|Luke Boyer, DC||
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Chiropractic is a natural health care profession that focuses on structural balance through the neuromuscular system without the use of drugs or surgery. Special emphasis is placed on the spine, due to its relationship with the nervous system. The vertebral subluxation, or misalignment of a spinal segment, may often be the cause of altered neurological function.
An “adjustment,” means the specific manipulation of any joint in the body which has an abnormal movement pattern or fails to function normally. The adjustment can be given by hand or instrument, and consists of introducing movement to the joint areas that are out of alignment or do not move properly in a normal range of motion. The adjustment pressure used by Dr. Luke varies from patient to patient in order to find what works best for each individual. Chiropractic is grounded in science and endorsed by research as a safe and effective method of musculoskeletal health care.
Yet, chiropractors are like most healthcare providers — the best ones have a large selection of techniques that they can apply to various different health and fitness issues. The majority of chronic joint problems require more than manipulation alone to correct. Soft tissue structures surrounding an involved joint usually have some component of weakness and tightness or associative functional imbalance that also needs to be addressed.
During your first appointment, Dr. Luke will gather information about your concern, explain your condition or symptoms, discuss treatment options, and begin treatment.
Examination includes review of patient history, range of motion testing, basic movement assessment, evaluation of joint movement and stability, evaluation of posture and gait and of the neuromuscular system that controls them, and manual muscle testing.
Treatment may include spinal and/or extremity adjusting, myofascial release technique, trigger point therapy, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), isolated stretching, and/or gait correction. Frequent assessment is done during each visit to measure the efficacy of the treatment being provided.
Kinesio Taping has emerged as a unique rehabilitative taping method. "KT" is elastic, latex-free tape that is takes easy to apply and lasts (3-5 days). KT is extremely versatile in its ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, promote lymphatic flow, reduce pain, enhance performance, prevent injury, and promote injury resolution. The Kinesio Taping Method involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or prevent over-contraction. The technique gives the practitioner the opportunity to actually give support while maintaining full range of motion, enabling the individual to participate in physical activity with functional assistance.
Chiropractic manipulations help by: