This is where chiropractic is unique, as we specialize in both muscle and skeletal medicine. If a muscle is tight it is going to affect the bone it attaches to, this then effects how the joints works, which causes the muscle to spasm more and the cycle is repeat over and over. At Norwest Chiropractic we treat both the muscle and the joint, believing that if you only treat one you are addressing halve the problem.
In order to treat the muscle we utilise many different techniques, ranging from massage to the use of ultra-sound and TENS. The skeletal component is treated using traditional Chiropractic techniques such as joint manipulation.
Forms Of Treatment
Spinal Manipulation / Adjustment
A chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, "locked up", or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the joints to gradually regain more normal motion and function. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.
There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually the chiropractor's hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly-accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow, constant or indirect pressure.
After years of university training and clinical experience, each chiropractor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.
Used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustment, the low frequency sound waves gently penetrate the soft tissue. The benefits of ultra sound can include:
- Speeding up the healing process to the treated area as it increases blood flow.
- It helps to reduce swelling and edema around the affected area therefore reducing pain.
- It helps to soften scar tissue and gently massages muscles, tendons and ligaments around the area being treated.
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
TENS - uses electrical currents to stimulate the nerves. This non-invasive, low risk nerve stimulation is intended to reduce pain in both acute and chronic conditions such as:
- Joint pain
- Muscular spasm
- Muscle atrophy and weakness