What is Chiropractic?
At Mountain Health and Performance our chiropractors have had extensive training in additional techniques including: Active Release (ART), Functional Range Release (FR®), Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), sFMA sFMA) and more because we understand the importance of treating the entire body (joints, fascia, muscle, nerve, ligament, tendon). With our unique skill set’s we are able to manage and treat spinal conditions (neck pain, back pain, sciatica) sports injuries (sprains and strains) and repetitive strain injuries (rotator cuff tendonitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, ITB syndrome etc.) in patients of all ages and activity levels.
Chiropractors do treat the spine however we also treat every other joint and soft-tissue in the body. Our 8 years of extensive training positions us your go-to therapist for specific diagnosis and treatment of all your musculoskeletal injuries and pain.
Spinal Manipulation: What is an Adjustment?
An adjustment or spinal manipulation is a highly skilled procedure that includes a gentle and controlled thrust applied to joints of the spine or extremities. The aim of the adjustment is to help relieve pain, normalize nervous system function and to restore a joint’s normal range of motion. Sometimes there is a crack or popping sound that occurs when an adjustment is performed. This sound is not associated with joints or bones being put back into place or bones being realigned but merely signifies a gapping (or stretching) of the joint. When the joint is gapped, gas is released from the joint space and it creates a cracking sound.
Sometimes when we stretch our bodies we will hear this similar sound, which is an indication that a joint was stretched. When we preform an adjustment we are specifically targeting joints that have restricted range of motion and putting a force into that joint to get it moving. Therefore when you feel joints crack during stretching it is not the same as having a manipulation, though it may feel good in the moment.
Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively and they are safe and effective treatment for low back pain, neck pain, headaches and numerous other musculoskeletal conditions. The term chiropractic is not synonymous with an adjustment. An adjustment is a tool that chiropractors use among many other tools to treat joint pain and dysfunction.
What is a chiropractors education?
Chiropractic education requires a rigorous course of study similar to that of other regulated health care professionals (medicine and dentistry). Students are required to complete a minimum of three years university before they are eligible to apply for the chiropractic doctorate program. The four years of chiropractic schooling includes: the biological sciences necessary to diagnose and treat a wide variety of health conditions, which makes your chiropractor the leading expert in this field. The program involves more than 4300 hours of academic and clinical education in order to provide chiropractors with the highest level of competence in spinal manipulation/mobilization, soft-tissue therapy and diagnosis/treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disorders
Elastic tape (Kinesio tape, Spider Tech, Rock tape etc.) is designed to provide support and stability to your joints and muscles. It can also be used to increase lymphatic and vascular flow, reduce muscle and joint pain and prevent injury. Elastic or athletic tape may be used as an adjunct to therapy depending on the individual and the complaint.
Custom foot orthotics are sometimes necessary to provide correction for many foot, ankle, knee, hip and back conditions i.e.: plantar fasciitis, IT Band Syndrome, Hip and Low back pain. Our Chiropractors will do a thorough examination, including gait analysis, to determine if you require an orthotic prescription. Many insurance plans cover prescription orthotics, check with your provider to determine your coverage.