Treatment begins with muscle work to help relax the muscles prior to the chiropractic adjustment. This may include some or all of the following therapies: massage, cupping (sliding and/or stationary), gua sha, massage gun therapy, and/or stretching.
A chiropractic adjustment is a safe, specific, controlled force to a joint to restore proper movement and functioning. When subluxations, or misalignments, are present nervous system functioning and the normal biomechanics of the body are affected. If left untreated, this may lead to chronic problems. Chiropractic adjustments aim to reduce pain, restore normal movement, and allow the body to function at its optimal level. Regulating the nervous system not only helps with aches and pains but can also improve sleep, immune system functioning, behavioral issues, and gastrointestinal issues to name a few!
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into specific points along meridians in the body to restore and balance the body's qi, or life energy. Acupuncture can be helpful for conditions such as back and neck pain, headaches, migraines, sinus discomfort, TMJ discomfort, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, as well as many other conditions. An acupuncture session is relatively painless and lasts about 25 minutes. (Please note that Dr. Mandy is licensed to practice acupuncture only in conjunction with chiropractic care (patients cannot be seen for acupuncture only).
Cupping is a form of alternative therapy that has been used for thousands of years that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction created separates the skin from the tissue layers below increasing blood flow, releasing muscular and fascial tension, removing toxins, encouraging lymph movement, and promoting cell repair. Cupping sessions can involve a sliding movement of the cups or the cups remaining stationary for a few minutes. Redness and/or mild marking of the skin may occur and will usually go away within 7-10 days.
Therapeutic ultrasound helps to promote blood flow which in turn, promotes healing and relaxation of the muscles. Ultrasound therapy transmits soundwaves which help break up muscular or fascial adhesions. Electrical stimulation helps create our body's natural pain relievers, endorphins and enkephalins, and also helps to reduce muscle tightness and inflammation. These two therapies can be used independently or in conjunction with one another.