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general health
Advanced Chiropractic Treatment Center's mission is to enhance the quality of life.

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sports injuries
Whether in football, soccer or golf, injuries to the spine and joints are common in sports.

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accidents
Auto accidents are an unfortunate aspect of life. Injuries resulting from auto accidents can range from minor abrasions to more severe injuries such as whiplash and acute lower back pain.

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Services Offered
Advanced Chiropractic Treatment Center is a modern facility known for its range of Chiropractic techniques and other services.


ADJUSTMENTS/ MANIPULATION

The term "adjustment" refers to the specific manipulation chiropractors apply to vertebrae that display abnormal movement patterns or fail to function properly. The objective of the chiropractic treatment is to reduce the subluxation which results in an increased range of motion, reduced nerve irritability and improved function.

  • The adjustment made by the chiropractor consists of a high velocity, short lever arm thrust applied to a vertebra, which is often accompanied by an audible release of gas (joint cavitation). The audible sound is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure (cavitation). The sensation is often relieving, though minor discomfort has been reported (though this usually lasts for only a short duration.)

 

Therapeutic Massage

BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY

Massage therapy addresses a variety of health concerns, the most prevalent being stress-related tension. Stress has been scientifically shown to be the hidden cause for most human disease. Massage is beneficial in treating cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, lower back pain, spinal cord injury, post-operative surgery, and age-related disorders. Massage provides many positive physiological benefits.

  • Increased circulation to all areas of the body. Thus increasing oxygen supply to the surrounding tissues, enabling them to function more efficiently.
  • Removal of toxins and waste products that build up within these tissues.
  • Reduction in recovery time from certain injuries.
  • Softening of the connective tissue that permeates the body, resulting in relaxed muscles which facilitates in efficient organ function.
  • Breaking of the pain-tension cycle which helps prevent muscle strains and aches.
  • Increased flexibility and joint mobility.
  • Improved muscular balance throughout the body.

 

THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE

At ACTC we educate our clients on comprehensive exercises uniquely designed to assist in full recovery. Tailored to the client’s specific needs and concerns, these exercises can be performed at our facility or at home and promote the effectiveness of corrective spinal treatment.

Ultrasound

This treatment should not be confused with diagnostic ultrasound, often used in prenatal screening. Ultrasound at ACTC is a therapeutic procedure that utilizes sound waves to treat injured muscles, joints, and soft tissues. These sound waves vibrate the tissues back and forth, creating a deep, micro-massage effect. In the case of a recent injury, this helps to decrease scar tissue and adhesion formation, which would otherwise interfere with the body's healing process. The sound waves are beneficial in decreasing inflammation by destroying unwanted inflammatory cells. Sound waves are also known to accelerate healing by stimulating the activity of the cells responsible for cellular and tissue repair. In chronic cases, special settings are used to create a deep-heating effect thereby heating the tissues far below the skin's surface. This heat, along with the vibrations that are caused by the ultrasound, help to "melt away" the muscle spasms and "knots" felt in the muscles.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Often referred to as "muscle stim," this form of therapy involves low levels of electrical impulses delivered to the injured tissues to reduce pain and speed up healing. Often described by patients as a pleasant, "tingling" sensation, or "electrical massage," these impulses stimulate the body to release natural pain relievers known as endorphins. Endorphins reduce pain and inflammation thereby promoting faster healing of the injured tissues. This therapy is often used to treat acute or chronic pain as well as strains or sprains of the muscles, joints, and soft tissues of the spine and extremities.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a term that describes the application of ice compresses to reduce the temperature of tissues directly on or below the skin surface. Cryotherapy works on the surface cooling, constricts blood vessels, numbs painful areas, and helps relax muscle spasms. Cold temperatures reduce nerve transmission of painful symptoms and provide temporary relief. Cooling affected tissues is effective in reducing and preventing post-traumatic swelling. Local cooling should be applied several times a day during the initial stages of an injury.

Patients Benefits: Helps reduce swelling and inflammation, numbs affected area to reduce pain, and reduces muscle spasms.

Interferential Electro-Therapy?

This is a therapeutic treatment to aid in the relief of pain and promotes soft tissue healing.

Small amounts of electrical impulses are induced into the tissues in the vicinity of the injury. Where these waves intersect below the surface of the skin, a low-frequency stimulation is created. This prompts the body to secrete endorphins and other natural pain killers to help relieve pain.

Most patients find Interferential Electro-Therapy to be very beneficial and describe the treatment as a faint "pins and needles" sensation.

Interferential Electro-Therapy is most often used for pain relief and to aid in reducing the swelling of soft tissues. Ligament sprains, muscle strains and spasms often respond to this treatment by helping to reduce atrophy and increase blood circulation.

Microcurrent Therapy

Microcurrent Therapy uses extremely small amounts of electrical current (millionths of an amp) to help relieve pain and heal soft tissues of the body. Injury to the body disrupts normal electrical activity. Microcurrent Therapy produces electrical signals like those naturally occurring when the body is repairing damaged tissues. By applying similar electrical currents, the healing process is enhanced. The electrical current used in Microcurrent Therapy is so small that it is rarely felt. However, the water-moistened electrodes or gel used to conduct the current may seem cool when first applied.

Microcurrent Therapy is often recommended in cases involving soft tissue inflammation or muscle spasm. Since Microcurrent Therapy mimics the body's electrical fields it is helpful in relieving pain and provides stimulation to the healing of soft tissues. Microcurrent Therapy can help speed up the healing process, reduce swelling and inflammation, masks acute and chronic pain, releases muscle trigger points, and improve soft tissue regeneration.

What Can I Expect During My First Visit to a Chiropractor?

Although differing Chiropractor’s protocol may vary, generally you can expect to complete a full medical history questionnaire and "new patient" paperwork. You will then consult with the doctor. This consultation is your opportunity to express your health concerns and expectations, and to ask any questions you may have pertaining to the matter. This is also when the Chiropractor will express his role in your health care and discuss your health prognosis. A physical exam will be performed which may include range of motion testing, orthopedic testing, reflex assessments, muscle testing, and a specific Chiropractic evaluation. In some cases x-rays may be necessary to determine an exact diagnosis. X-rays are usually done in the office. Your Chiropractor will go over the results of the exam and x-rays with you. Then, depending on the situation, the doctor may give you an adjustment and/or begin physiotherapy, if needed. Adjustments should not be painful, although you may feel some discomfort until the pressure in the joint is relieved. Depending on the condition, your Chiropractor may schedule a series of visits for care.