Chiropractic Adjustments, also called Chiropractic manipulation, the adjustment is a tremendously effective tool in addressing restricted joints. Improper movement of joints will interfere with the movement chains of the body and can lead to pain or tissue damage. Chiropractic adjustments safely and effectively restore motion to restricted joints and normalize the movement of the body as a whole. Adjusting involves placing the body into a safe position to encourage the desired movement and applying quick, gentle push or pull forces on the joints.
We utilize adjustment techniques from the Motion Palpation Institute, a biomechanically superior, evidence-based joint manipulation protocol.
Active Release Technique (A.R.T.)
Active Release Techniques® is a soft tissue protocol designed to rid injured areas of scar tissue. Our body uses scar tissue extensively in the same way that tar patch repairs are added to fix small cracks in the road. When muscles, or other tissues, are overstressed or injured, our bodies use scar tissue as a patch repair. This is a natural part of the healing process. However, if the source of the injury in not corrected the tissue will accumulate too much scar tissue, which then becomes a problem. This is similar to when a road has been given too many patch repairs and is no longer smooth.
ART is not a massage, which is useful for decreasing muscle tension. Instead, the intent is to “resurface the road.” This technique works out the scar tissue and helps the tissues to heal normally with long-lasting results. It is important to state the pain, numbness, or other symptoms may not resolve if the scar tissue is not broken up as well as the source of the tension discovered. Both of these can be accomplished by a careful exam and knowledgeable ART provider.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
IASTM or instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization enables the clinician to break down scar tissue and soft tissue restrictions. This technique utilizes stainless steel or other instruments that are designed to specifically locate and effectively treat areas that exhibit soft tissue restriction and chronic inflammation.
Dry Needling & Biomedical Acupuncture
Dry Needling or Biomedical Acupuncture is a technique where thin needles are used in the muscles near areas of trigger points. The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes nerve firing, and facilitates return to active lifestyle. Dry Needling is now available here in Kansas City at KC North Spine & Joint Center.
Traditional Acupuncture has been shown to help with many conditions from pain relief to stomach/intestinal distress. This technique has been utilized for over 5000 years in the eastern world and recently many well-known western hospitals and clinics have begun to use acupuncture to help their patients. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through a patient’s skin at specific points on the body – the needles are inserted to various depths. This treatment option has resounding therapeutic benefits.
Rehabilitation Exercises and Health Education
Our rehabilitative protocols require active patient participation and are meant to reproduce actions necessary for natural and efficient movements. Research has shown that patients with chronic pain improve faster with increased activity. We will develop an individualized exercise protocol specifically designed for each patient according to their type of injury and the activity or sport they wish to return to. Scientific studies also show that exercise is more effective when combined with manual therapy (adjustments, soft tissue treatments, etc).
The newest and most advanced form of taping has been shown to have amazing results with athletes, chronic pain, and other muscular or joint issues. At KC North we use this technique for its four major functions to support muscle, remove congestion (inflammation), correct and stabilize joint problems, and to activate the body’s natural pain relievers. These four benefits have attributed to increased healing time, and increased success in the training and rehabilitation phases of injuries.
Kinesio-tape when applied properly can support weak muscles, rehab overused muscles, decrease pressure allowing for the movement of edema (swelling), apply extra stabilization to the injured area. Kinesio-tape activates the body’s neurological and circulatory pathways increase the muscle function and the body’s natural ability to heal itself. For more information visit the Kinesio Taping® Association International website at www.kinesiotaping.com/.