The World Federation on Chiropractic Defines Chiropractic as:
“A Health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment.”
At West Family Chiropractic we employ numerous chiropractic techniques to treat our patients. Our goal is not only to be effective with results but also to accommodate each patient’s preference in the delivery of their chiropractic care. Chiropractic is a science, philosophy, and art. We aim to express each component when treating our patients.
Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.
Generally, massage is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing. These effects provide a number of benefits:
• reduction of muscle tension and stiffness
• relief of muscle spasms
• greater flexibility and range of motion
• increase of the ease and efficiency of movement
• relief of stress and aide of relaxation
• promotion of deeper and easier breathing
• improvement of the circulation of blood and movement of lymph
• relief of tension-related conditions, such as headaches and eyestrain
• promotion of faster healing of soft tissue injuries, such as pulled muscles and sprained ligaments, and reduction in pain and swelling related to such injuries
• reduction in the formation of excessive scar tissue following soft tissue injuries
• enhancement in the health and nourishment of skin
• improvement in posture through changing tension patterns that affect posture
• reduction in stress and an excellent stress management tool
• creation of a feeling of well-being
• reduction in levels of anxiety
• increase in awareness of the mind-body connection
• promotion of a relaxed state of mental awareness
Massage therapy also has a number of documented clinical benefits. For example, massage can reduce anxiety, improve pulmonary function in young asthma patients, reduce psycho-emotional distress in persons suffering from chronic inflammatory bowel disease, increase weight and improve motor development in premature infants, and may enhance immune system functioning. Some medical conditions that massage therapy can help are: allergies, anxiety and stress, arthritis, asthma and bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries, chronic and temporary pain, circulatory problems, depression, digestive disorders, tension headache, insomnia, myofascial pain, sports injuries, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Exercise & Rehabilitation
Exercise rehabilitation is a key component in regaining spinal health. Mobility should always precede stability which is why adjustments are so important but to reach optimal function, exercise is the key to stability. At West Family Chiropractic we understand the fundamentals of exercise and stability for a properly functioning spine and a healthy lifestyle. Contact us today to inquire about our spinal stability programs.
Both Dr. West is well versed in the movement patterns and baseline stability protocols to get you back on your feet and on the way to a more stable and functional spine. To meet the growing needs at the clinic, however, we are in search of a full-time exercise specialist to forward exercise progression and help patients reach not only their stability goals, but all around health and fitness goals.
Cervical Spinal Decompression
This therapy uses state of the art technology to apply a distraction force to relieve nerve compression often associated with chronic neck pain, numbness, tingling and radiating pain down the arms. Cervical decompression therapy is a non-surgical treatment option cleared by the FDA. While non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a relatively newer treatment method, candidates for this treatment are finding pain relief from their cervical spine related conditions. Application of cyclic forces decompresses intervertebral discs, achieving pain relief associated with herniated discs, protruding discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, and bulging discs.
Lumbar Spinal Decompression
Chronic back pain especially lower back pain (lumbar pain) is the primary reason people seek out the use of spinal decompression therapy. Lumbar spinal decompression therapy can be used to treat bulging, herniated, or ruptured lumbar intervertebral discs. These problems can be the source of radiating neurological pain (sciatica) as well as nagging, chronic low back pain. Lumbar decompression therapy is designed for decompressing the spine and reducing the pressure on the discs and nerves, allowing healing, repair, and long term relief of low back pain, sciatica, and discogenic related pain non-surgically.
At West Family Chiropractic we are proud to offer this specialized technique to the uniquely active Gainesville community.
Graston Technique® changes the way soft tissue injuries are treated. This innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 15,000 clinicians worldwide—including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.
GT is utilized at some 1,400 outpatient facilities and 38 industrial sites, by more than 214 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 51 respected colleges and universities.
- Decreases overall time of treatment
- Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
- Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
Low Level Light Therapy
Light has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a form of concentrated light therapy. The acronym “LASER” stands for Light amplification through the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The application of LLLT has been used in the fiend of physical medicine for over 30 years. It has received more attention in the USA given recent FDA clearances for several indications and the increase in well designed and randomized controlled trials over the last decade. LLLT is an emerging therapeutic modality with over 2000 published papers on topics such as joint pain, trigger point activity, decreased circulation, delayed wound healing, and others.
Physics of Low Level Laser Therapy
A laser beam is essentially a beam of light. While regular white light from a light bulb scatters light of multiple wavelengths in multiple directions, laser light is a very concentrated beam of light of a single wavelength (monochromatic), with all light waves aimed in a single direction (collimated) and all in phase with each other (coherence). Lasers are common use today: laser pointers, CD and DVD players, and in medicine as scalpels and cauterizers. The latter are medicinal lasers which are used for their destructive power, but in rehab much lower power lasers are used that have a modulating effect on biological tissues.
Biology of Light Therapy
Endre Mester is often cited as the father of LLLT. He discovered in the early 1960s that light at low intensities (without heating) was capable of stimulating biological processes. When light enters the cell, certain molecules called chromophores react to it, and trigger a photochemical reaction that leads to desirable physiological effects and clinical treatment outcomes. These include the stimulation of collages synthesis, the stimulation of ATP production, the acceleration of the inflammatory process and thereby wound healing, the decrease in inflammatory pain and swelling, and the increase in lymphocyte3 activity.