What Services are Provided?

Here at Advanced Chiropractic Care, we have many different services to fit your specific needs. Whether you are experiencing neck or back pain, extremity pain, headaches, or presenting for a wellness visit, we can help. There is no condition we won’t take a look at. If we decide we can take care of your condition, we will begin care plan immediately. Otherwise, we will get you where you need to be!

Services that are utilized include both passive and active forms of care. Passive care is a service that our doctors or team perform. Such service includes ultrasound, e-stim, and massage. You will be involved in the active phase of care. This includes therapeutic exercises and rehab. Because of our willingness to collaborate with other medical providers, we refer for MRI and other imaging when necessary. Therefore, our doctors treat you with an entire network of healthcare providers. Our team will see to your every need. The front desk is always available for questions. Our doctors are her eto answer anything they may not be able to.

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Adjustments

Our expert doctors use a variety of techniques for adjusting your neck, back, and extremities. Adjustments are shown to have a variety of benefits. These benefits include increased range of motion, decreased muscle spasm, decreased pain levels, and improved overall function.

What Exactly is an Adjustment?

Adjustments are the most common form of treatment used by chiropractors. Our doctors pride themselves on administering the most effective and gentle treatment possible. 

Adjustments are high velocity, low amplitude manipulation of joints. This rapid motion causes temporary gapping of joints and allows for therapeutic effects to take place. As a result, patients feel much better following adjustments.

Diversified/Manual Adjustments

Our doctors most commonly uses manual adjustments and patients are most familiar with this method. It uses manipulation by the doctors hands and commonly produces the “pop“. Our elite doctors do what they can to make sure your adjustments are gentle. An adjustment delivered in this manner can be unsettling the first time and our doctors realize this. They will be patient with you and walk you through the entire process.

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Thompson Drop Adjustments

The drop method is an assisted technique. As a result of this assistance, it is lower impact, and more reliant of natural spinal motion. Initially, the table will elevate your hips and low back. Then, your physician will methodically press on your hips or back, causing you to feel a short drop accompanied by the sound of the drop piece. Finally, the low-impact drop will mimic your spines natural motion. As a result, this will aid your body in restoring the motion needed to function.

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Activator/Impulse Adjusting Instruments

This method of adjustment is low impact. The activator is based on speed and not so much on force. The IAI will deliver a set of rapid impulses to move your joints before your body tightens up. Patients who have bone weakening disorders, or are just nervous about their adjustment will better respond to IAI. However, medical research states the IAI is just as effective as the manual or drop table adjustments.

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Below are a couple examples of typical chiropractic adjustments.

Disclosure

As with any procedure, there are risks of care. Most commonly soreness will arise following your adjustment. This is normal and may last 1-2 days. You will feel the same type of soreness post-exercise. If you begin to experience symptoms following your care, please contact us  if you are worried. The worst case scenario includes worsening of symptoms due to muscle memory re-pinching nerves or recompressing joints.

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You can also find more information on our website for Elite Chiropractic.

There have been questions on the effectiveness of care. There are those who claim adjustments are ineffective. In contrast, there is much research in the chiropractic field supporting effectiveness. Our patients will agree that there is absolutely benefit to care. Check out the research link. We update our website with new research frequently. In addition, you can give us a call today and see for yourself! We look forward to hearing from you.

Passive Therapy

Passive therapies aid in decreasing pain and improving the rate at which your body heals. Below are the various therapies we use to get you back to health. When you’re finished reading up about the therapies, explore our pages on massage, exercises, or our wellness care.

Hydrotherapy/ Roller-Traction

Hydrotherapy uses water pressure and heat to massage and loosen the muscles while simultaneously increasing local blood circulation for increased healing. In addition, the hydro-beds are comfortable and relax patients before their adjustments. Temporary itching is a common side-effect because of the increased circulation.

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Intersegmental traction utilizes roller bed technology to loosen and release restricted joint segments. We can increase or decrease the pressure applied to your back and even control where in your spine we use the therapy. Our doctors recommend traction or hydrotherapy  prior to your visit.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound encompasses multiple health benefits. These include soft tissue healing, remodeling damaged tissues, increased local circulation, and decreased inflammation. Therapeutic ultrasound uses a conductive gel and wand that houses a small crystal. High frequency vibrations of the crystal produce a healing effect on soft tissues. This is an ideal therapy for sprain/strain injuries, or chronic cases where scar tissue has built up.

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Electrical Stimulation

Electrical Stimulation, also referred to as E-stim, TENS, or EMS, will break up muscle spasm and decrease pain levels. Electrodes deliver a microcurrent to a designated area of the body. Number, pattern, and settings are dependant on the condition you present with. E-Stim transfers an electrical current and stimulates muscular contracture, fatiguing the muscle. 

Healing takes place at a faster rate when we combine ultrasound and e-stim. Therefore, combination of the two are most frequently used.

You will feel a tingling sensation that will increase in intensity so long as you are comfortable. In addition, since the current from the electrode acts like a nerve, you may experience involuntary muscle contractions.

More information on electrical stimulation can be found here.

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Diathermy

Diathermy warms certain body parts using IR waves. This therapy is capable of penetrating to deeper tissues and helps destroy damaged tissues. In addition, diathermy will help promote clotting, relieve pain, and promote. While undergoing therapy, you will feel a gentle warming sensation. Diathermy is exceptionally good for treating extremities.

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Decompression Therapy

Decompression therapy treats patients who are suffering from disc bulges in their neck or low back. Our Elite doctors will set you up on the decompression before therapy. Decompression provides a pulling, similar to an intense stretch. This decompressive forces creates a negative pressure in the spine. This force effectively acts like a vacuum to suck the disc back into place. As a result of the stretching, patients are commonly sore afterwards.

Laser Therapy

We utilize laser therapy as a form of therapy to promote local circulation and improve healing rates of soft tissues. Laser will offer temporary relief from conditions such as osteoarthritis or whiplash.

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LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, HAVE ANY METAL, PACEMAKERS, OR ANY OTHER IMPLANTED DEVICES.  ANY OF THESE CAN ALTER CARE SO PLEASE LET US KNOW BEFORE WE BEGIN.

Therapeutic Exercises

We believe in getting you out of pain by treating the cause. Remember, pain is not a problem, it is the result. We begin care with a passive phase of care using therapies. Once pain has diminished and function returns, we will walk you through home rehab exercises. These exercises stabilize and strengthen the affected area. The goal of these exercises is to prevent re-injury or progression. You can think of treatment like building a wall. The passive care forms the structure but the exercises lay the cement.

This page will discuss a few of the more common issues we see and how we treat them. 

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While performing any exercises, you should not have any pain. If at any time you experience pain, STOP IMMEDIATELY!

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Forward Head Carriage

Forward head carriage is a common finding in people who have desk jobs, sit for prolonged amounts of time, or spend a lot of time on their phone. Consequently, the muscles in the front of the neck will tighten up and muscles at the back of the neck and shoulders will compress on nerves causing pain and headaches. Through a combination of stretching and strengthening exercises, we correct these imbalances. This will restore the natural curvature of your neck. Rounded shoulders accompany forward head carriage. Because of this, we work to being the shoulders back to proper alignment.

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Thoracic Kyphosis

Slumping forward to increase the curvature in between the shoulder blades results in increased kyphosis. As a result, this creates the dreaded buffalo hump that is common in older women. With proper strengthening exercises between the shoulder blades, you can prevent excessive kyphosis

Sway-Back Exercises

Sway back is the term used to describe increased curvature in the low back. Increased curvature compresses the vertebral joints and nerves. Strengthening exercises of the erector muscles and stretching of the hamstrings will alleviate pressure from the joints and the nerve roots, providing relief. Naturally, pregnant women classically display sway-back.

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Anterior Pelvic Tilt

Anterior pelvic tilt results when you have tight back extensors, tight frontal hip flexors, weak glutes, and weak abdominals. Therefore, strengthening and stretching are usually sufficient to aid is correcting pelvic tilt. 

Sciatica Exercises

Pinching of the sciatic nerve can result in pain that travels to the knee or foot. It can also be accompanied by weakness, numbness, or tingling and can be extremely painful. Therefore, stretching of the muscles that cover the sciatic nerve will release pressure. Exercises focus on relieving pressure from the nerve. Therefore, relief is obtained by stretching.

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Our doctors will get you back to feeling better and functioning. However, in the end, maintaining your body’s health will be up to you. Numerous gyms are present here in the River Valley. As a result, each gym has its own particular niche. Whether you are looking for crossfit, general health, or want to get into bodybuilding, there is a gym for you.

River Valley Fitness & Training

Planet Fitness

Mercy Fitness Center

Listed are just 3 of the gyms that are in close proximity to our beautiful clinic. Therefore, visit their web page and call to inquire about visiting.

Exercises with chiropractic care and massage will greatly increase healing rate. Read about the adjustments or our massage therapy. Then contact us today!

Wellness Care

An age old myth about chiropractors is that once you start seeing one, you have to go forever. This couldn’t be further from the truth. An option available to all of our patients is the utilization of regular care. Mechanics work on your car regularly. Likewise,chiropractors can regularly work on your spine. Our patients choose to come in once or twice per month for alignment. Numerous times, patients who come in regularly are able to catch various conditions before they progress into something greater. Following your treatment plan, you will decide to call when needed or to schedule a wellness visit.

A wellness visit, a vast majority of the time, includes only a spinal manipulation. However, we will not short you on your care. Your doctor will administer passive therapies when needed or review your exercises. You’re doctor will ask a few questions to check on you and will search for joint restrictions, adjusting accordingly. Immediately following, they will administer any necessary therapy or exercises.

Call us today to set up your wellness visit. Or get in with our doctors to take care of what is ailing you.

Immunity

While chiropractic care itself does not aid in immune system support, there are methods to help boost your immune system. Follow the link to read more!

Further Reading

To learn more about the 6 dimensions of wellness, click here. The 6 dimensions were developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the NWI. The NWI defines wellness as “an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence”. Call today!

If you aren’t in need of our chiropractic care at this time, we do also offer DOT exams. Follow the link To learn more

DOT Exams

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Feel free to browse the tabs highlighting each are we treat and our different methods of treatment.

If you have any questions about the services that we provide our patients, contact us today at (479) 452-4433. We look forward to hearing from you.

In addition, you may visit the elite resource page for more information.