What Are Spinal X-Rays?
Spinal X-Rays is the process of taking pictures of your spine and analysing the results. At Better Health Chiropractic, we have x-ray equipment on site, therefore, we are able to evaluate the current issues you are having or issues you could potentially develop. To see is to know. You will never know the condition of your spine without looking. With spinal x-rays, we can see the whole picture and make accurate recommend actions that fit your lifestyle. We want you to get on the correct path for the best treatment and care available.
Having onsite x-ray facilities enables your Doctor to take x-rays and provide treatment on the first visit.
Spinal X-Ray Types:
- Weight bearing stationary x-rays
- Weight bearing motion study x-rays
Why Are Spinal X-Rays Helpful?
Spinal X-Rays, especially weight bearing motion study x-rays, help us gain insight into deeper issues that your spine may be facing. We can get to the root of the problem and start correcting the issue. So many back and joint issues can be solved with preventative measures. The spinal X-Rays also pick up pre-existing conditions that you may not be been aware of currently. These initial exams tell us so much about your current health status.
Spinal X-Rays Are Great For Analysing:
- Arthritis and Degeneration
- Spinal Ligament Injury
- Previous Injuries
- Dislocation & Fractures
- Disc Disease
- Various Spinal Issues
X-Rays Can Potentially Reveal:
- Weak spots in your back
- Sources of pain
- Spinal Ligament Injury resulting from accidents and falls
- Early detection of arthritis
- Identifying bone thinning issues
- Unusual spinal curves
- Spinal surgery changes
Massage – Remedial
When muscles and tendons become damaged or impaired, knotted and tense or immobile, Remedial Massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow. Remedial massage holistically treats the whole body and traces the discomfort as far as possible back to the original cause, healing both the cause of the disorder as well as the symptoms.
Remedial Massage Technique
It uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage and to support and speed up the body’s own repair mechanisms. The massage is applied directly to the skin using a lubricating medium, usually oil, which ensures that the muscles associated with the disorder and mobilisation of the joint are deeply penetrated. Passive stretching moves are also used. Benefits of Remedial Massage Key benefits of Remedial Massage include: the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; and the toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility. An improvement to the health of the cells, the repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced through therapeutic relaxation.
Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with Remedial Massage include Fibrositis, Spondylitis, Arthritis, frozen shoulder, muscular cramps, Whiplash, muscular atrophy, sports and dancing injuries.
Sessions usually take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the whether the practitioner will just address a specific area or give a whole body massage.
What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is about providing optimal hands-on care and management for muscle dysfunction. It is an essential part of the health care team and can provide relief from the pain of muscle strain and injury and also relieve the tension and stress from everyday life. They provide expert assessment, treatment and management of the soft tissue structures within the body.
Myotherapy is applied in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissues and joint structures within the human body. This, combined with other clinical modalities such as exercise therapy restores health and mobility. A wide range of conditions can be treated from minor muscle pain to post operative rehabilitation.
Depending on the particular problem, the Therapist may use a combination of modalities such as:
- Soft Tissue Manipulation
- Myofascial Stretching
- Dry Needling
- Rehabilitative Exercises
- Sports Massage
- Neuromuscular Assessments
- Relaxation massage
- Myofascial Release
- Trigger point therapy
- Posture correction exercises
When can Myotherapy help?
For aches, pain or discomfort at rest or on movement (including headaches)
Those with sports or occupational induced injuries
To increase range of motion and decrease tension around joints
To restore muscle balance and improve posture
To reduce recovery time and soreness after exercise
The treatment provided by a Therapist can be complimentary to that provided by other allied health practitioners and may be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment.
Your first treatment will begin with a detailed, thorough examination of your injury/condition and how it affects you as a whole. A treatment program is then designed to give you maximum results in a minimum period of time to return you to health, activity, work and optimal function.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling involves insertion of a fine needle into the muscle in the region of a “Trigger Point’. The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and encourage localized increased circulation to targeted muscles tendons and bone structures. Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin with very few side effects.
This technique is unequalled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.
The needle used is very thin and most subjects do not even feel it penetrate the skin. A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp -’the twitch response’. The patient also may feel a reproduction of their pain, which is a helpful diagnostic indicator for the practitioner attempting to diagnose the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Patients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length function to the involved muscle. With needle insertion it specifically increases natural healing phase of the body to a targeted area. This is done by increasing circulation of white blood cells leukocytes myocytes and natural endorphins to the impacted area. This incredibly effective technique causes very little discomfort for the patient and the results are often amazing when used in conjunction with traditional Myotherapy techniques.
