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Your body is a very complicated and unique organism that is similar but not quite the exact same as the person next to you. The same can be said about treating certain spinal conditions. Not all low back pain is the same which is why chiropractors are trained in a wide variety of techniques. Here at Level Spine Chiropractic, we offer several different treatment options, including:
Diversified Technique Leander Technique Activator
Intersegmental Traction Table Physiotherapy E-Stim
The Diversified Technique is a very common, broadly used set of adjustments that can be modified for the specific condition or patient presentation. This set of adjustment styles is a great base for full body care and is the foundation of many chiropractors throughout the world.
This is one of the specialty techniques that won’t be found in many offices. The Leander Technique is a variation of COX Flexion- Distraction which utilizes a special table that actually moves while the patient is laying on it. The image shows typical patient positioning on the table.The table moves from the waist down in an up and down motion. The doctor then utilizes this added motion to perform specific muscle stretches and motion assisted adjustments which actually take less force that a typical adjustment which means a very gentle adjustment. But still, one of the biggest reasons doctors and patients love this technique is that it was designed around the patient who has disk herniation’s or bulges causing sciatica like symptoms such as radiating lightning-like pain down the legs, numbness in the feet, throbbing sensations and more.
The science behind the Leander technique is derived from the idea that if you control where the pivot point is, you can be very specific with where the most motion will occur. This is an advantage for the doctor because by positioning the patient on the table in just the right spot, they can then localize the area causing the problems and with certain hand positions, actually cause a slight vacuum in between the bones which will help bring the disk back to where it needs to be. This will then relieve the pressure on the nerves and reduce the symptoms that the patient was feeling.
The Activator is an instrument that is used to adjust patients without the use of manual (hand) adjustments. One of the most researched techniques out there, the Activator is a go-to for patients that can’t be adjusted with other techniques that require more force. A chiropractic adjustment is a high-velocity, low-amplitude force directed in a very specific direction. The Activator is exactly that! It is a tool that uses a spring loaded mechanism to deliver a very consistent, very specifically placed force on a bone that isn’t moving like it should.
This is another motorized table that is utilized in many chiropractic offices. Sometimes called a roller table, there are three rollers inside the table that move up and down your back to introduce passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints, which increases mobility. Traction is also used to increase the fluid supply to the joints and disks. Since discs have a poor blood supply, they get nutrients from the circulation of fluids surrounding spinal joints. Fixations prevent this natural circulation and can cause disc thinning and degeneration. Intersegmental traction helps increase and restore necessary elasticity and motion to the spine.
Ultrasound and E-Stim
Ultrasound is a therapeutic treatment using high-frequency sound waves to penetrate into the tissue of an injured area. Sound vibrations, as fast as a million times per second, create a heating response in the soft tissues below the ultrasound head. These vibrations and added heat help break down and disperse unhealthy calcium and other hard accumulations that may be forming in the tissues. Ultrasound therapy is usually administered with a gel that helps conduct the sound waves to the body part that is being treated. Patients typically don’t feel anything other that the cool gel, or a mild warming feeling.
E-Stim, short for Electrical Stimulation is also know as Interferential Therapy. As the name suggests, this therapy uses electrical currents to stimulate muscles and other soft tissues which aids in pain relief and swelling reduction. Ligament sprains, muscle strains and spasms often respond well to this treatment, helping to reduce muscle weakening and increase blood circulation. Most patients find interferential to be extremely beneficial and describe the feeling of the treatment as a “faint pins and needles” sensation.
Chiropractors are not just adjusters or “bone crackers.” Physiotherapy and rehab is a vital part of most chiropractor’s treatment plans. Bones rely on muscles and ligaments to hold them in place, and if the muscles are too tight or not tight enough, it causes other compensations throughout the chain or moving joints and makes it just that much harder for the adjustments to keep a good hold. Dr. Ludwig will talk to you about your current exercise regimen and give advise as to what modifications could or should be made. He may even assign home exercises and stretches that will be used alongside other therapy options to provide you with the fastest recovery possible.