When I first started looking at going back to school I was fairly immersed in yoga therapy. Yoga therapy seemed to be a mesh between the mind and body. And so I was trying to decide if I should go back to school for the mind (psychology) or the body (physical therapy).
When I realized chiropractic was the answer, I was still fairly certain that yoga therapy was going to be my main modality of helping other humans relieve pain and heal their bodies. As I’ve traversed the years in this physical medical program, I am pleased to say that I think I will have quite a few tools in my toolbox.
- Adjustment or Manipulation is a technique that Osteopaths, Chiropractors, and sometimes Naturopathic doctors all utilize to increase segmental range of motion and reduce chronic pain patterns.
- Soft tissue massage, pin and stretch, myofascial trigger point release to relax tight muscles and release tension.
- Ice and heat therapy to reduce pain in acute injury.
- Myofascial cupping to release adhesions and support muscle healing.
- Taping such as K-Tape to support joints and sprains.
- Exercises and stretches to maintain function and improve range of mobility.
- Nutritional support and vitamin suggestions to improve diet and internal function
- Argyrol treatment for rhinosinusitis and nasal congestion to increase drainage of the sinuses and relieve congestion.
- Ear irrigation to reduce cerumen impaction (ear wax) and reduce hearing loss, hearing aid difficulty, dizziness, pain and/or itching in ears, tinnitus, chronic cough, and sense of fullness in canal.
- Ultrasound. Sound waves create deep heat therapy that can be applied to soft tissues and joints to reduce pain, stiffness, spasms, and increase blood flow and accelerate healing.
- Electrical stimulation (E-stim) that send light electrical pulses to different areas on the body to reduce inflammation, muscle spasms, and relieve pain.
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators (TENS) is a form of E-stim that helps block pain signals and releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
- Cold laser therapy reduces swelling, pain, inflammation and increases circulation.
- Patient education that include lifestyle modifications, diet and nutritional programs, self-care and stress relief so that patients can be in charge of their healing process.