When you think of chiropractic, you typically think of backs and back adjustments. Though chiropractors do make adjustments to your spine, they have many tools available to them for many different problems. Let’s take a look at a few therapies used by chiropractors today.
Braces and Supports
In general, chiropractic tries to get the body moving again. However, at times, braces and supports are needed to give the injured area more time to heal and become stronger. Braces and supports can:
- Help after an acute injury
- Stabilize a chronic condition such as scoliosis
- Improve physical function
- Slow disease progression
- Diminish pain
- Eliminate range of motion in one direction
Eighty-seven percent of all North Americans suffer from foot pain of some severity during their life. Each foot has more than 100 working parts with 26 bones working with ligaments, muscles and tendons to support and balance the weight of the entire body. The simple act of walking puts one and a half times your body weight on each foot. However, foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored. Foot problems can cause problems, not only in the feet, but in the hip, knee and back. That is why your chiropractor may suggest orthotics, which are used to:
- Provide support
- Prevent foot deformity
- Keep foot deformity from getting worse
- Provide better positioning
- Relieve pressure on a specific area of the foot
- Improve the overall movement of the foot
- Restore balance
- Improve sports performance
Low Level Laser Therapy
In 1968, Endre' Mester invented 'laser biostimulation'. He believed that lower-powered beams could produce cold effects in tissues. Soon thereafter, the LLLT made its way into the Health Canada and FDA for approval for pain reduction. Today, LLLT has many different uses including sprains, back and neck pain, arthritis, chronic pain, nerve pain, ulcers, post-operative care and burns.
Whole Body Vibration
Originally developed by Russian scientist Vladimir Nazarov, whole body vibration training was used to prevent cosmonauts’ muscles and bones from decreasing in density when they were in space; the weightless atmosphere pre-disposed both cosmonauts and astronauts to osteoporosis. Traditional resistance training in micro-gravity situations was useless but scientists found that standing on a vibrating platform stimulated muscle and bone development.
Whole Body Vibration is widely used in commercial and residential applications for its many benefits and can be used by almost anybody to meet requirements such as rehabilitation, getting started in an exercise program or as an additional aspect to any traditional strength and training program.
The Serola Sacroiliac Belt
The Serola SI Belt is designed to hold the SIJ together so the likelihood of it opening beyond normal between treatments is greatly reduced. If the joint re-opens, the Serola SI Belt will minimize re-injury to the joint and its ligaments. During rehabilitation, the Serola SI Belt holds the sacrum to the ilia with the proper tension so that, during exercise, as you bring the ilia backward, it carries the sacrum with it. The ligaments are not stressed and the joint remains intact; this is critical to proper rehabilitation.
Denneroll Neck Orthotic
The DENNEROLL is a cervical orthotic device developed by Dr. Adrian Dennewald, an Australian Chiropractor. Its unique design provides a gentle but effective stretch that assists in the correction of abnormal Cervical Lordosis. The DENNEROLL can assist in relief of pain and muscle tension, as well as enhance patient comfort and improve health.