Here at Natural Life Chiropractic, we pride ourselves in being the best of the best, and unique among other industry leading chiropractic offices in Nebraska. Many people think that when you visit a Chiropractor, you’re only going to experience spinal manipulation (an adjustment, otherwise known as “cracking your back”). At Natural Life Chiropractic, that’s not all we have to offer! We often hear patients say “I’ve been to see a Chiropractor, but never an office experience like this.” Dr. Hinze is involved in your entire visit, providing quality one-on-one care not clocked with a stopwatch. Some of the other therapies provided to patients include:
Therapeutic Stretching Exercises
To prevent scar tissue from forming following an injury, therapeutic stretching is extremely important. Maintaining a regular stretching program helps keep tissues flexible, increases mobility, and protects you from new injuries, even after the injury has healed. Dr. Hinze takes the time to stretch patients and will instruct you on proper stretching techniques.
Postural Exercises are important for a variety of reasons, and are often prescribed for patients with back, neck and extremity problems. These exercises can prevent muscle deterioration, decrease pain, promote joint health, increase strength, stability, and range of motion, and protect against new or recurring injuries. Dr. Hinze will demonstrate how to do the exercises and supervise you until you are comfortable doing them on your own! Make sure you keep up with your exercises as prescribed, as studies show that individuals who follow their exercise instructions heal faster than those who do not.
Intersegmental Traction (IST Table)
This table aims to stretch and distract areas of your spine. Essentially, this helps in mobilizing the vertebrae and at the same time stretches out those intrinsic muscles that wrap around the vertebrae. This treatment also helps separate the vertebrae which results in disc decompression and reduced nerve root pressure. Ten minutes on this table and you may be so comfortable you fall asleep….yes, it’s happened.
Electrical Stimulation (E-STIM)
Electrical Stimulation Therapy uses light electrical pulses that are transmitted to specific muscle areas through electrodes placed on the skin. The pulses contract the muscles, which leads to increased blood flow and expedited healing. Muscle stimulation can assist in re-educating and rebuilding injured muscles when you are unable to physically exercise. And this therapy is also used for pain relief or to reduce inflammation.
Ice and Heat Therapy
Ice and heat have long been used to treat many painful conditions. Following an injury, ice therapy is often used to reduce swelling and help control pain. Heat therapy is used to provide relief to patients with chronic pain, relax the muscles, and increase circulation. Depending on the patient’s condition, a combination of ice and heat can be used.
Spinal Decompression Therapy (DTS)
Non-surgical DTS is a transformative technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and in the lower back. Utilizing FDA approved equipment, distraction forces are applied to spinal structures in a graduated and precise manner. Distraction is offset by cycles of partial relaxation. This technique of Spinal Decompression, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. The cycles of decompression inhibit the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside, which help enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to heal.
As we have highlighted in this blog, treatment in our office is more than just spinal manipulations! We strive to go above and beyond your expectations when it comes to chiropractic care! Quality Chiropractic techniques are combined with effective Physiotherapy to help the body to heal itself and naturally take you to a pain-free and healthy life. If you haven’t already, come experience the best industry leading care at Natural Life Chiropractic!