Chiropractic Massage Services in Nashville, TN
Chiropractic care is not all about backbones. Current evidence supports the fact that the entire nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems play a vital role in maintaining your body’s wellness. If the skeletal system isn’t working properly, the muscles work against each other, this in turn put stress on the nervous system which affects every other system in the body.
When your body is mechanically stressed beyond what it can handle, other systems are affected. Every healing process is connected to the central nervous system. Since so much is connected through your spine, taking care of your whole body including your spine is key to achieving total body wellness.
Research shows that more than 90 percent of all misalignment’s in the spine occur from daily motions and routines, such as poor posture, bad sleeping habits and incorrect bending and lifting techniques. Gently re-aligning your vertebrae into their proper place through chiropractic adjustments and regular massages can get all the systems of your body working in harmony as they are intended.
We Use Several Different Treatments Or Modalities:
Initial Exam & Adjustment
When you visit our office, our receptionist will assist you in completing your initial paperwork. You will meet with our doctor to discuss your health concerns and/or pain symptoms, and determine if further examination or testing is needed.
A careful spinal examination and analysis is performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. You may be tested in several different areas with special emphasis given to any area of concern. Our Nashville chiropractic massage doctors may also check cervical and lumbar range of motion as well as muscle strength. Your exam may also include: referral for x-rays, laboratory analysis and other diagnostic images, orthopedic tests, neurological tests, chiropractic balance tests, and/or a gait analysis.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypo mobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
Therapeutic ultrasound is often used to relax the muscles that are too tight around a joint to allow an effective chiropractic adjustment. Ultrasound is designed to provide a deep heating effect beneath the skin which encourages blood circulation and relaxation. Therapeutic Ultrasound in chiropractic care is not to be confused with “diagnostic ultrasound”, which is ultrasound that is used to see the inside of the body, such as checking on a fetus during pregnancy. Ultrasound is completely painless and the most you can expect to feel is slight warmth.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
Electrical Muscle Stimulation, or EMS, is a chiropractic therapy typically applied to a patient who has a lot of pain or spasm in the area of injury or complaint. When electrical muscle stimulation is performed, mild electrical current is applied to cause fast contraction to the muscles. Electrical muscle stimulation gives the patient a tingling sensation, which for most is very soothing.
The fast contractions of the muscle experienced during our Nashville chiropractic massage therapy helps to fatigue the muscle and allow it to relax, settling the spasm. The fast contraction also causes the body to release endorphins. The endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers, and so they help to reduce pain sensation to the area.
Diversified – most commonly used adjustment technique by chiropractors. Like many chiropractic and osteopathic manipulative techniques, Diversified is characterized by a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust. Diversified is considered the most generic chiropractic manipulative technique and is differentiated from other techniques in that its objective is to restore proper movement and alignment of spine and joint dysfunction
Activator – The Activator Method uses a small, hand-held instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint.
The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a type of manipulation described as follows:A spring-loaded, hand-held mechanical instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument provides a quick, low-force impulse at specific points.
There are two theoretical advantages of an Activator instrument-assisted treatment. The first is based on the speed of the device. The instrument is so quick that the body’s muscles are less likely to tense in response, and resist the treatment. The lack of muscle resistance may facilitate the treatment effectiveness. The second is that the applied force is localized and does not add any additional torque or bending movement to the joint.
Flexion Distraction is a chiropractic technique used to treat many conditions of the lumbar spine. It is a non-surgical technique aimed at increasing spinal motion and resolving disc bulges and disc herniations. The treatment is excellent as a safe, gentle, non-force procedure and works well to take pressure off the spinal nerves that may be injured or dysfunctional
Flexion Distraction involves using a special table that distracts and flexes the spine in an automated and gentle rythmic motion. The Chiropractic Doctor will use some manual techniques with the table to resolve the disc herniation or bulge. The goal is to allow the spine to move correctly in a manner that will remove pressure from the disc bulge. It does this by creating a negative pressure that pulls the disc bulge back into the spine. The flexion distraction motion also maintains healthy discs through imbibition. The motion allows nutrients into the spinal disc and keeps them well articulated.
Thompson – Developed originally by Dr. Clay. Thompson and fully patented in 1957, the Thompson Drop Table facilitates a full spine technique by the use of an adjusting table with a pneumatically driven, segmented drop system, which quickly lowers the section of the patient’s body corresponding with the spinal region being adjusted, whether in the dorsal, lumber or pelvic area. By means of this widely used device your practitioner thrusts at high speed, using minimal force, because while the thrust initiates movement, the fast drop carries the joint through the remainder of its range of motion.