Therapies & Treatments
Chiropractic & Physical Medicine
Chiropractic care restores proper biomechanical motion to restricted joints resulting in decreased pain, increased the range of motion, and decreased muscle guarding.
Think of a series of links in a chain. Each link or junction is responsible for a certain share of the entire motion. When a few those links are rusty or restricted, the other links make up for the lack of movement through the whole system and may wear out. The chiropractic adjustment can restore that lost motion.
During your treatment, we’ll use a number of different physical medicine modalities to maximize your rate of healing and lessen your chance of reinjury.
Neurodynamics or nerve flossing is a specialized diagnostic and treatment technique that targets nerve disorders which are usually expressed as numbness, tingling, or pain. This self- and guided technique helps eliminate symptoms associated with common conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and arm pain. Treatment and protocols are based on the work of leading expert Michael Shacklock, physician and author of the book Clinical Neurodynamics.
When people hear about ultrasound, they usually think of a prenatal screening where they get to find out if they’re having a boy or a girl. This ultrasound functions on a therapeutic frequency instead of a diagnostic one.
There are three primary benefits to ultrasound:
- Speeding up of the healing process from the increase in blood flow in the treated area.
- The decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema.
- The gentle massage of muscles tendons and/ or ligaments in the treated area because no strain is added and any scar tissue is softened.
Electric Muscle Stimulation
Our office calls this E-Stim. This therapeutic device provides a low-level electrical impulse that stimulates the underlying nerve fibers and blocks pain signals to the brain. They also cause the brain to release endorphins which are your body’s natural analgesic.
As your body begins to heal, we will begin rebuilding it with the use of specific, custom exercises that create a stable foundation, lessen your chance of reinjury, and improve your overall function.
When coupled with massage therapy and corrective exercise, you have a complete system to return an individual back to their full potential.
Active Release Technique (ART)
Active Release Therapy (ART) decreases pain and improves mobility and range of motion by breaking up scar tissue, adhesions, trigger points, or “knots” in soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and nerves. It can also improve circulation, release entrapped nerves and improve the flexibility of the muscle and surrounding fascia.
Chiropractic for Pregnancy
The Webster Technique
The Webster technique is a specific assessment and chiropractic adjustment to be used on pregnant women throughout pregnancy in preparation for a safer and easier birth. While it was created with the pregnant patient in mind, this technique is meant to balance the bony and ligamentous structures of the pelvis and sacrum, and thus can be used on anyone with a spine and pelvis!
When should pregnant patients start receiving regular Webster assessments and adjustments?
This can be done as soon as pregnancy starts, or even during the preconception period. However, typical treatment recommendations if there are no other complications (pain, known poor positioning etc.) would be to get checked/adjusted about as frequently as mom is seeing her doctor or midwife- so typically monthly during the first and second trimesters, and then more frequently during the 3rd trimester as the center of gravity is rapidly shifting due to more growth.
Why is having this assessment and adjustment important?
One of the main reasons that women fail to progress during labor or end up needing medical interventions such as C-section is dystocia (difficult birth). According to Williams Obstetrics textbook, there are 3 main reasons for dystocia
- Power- abnormalities of the expulsive forces. Uterine forces are either not strong enough or inappropriately coordinated to efface and dilate the cervix. As with all organs in our bodies, these organs receive nerve flow from the spinal cord. Having proper alignment and functionality of the spinal column can help to improve nerve flow to the organs themselves.
- Passage- Abnormalities of the maternal bony pelvis. Having the pelvis and sacrum positioned ideally will allow for the ideal passage through this outlet during delivery.
- Passenger- Abnormalities of fetal positioning and development. Positioning the sacrum and pelvis in an ideal way will allow the baby to have the best opportunity to get into the ideal position.
Functional Medicine is a systems biology-based approach that focuses on finding the root cause of a disease. This is done through individualized and patient-centric care in the form of diagnostic and laboratory testing as well detailed surveys and intake forms. The doctor will create a treatment plan (supplements and/or dietary changes…etc.) based on the factors of the individual’s symptoms, genetics, environment and lifestyle.
How is functional medicine different than conventional medicine?
In conventional medicine, each system of the body is viewed separately. There is a doctor for the heart and cardiovascular system (cardiologist), one for the skin (dermatologist), one for the digestive system (gastroenterologist), etc. The goal of conventional medicine is to look at the overall symptom picture that a patient presents with in order to name a disease. Often the treatment is to find the corresponding drug to treat that disease.
On the other hand, in functional medicine, the body is viewed in whole. Take a moment to picture the length of a football field where the 100-yard line is having a full-blown disease process going on. The conventional medicine perspective is great at diagnosing this condition at the 90-yard line. However, the functional medicine viewpoint, is to see these disease patterns beginning (through various laboratory findings, inflammatory markers, etc.) as soon as the 10-yardine, and to help the patient to make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes to reverse the disease process and return to ideal health.
When is Conventional Medicine Best?
There is a time and place for both the conventional and functional approach to medicine. Conventional medicine is great for acute illnesses and injuries. Some examples include Injuries (e.g. broken bones or cuts needing stitches) and infections (although they may be over-prescribed, antibiotics can save lives).
When is Functional Medicine Best?
For chronic conditions, the functional medicine goal is to find the root cause of the disease, rather than treating individual symptoms. For example, if patient had high blood pressure, a Functional Medicine Doctor (FMD) would want to figure out what caused the high blood pressure rather than prescribing a medication that would have to taken for the rest of said patient’s life to decrease the blood pressure. Although, this patent might take the medication to keep their blood pressure under control for a period of time, the ultimate goal would be to find the root cause and reverse the condition and symptoms so that the patient could be weaned off of the medication.
The roots of many chronic disease processes are the same because they all have a relationship to inflammation within the body.
What are these inflammatory conditions? Here are just a few of the hundreds of examples:
- Cardiovascular conditions like high blood pressure
- Neurological conditions like Depression, Anxiety, and Alzheimer’s
- Musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis
- Metabolic conditions like thyroid disorders
- Digestive conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastro esophageal reflux (GERD)
- Skin conditions like acne and psoriasis
- Blood sugar control issues like diabetes
- Hormonal issues like erectile dysfunction and polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Autoimmune conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis
Yes there are specific doctors and medications for all of these conditions, but they all have a link to inflammation and dysregulation within the body. This means that diet, movement, sleep, and stress are potentially at the root, and improving these behaviors can help with all of them.
Improving lifestyle choices (diet, movement, sleep, stress, etc) is the first step to a lifetime of ideal health and happiness! Sometimes this is enough. Other times, our bodies need a little more help in the healing process. This is where functional medicine training comes into play. For those that have improved their diet, stress, sleep, and movement and need further help, Dr. Jamie can dive deeper and analyze what is going on with the digestive system, hormone levels, nutrient status and more. This happens via ordering specific tests like blood, urine, stool, and hormone analysis to see what is really going on, and work with patients to develop a plan to fix it!
If you have any specific questions about functional medicine or ways in which it can help you, feel free to reach out and ask! Dr. Jamie is available for consultations most Saturdays at PRS.
In its simplest form, massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body through a varied system of techniques that include effleurage (gliding movement), compressions, petrissage (kneading movement) and friction. Additionally, massage therapists may engage in methods such as trigger point therapy and myofascial release as well as active and passive movements of the joints through practices such as joint mobilizations and stretching to assist in increasing range of motion in areas that need to be targeted.
Provides an increase in circulation and lymph thereby helping maintain an optimum state of health for soft tissue
Assists in reducing hypertonicity of the muscles, creating improved tone, flexibility and promotes overall muscle balance.
Increases self-awareness of the body thus reducing the likelihood of chronic problems.
Contributes to the body’s natural healing process by decreasing muscle soreness and reducing inflammation and edema as well as improve/regain muscular balance by decreasing muscle cramping and spasms.
Promotes mental relaxation thereby decreasing stress
Chiropractic and Massage: The Medical World’s Peanut Butter and Jelly
The human being is a systematized, patterned whole and the combination of massage therapy and chiropractic aim to restore balance and wholeness. While both professions in separate provide many solutions to today’s ailments, the blending of the two creates both longer lasting effects as well as even speedier recovery time. During your massage sessions here at Post Rehab Solutions know that you are in good hands via a staff of licensed massage therapists that are directed by our board-certified doctors to be tailored to your specific condition to achieve the best results possible.
Conditions that Benefit from the Unification of the Two:
- Back pain
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
- Stress relief and stress-related conditions
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains & sprains
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Circulatory and respiratory problems
- Post-injury and post-surgical rehabilitation
- Nerve-induced pain, such as sciatica, elbow pain, bulging and herniated discs