- Chiropractic Care
- Corrective Exercises
- Electrical Stimulation
- Lifestyle Advice
- Massage Therapy
- Laser Therapy
- Pediatric Chiropractic
- Pre/post Natal Chiropractic
- Acupuncture & Needling
- Kinesio Taping
- Graston Technique
- Infrared Heat Therapy
- Post Surgical Care
- Foot Care
Chiropractic manipulation also known as chiropractic adjusting or spinal manipulation, is an effective therapeutic treatment for back pain. The objective of chiropractic treatment is to reduce pain in order to increase range of motion, reduced nerve irritability and improve joint function.
There are a variety of methods through which adjustment can be achieved including activator instruments and myofascial release (low force methods); as well as traditional chiropractic adjustment using high velocity low amplitude techniques. Our practitioners are well versed in all these methods. It is always best to communicate with your practitioner regarding your preferences.
Myofacial release is a soft tissue system/movement-based technique used to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. The provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and mobility of the soft tissue. Using hand pressure, the practitioner works to remove or break up the fibrous adhesions, with the stretching motions generally in the direction of venous and lymphatic flow. Often the patient is instructed to actively move the affected tissue in prescribed ways while the practitioner applies pressure, thus allowing for greater release of the involved muscles.
Corrective exercises are the use of bodily movements and/or postures to restore desirable changes in diseased or injured tissues. The corrective exercises are movement strategies that minimize or eliminate compensation. Corrective exercises should precede more integrated exercises, because they can cue the patient’s motor system to respond in a more desirable way and assist in removing or improving biomechanical constraints.
It is important to understand that often times where the pain presents is not the area that needs to be treated. The pain may be due to that area compensating and being over-worked from another area not pulling its weight. Our rehabilitation program includes strength, flexibility and agility training as well as training focused on coordination of body parts and motion to prepare the individual to return to full participation.
Interferential electrical muscle stimulation is often prescribed for providing relief from chronic and/or acute post-traumatic pain, as well as for the relaxation of muscle spasm, the prevention or reversal of disuse atrophy, increasing local blood circulation, muscle re-education, and maintaining or increasing range of motion.. This stimulation prompts the body to secrete endorphins and other natural pain killers to help relieve pain. Ligament sprains, muscle strains and spasms often respond well to this treatment. If someone is having chronic discomfort a home TEN’s unit can provide great relief, decreasing the need to use medication for pain. Ask us about a home TENS unit.
Our team here at Edwards Chiropractic & Acupuncture is dedicated to helping you achieve your long-term health and wellness goals by offering you reliable lifestyle advice. If you are not sure if the lifestyle choices you are making are worsening or improving your condition, we are here to help. We address the typical chiropractic issues as well as coach our patients to live a healthier life by looking at the individual as a whole mentally, physically and emotionally.
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are many types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities). People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons; for example, to reduce stress and anxiety, to relax muscles, to rehabilitate injuries, to reduce pain and to promote overall health and wellness.
Laser therapy is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and help accelerate your healing process. Laser treatment can be used on people suffering from acute and chronic conditions in order to eliminate pain and swelling, increase functionality, and reduce spasms.
One of the most important elements of chiropractic care is diagnostics. Chiropractic radiology is a tool utilized in care as a diagnostic practice to rule out pathology (such as possible tumor or fracture) and/or an additional aid to determine where to adjust the spine. Chiropractors rely on a variety of diagnostic techniques in order to fully understand what is occurring in the patient’s musculoskeletal system, and how a given treatment intervention could bring about positive results in each patient.
Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to penetrate soft tissues for treatment of pain, and to promote tissue healing. It has been shown to cause increased tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown. The effect of the increase in local blood flow can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation.
Children encounter many physical stresses in their life that you may not realize. These stresses can cause your child’s spine to have issues in growth and development.
The first thing that we will do when you see us is take a thorough history of your child’s health. You are able to explain to us any complaints that you or your child may have. We will then do a complete physical examination of your child’s spine. We want to ensure that all areas are working and functioning correctly.
Pre/post Natal Chiropractic
Here at Edwards Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we offer a conservative approach to treating pregnant women. Our prenatal care is gentle and safe. We aim to alleviate the stress and strains of pregnancy while improving comfort for both the mother and baby. We understand the physical changes that come with pregnancy, and we offer relief without using any drugs.
Acupuncture & Needling
Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. According to TCM, health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state”; disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of Qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians. Qi can be unblocked, according to TCM, by using acupuncture at certain points on the body that connect with these meridians. Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.
Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)
Trigger point dry needling also involves using thin needles to penetrate the skin, however it is a different technique than acupuncture. While acupuncture works on energy meridians, trigger point dry needling works at muscle origin and insertion points, known as trigger points. It is an extremely effective technique that uses a very fine needles to “deactivate” or “shut down” painful or knotted areas in your muscles. The method helps to relax tight muscles and irritated nerves, allowing improved blood flow and better range of motion.
Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. Traditional sports’ taping, is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids. Kinesio tape is used in a manner which gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It relaxes overused muscles and in rehabilitation facilitates use of underused muscles.
Graston Technique® is a form of instrumented soft tissue mobilization. It aids the practitioner to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. This innovative, patented technique is used to treat soft tissue conditions, whether they are chronic or acute and post surgical.
Dr. Eckdahl is advanced certified in this technique and has been incorporating into practice since 2007.