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Achieving Health and Healing through Chiropractic Care
Dr. Thompson uses several therapies to help insure that her patients achieve health and healing. Often patients are best treated using diversified adjusting, which is the most common technique utilized in the practice of chiropractic. However, there are some folks that request, or may see better results with, other forms of chiropractic manipulation. Dr. Thompson is proficient in, and often uses, each of the techniques listed below.
Your first visit will begin with a discussion about you and your complete health history, as well as the reason you are currently seeking care. Dr. Thompson will then perform a physical exam to determine the cause of your symptoms. The two of you will discuss your options for treatment, and with your consent and agreement upon a treatment plan, your journey toward health and healing will begin.
Diversified technique is the most widely used form of chiropractic manipulation. It entails a high-velocity, low amplitude thrust that usually results in joint cavitation. The diversified technique can be used to manipulate most joints of the body and is very successful at promoting health and healing.
Dr. Thompson is Webster Technique certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). This technique is utilized during pregnancy to promote proper pelvic function to aid in proper positioning for the baby and optimal function for mom during pregnancy and delivery. Webster chiropractic technique is defined by the ICPA as a technique that “helps to correct sacral misalignment and balance pelvic muscles and ligaments, and in turn remove torsion to the woman’s uterus, its resulting constraint to the baby, and allow the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.” Dr. Thompson uses Webster technique, in conjunction with diversified adjustments, for most of her pregnant patients.
Soft Tissue Therapies
In order to effectively perform chiropractic manipulations, it is often necessary to first address abnormalities of soft tissue: ligament, muscle, tendon and other connective tissues. To promote relaxation of muscle spasm, relieve referred pain from trigger points, and promote soft tissue regeneration and repair, the following soft tissue therapies are utilized by Dr. Thompson:
- Cranial Techniques
- Myofascial Release
- Post-isometric Neuromuscular Facilitation Therapy
- Rehabilitation Exercises
A drop technique is a specialized adjustment that employs the assistance of a table mechanism. Drop tables contain a segment that can be elevated slightly prior to the adjustment. When the thrust is delivered, the segment will “drop down.” The drop pieces assist the thrust while minimizing force used for the adjustment. Although a bit noisy, this adjustment is very comfortable.
Toggle boards are a mini drop that are sometimes used to adjust the extremities, especially feet and hands.
Why use tools? Although chiropractic is by definition done “by hand,” it is occasionally necessary to utilize tools to more effectively treat the specific needs of individual patients.
Some patients request specific techniques such as activator tool. Dr. Thompson also uses Guasha jade tools to perform deep muscle work during soft tissue therapy.
Decompression therapy is directed at relieving pressure on structures that may be a major source of pain. It can relieve the pain associated with bulging and herniated discs, degenerative discs, facet syndrome, sciatica and headaches.
Decompression helps relieve pain through decompression of lumbar or cervical discs and joints (that is unloading due to distraction and positioning). This cyclical, painless stretching reduces pressure and promotes blood and fluid flow. This helps improve healing naturally.
25 years of research combining efforts of doctors and therapists has led to the development of this technology. The Decompression Therapy System is not only a technically advanced device — but a safe and cost-effective alternative to invasive treatment in some cases.