Services & Techniques
Restricted motion is often the cause or result of injury. To increase motion in the joints, the muscles need to be worked on as well. Miller Family Chiropractic has the chiropractic tools — and the knowledge of chiropractic therapies — necessary to hit your injuries from multiple angles so we can achieve the best results. Below is a list of chiropractic therapies that our office provides to improve your health and address your injuries.
The chiropractic adjustment is a specific motion delivered to a restricted or misaligned joint in order to restore proper function, motion and posture to the body. Chiropractic adjustment is a chiropractic therapy that can be applied by hand (manual adjustment), using an instrument called an “activator” or utilizing drops on specialized tables to achieve the desired outcome.
Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment. Most conditions take more than one treatment but it is our goal to get you better in a timely matter.
The popping noise often associated with a manual chiropractic adjustment is simply gas escaping from the joint. What is happening is similar to when you take a suction cup off of a counter top and you get a pop. The tension is released when a chiropractic adjustment is performed, creating a popping sound.
When you have had physical or emotional traumas (stress), tension can build up at the base of your skull and can pull on the meninges (the membranes that surround and protect the brain and the spinal cord), which are not that flexible. Meninges are attached to all the nerve roots that exit your spin. When the meninges are pulled it could irritate those nerves.
NRC Technique (NRCT) releases the tension in the meninges thus releasing the irritation to the nerves.
When your nerves are irritated you may experience many symptoms because nerves control every function of your body.
NRCT is non-invasive and is usually painless. Your doctor will perform a test to see how you respond to help determine if you are a candidate for NRCT. Many people respond to the test with a percentage of their symptoms relieved for minutes or days.
The most common symptoms that respond to NRCT are:
• Pain (anywhere in the body, including fingers and feet)
• Arthritic like symptoms
• Headache (Migraines)
• Digestive Problems
For more information on NRCT visit the official Neurologic Relief Centers website.
Chiropractic care in pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby throughout pregnancy and birth. More women and birth providers are discovering the many benefits associated with chiropractic care in pregnancy and recognize this area of expertise through Webster Certification. The Webster Technique has become a familiar term in the pregnancy and birth conversation. Families are seeking out chiropractors who are proficient in this technique as a way to support a more comfortable, safer, and easier birth.
ICPA - Establishing and Advancing the Chiropractic Family Life. ICPA. https://icpa4kids.com/
This vibration and heat helps break down and disperse unhealthy calcium accumulations. During ultrasound therapy, ultrasound gel is used to conduct the sound waves into the body. During the treatment, patients feel either nothing or a pleasant relaxing sensation below the skin.
How does it work?
Sound vibrations, as fast as a million times per second, penetrate tissues deep in the body, creating a heat response. These vibrations and heat help break down and disperse unhealthy calcium and other hard tissue accumulations.
What does ultrasound feel like?
The gel used to conduct the sound waves is at room temperature and may momentarily feel cool to the skin when it is initially applied. Most patients feel nothing or a pleasant relaxing sensation below the surface of the skin.
Why is ultrasound used?
Ultrasound treatment can usually be administered directly to the area of complaint, penetrating deep into the body. The rise in temperature increases blood flow, relaxes muscle spasms, massages damaged tissues and speeds the healing process.
The benefits of ultrasound treatment include: • Highly effective in treating calcium deposition • Stimulates healing without irritation • Speeds metabolism and improves blood flow • Reduces nerve root irritation • Enhances the body's natural healing ability
Why should I have a detox foot bath?
With the increase in the number of chemicals introduced in the last fifty years, there has been a dramatic increase in incidences of auto-immune disease, allergies and common infections. There are tens of thousands of chemicals in use today and more than a forth of these are known to be toxic and nothing is known about their interactive effects. Body fat has been tested that contains residue of hundreds of chemicals. Metals, such as mercury and cadmium are everywhere and impossible to avoid. Lead can block red blood cell formation. Chemicals can act as toxins that can block receptor sites on cells, and cause changes in calcium homeostasis selectively killing cells, and alter expression of gene products. Metals and chemical toxins weaken the immune system and cause increased vulnerability to virus, bacterial fungal and parasitic infections. In an attempt to detoxify these substances, our bowels, kidneys and liver are being overloaded. Our eliminative channels have become blocked or dysfunctional, because, in conjunction with these synthetic chemicals, and the western diet that is so acid forming and de-vitalized. To relieve the strains on the kidneys and liver it is more important than ever to maintain a detoxification regimen. The ion foot bath is designed to relieve these strains and help the body re-balance its energy fields allowing organs to function better. Some mild symptoms of toxicity include: Headaches, lethargy, obesity, constipation, bad breath, anxiety, poor skin, digestive disorders, forgetfulness, allergies, poor circulation, cellulite. Some severe cases of toxicity can include: High blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, heart problems, kidney failure, cancer.
Diathermy uses short-wave electro-magnetic energy to raise the temperature of soft tissues below the skin. This increases blood circulation and can help speed the healing process. Diathermy is an effective form of adjunctive therapy. It relaxes the muscles and connection tissue. Diathermy can help increase range of motion, reduce muscle spasms and cramping and make movement and stretching less painful.
Diathermy also has a soothing and relaxing effect on the type of muscle spasms and contractures often seen in low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and some spinal disc problems. This type of heat, by going deep into the structures, can often bring about complete relief that lasts for hours and sometimes for days and weeks at a time. Spastic conditions of the stomach, gallbladder and intestines also often respond well to the application of diathermy.
What does diathermy feel like?
It should feel pleasantly warm, but not hot. If treatment makes an area uncomfortably warm or you feel pressure, tell the therapist or doctor immediately. Why is diathermy used? The patient benefits of diathermy include:
• Can help speed the healing process
• Dilates blood vessels for improved circulation
• Stimulates white blood cell production
• Increases metabolism and waste removal
• Helps prevent adhesions and scar tissue
How does electrical muscle stimulation work?
Small amounts of electrical current are induced into affected soft tissues to decrease spasticity and reduce swelling. This widely used technique safely strengthens muscles and helps reduce painful symptoms.
What does it feel like?
Patients generally feel a slight tingling sensation at first. Since your body may become accustomed to the initial setting, the intensity may be raised during the course of your 10-20 minute treatment, for maximum healing effect.
Why is electrical muscle stimulation used?
Electrical muscle stimulation has been used as an effective form of pain relief. It is recommended in cases in which pain is accompanied by swelling, inflammation, and muscle spasticity. Patient benefits The benefits of electrical muscle stimulation include: • Reduces pain sensation • Helps decrease swelling • Promotes general muscle tone • Speeds the healing process
How does spinal decompression work?
The machine oscillates back and forth between a maximum pull and a minimum pull. This process starts out slowly and comes to a peak over a few minutes. The goals of spinal decompression include: • Stretch ligaments and muscles • Relax muscles • Decrease disc pressure • Increase range of motion • Relief of nerve root compression • Possible retraction • Increased blood flow • Decrease pain • Mobilize joints