Chiropractic helps relieve pain associated with several conditions which can be divided into three categories: common musculoskeletal conditions, non-musculoskeletal conditions, and common injuries. By restoring the structure and function of the spine to its normal and healthy state, you can expect improved alleviation of these symptoms.
Musculoskeletal conditions include pain and other symptoms which present themselves anywhere on the body, from head-to-toe. These include headaches, neck and back pain/stiffness, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain/weakness/numbness/tingling of the extremities.
Many non-musculoskeletal conditions are caused by some sort of spinal dysfunction and can cause various symptoms, including dizziness, low energy levels, painful menses, asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), colic (in babies), ulcers, and even ear infections.
Sometimes, your back and/or neck pain, or other such symptoms, are caused by a common injury, such as an auto (motor vehicle) injury, work injury, or sports injury. These injuries involve excess force to or from the body, overload on the structures of the body, prolonged bad posture, or excess speed or angle of movements, etc.
For those common injuries, we’re not just focused on alleviating the immediate pain associated with them, but in helping our patients to adjust their lifestyles, activities, and routines in order to prevent exacerbating these injuries or creating new injuries.
Aside from being nationally certified by the Chiropractic Board, Dr. McMullen is certified to offer several unique therapy services, including Cox Flexion-Distraction, Kinesio Taping, the Graston Therapy Technique, and Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) and Electromyography (EMG) testing.
Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) & Electromyography (EMG) testing
One of the ways in which our chiropractic team works to relieve pain and increase quality of life for our patients is by ensuring that their nerves and muscles are in good working order.
A damaged nerve can cause a tingling sensation, numbness, and pain in the affected area. The NCV test measures how quickly an electrical impulse (given via safe external nerve stimulation) moves through your nerve, while the EMG test measures electrical activity happening in your muscles. While there will likely be mild discomfort, neither of these tests should be painful.
These two tests are often done in conjunction, as both help to identify the exact location and severity of nerve damage in an affected area.
If you suffer with pain associated with a herniated disk, sciatica, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Guillain-Barré syndrome, or have chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy and/or neuropathy, our team may use these tests, alongside other therapy techniques, to ensure healthy nerve and muscle function.
Graston Therapy Technique
Aside from traditional manual therapy, our chiropractic team also uses a unique set of tools and techniques in what is known as the Graston Therapy Technique. This unique system employs the use of expertly designed stainless steel therapy tools which have special treatment edges and angles meant to help relieve your chronic, acute, or post-surgical soft tissue ailments caused by tense scar tissue. Chief among the conditions that we use Graston Therapy to manage are:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Ankle and wrist pain caused by Achilles Tendinosis/itis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- “Tennis Elbow” and “Golfer’s Elbow”
- Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring
- Shin Splints
- Heel Pain
- Knee Pain
- Trigger Finger
Cox Flexion, developed in the early 1960s by Dr. James M. Cox, DC, DACBR is a non-surgical form of spinal manipulation, performed by trained doctors using only their hands.
In Cox Flexion, the patient is lying down on The Cox Table, their proprietary, specially designed chiropractic instrument. This table permits the effective administration of flexion-distraction and decompression adjustment and manipulation.
Well-researched and documented, flexion-distraction and decompression helps relieve spinal pain and return patients to their desired quality of life by lowering pressure between discs, thereby reducing pressure on the spinal nerves, and returning motion to the spinal joints.
Kinesio tape is an elastic, adhesive tape developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1979. It is safe, latex-free, hypoallergenic, and can be worn for extended periods of time.
Kinesio tape works to alleviate inflammation and pain, increase circulation, and optimize athletic performance.
If he or she determined this method would be beneficial for you, your chiropractor would apply Kinesio tape to the affected area in single “I” strips, or in various modifications of an “X” or “Y”, or any of hundreds of other shapes.
Kinesio Tape facilitates lymphatic drainage by lifting the skin microscopically, just enough to decrease inflammation and relieve pain, without inhibiting range of motion, in order to prolong the benefits of physical therapy.
After your adjustment, you’ll notice an increased range of motion and function, as well reduced nerve irritability, enabling you to live a more active, healthy, fulfilling lifestyle.