Sports chiropractors focus their care on the relationship between joint restrictions and their resulting effect on movement throughout the rest of the body. This requires a comprehensive understanding of biomechanics in order to understand and treat joint restrictions in the spine and extremities with modern, research-based chiropractic techniques.
Dry needling is a treatment that involves a very thin needle being inserted through the skin into a muscle to stimulate a trigger point. Dry needling may release the tight muscle bands associated with trigger points and lead to decreased pain and improved function as well as stimulate a chemical and neurological healing response. Although the needles are similar to acupuncture needles, the placement of dry needles is different and based on the location of trigger points or functional deficits that may be contributing to the area of complaint.
Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a manual therapy technique in which clinicians utilize stainless steel instruments to effectively and efficiently treat areas exhibiting soft tissue dysfunction, fibrosis, or chronic inflammation. IASTM addresses scar tissue and fascial restrictions while encouraging increased blood flow to the muscles resulting in improved patient outcomes.
During these manual therapy treatments a provider uses their hands with precise tension and specific movements to relieve tissue tension, restore full range of motion, and break up fibrosis/adhesions. This is an effective form of treatment for muscle, fascia, tendon, nerve, and ligament injuries.
Cupping therapy or myofascial decompression is a form of soft tissue treatment which involves the specific placement of silicone or glass cups on the skin to create a suction. Cupping is used for the treatment of adhesions/scar tissue, trigger points, and restricted myofascial lines of movement. This is accomplished by decompressing the affected myofascial tissues, reducing inflammation, increasing blood flow, increasing nutrient exchange, and subsequently providing pain relief and return to function.
The programming of functional rehabilitation exercises for corrective or therapeutic benefit involves a specific series of movements custom designed to meet each patient’s specific needs based on their injury and biomechanical assessment. These corrective exercises not only rehabilitate the injured tissues, but also assist in preventing the injury from reoccurring by correcting the underlying poor biomechanics that led to the injury in the first place.
Dynamic Tape, the premier biomechanical tape, is an innovative class of tape that is principally distinct from kinesiology tape. This class of tape acts mechanically like a spring to strongly decelerate or assist motion to improve movement patterns. This can help reduce load on injured or overworked structures like a muscle strain, ankle sprain, tennis elbow, or plantar fasciitis (to name a few) and can assist where weakness is present. Indications for biomechanical tape are grounded firmly in research encompassing pain science and biomechanics.
Common Conditions Treated
♦ Ligament Sprains
♦ Muscle Strains
♦ Overuse Injuries (Tendonitis)
♦ Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
♦ Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
♦ Chronic Joint Swelling Associated with Sprains/Strains
♦ Musculoskeletal Imbalances
♦ Acute and Non-Acute Bursitis
♦ Peripheral Nerve Entrapment (Pinched Nerve)
♦ Vascular Entrapment
♦ Scars (Surgical, Traumatic)
♦ Back and Neck Pain
♦ SI Joint Pain
♦ Degenerative Disc/Joint Disease
♦ Disc Injuries
♦ Whiplash Injuries
♦ TMJ Disorder
♦ Rib Injuries
♦ Spinal Stenosis
♦ Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/Tears
♦ Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
♦ Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
♦ SLAP Tear/Labrum Injury
♦ Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
♦ Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
♦ Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
♦ DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
♦ Trigger Finger
♦ Hip Labrum Tear
♦ Psoas (Hip Flexor) Tendinitis
♦ IT Band Syndrome
♦ Knee Ligament Injuries
♦ Meniscus Injuries
♦ Patellar Tendinitis
♦ Osgood Schlatter Disease
♦ Shin Splints
♦ Acute and Chronic Ankle Sprains
♦ Heel Pain /Achilles Tendinitis
♦ Sever’s Disease
♦ Plantar Fascitis
♦ Turf Toe