Dr. Leanne C. Fuchs D.C. and Dr. Matt Stringer D.C. in Decatur, IL, are trained specialists committed to restoring movement and relieving pain. Spinal manipulation is a type of manual therapy that realigns the spine and improves body function.
Spinal manipulation (or a chiropractic adjustment) can relieve many conditions, but the three biggest complaints a chiropractor sees are:
Many chiropractic techniques and methods exist, but alignment is usually done with a quick, yet controlled thrust against a joint. One adjustment may maintain the alignment needed, but sometimes, it takes a series of adjustments.
Bringing the spine back into alignment with spinal manipulation is one of several holistic therapies available for low back pain relief. This type of chiropractic adjustment is well known for easing low back pain.
During an adjustment, you will be placed in specific positions, depending on the area to be treated, usually on a padded table and facedown. The doctor will then use his hands to apply sudden, controlled force to the affected area. You may hear cracking or popping sounds.
Before any chiropractic adjustments are done, you will need a thorough consultation and exam. This will include obtaining a health history and possibly x-rays.
Acupuncture is the strategic insertion of thin needles into the skin as an alternative form of treatment, commonly used for pain.
Acupuncture is a technique originating in Traditional Chinese medicine that is used to balance a patient’s life force or flow of energy. The energy flowing through the pathways of the body is also known as the chi (chee). Inserting needles along these pathways are believed to rebalance the energy flow.
In Western practices, these acupuncture points are viewed as places to stimulate muscles, nerves, and connective tissue. The stimulation produced is believed to release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
Dr. Stringer D.C. can use acupuncture for relief of many issues, including:
Acupuncture is also used to help with smoking cessation and weight loss.
An acupuncture session usually takes about 30 minutes. Six to 15 tiny needles are inserted, depending on the condition being treated or the desired effect. During your initial visit, your doctor will take a history and do a physical to determine the best course of treatment for your specific symptoms.
Dr. Leanne C. Fuchs D.C. and Dr. Matt Stringer D.C. at Trostel Chiropractic Clinic provide more than just chiropractic adjustments to relieve pain symptoms for their patients. Ultrasound therapy can also be used when pain involves muscles and deep tissues.
An ultrasound machine uses heat and vibration therapy by using sound waves. Ultrasound therapy also improves muscle and deep tissue pain. The heat reduces temporary and chronic pain in joints and soft tissue and increases blood flow to accelerate healing and faster cell regeneration.
A handheld wand is circled or smoothed over the affected area of pain while using an ultrasound gel that helps with conduction of the waves. This is a gentle and relatively quick process. Patients who have experienced ultrasound therapy before enjoy the relaxing sensation and are usually disappointed when the session is over.
There are two types of ultrasound. Both are a high frequency that human ears can’t hear. Thermal therapy consists of continuous sound waves for more chronic conditions. Mechanical therapy consists of pulses of sound waves for pain from an injury.
Besides tissue relaxation, ultrasound can aid in the breakdown of scar tissue. Some studies even show that it can promote bone fracture healing.
Nutrition Response Testing ® is a method of determining the cause of illness by analyzing the body and using natural nutritional methods to correct these causes and letting the body repair itself.
This seems strange for someone who’s never heard of it, but this process is very scientific and precise. Understanding the results and the reasons for each of the treatment recommendations makes it more likely that a patient will follow the outlined regimen.
Nutrition Response Testing ® utilizes personalized clinical nutrition for a health improvement program to combat any weaknesses found during your examination. The initial consultation consists of testing acupuncture points and the body’s neurological reflexes. A part of your nervous system regulates the function of all of your organs, and this is what produces the neurological reflexes.
As each organ or organ system is tested, and an arm is monitored for a response. A response in the arm indicates a possible dysfunction in that organ system.
Once the doctors at Trostel Chiropractic Clinic find a weak area, a specialized nutritional regimen will be formulated for the patient. Following the specified regimen will promote normal function and better health. This method is better than diagnosing a condition and just using a drug to suppress the symptoms. It provides for solving the problem, instead of covering it up.
Trostel Chiropractic Clinic provides assessment and treatment of functional mobility limitations with exercise, ultrasound, gait training, and heat/cold therapy, among others through physical therapy.
Physical therapy can improve, maintain, or even restart skeletal or neuromuscular function. An initial exam is done to test patient functional ability, and then a specialized rehabilitation treatment program is designed. The initial exam will consist of strength, range of motion, flexibility, pain, and joint mobility testing. This information is used to develop a specialized program for the patient to follow. It will usually include exercises to complete each day at home in between office visits.
Physical therapy is usually the first step is trying to relieve pain and avoid more serious interventions, such as surgery. Many different conditions can be helped with PT, including:
Spinal cord injuries
If your ability to move is impaired, your medical doctor will likely give you a referral to a physical therapist. PT is also given to inpatients at the hospital after injuries or joint replacements. Lack of mobility and range of motion can be treated with manual therapy. Manual therapy involves manipulation techniques and soft tissue work. Restoring motion to stiff joints and reducing muscle tension helps return natural movement without pain.