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Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy (Chiropractic Adjustment)
A manual procedure that involves a direct thrust which moves a joint beyond its active and passive range of motion (ROM) without exceeding its anatomical limits, in order to restore motion deficits or correct mechanical derangement. High velocity, low amplitude thrusts are commonly applied. Controlled position, leverage, direction, amplitude, and velocity are all essential components of the procedure.
Besides the increased mobility in the joint, the adjustment helps increase the circulation and relieve pressure upon the nerve endings that line the surface of the joint and course through the space between the joints. This is particularly useful when one has acute back or neck pain that involves muscle spasm as often one can feel immediate increase in movement and a significant decrease in pain directly after an adjustment. Regardless of whether the condition is acute or chronic, the removal of interference and/or irritation of the nerve roots can have profound benefits for the patient.
MedX is an advanced line of computerized spinal testing and rehabilitation equipment researched and developed in conjunction with the University of Florida and UCSD Schools of Medicine. MedX™ treatment involves diagnostic testing (to specifically identify areas of abnormal spinal function) and spinal rehabilitation therapy (to restore normal function through computerized rehabilitation and neuromuscular re-education). About MedX™ rehabilitation protocols are utilized by the most respected orthopedic surgeons in the world and have been proven effective for the treatment of chronic and recurrent back pain in prospective controlled clinical trials. These computerized and highly advanced spinal rehabilitation protocols have the unique ability to specifically isolate the cervical and lumbar musculature in a safe and highly effective manner.
MedX™ diagnostic testing specifically identifies areas of abnormal spinal function. These measures objectively document the presence or absence of functional disability caused by soft tissue injury. This allows doctors to establish or rule out medical necessity for spinal rehabilitation and treatment. For the past 20 years, MedX™ equipment has been researched and utilized worldwide, with hundreds of thousands of patients. The results of this research have established MedX™ as the leader in spinal rehabilitation by reducing ratable factors of disability in approximately 81% of chronic spinal pathology patients. San Antonio Pain Relief & Rehabilitation Center is one of only thirty facilities statewide certified to use the MedX™ equipment.
BackStrong™ is a Variable Angle Roman Chair (VARC) device that can safely and progressively load the spine in order to increase strength and range of motion in low back pain patients. The BackStrong™ machine is a very practical and therapeutic device with broad application in the treatment of persistent back problems. The gradual progressive resistance allows a therapeutic exercise program for even the most tentative exercise candidate. The use of the BackStrong™ machines are innovative because they may be utilized complementary to existing low back pain intervention programs such as McKenzie therapy, spinal/pelvic stabilization exercises, spinal manipulation or computerized high/tech lumbar rehabilitation (MedX™).
Acupuncture is an effective, non-invasive form of healthcare which promotes natural healing, relieves pain, enhances recuperative power and immunity, and improves overall health and well-being. During a session, the acupuncturist will check the client's pulse and will be able to detect where blockages exist. The acupuncturist will then insert sterile, single-use, stainless-steel needles (as fine as a human hair) into specific acu-points or meridians. Insertion of the needles is painless thanks to modern acupuncture needling techniques, and aims to unblock any obstruction and balance Qi. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony to our bodies.
As a therapist carefully unwinds a client's tense and tired muscles, the therapist may also be unwinding the pent-up emotions and anxiety which do not get processed during the course of the day. This process not only helps relieve pain from back, neck, shoulders and other areas, but also aids in relieving stress, leaving the client in a heightened state of relaxation.