Chiropractic Care

 
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The chiropractic spinal adjustment represents the cornerstone of the chiropractic treatment. Spinal adjustments are used successfully to treat a variety of different soft tissue disorders as well as a number of other health problems. such as back pain, neck pain, joint pain, sprains/strains, sciatica, and headaches or migraines.

Spinal adjustments is the process of applying a quick but gentle pressure to "subluxated" vertebrae in a corrective manner. The adjustments are not and should not be painful. In fact, most patients look forward to their chiropractic adjustments as they usually provide immediate relief from discomfort and increase one's sense of well being. Many years of study and practice are necessary to acquire the skills of providing an effective and safe spinal adjustment. 

Research has shown spinal adjustments to be the most effective treatment in numerous conditions including back pain. This is because spinal adjustments correct many of the structural, biomechanical and neurological abnormalities of the spine which cause or contribute to a high number of back, neck and other non-spinal ailments.

Adjustment Techniques: Flexion Distraction, Diversified, Thompson, Activator, Arthrostem , and Myofacial Release.  

Common Conditions: Disc Herniation, Sciatica, Muscle Spasm, Pinched Nerve, Tendonitis, Stress, Fibromyalgia, Ear Aches, Sprains/Strains, Scoliosis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Discomfort Caused by Pregnancy, Arthritis, and TMJ Syndrome/Dysfunction.

Common Symptoms: Back Pain, Neck Pain & Stiffness, Shoulder Pain, Numbness/Tingling, Chest Pain, Extremity Pain, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Ankle/Foot Pain, and Headaches.

 

What To Expect – First Visit

The main goal of your first visit is to have an examination and reach a diagnosis. You will be asked about problems you have been encountering and about the nature of your pain. The examination may include a few tests, such as an X-ray, to evaluate your health status.

Once you have been diagnosed, you and Dr. Butterfield will develop a personalized treatment plan. The plan may include how many treatments you will need and what other procedures might occur. Depending on what is causing your pain and the severity of the issue, you might receive treatment the same day. Or, adjustments and treatments may be scheduled for another time.


Adjunctive Therapies

Although our main method of treatment typically consists of the spinal adjustment, we also employ many adjunctive therapies and applications in order to provide the most effective and efficient relief from neuromusculoskeletal disorders.

 

Soft Tissue & Massage Therapy

There are a number of soft tissue therapy techniques which can be successfully employed to assist in the reduction of pain and muscle hypertonicity and spasm. Some of these include massage therapy, trigger point therapy, somatic therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, acupressure point therapy, and rolfing. The need and benefits of these therapies vary from patient to patient. Depending on your condition and response to treatment we may incorporate one or more of these therapies into your treatment plan.

 

Diet & Nutritional Counseling

Dietary and nutritional imbalances are responsible for and contribute to a great number of disorders and illnesses which are prevalent in today's society. The top killers such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer have all been linked in numerous ways to diet and nutrition. Doctors of chiropractic receive thorough training in the areas of human diet and nutrition. We can design a personalized dietary or nutritional program to minimize the risk of developing these killer conditions and to assist your body in achieving and maintaining optimal health and superior wellness.

 

Lifestyle Modification Counseling

Good health is much more than the absence of pain or discomfort. Health exists along a very wide scale and where you lie on that scale largely depends on the lifestyle choices you make on a daily basis. Years of many small unhealthy choices can manifest into very serious health problems. Unhealthy choices include habitual poor posture, improper lifting techniques, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, excessive reliance on medication, excessive soda and coffee consumption, excessive saturated fat consumption, lack of nutritious fruits and vegetables, and excessive mental stress. These slowly chip away at your good health. We can help you sort through and identify those unhealthy decisions and provide you with practical strategies to deal with and effectively manage them.


HyrdoMassage

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What is HydroMassage and how does it work?

HydroMassage Beds and Lounges give chiropractic patients the benefits of massage, without the inconveniences of getting undressed and being touched by a stranger. Similar to a powerful shower massage without getting wet, HydroMassage water massage uses waves of heated water to provide an innovative experience that’s a great complement to chiropractic care.

 

What are the benefits of using HydroMassage at my chiropractor’s office? 

Massage helps with overall wellness and is recognized as an important component to a healthy lifestyle. HydroMassage water massage benefits in chiropractic clinics include:

  • Provides temporary relief of minor aches and pains
  • Reduces level of stress and anxiety
  • Deep relaxation provides feeling of well-being
  • Increases circulation in local areas where massaged
  • Relieves muscle soreness, stiffness, and tension

 

When should I use HydroMassage?

HydroMassage tables and chairs are most commonly used prior to a chiropractic adjustment, however some patients also like to use it prior to leaving the chiropractic office.

 

How long does is a HydroMassage water massage treatment?

In a chiropractic, pain management, physical therapy, or other medical practice, a session on a HydroMassage hydro bed is normally 12-15 minutes.

 

Can I target certain areas of the body with HydroMassage Beds and Chairs? 

