The Sacro Occipital Technique is actually an entire system of chiropractic that involves analyzing the body and then performing a number of manual adjustments to release nerve energy. The elaborate methods and processes used for this technique involve analyzing the body’s structures and determining exactly where there is a nerve imbalance. Too much pressure in certain areas of the body can result in a nerve imbalance or nerve dysfunction. The sacro occipital technique methods can be applied to various areas of the spinal column to determine if there is too much or too little fluid in the area that is causing the problem.
The Sacro Occipital Technique is designed to improve the functioning of the body overall by targeting certain areas of the spine and surrounding tissues. The chiropractor will usually work by positioning the body in such a way that the weight of the body acts as resistance. The goal is to normalize cranial sacral respiratory action, which means restoring the nerve communications between the brain and the spine so that the body can heal itself as quickly as possible, and in a natural way.
The Thompson Technique involves analyzing the length of your legs. After the chiropractor analyzes the length of your legs, he will determine which type of misalignment you have (i.e. cervical, pelvic, etc.) and then adjust the legs using aa "drop table" for the adjustment. This technique applies a gentle thrust to the specific joint or tissue. Once the adjustment is made, then the joint will normalize and begin to heal itself.
If you have back pain, neck pain, or spinal problems, your chiropractor may use the most common form of chiropractic technique called the Diversified Technique as part of your treatment therapy. The Diversified Technique involves the manipulation and adjustment of the spinal column.
The diversified technique is applied swiftly and you may hear a "popping" sound as the spine and joints are adjusted into alignment. The technique is one of the most commonly used forms of manipulation in the chiropractic field, and consists entirely of manual adjustments. There are no tools or devices used to perform the adjustment, just the chiropractors hands.
This technique is the most efficient and effective form of manual spinal manipulation and the alignment can often be achieved in one chiropractic session.
The Gonstead technique was developed in 1923 by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, and has been used since for a variety of conditions. The focus of the Gonstead technique is to be as specific and precise as possible, addressing the areas of subluxation - the areas where the spine is out of alignment and is causing a pinched nerve. It is the goal of the chiropractor to increase muscle and joint mobility by correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by subluxation.
The Toggle Recoil technique is a method used for an upper cervical adjustment. Its technique is to achieve the most relaxed state of the patient while the chiropractor himself relaxes his arms and shoulders before the adjustment. Once this relaxation is accomplished, the chiropractor provides external force with great speed, followed by a quick withdrawal of the contact point of his adjusting hand. This, in turn, does not resist the natural "recoil" of the patient. The goal is to enable the internal intelligence of the patient to perform its role in accomplishing the adjustment.
Ultrasound therapy is a treatment modality used to treat pain conditions and promote tissue healing. While ultrasound therapy is not effective or recommended for all types of chronic pain conditions, it may help the following pain:
• Myofascial pain
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Pain caused by scar tissue
• Phantom limb pain
• Sprains and strains
Ask your chiropractor if ultrasound therapy would be a good option for you
Galvanic stimulation (also called electronic muscle stimulation) is mostly used with acute injuries associated with trauma such as bleeding or swelling in the tissue. Galvanic stimulators apply direct current, thus creating an electrical field over the treated area, which is believed to change blood flow. There are two pads; one positive and one negative. The positive pad behaves like heat, increasing circulation and therefore, speeding healing.
Motorized Intersegmental Traction reduces adhesions, restores ligament elasticity, increases joint range of motion, and enhances alignment. Many people refer to this as a "roller table". It provides massage and traction to spinal segments and exercises the joints without the patient expending energy.
Diathermy is a deep tissue heat treatment. The temperature of the injured tissues is raised by high frequency current, ultrasonic waves or microwave radiation.
Like surface heating, deep heat is used to:
• Reduce pain
• Relieve muscle spasm
• Decrease soft tissue contractures
• Resolve inflamation
• Promote healing
Deep heat speed up healing by increasing blood flow to the injury. It may be used after other cold treatments when inflammation and swelling are gone. Deep heat may be used to treat chronic arthritis, fractures, gynecologic diseases and other problems.
Exercise rehabilitation is a critical regimen for those suffering from injuries, chronic diseases and disabilities. Evaluation and exercise instructions are provided at our clinic. The patient can then perform these exercises in the comfort of their own home. At Mitchell Chiropractic, Dr. Mitchell will devise an exercise plan specific to your needs in order to improve your bodily function, health, and quality of life. These exercises are intended to strengthen your core muscles, increase range of motion, increase the body's balance, increase joint function and flexibility, and increase spinal strength. If you require exercise rehabilitation, you and your chiropractor will discuss specific exercises for your individual needs.