adjust the spine. She can adjust any joint in the body including wrists, elbows, knees, ankle, jaw, etc.
If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let Dr. Russell know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care.
Activator instrument-assisted adjustments are perfect for patients who prefer not to experience hands-on adjustments, or for select individuals not suited to hands-on adjustments as determined by the doctor.
This instrument has proven itself effective at restoring spinal joints to normal function with a precise mechanical impulse. No movement or turning of the neck is required.
Some patients prefer to have Activator adjustments of their neck but hands-on adjustments of their back. We are pleased to be able to accommodate these patients.
Drop Table Technique
A drop table has sections which can be raised about half an inch and then “drop” down with the weight of the patient and adjustment. This system takes advantage of the spine’s inherent design of the joints in order to move the spinal segment in the direction that will improve the motion. The patient lies on the table, and upon a gentle but sudden thrust downward by the chiropractor’s hands, the portion of the spinal column positioned above the table section is accelerated downward as the table segment is suddenly dropped. At the end of the drop, the body’s inertia transfers force into the affected joint and the soft tissue of the body, producing the desired change in the joint or the affected fibers of the musculature. This is a technique that some patients prefer because there is no twisting or rotation needed to perform the adjustments.
Myofascial Release/Manual Therapy
This is a type of massage technique that focuses on the concept that you store stress and tension in your muscles and connective tissue. Pressure and stretches are applied to the muscles, ligaments and fascia in a certain area of your body which helps to break down adhesions and restore correct motion and function. This helps to reduce pain, increase range of motion and relax the muscles and connective tissue that may be contributing to the misalignments in your spine or other joints.
Intersegmental Roller Traction
Intersegmental traction is an effective chiropractic therapy that induces passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints and increasing mobility. Intersegmental traction helps to gently and effectively reestablish normal range of motion to your spine. It also facilitates muscle relaxation to significantly reduce muscle spasms. Proper movement of the individual joints in the spine is imperative in order for the discs to get nutrients and flush out waste to stay healthy. Without proper movement those discs begin to degenerate.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
This is a physical therapy modality that utilizes small electrical impulses, similar to those your body naturally creates, to re-train muscles, ease muscular inflammation, reduce muscle spasm, and promote healing. Often described by patients as a pleasant, “tingling” sensation, or “electrical massage,” these impulses stimulate the body to release natural pain relievers, called endorphins. These endorphins reduce pain and inflammation, thereby promoting faster healing of the injured tissues.
Chiropractic care and nutrition go hand in hand. The adage of, “We are what we eat” holds true. We cannot expect our body or our health to be function at its best if we are putting bad fuel in the tank.
At The Chiropractic Edge we believe whole food nutrition is the best form of nutrition for our bodies. Sometimes life gets busy and we run out of time to be able to properly cook meals for ourselves and our families. When that happens it is best to utilize a good source of supplements and vitamins to ensure that our bodies are still getting the nutrition needed during those hectic times. Since whole foods are what our bodies process the best, it’s only natural that we should consume vitamins and supplements made from whole foods as well. We use Innate Response vitamins and supplements because they have rigorous testing procedures to assure that their product meets the highest standards for organic whole food quality. The bonus of taking a whole food supplement is you don’t get nauseous when you take them on an empty stomach like most synthetic vitamins on the market. For even deeper insight into what your body is deficient in and needs to thrive, take a look at our Nutritional Testing!
Massage Therapy with Biomat
We offer massage therapy as an add on to the chiropractic adjustment. Some insurances will pay for massage as long as it is done the same day as chiropractic care, with no extra charge to you. For those who don’t have insurance or no massage benefits, we do offer it for an additional fee. We have a Biomat on the massage table to enhance the benefits as well! The Biomat is an Infrared heat mat with Negative Ion technology and healing crystals. It is very relaxing and patients love it. All you do is lay down on the mat, allow your body to relax and enjoy the benefits.