Yes, HydroMassage water massage treatments can be adjusted to your specific needs. Doctors can adjust the following massage bed settings: 

  • Target the water massage area with 30 points on the body
  • Program the water massage intensity on a scale from 1-10
  • Adjust the speed at which the water massage travels up and down the body
  • Set the temperature between 90 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit

MyoVision

 

What is the ScanVision Scanning sEMG Exam?

The ScanVision utilizes technology similar to the EKG. Instead of measuring heart muscle patters, we measure the muscular compensation about the spine. The ScanVision Scanning sEMG exam is an electronic form of palpation, providing an objective means of quantifying an important measure of spinal health. The exam takes only a couple of minutes.

 

Is it painful?

Not at all. It is non-invasive and does not cause pain or irritation. This makes it safe for children, pregnant women and seniors. It simply requires the placement of small electrodes against the skin.

 

Why is Muscle Activity Important?

Muscles compensate for pain and/or spinal subluxation by tensing up to brace and guard. The MyoVision objectively documents this pattern of muscular guarding, establishing need for care and tracking progress over time.    

 

What do the results mean?

Colors indicate level of tension, with green, pink, red and yellow corresponding with average, moderately high, high and very low readings respectively. Percent difference displayed is the difference between left and right sides at the level measured, with arrows pointing the direction of imbalance. Both very high (red) and very low (yellow) readings are significant. High readings (red) are typically seen in the acute phase of spinal subluxation or injury, while very low readings (yellow) are commonly seen when muscles are in a chronic state of fatigue.

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How does this relate to your health? 

Just as blood pressure cuff is used to track your cardiovascular health, the MyoVision is used to track your spinal health. The data helps determine the proper course of care and track your progress over time.

 

What is the EP Stress Score?

The Electrophysiological (EP) Stress Score is calculated by adding up all muscle activity readings for both left and right sides at all levels of the spine. This sum of all muscle activity about the spine provides a baseline measurement for which all subsequent readings are compared. This allows us to track your progress over time with a simple single number. This number means very little on its own. The first reading is used to create a baseline. All subsequent readings are compared with the baseline for the purpose of tracking progress. 

Elevated EP Stress Score readings on a first exam are associated with the acute state of subluxation and/or spinal health. Readings typically will drop after 4-6 weeks of care. Low EP Stress Score readings on a first exam are associated with a chronic problem, with muscles in a state of fatigue. Expect your EP Stress Score to increase, as muscles begin to fire more normally. Since no one lives static lives, expect your EP Stress Score to reflect your activities of daily living. Everything from sitting at the computer too long to playing sports will impact your score. 

 

What is DynaROM?

DynaROM is used to test for pain as a result of soft issue injury from an auto accident or work injury. Sensors are placed on the body to measure both how far you can bend, and your muscle guarding response. You are required to perform various motions as the sensors graph these measures. This data is used to aid in establishing need for care and tracking your progress over time.    


Kinesio Taping 

 
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What is Kinesio Tape?

Kinesio Tape®, also called Kinesio Tex Tape, is the original elastic adhesive tape developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1979. Kinesio Tape is latex-free, hypoallergenic and wearable for days at a time. It is safe for populations from elite athletes, weekend warriors to geriatric and pediatric patients.

  • 100% made from a gentle cotton fiber strip
  • 100% medical grade acrylic adhesive
  • 100% latex-free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Water-resistant
  • Does not limit range of motion
  • Multiple day wear time.
  • Tension on tape has the ability to relax or stimulate muscles.

 

How Does Kinesio Tape Work?

Kinesio Tape alleviates discomfort and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation, reducing pressure while enabling a more effective flow of blood and lymphatic fluid in and out of the target area.

Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesio Tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation. The findings of the clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the specifics of the Kinesio Tape application and other possible treatments or modalities. With the utilization of single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X”, “Y” or other specialized shapes as well as the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application, Kinesio Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce inflammation, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.


Foot Levelers

Foot Levelers is the world’s leading provider of custom-made functional orthotics, Shoethotics, Sandalthotics, and other therapeutic products, serving healthcare professionals and their patients for over 64 years. Foot Levelers supports every step you take to enjoy a fuller and happier life at work, home, or play. 

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Why Foot Levelers?

Would you wear eyeglasses that weren’t prescribed for you? Or take an over-the-counter drug for a problem that requires a prescription drug? Of course not — so why would you use an orthotic that wasn’t specifically made for YOUR unique feet, body and health needs?

 

Support Made Specifically for YOU

Unlike generic, over-the-counter orthotics, our functional orthotics are individually designed for your unique postural problems — not just problems with your feet. We believe that correcting imbalances in your feet can properly align your spine and pelvis. Our functional orthotics offer more than just short-term symptom relief. They also promote whole-body wellness for life.

 

Support for Your Entire Body

Most orthotics only support one arch. When only one arch is being supported the problem shifts to another part of your body. Functional orthotics support the three interconnected arches of your foot, the plantar vault. The structural support for the entire body’s equilibrium is gained from your feet’s plantar vault.