Chiropractic Care – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is inter-segmental traction?
A: It is a way of inducing passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints, increasing mobility.

Q: How does inter-segmental traction work?
A: The patient lies face-up on a bench table, which has roller-type cams beneath its surface. These rollers can slowly travel the length of the spine, stretching spinal joints.

Q: What does inter-segmental traction feel like?
A: Most patients find this form of treatment to be relaxing and very helpful. The gentle rolling action is restful, exercising the spine without effort.

Q: Why is inter-segmental traction used?
A: Since discs have a poor blood supply, they get nutrients from the circulation of fluids surrounding spinal joints. Fixations prevent this natural circulation and can cause disc thinning and degeneration. Inter-segmental traction helps increase and restore necessary elasticity and motion to the spine.

Patient Benefits:

  • Comfortable and relaxing
  • Increased mobility
  • Improves circulation of spinal fluids

Most patients enjoy the relaxing motion and the increased mobility gained from inter-segmental traction.

CRYOTHERAPY

Q: What is cryotherapy?
A: Cryotherapy is a term that describes the application of ice, cold towels, ice massage and compresses to reduce the temperature of tissues directly on or below the surface of the skin.

Q: How does cryotherapy work?
A: Surface cooling constricts blood vessels, numbs painful areas and helps relax muscles spasms. Cold temperatures reduce nerve transmission of painful symptoms and provide temporary relief.

Q: What does cryotherapy feel like?
A: Ice is most often used to manage acute injuries or recent eruptions of chronic conditions. Cooling affected tissues is effective in reducing and preventing post-traumatic swelling. Local cooling should be applied several times a day during the initial stages of an injury.

Q: Why is cryotherapy used?
A: Cryotherapy is inexpensive, readily available and an easy way to reduce local swelling of inflamed tissues.

Patient Benefits:

  • Helps reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Numbs affected area to reduce pain
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Inexpensive and can be self-applied

Consult your doctor before the self-administration of any therapy.

Interferential Electro-Therapy
Q: What is interferential electro-therapy?
A: It is a therapeutic treatment to aid in the relief of pain and the promotion of soft tissue healing.

Q: How does interferential electro-therapy work?
A: Tiny amounts of electrical impulses are induced into the tissues in the vicinity of the injury. Where these waves intersect below the surface of the skin, a low-frequency stimulation is created. This prompts the body to secrete endorphins and other natural painkillers to help relieve pain.

Q: What does interferential electro-therapy feel like?
A: Most patients find interferential electro-therapy to be extremely beneficial and describe the treatment as a faint “pins and needles” sensation.

Q: Why is interferential electro-therapy used?
A: Interferential electro-therapy is most often used for pain relief and to aid in reducing the swelling of soft tissues. Ligament sprains, muscle strains and spasms often respond to this treatment, helping to reduce atrophy and increase blood circulation.

Patient Benefits:

  • Reduces painful symptoms
  • Decreases local swelling
  • Promotes muscle tone
  • Restores normal movements
  • Releases the body’s natural painkillers
  • Accelerates the healing process

Simply relax as the soothing waves of treatment diminish your discomfort.

Decompression Therapy System (DTS)

Q: What is DTS Treatment?
A: DTS is a non-surgical treatment to help in the management of serious low back/leg or neck/arm pain.

DTS treatment is directed at relieving pressure on structures that may be a major source of pain. It can relieve the pain associated with bulging and herniated discs, degenerative discs, facet syndrome, sciatica and headaches.

DTS helps relieve pain through decompression of lumbar or cervical discs and joints (that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning). This cyclical, painless stretching reduces pressure and promotes blood and fluid flow. This helps improve healing naturally.

25 years of research combining efforts of doctors and therapists have led to the development of this technology. The DTS is not only a technically advanced device but a safe and cost-effective alternative to invasive treatment.

Q: Can DTS work for you?
A: DTS Treatment may provide the relief you’re looking for.

Much of the common cause of back and neck pain is mechanical compression. Decompression is a direct, intuitive remedy, and unlike other treatments, it can focus its effect at the source of the pain.

Q: What about “pinched nerves” (radiating pain)?
A: Damaged discs can cause limb pain or numbness in two ways – they can simply “refer” pain or they can pressure a nearby nerve root. True “pinched nerves” may create leg or arm pain but little back or neck pain. They are often a more serious problem and may take additional time and therapy to resolve.

Additional Information:

  • Patients are given a thorough exam and diagnosis as to suitability and prognosis. Some conditions and patients are not candidates … our doctor will make that determination.
  • Treatments are done fully clothed. The treatment is inherently safe, well-tolerated and without complications.
  • Virtually all patients report that DTS treatments are painless and often very relaxing. In fact, unlike other methods, the DTS is designed around patient comfort.
  • If you are experiencing neck, back or radiating pain, you should seriously consider DTS treatment.
  • This office utilizes additional rehab procedures to improve long-term relief, including stretching, stabilization, posture improvement and strength training.