However, you should not confuse dry needling with acupuncture as they are actually two different things. Acupuncture uses points that lie along the body’s meridians or energy channels, while myofascial dry needling uses points that are defined by western based anatomy and physiology.
It is a safe and effective method of treatment that can alter the pain threshold and pain perception in the acute and chronic stages of injury. With dry needling we can help to reduce healing time and promote relief of pain and soreness no matter how long the issue has been at hand.
Problems that can be helped with dry needling
- Chronic back or neck pain
- Migraines and headaches
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Work related injuries
- Motor vehicle injuries.
- Sports injuries
What is Cupping?
This therapy helps increase circulation, relieves pain, removes toxins and allows the body to feel free and rested. The technique uses a suction force created in small cup created by heating the air within the cup, then placed on the body to draw tight tissue upward into the cup.
Blood flow in the selected region is increased and a stretch is applied to the surrounding tissue to facilitate better tissue condition and improved healing.
There are two kinds of cupping techniques. The first is termed as the “sliding cupping” wherein the cups are moved around the desired area to provide relief to sore and affected tissues. The second technique is “Stationery Cupping” where the cups are placed on a specific pressure point and not removed until the desired time has elapsed.
During the cupping session you might experience a unique suction and after the cups are removed you notice red spots on your skin that may turn into superficial bruising due to the localized increase of circulation. You will also feel light and sense a feeling of suppleness in their joints. A cupping session improves blood circulation and this in turn enhances the healing process. After a while, your aching muscles and sore tendons would start to feel agile and you would be able to return back to your normal self. If you continue this form of treatment then your overall flexibility is bound to increase and you would feel stress free and relieved.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a philosophy, science and art of things natural; a system of adjusting the segments of the spinal column by hand only, for the correction of the cause of disease – B.J. Palmer. Chiropractic is a combination of science, art and philosophy.
Your nervous system controls and co-ordinates the function of every single cell, tissue and organ in your body, and the spine protects and allows this system to function normally. Therefore, a healthy spine and nervous system is crucial for the maintenance of optimal whole body health.
Mal-positioned vertebra can cause pressure to spinal nerves that exit from the spinal cord that is encased within the vertebral column resulting in interference. These areas of mal-position are called subluxations. Your brain communicates with every part of your body through the spinal cord and the rest of your nerves. Hindrance to the vital nerve links between your brain and body can lead to ill health.
Chiropractic involves the specific detection and correction of subluxations that are causing nerve interference and symptoms of ill health, whether they may be back pain, headaches, migraine, allergies or indigestion.
What is Gonstead?
The Gonstead system of chiropractic was founded and developed by Dr. Clarence Gonstead who graduated a chiropractor in 1923 after a career in mechanical engineering. His devotion and commitment to getting sick people well, led him in his desire to establish a system of finding the major problem and then giving it a specific chiropractic adjustment to restore normal function.
It was this approach that enabled him to achieve outstanding results. His reputation as the Chiropractor’s Chiropractor and “Miracle Man” of chiropractic grew as his work was validated with thousands of spinal cases, clinical studies and personal research.
His idea of what a chiropractor should do: “Find the subluxation, accept it where you find it, correct it, and leave it alone.”
The Gonstead System is a method of chiropractic used to analyze and care for the spine that has been around for over 50 years and has stood the test of time. It is a safe and effective technique system that is suited to everyone from infants to grandparents.
The method of analysis involves:
Comprehensive and detailed health history
Visualization of your posture and movement
Measuring the difference in skin temperature on either side of your spine by way of instrumentation at the level where the nerves exit
Feeling your spine (static palpation) and surrounding tissue for local tenderness, swelling and muscle activity
Assessing the motion (motion palpation) between individual spinal segments
Meticulous study of your x-rays performing a thorough biomechanical analysis and for signs of disease, fracture and anomaly.
Correction vs. manipulation
Correction involves adjusting a subluxation, with the primary purpose of restoring it to its normal resting position and state of function.
There is a vast difference between an adjustment and a manipulation. A manipulation involves twisting (rotation) of the spine. Tension is developed in the region and a further force allows for a release within the joints that are under torsion. The aim of a manipulation is to mobilize the spinal region by freeing restriction in the associated joints. However, this does not have an affect on the individual segmental position of a malpositioned vertebra.
A correction on the other hand, is delivered to a previously determined malpositioned vertebra following a thorough assessment of the spine and subsequent diagnosis. The correction is a highly specific, manual adjustment applied in a precise direction delivered through the hands of a skilled chiropractor. The adjustment is a quick, shallow sustained thrust with the intent of correcting, not manipulating the subluxation.