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At Smith Chiropractic we offer a special kind of technique called Flexion and Distraction. There are two types of traction: Spinal decompression which is a long axis traction and Flexion and Distraction therapy which is a similar technique to decompression but apllies an up and down motion.
Spinal decompression therapy uses a medical technology that applies a long axis distraction force to the targeted compressed disc. This gently pulls the spine apart, elongating it and creating a small vacuum between the vertebrae, which pulls the disc back into shape. This vacuum also allows water, oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids to enter into the disc to allow the spine to heal and relieve the pain. The medical term for this vacuum-like effect is known as negative intra-discal pressure.
Patients are fitted with a harness that fits around their hip area as well as a harness that fits around the upper back. Once fitted with the harnesses, the patient lies down on a computerized table, programmed for their specific treatment plan. Each treatment takes about 30 to 45 minutes. The procedure is painless and extremely comfortable.
Another form of spinal traction therapy is flexion and distraction (cox technique). Flexion and Distraction therapy applies a vertical motion to the targeted disc and spinal muscles. This technique uses a table that allows the bottom half of the table to lower and move side to side and other directions. It not only stretches the muscles in the low back but it also tractions the spine and restores motion back in the joints of the lumbar spine removing any adhesions that may have built up in the joint capsules. This is a form of an adjustment and mobilization. This therapy is great for:
· Herniated discs
· Bulged discs
· Pinched nerves
· Myofascial disorders
· Facet syndrome
· Degenerative disc disease
The typical treatment plan ranges from 20 to 28 sessions over five to seven weeks, with most patients experiencing vast relief in as little as six sessions.
There are many types of therapies used to help decrease inflammation in acute injuries or chronic pain. We offer ultrasound and electrical stimulation. Electrical stimulation are pads that stick to the skin sending an electric impulse into the muscle which helps relaxes the muscle spasming. Electrical stimulation helps to decrease pain by numbing the area and fatiguing the muscles.
We offer massage therapy which may include trigger point therapy, ART (Active Release Technique), differing massage techniques like Swedish and Cross Friction massage.
Soft tissue therapy is a massage-type treatment of soft tissue injury, pain and dysfunction. Soft tissues include muscles, fascia (connective tissue), ligaments and tendons. Soft tissues are often overused and overloaded. They also shorten and lengthen with use. This produces all kind of aches, pains and injuries.
Trigger point therapy is a technique where your chiropractor will apply pressure to trigger points to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Trigger point therapy is also called myofascial trigger point therapy.
There are two basic types of trigger points: active and latent. Active trigger points cause muscular pain and transfer pain to other areas of the body when your chiropractor applies pressure. Latent trigger points do not refer pain to other areas of the body and cause stiffness in the joints and restricted range of motion.
Trigger points have several causes including birth trauma, an injury sustained in a fall or accident, poor posture or overexertion.
After several treatments of trigger point therapy, the swelling and stiffness of muscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, tension is relieved, and circulation, flexibility and coordination are improved.