Chiropractic Neurology Rehabilitation
This form of rehabilitation is for those conditions which have both a musculoskeletal and functional neurologic component. This treatment is designed to comprehensively address the diagnosis from the root cause, not simply the symptoms. This ensures long term changes and reduces the risk of future injury or re-injury by retraining not only the joint and muscular components but also the central nervous system pathways that control these areas. A combination of the following forms of rehabilitation may be included in your treatment plan, this will be determined by the doctor.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
This form of therapy allows for improved function in the affected region by separating the vertebra (to reduce compression on the intervertebral discs), distracting the facet joints (the joints between two vertebral segments), widening the neural foramen (the region from which the nerve root exits the spine), and stretching very tight muscles that are contributing to the lack of motion. This therapy is used for both chronic and acute cervical and lumbar issues when indicated.
Common conditions treated with decompression therapy:
- Cervicogenic headaches
- Cervical disc derangement (bulge, herniation)
- Lumbar disc derangement (bulge, hernation)
- Nerve root compression at the neural foramen
- Cervical degenerative joint disease
- Lumbar degenerative joint disease
This form of rehabilitation encompasses a variety of techniques focused on retraining the muscle spindles (the individual components of a muscle).
It may include:
- Active myofascial release techniques: a form of stretching technique that requires active motion on behalf of the patient
- Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation: a form of stretching that combines both passive motion by our chiropractic assistants, in conjunction with isometric muscle contraction on behalf of the patient
- Percussor: a vibration tool that helps to reduce muscular tension, relax hypertonic muscles, and increase blood flow to the region by activating certain nerve endings in the muscle that respond to vibratory stimulation
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
This is a form of muscle stimulation that utilizes small electrical currents which stimulate the nerve endings in muscle tissue to assist in reducing inflammation, relax hypertonic muscles, increase motion in muscle groups, improve blood flow, reduce pain. It may also be used to increase strength and tone in atrophied muscles.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser is a form of treatment that utilizes a particular wavelength of light which is proven to increase mitochondrial activity in cells, thereby accelerating DNA synthesis and reducing inflammation in the injured tissue and expediting the healing process.
This is a passive form of therapy which provides increased general spinal motion, promotes proper spinal curvature, relaxes hypertonic muscles. It is often used in conjunction with spinal manipulation to improve segmental joint motion.
This is a form of tape which provides both stabilizing support and proprioceptive activation in injured tissue to increase signaling from the affected region to the brain which promotes healing and proper muscle and joint motion signaling from the brain.
Balance Board Therapy
This is utilized to promote core stability, as well as increased activation to the cerebellum and vestibular system, the area of our brain that controls balance and coordination (including appropriate muscle tone and postural control in order for us to stand upright).
During the treatment process you will be instructed in specific exercises that will assist in increasing strength and stability in the affected areas. These exercises, specific for your condition, will be prescribed by the doctor at an appropriate time during your treatment plan. These exercises are a very important component to your care and your progress, and you will be expected to follow through with them as prescribed.