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Chiropractic Care

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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculo-skeletal system, the nervous system, and the effects that these disorders have on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuro-musculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, headaches and more.  

Doctors of Chiropractic practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes a detail patient examination, diagnostic imaging if medically necessary and sometimes laboratory testing to reach a treatment plan tailored to each patient’s needs. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. 

Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other health care providers. 

Chiropractic Adjustments

 One of the most common and well-known therapeutic procedures performed by Doctors of Chiropractic is spinal manipulation (sometimes referred to as a "chiropractic adjustment"). The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypo-mobile or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury.

Webster Technique

Webster certified doctors are taught gentle adjusting techniques, individual case management systems and evidence-informed practice to best care for pregnant women. In addition to this, doctors are given an in-depth view of birth and are provided with the necessary skills and resources to support women who want safer natural births. Dr. Pierre has undergone a written and a clinical exam for Webster Certification proficiency. This technique includes a specific chiropractic pelvic analysis and accompanying adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of pelvic misalignment and to restore normal function and balance in the pelvis. 

Chiropractic Techniques used in the office

We use a variety of techniques including Diversified, Activator Methods, Webster Technique, Thompson drops, Flexion-Distraction, soft tissue techniques, therapeutic exercise, rehabilitation and more. She combines hands on techniques, physiotherapy, dietary supplements and therapeutic exercises to promote health. 

Benefits of Chiropractic

Benefits of Chiropractic

Decrease pain

Treat acute and/or Chronic pain

Reduce stress

Improve sleep

Increase flexibility,

Increase range of motion

Improve athletic performance

Prevent injuries

Improve diet

Provide stress free and health pregnancy

Improve child development

Help with digestion

Improve posture

Massage

What is deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduce tension in muscle and tissue.

It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation


What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage offers both physical and psychological benefits. Unlike other massage techniques that focus on relaxation, deep tissue massage helps to treat muscle pain and improve stiffness. But it can still help to you unwind mentally, too

Deep tissue massage Vs. Swedish massage?

Deep tissue massage and Swedish massage are two different types of massage therapy. Both use some of the same strokes, but they have different uses and vary greatly when it comes to the amount of pressure used.

Here are the key differences between deep tissue massage and Swedish massage:

  • Intended use. Deep tissue massage is primarily used to treat chronic pain and muscle and sports-related injuries. Swedish massage is mainly used to promote relaxation and reduce muscle tension caused by everyday activities, such as sitting at a computer.
  • Pressure. Swedish massage is a gentler form of massage that uses far less tension than deep tissue massage. Both types involve use of the palms and fingers to knead and manipulate your tissues, but the elbows and forearms may also be used to apply increased pressure during a deep tissue massage.
  • Area of focus. Deep tissue massage targets the inner layers of your muscles. It’s used to treat muscle and tendon injuries, pain, and stiffness in your major muscle groups and joints. Swedish massage targets the superficial layers of muscle and focuses on the parts of your body that tend to hold the most tension, such as your neck, shoulders, and back.

What happens during the massage?

Before your deep tissue massage, your massage therapist will want to know about your problem areas. A deep tissue massage can involve your entire body or just one area.

Once ready, you’ll be asked to lie on your back or stomach, under a sheet. Your level of undress is based on your comfort, but the area being worked on will need to be exposed.

The massage therapist will warm up your muscles using a lighter touch. Once you’re warmed up, they’ll start working on your problem areas. They’ll use deep kneading and stroking with varying amounts of intense pressure.

Are there side effects?

It’s not unusual to have some lingering soreness for a few days following a deep tissue massage. Using a heating pad or a cold pack wrapped in a towel may help to relieve soreness.

Though massage therapy is generally safe, deep tissue massage uses very firm pressure and may not be safe for everyone.

Speak to your doctor before having a deep tissue massage if you:

  • have a history of blood clots or a clotting disorder
  • are taking blood thinners  
  • have a bleeding disorder 
  • have cancer or are undergoing cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation

Anyone with osteoporosis or cancer that’s spread to the bones should avoid deep tissue massage as the firm pressure used may cause a fracture. You should also hold off on deep tissue massages if you’re pregnant. Gentler types of massage, such as Swedish massage, may be a better option.

If you have an open wound or skin infection of any kind, you’ll need to reschedule to avoid developing a new infection or making an existing one worse.

For more information, visit https://www.healthline.com/health/deep-tissue-massage



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Auto Accident Injuries

Our team understand the stress and pain patients are in following personal injury accidents. We analyze, diagnose, and create an individualized treatment plan for whiplash and soft tissue injuries. We will thoroughly explain your treatment and update your insurance agency on your behalf

Whiplash

 The most common injuries sustained in car accidents in Delray Beach/Palm Beach are to the neck and back. Whiplash is the most common ailment and occurs when the head is suddenly thrust forward and then backward when a car is rear-ended.
 

Whiplash is a non-medical term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (specifically ligaments, tendons, and muscles). It is caused by an abnormal motion or force applied to your neck that causes movement beyond the neck's normal range of motion. The speed of the cars involved in the accident or the amount of physical damage to the car may not relate to the intensity of neck injury; speeds as low as 15 miles per hour can produce enough energy to cause whiplash in occupants, whether or not they wear seat belts.

More whiplash information

Therapy use

Heat Therapy: Superficial pain relief therapy that helps reduce muscle spasms, reduce joint pain and open up the blood vessels which increases blood flow to the tissues and organs. It increases body temperature, pulse rate and decrease blood pressure.

Cold Therapy is used especially in the treatment of acute  injuries. Cold therapy is used within 24-48 hours after an injury. It reduces muscle spasm, slows down blood flow to the injury area, reduces inflammation, reduces the need of oxygen and reduces pain.

Ultrasound is a form of deep heat therapy that is created by a sound wave and it is transmitted via a probe. Ultrasound increases tissue relaxation, scar tissue breakdown and blood flow which promote the reduction of swellings and chronic inflammation. It reduces congestion, pain and promotes healing.

Flexion-distraction is a non-surgical technique that is used to increase spinal range of motion, reduce pressure on spinal nerves from disc injuries, chronic low back pain, leg pain/sciatica and more

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is use for muscle reeducation, reduce muscle spasm, delayed atrophy and reduces pain. It is also used to re-establish normal reflex patterns.

Rehabilitation exercises:Dynamic activities that are used to alleviate pain, improve circulation, decrease muscle spasms and promote healing. These exercises are also used to help restore strength, endurance, flexibility, stability and balance.

Traction This table provides very simple roller traction between each level of the spine in order to restore its range of motion, to comfortably stretch the spine as the roller moves up and down between segments of spine.

Manual Therapy: A physical treatment that is very effective in treating musculoskeletal pain. It increases blood flow, breaks down adhesions and encouraging venous returns.

Insurances

 All car insurances are accepted and most major health insurances are accepted. We believe that everybody deserves an affordable chiropractic and wellness care, that is why we partner up with ChiroHealthUSA, which allows us to offer discounts to our patients at the time of service. Doctors are usually required to charge insurance companies and Cash patients the same fees unless they are under a network contract for a lower fee. CHUSA is a contracted network that allows doctors to set and accept discounts on their services for our members. When you join CHUSA, you are entitled to similar “in-network” discounts just like the insurance companies.

Conditions We Treat

  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Car Accident
  • Work related injuries
  • Shoulder Pain/Frozen Shoulder/Rotator Cuff
  • Elbow Pain/Wrist/Hand Pain/Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Knee Pain
  • Ankle/Foot Pain/Plantar Fasciitis
  • Arthritic Joints
  • Numbness/Tingling/Pinched Nerves
  • Personal Injuries and more

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