MODALITIES WE PRACTICE
SPINAL AND EXTREMITY MANIPULATION
Pain and decreased range of motion are often caused by “stuck joints”. Dr. Burland finds these areas of segmental restriction, and performs high velocity/low force adjustments to increase mobility, improve function, and decrease pain. For those who prefer a gentler approach, we can utilize techniques with minimal force, such as drop table or instrument adjusting.
LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY
“Cold” laser works at a cellular level, specifically the mitochondria, which produces of ATP and fuels the healing process. The photons are excited by laser light, assisting in the increase of cell proliferation, wound healing, and collagen production. Laser is great for tissue repair, nerve regeneration, and inflammation, pain, and scar tissue.
Sound waves are used to penetrate different levels of connective tissue such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. A sound head is placed on the area of concern and continually moved around. The patient may experience a slight pulsing or warming sensation. This modality can be effective for muscle pain and inflammation, osteoarthritis, bursitis, sprains and strains, and even carpal tunnel syndrome.
ELECTRICAL STIMULATION THERAPY
Current therapy uses a mid-frequency electrical signal to stimulate the body to secrete endorphins, which is the body’s natural pain reliever. Small pads are placed around the area of spasm or injury to stimulate the muscles to increase blood flow and decrease inflammation in the tissue, thus reducing pain. In stimulating the muscle fibers, it also works to “fatigue” tight muscles leading to a more relaxed state.
SOFT TISSUE THERAPY
There are several different techniques used during treatment to target tight muscles and soft tissue injuries. Pin and Stretch, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage (IASTM), and trigger point release using a reflex gun all work to break up adhesions and scar tissue. Massage therapy increases circulation to the muscle fibers, which helps to flush the area of toxins and inflammatory fluids, thus creating a ideal environment for healing.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.