CHIROPRACTIC MANIPULATIVE THERAPY
Chiropractic manipulative therapy is applied to subluxations or joint dysfunction of the spine and extremities. This can relieve symptoms and signs such as pain, stiffness, weakness, muscles spasms, abnormal sensations such as numbness and tingling, and postural malalignment. The chiropractic adjustment involves applying a safe and effective high velocity, low amplitude, specifically directed force with the use of hands to the subluxation or joint dysfunction. This may create joint noise called cavitation but is generally painless and therapeutic.
An option to manual chiropractic adjusting is the instrument assisted chiropractic adjusting with the use of an Activator. It is a gentler form of adjusting particularly if a patient is uneasy with manual adjusting, is hypersensitive to applied pressures or is elderly and find it more comfortable.
As with any form of treatment, the benefits versus risks are assessed. In the case of chiropractic adjustments, the risks are minimal. These take the form of mild muscle/tendon strains or joint sprains after adjustments but does not usually last more than a few days. This will be explained in more detail when you attend for your first chiropractic visit.
This is the 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 alignment and movement in the spinal and extremity joints. The Diversified Technique remains the principal system taught at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, National University of Health Sciences, Southern California University of Health Sciences, New York Chiropractic College, Northwestern College of Chiropractic and the Texas Chiropractic College.
The Activator is a small handheld spring-loaded instrument which delivers a small mechanical impulse to the spinal and extremity joints. It was found to give off no more than 0.3 J of kinetic energy in a 3- millisecond pulse. The aim is to produce enough force to move the joints but not enough to cause injury.
This is a chiropractic method developed by Dr. Clarence Gonstead in the 1940's. The technique focuses on hands on adjustment and has been credited with expanding standard Diversified Technique by implementing additional instrumentation including X-rays, Gonstead Radiographic Parallel, a measuring device and the development of Nervo-Scope. The technique gained popularity in the 1960's.
The technique, originally developed by Dr. James M. Cox, is based on the application of small precise amounts of flexion distraction to the part of the spine experiencing disc compression or herniation.
A specific diet, vitamin and mineral supplements, and anti-inflammatory herbs can be recommended to recover from injury or stress and to maintain good neuromusculoskeletal and general health.
REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPY
Mike Murray, RMT
Tamara Wendt, RMT
Melissa Hatud, RMT
ACTIVE MASSAGE THERAPY CLINIC
#303 - 7031 Westminster Highway
Richmond, BC, Canada V6X 1A3
MANUAL RESISTANCE TECHNIQUES
1. PNF - Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
(a) Hold - Relax
(b) Contract - Relax
(c) Rhythmic Stabilization
2. PIR - Post-Isometric Relaxation
3. PFS - Post-Facilitation Stretch
MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Soft tissue therapy involving thumb and finger pressure over areas of local congestion within the muscle that comes about as a result of sustained shortening of fascicles of muscle fibers. They are hyperirritable spots, usually within taut bands of skeletal muscle or in the muscle's fascia. They can be painful upon compression and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, tenderness and autonomic phenomena.
A rehabilitative program consisting of specific stretching and strengthening exercises to the area of injury or stress will be recommended. In addition, instructions on warmup, cardiovascular,
coordination, balance and specific task oriented
exercises will be given.
Ji-Seon Kim, PT
SOUL PHYSIOTHERAPY & PELVIC FLOOR HEALTH
#185 - 7031 Westminster Highway
Richmond, BC, Canada V6X 1A3
Chiropractic is a science, an art and a philosophy that involves diagnosis and treatment of a variety of health conditions with a natural and conservative neuromusculoskeletal therapy without any drugs or surgery. Common health conditions dealt with include low back pain, neck pain, mid-back pain, lower and upper extremity pain, and headaches. Diagnosis is made upon a thorough history and examination utilizing posture, ranges-of-motion, orthopedic and neurological testing, radiographic studies when necessary and specific chiropractic tests. Treatment commonly involves chiropractic manipulative therapy, instrument assisted adjusting techniques, flexion-distraction, manual resistant techniques and rehabilitative exercises.
The chiropractic profession was founded by Dr. Daniel David Palmer, a chiropractor born in Port Perry, Ontario, Canada. He established the first chiropractic college in Davenport, Iowa, U.S.A. on a vitalistic philosophy recognizing the importance of the subluxation (spinal joint dysfunction) in the causation of nerve interference and the health restorative ability of innate intelligence. Dr. B. J. Palmer, his son, extended the philosophy further with an emphasis on correction of upper cervical (neck) subluxations in restoring health. Contemporary chiropractic embraces a more evidence-based approach.