Chiropractic combined with functional neurology is the discipline that evaluates brain function through a comprehensive neurological examination and identifies strategies that can be used to improve body and brain function. A strong body cannot function properly without a strong brain or central nervous system. Through the use specific gentle chiropractic care, Functional Neuro-Orthopedic Rehabilitation methods, and Active Release Technique, we can make breakthroughs that other approaches were not able to do. Dr. Tim trained at the Carrick Institute and is currently board eligible to be a Diplomat of the Chiropractic Board of Neurologist.
Active Release Technique
ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. Use of this technique can often improve the healing time and shorten the duration of treatment. I combine most of my ART treatment with therapeutic ultrasound giving you a greater benefit.
Functional Neuro-Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Functional Neuro-Orthopedic Rehabilitation (FNOR) is a modern rehabilitation approach that is a combination of neuroscience, physical therapy, biotechnology and pain management. FNOR began as a project that was aimed at developing non-invasive solutions to stubborn, treatment-resistant post-surgical pain but developed into a comprehensive system of physical rehabilitation that can be effectively applied to a range of common orthopedic conditions including: Arm and Shoulder Conditions (e.g. rotator cuff injury, frozen shoulder, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, golfers elbow.)
Spine Conditions ((e.g. lower back pain, neck pain, spinal stenosis, disc injury.)
Hip and Leg Problems (e.g. IT band syndrome, hip arthritis and pain, knee pain, runners knee, Achilles tendon pain, plantar fasciitis.)
Because the FNORTM system addresses body and brain is also used to rehabilitate those who have suffered from serious injuries including:
Brain injury (e.g. stroke, concussion.)
Instability and Frequent Falling.
Traumatic injuries involving body and brain issues.
Interferential Electric Muscle Stimulation
Interferential current therapy is an effective therapy option used by many physiotherapy clinics to relieve pain and accelerate the self-healing process, getting your body back to a healthy, pain free state. The high frequency signals of an IFC penetrate through the skin into deeper lying muscle tissues.
Electrodes are placed on your skin around the injured body part. The Interferential Current (IFC) device then transmits electrical impulses in minute quantities through your skin. Underlying tissue and nerves are stimulated which begins the healing properties. These impulses are not painful in the least. In fact, patients describe the sensation as a minor prickle on their skin. Frequencies produced by the IFC have been proven to stimulate endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. This can help to create a self-healing process without the need to for medications. This form of therapy is also extremely useful in reducing pain, inflammation, curing edema, and spasms.
There are three primary benefits to ultrasound. The first is the speeding up of the healing process from the increase in blood flow in the treated area. The second is the decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema. The third is the gentle massage of muscle tendons and/ or ligaments in the treated area because no strain is added and any scar tissue is softened. These three benefits are achieved by two main effects of therapeutic ultrasound. The two types of effects are: thermal and non thermal effects. Thermal effects are due to the absorption of the sound waves. Non thermal effects are from cavitition, microstreaming and accoustic streaming.
Combining the positive effects of ultrasound with Active Release Technique has made vast improvements in my muscle therapy applications. Faster healing equals faster results which gets you back on the field.
Low Level Laser
Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and is thought to help accelerate the healing process. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions in order to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality.
Cold lasers are handheld devices used by the clinician and are often the size of a flashlight. The laser is placed directly over the injured area for 5 minutes to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the dose provided by the cold laser unit.
Kinesiology Tape aka RockTape
More specifically, it runs interference on pain. Ever whack your shin and rub it, and suddenly realize you feel better? RockTape on the skin can interfere with painful signals which are directed to the brain.
When the signals arriving to the brain are altered, it does not produce the sensation of pain. When kinesiology tape is properly applied, many of our customers call it “magic” or think that it fixed their injury instantly. In fact, it helps to change how your body interprets pain*, turning down the pain “volume” that your body hears.
When RockTape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers. This allows the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.
Our experienced massage therapist Kelly, is experienced in both a relaxation massage and injury/pain relief massage. She has over 5 years experience and works close with Dr. Tim to provide the best massage for individual patients.