Chiropractors commonly prescribe specific strengthening exercises for their patients with back, neck, and extremity problems. These exercises can decrease pain, prevent muscle deterioration, promote joint health, increase strength, stability and range of motion, and protect against new or recurring injuries.
Your chiropractor will show you how to do the exercises and supervise you until you are comfortable doing them on your own. It is important to keep up with your exercises as prescribed (similarly to drug prescriptions but without negative side effects!). Studies show that individuals who follow their exercise instructions heal faster than those who do not.
Therapeutic stretching is an important way to prevent scar tissue from forming after an injury. Even after the injury has healed, maintaining a regular stretching program helps keep tissues flexible, increases mobility, and protects you from new injuries. As with exercise, your chiropractor will instruct you on proper stretching techniques and will supervise you until you are comfortable enough to do them on your own.
Many chiropractors use traction devices to distract areas of the spine. This treatment helps separate the vertebrae resulting in disc decompression, reduced nerve root pressure, as well as increase intervertebral foramen space.
This type of therapy uses light electrical pulses that are transmitted to specific areas of the body through electrodes placed on the skin. There are many different types of electrical stimulation. Some are more beneficial for pain relief or to reduce inflammation, some best treat muscle spasm, and some actually cause muscles to contract in order to reduce muscle atrophy. Some forms of electrical stimulation have combination effects. Your chiropractor may use one or a combination of stimulations based on your needs.
Diet and Nutritional Counseling
Studies have shown that poor diet and nutritional imbalances contribute to a number of serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Chiropractors are specifically trained in diet and nutritional counseling. Dr. Grasso can design a nutritional program specific to your needs, helping you to maintain good health and minimize the risk of developing these serious health conditions.
Lifestyle Modification Counseling
Good health is much more than the absence of pain or disease. The lifestyle choices you make on a daily basis can greatly affect your long-term health. We now know that years of seemingly small unhealthy lifestyle choices can, over time, turn into very large health problems. Examples of lifestyle choices and behaviors that can have negative effects on your health include:
- lack of regular exercise
- poor diet
- excessive mental stress
- over-reliance on medication
- excessive consumption of alcohol
- poor posture
- improper lifting
Dr. Findlay and Dr. Grasso will talk to you about your lifestyle choices. They will help you sort through and identify unhealthy health habits, and give you practical strategies to deal with and manage them.
As you can see, chiropractic medicine is more than just spinal manipulations. Dr. Findlay and Dr. Grasso use a variety of treatment modalities to help the body to heal itself and return the patient to a pain-free and healthy life.