Chiropractic adjustments are manual procedures in which chiropractors use their hands to manipulate the joints in the body, particularly the spine, to reduce pain and restore or enhance joint function. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. Our seattle chiropractors adapt the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
Active Release Technique: ART
ART is a patented, state of the art movement-based massage technique that is used to rehabilitate muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Plantar fasciitis, back pain, shin splints, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, knee problems, and sciatica, and other muscle over-use conditions, are a few of the many conditions commonly resolved with ART.
Over-use of muscles causes the body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. Scar tissue binds up tissues that need to move freely, causing the muscles to become shorter and weaker. Tension on tendons leads to tendonitis, nerves can become trapped causing a reduced range of motion, and loss of strength, pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness can result.
During an ART treatment, your seattle chiropractor uses their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves and applies a precise amount of tension to a patient’s affected tissue in combination with a specific movement. By selecting from over 500 distinct ART moves, a chiropractor can identify and resolve the specific problem affecting each patient. In many cases, ART can keep patients from requiring invasive procedures, such as cortisone injections or surgery.
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Our Seattle chiropractors have completed advanced training in Graston Technique, a procedure which allows them to detect and treat scar tissue and adhesions that can reduce the range of motion and cause pain.
During the healing process, the body attempts to repair damaged areas by creating scar tissue. In time, this leads to a build-up of this fibrous tissue, particularly in muscles, tendons, and ligaments that get a lot of use. Since this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue, it can lead to pain and dysfunction.
The Graston Technique® allows us to better detect and treat these areas. By using a stainless steel instrument that glides along with a patient’s muscle, tendons, or ligaments with the right amount of pressure, we can detect just where the scar tissue or restrictions are located. When we come across bands of scar tissue, we can sense a restriction and use the Graston instrument to “break up” this restriction or adhesion and help re-align the fibers into the normal pattern of healthy tissue.
The greatest benefit of the Graston Technique® is the amount of improvement that takes place in a short amount of time. Graston sessions are quick, lasting between 2-10 minutes.
If you are experiencing pain and loss of motion and function following surgery, injury, repetitive stress syndromes, or tendinitis you will likely benefit from the Graston Technique. Other conditions that have responded well to the Graston Technique® include overuse injuries such as shin splints, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
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Our chiropractors have taken advanced courses in Kinesio – Taping to become Kinesio® Taping Practitioners. Since the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Kinesio Taping Method has taken the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine world by storm and Kinesio Taping has become the gold standard for therapeutic rehabilitative taping. Kinesio Taping involves taping over and around muscles to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. Taping for support maintains the full range of motion, enabling patients to participate in physical activities with functional assistance, while taping to prevent overuse or over-contraction helps provide facilitation of lymph flow 24 hours per day and is most commonly used in the acute stage of rehabilitation.
Being fit helps you look and feel your best and reduces your risk for a heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers. Exercise is one of the best ways to help ease back pain and prevent back pain in the future. Like muscle, bone is living tissue that responds to exercise by becoming stronger. When you exercise, your muscles pull on your bones, putting weight and pressure on them. Your bone adjusts to these pressures and builds itself stronger for the next time around. Muscle building helps you avoid injury by strengthening joints and improving bone density. It also improves balance and posture, making it easier to do everyday tasks. More muscle mass also revs up your metabolism, which helps you work toward your ideal weight and helps promote a youthful appearance as you age. Our Seattle chiropractors are very fitness conscious themselves. They encourage and instruct their patients on exercises to build strong and flexible muscles that will add strength and support to their spine and provide much-needed stability. The combination of chiropractic care with stretches and exercise allows for quicker, more complete healing with decreased chances of pain in the future.
Stretching is performed for joint mobilization and to increase range of motion. Gradual and controlled elongation of the muscle through the full range of motion (without pain) is used to relax muscular spasms that limit joint range of motion. A muscle is brought to slight resistance at its end range and is held, after which the patient relaxes. Stretching and relaxing the muscle is repeated as new barriers are reached. Homework, restrictions and other advice in included in every treatment plan.
Emergency Chiropractic Care / Urgent Care
Emergency Chiropractic Care / Urgent Care – Do you need an emergency chiropractor in Seattle, WA? Our doctors are experts at relieving acute pain. After trauma, it is important to start treatment as early as possible since studies have found that a delay in seeking treatment is correlated with a lower level of improvement. We can usually see emergency patients within the hour at our convenient downtown Seattle location.
Postural Analysis and Correction
When your mom told you to stand up straight as a kid, she was right! The way you sat in your chair in school or walked around your house is a big part of how you carry yourself now. Your current posture has a big impact on your health and your appearance; good posture can make you appear taller, healthier, and more confident.
While stress, weight gain, pregnancy, weak or tight muscles, previous injuries, or carrying heavy backpacks can contribute to bad posture, most poor posture can be traced to long hours spent sitting at a computer or looking at your phone. Whatever the case, bad posture can lead to pain, headaches, an increased risk of injury, and more.
It can be hard to fix bad posture–especially if you’re not thinking about it. That’s where we come in! We’ll start by assessing your lifestyle, exercise habits, what you do for work, and where you feel pain, to help identify the root cause of your problem. Then we will do a thorough examination to assess your posture. Treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, muscle release techniques to relax tight muscles and correct imbalances, assisted stretching (where we do the work for you), and deliberate exercises to strengthen underused, tight, or injured muscles. We will work with you to give your overactive muscles a break, ease tension that caused your bad posture in the first place, and allow your weaker muscles to grow stronger. After rehabilitation, you will find it more comfortable to stand or sit up tall without constantly needing to remind yourself.
If you’re experiencing back pain or other issues from poor posture, schedule a consultation with one of our chiropractors; we are Seattle’s posture correction experts!
Percussion Trigger-point Therapy
At Devine Chiropractic & Rehab Center, our seattle chiropractors use Percussion Therapy, a vibration-based massage, to treat muscle pain. Lactic acid can build up in your muscles after exercise or from lengthy periods of immobility and cause that stiff and achy feeling you get after a workout or long hours spent in front of a computer. Percussion Therapy flushes this lactic acid out of your system and eases away the pain.
In percussion therapy, a special machine administers a rapid series of taps to your problem areas. The taps send high-frequency vibrations deep into your muscles where the toxic build-up has occurred. Like a thousand particles of sand being shaken from a beach towel, the toxins are purged from your system. As your blood starts flowing again, your body’s natural pain-relieving endorphins are circulated in to finish the job.
Benefits of Percussion Therapy
- Almost immediate pain relief
- Increased blood circulation
- Increased lymphatic drainage
- Release of muscle knots
- Calming of achy muscles
- Increased joint mobility
- Increased range of motion