The art of chiropractic care has come a long way in the last few years. There are several new methods that are used to pinpoint where problems are located easier than in the past. Patients can be assured that their back troubles will be alleviated better with some of the new methods.
The Active Release Technique (A.R.T.)
This technique was patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP to pinpoint with concise location, the exact spot troubling patients. The method is used by touching the area of the injury and feeling the way the soft tissue system moves under the skin. There are approximately 500 different movements that can be used to minimize the pain. These are administered via a massaging technique, each specific to the patient depending on how the soft tissue was moving.
The Graston Technique
This technique is a new way of helping to break down scar tissue, thereby eliminating scar fibrosis and chronic inflammation. The technique is administered with the use of a stainless steel tool which is placed upon the area that is bothering the patient. Using a controlled force against the area, the clinician will be to determine where fascial adhesions and restrictions are located, allowing the patient to have a quicker diagnosis and recovery time. This technique was created by athletes and is now being used in the office for regular patients. The technique has been shown to help heal injuries from rotator cuff to lumbar pain to carpel tunnel. The need to use anti-inflammatory medicine is reduced after this technique.
Using this method can reduce inflammation and pain in a variety of different areas of the body. The tape is wrapped around the affliction and allows lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting will in turn reduce inflammation. Proper use of kinesiology tape can help enhance an athlete’s performance while preventing injury. It has also been shown to promote increased circulation and healing, and helps the body to return to its normal state before injury.
Cold Laser Therapy
This is a new method used to heal and reduce inflammation and pain. The administer will use a utensil, similar to the shape and size of a flashlight, which will allow laser technology to help heal from deep within the skin. The apparatus is placed on the area of injury for a minute to a half hour depending on the severity of the injury. The laser penetrates through all the layers of the skin and reacts deep within the cells to reverse the injury process, allowing the cells to reconstruct to their regular state. This process can help heal sore joints in the neck, back, feet, wrist, and knees. It can help relieve tendonitis, as well.
There are many ways that you can try taking care of your joints so that some of these methods will not need to be used. Maintenance can allow the body to strengthen and ward off joint injury. Some ways to help include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Low impact exercise
- Maintaining your core
- Building muscle
- Trying to keep good posture
- Taking your vitamins
- Reducing stress
- Changing your work habits