Chiropractic Services Provided
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Manual (non-machine) Manipulation
Manual therapy or manual manipulation is a specialized type of muscle therapy that literally uses a “hands-on” approach. With manual manipulation methods, a chiropractor or physical therapist uses their hands to maneuver a patient’s joints, or apply pressure to muscles and other soft tissues. Manual manipulation can have a wide variety of benefits, such as: increasing joint mobility, improving circulation to muscles, breaking up scar tissue, reducing stiffness and soreness in the joints, reducing or eliminating back pain, and helping with joint alignment. Best of all, manual manipulation happens in a face-to-face setting so patients can communicate with their therapist or chiropractor during their sessions.
Spine, Neck and Back Adjustment
Human beings have a spine that can be divided into 3 sections: the cervical spine (neck), the thoracic spine (mid-back), and the lumbar spine (lower back). Neck and back pain can happen in one, two, or all three of these sections, and there are different adjustment techniques that can be used to treat each of them. Cervical adjustment, or neck adjustment, typically uses constant and gentle pressure to improve mobility and relieve muscle tension. Chiropractors who make thoracic adjustments and lumbar adjustments, more commonly referred to as “back adjustment” or “spinal adjustment” can use a combination of pressure, rotation, and thrusting pressure to help relieve back pain or muscle pain.
Pre-Treatment Services and Electric Muscle Stimulation
Like the name suggests, Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is a process that uses electric currents to make muscles contract. There are many benefits to including EMS in a chiropractic or physical therapy setting, such as: improving blood flow to an injured or stressed muscle, treating muscle atrophy caused by a painful or low-mobility joint, and encouraging relaxation of the muscles. There are other pre-treatment chiropractic and therapy methods that may be used before a session to promote muscle health, such as the application of heat packs or cold packs.
Imaging and diagnostics are an important aspect of chiropractic care. X-rays are a diagnostic tool that can help your chiropractor properly visualize any skeletal or muscular issues that you are having, and create an appropriate treatment plan. At Golay Chiropractic, we are able to provide x-ray services in house.
FX Laser Treatment
Lasers can be used for so much more than tattoo removal or treatment of fine lines and wrinkles! Low-level laser technology can be used to treat chronic lower back pain by helping to reduce inflammation in muscles and joints. Laser therapy for pain treatment can be an excellent alternative option to medication in many cases, and may even be an alternative option to surgery for some patients. Laser therapy can be used in conjunction with chiropractic care and other methods to supplement existing pain-treatment programs. Read more about Erchonia FX 635.
LED light therapy can be used alone, or before or after a chiropractic adjustment to help with the effectiveness of treatments. LED light therapy has been shown to help accelerate healing in a variety of ways, and can also stimulate cells to heal themselves more effectively. Read more about Celluma LITE.
Nausea, throbbing head and neck pain, light sensitivity, auras, and eye pain are all symptoms of migraines. If you’ve ever suffered a migraine, then you know how debilitating they can be. There are physical therapy treatments and chiropractic adjustments for migraines that can help reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of these painful events. Some of the benefits of chiropractic treatments for migraines include: decreased irritation in the nerves in the head and neck, reduced tension in the neck and upper back muscles, restoring normal nerve function by properly aligning the vertebrae, and strengthening the muscles around the cervical and thoracic spine. Chiropractic adjustments for migraines can be a part of a multi-modal treatment plan, meaning that your chiropractor can work in conjunction with your other medical professionals to increase the effectiveness of your treatment plans. Adding chiropractic adjustments to your migraine management routine can even help cut the number of migraines you have in half!
There are many different chiropractic treatments that can help treat headaches. Manual manipulation, electric muscle stimulation, and chiropractic adjustments can all help to treat headaches. It is important to take frequent headaches seriously — contact a chiropractor if you have headaches often, if you have to frequently take pain medication for headaches, or if your headaches start to get worse. Seek prompt or immediate medical care it you experience a headache following a head injury, a sudden and severe headache, or a headache accompanied by a fever, numbness, difficulty speaking, or a stiff neck.
Motor Vehicle Accident Recovery
It is very common to experience neck or back pain following a motor vehicle accident. Your physician may recommend chiropractic care after an accident, and for good reason! Chiropractic treatments can help promote muscle healing, reduce muscle and joint inflammation, break up scar tissue, and restore range of motion after an accident. If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident and are experiencing lasting pain, chiropractic care may be able to help.
Chiropractic providers are listed as physicians for the purposes of workers’ compensation according to Idaho code. We happily provide chiropractic care for workers’ compensation cases, please contact us for more information about the services and treatments we provide.