Chiropractic is a science dedicated to and based on the human body, particularly the relationship between skeletal and the nervous system. When balanced, these vital systems interact to preserve and restore your health. Chiropractic is a hands-on approach to health and wellness, relying on the body to heal itself and correcting any misalignments that may prevent this healing from occurring.
Chiropractic manipulation or adjustment is designed to:
- Treat mechanical restrictions (dysfunctional joints)
- Increase your range of motion
- Eliminate excessive strain on your muscles
- Block pain impulses and increase your comfort level
Adjustments are the central part of chiropractic treatment. The chiropractic adjustment is a therapeutic manipulation that uses controlled force, leverage, direction, amplitude, and velocity directed at specific joints. In other words, an adjustment involves a lot more than simply opening up a joint.
Dr. Akin, Dr. Sebby, and Dr. Bucki will not only perform these adjustments to the spine, but they might adjust other joints, such as the ankle, knee, wrist, elbow, or shoulder in order to restore structural alignment or to improve joint function. Again, proper structure is necessary for proper function, and proper extremity function is an important part of healthy daily living.
Active Release Technique (ART)
ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves due to overuse.
Overuse of muscles can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength and pain. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling, numbness and weakness.
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
- Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, trauma injuries)
- Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
What is an ART® treatment like?
Every ART® session is a combination of examination and treatment. The ART® provider at Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Medicine uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART®. They allow ART® certified providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. The treatment may be different with each visit depending on what the providers discovers during examination.
Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissue to improve circulation, range of motion, tissue healing, and function while reducing muscle spasm and promoting well-being. Massage therapy is one of the most ancient forms of healing. There are many benefits of therapeutic massage therapy such as:
- Reducing muscle tension and soreness
- Pain management
- Decreasing inflammation
- Improving detoxification
- Promoting healing from injuries
- Increasing joint flexibility and range of motion
- Improving circulation, posture, sleep, and digestion
- Relieving pregnancy discomforts
- Reducing stress
There is scientific research that shows how massage can help with a variety of health conditions including:
- Sports Injuries
- Neck and back pain
- Carpal tunnel
- Circulatory problems
- Digestive disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Anxiety and depression
There are a number of massage modalities that are used in order to achieve optimal wellness including:
- Myofascial Therapy – Soft tissue therapy used to treat dysfunction in the body by relieving pain and increasing the range of motion of restricted muscle and muscle groups. This technique relaxes contracted muscles, increases circulation and lymphatic drainage, and stimulates the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.
- Neuromuscular/Trigger Point Therapy – Uses the neuromuscular system to balance and normalize muscle function and reduce the pain response. Trigger point therapy is a deep tissue pressure point technique used for spot work to relieve pain and increase mobility.
- Therapeutic Deep Tissue Therapy – Deep work applied to the belly of the muscle used in conjunction with other modalities. Deep work can be used with active or passive range of motions and muscle stripping.
- Sports Massage – Enhances sports performance and helps the body to recuperate faster from delayed muscle soreness. Different sports techniques help stretch and relax muscles both before and after a workout. Sports massage reduces the chance of injury by increasing range of motion and flexibility in areas most prone to performance problems. Sports massage techniques include stretching, active and passive range of motion so sports bras and shorts are recommended for treatment.
- Massage Cupping – Utilizes either glass, plastic, or rubber cups to create negative pressure which loosens adhesions by lifting connective tissue allowing new blood to flow to stagnant areas of the body. Cupping is a powerful modality that is used to drain excess fluids and toxins.
- PNF stretching, or Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation stretching – Techniques used to enhance both active and passive range of motion with the ultimate goal being to optimize motor performance and rehabilitation. An active PNF stretch involves a shortening contraction of the opposing muscle to place the target muscle on a stretch, this is followed by an isometric contraction of the target muscle. PNF can be used to make quick gains in range of motion to help athletes improve performance.
- Prenatal Massage – Performed during pregnancy to minimize stress, promote relaxation and prepare the muscles for child birth. Prenatal massage can also be used to improve labor outcomes. Other benefits of prenatal massage include: relieving headaches, fatigue, leg cramps, sciatic nerve pain, back aches, and edema.
Functional Rehabilitation Programs
Functional Rehabilitation is a program involving evaluation and performance of rehabilitation exercises that mimic real life. With this type of program, a patient will be able to return to work, daily activities, and competition sooner and with better mechanics to improve performance and prevent future re-occurrences of injury and pain. To maintain the accomplishments achieved in the chiropractic office, exercise and in turn strength are necessary components. Strength not only trains the proper muscles on how and when to work, but it also results in a longer maintenance of the chiropractic adjustment.
Spinal stabilization reduces the strain placed on the spinal joints through effective bracing and muscular support (core strength). This allows for improved athletic performance through effective power transfer and a decrease in wasted movements.
Training proper movement patterns
Properly training movement patterns decreases the strain placed on joints and connective tissues including the interveterbral disc. This reduces the risk of future aggravations and allows you to get back to work and play faster.
Infrared Sauna therapy is an effective measure to help the body stay healthy, strong, and eliminate harmful toxins.
Unlike the high heat produced in traditional saunas, infrared heat is able to penetrate the body to a depth of 1.5 to 2 inches. This stimulates the body’s cellular detoxification process more effectively than a traditional sauna by delivering penetrating warmth to the body. The infrared sauna increases the body’s own infrared energy levels, encouraging a slight rise in body temperature that boosts natural detoxification systems by causing toxins to be dropped off into the blood stream and excreted through sweat, feces, and urine.
Our bodies absorb more toxin substances more than ever with more than 77,000 chemicals are in active production in this country, and more than 3,000 chemicals are in our food supply. The EPA estimates that our bodies cannot metabolize over 20,000 of these chemicals which, means these toxic substances are stored in fat cells throughout our bodies. Studies indicate that most of us have between 400 and 800 chemical residues stored in the fat cells of our bodies. Together, these chemicals and heavy metals create a situation of chronic toxic overload.
A build up of these toxins can cause:
- Enzyme dysfunction
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Create hormonal imbalances
- Damage brain chemistry
- Can lead to cancer
- Other debilitating chronic illnesses
Signs and symptoms of chemical and/or heavy metal toxicity:
- Digestive problems
- Muscle and joint pain
- Night sweats
- Chronic fatigue
- Cold hands and feet
- Inability to lose or gain weight
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Brain fog
- Chemical sensitivity
- Low body temperature
Benefits of an infrared sauna session
Enhanced Immune Health
- Improves immune system health by boosting production of infection-fighting white blood cells and Killer T-cells
Improved Cardiovascular Conditioning
- As the body heats up, it cools itself by sending blood from the internal organs to the extremities and the skin, increasing heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate
- Medical research shows that regular use of a far infrared sauna may be as effective for cardiovascular conditioning as exercise
- Far infrared sauna helps to reduce physical stress by boosting circulation and triggers the production of endorphins
Weight & Cellulite Control
- Cardiovascular effect from a single session burns up to 600 calories
- Effective at dealing with cellulite when combined with massage therapy and nutrition
- Infrared heat increases blood circulation to injured areas, dilates blood vessels, speeds up the healing process, and relieves pain
Manipulation Under Anesthesia/Sedation, MUA Therapy
Manipulation Under Anesthesia/Sedation (MUA), is an effective non-invasive treatment option for people suffering from acute and chronic back pain, muscle spasms, and pinched nerves. The combination of manipulation with sedation is not new-it has been successfully performed by orthopedic surgeons for years.
How MUA Works?
The MUA procedure uses twilight sedation to relax restricted muscles allowing the physician to gently stretch and adjust the spine. The MUA physicians at Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Medicine are trained to recognize where and how much stretching and adjustments are needed for each patient. A typical procedure is performed once per day for up to 20 minutes for three days and is followed by post MUA exercises, designed to maintain the new range of motion thus helping to achieve the optimal benefit.
A typical rehabilitation program lasts for 3-4 weeks post procedure. The effects of the MUA include; altering pain producing scar tissue formations, decompression of bulging/herniated discs, stretching of chronically tight muscles, and eliminating pain by improving range of motion of the affected joints. Studies have proposed that it is the adhesions and scar tissue that have built up around spinal joints and muscles that causes chronic pain. MUA, unlike other treatments, can offer patients with acute and chronic pain long term relief, because this procedure treats the fibrous adhesions in the joint capsules, discs, and surrounding supportive tissues.
Common Injuries Treated by Chiropractors
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- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder/Rotator Cuff Pain
- Pregnancy back pain
- Elbow pain
- Upper back/scapular pain
- Hand and wrist pain
- Nerve entrapments
- Frozen shoulder
- ITB syndrome
- Carpal tunnel
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Temporo-Mandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Shin Splints
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Knee pain
- Herniated/ protruded disc
- Hip pain
- Golfer’s/Tennis elbow
- Ankle pain
- Work injury
- Foot pain
- Automobile injury