WHOLE FOCUS CHIROPRACTIC
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Services and Conditions

 

Whole Focus Chiropractic is proud to offer the following services. Click on each link to learn more.   

Whole Focus Chirorpactic specializes in treatment of the following conditions:

  • Neck, Upper, Mid, and Lower Back Pain
  • Migraines, Headaches, Tension Headahcees 
  • Jaw Pain, Clicking, Popping, TMJ Dysfunction
  • Pregnancy and Post-Partum related pain
  • Pediatric Chiropractic Care
  • Numbness and Tingling in the Arms or Legs, Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel
  • Chronic Muscle Tension, Postural Problems
  • Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Forearm Pain
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 More about Chiropractic Adjustments

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the gentle movement of the joints of the spine and body to relieve pain, restore proper joint function and range of motion, enhance nerve flow and nervous system functioning.

The brain and body communicate with each other through the nerves that are protected and housed in your spine. Nerves that enter the spine bring information from the body up to the brain. Nerves that exit the spine bring information from the brain to the body. 

Every muscle, organ, and tissue of your body must be in constant communication with the brain in order to function and to repair. When there is a misalignment in your spine, the ability of your brain and body to communicate with each other can be dimished, much like putting a kink in your telephone line--now your calls aren't going through or if they are, they are garbled. 

By restoring proper alignment and motion in the joints, the vital communication between the brain and body can be restored, thus enhancing your own ability to heal. 

What techniques do you use?

Traditional manual adjustments, Flexion/Distraction, Drop and Activator techniques are utilized according to what works best for each individual. Some people prefer the tradiaional style of adjustment whereas others do better with a "less is more" approach.  

How do my joints become restricted?

Joints can become restricted as a result of a tissue injury from a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time, through exposure to chemical or environmental toxins or through emotional stresses. Injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function.

By locating these areas of restriction and manually applying a controlled force into those joints, proper motion is re-introduced, pain is decreased, and the surrounding tissues are allowed to heal. 

What is that sound?

Adjustments may be accompanied by a “popping” sound. This is normal and is caused by dissolved gases in the synovial fluid around the joints as they come out of solution. Once the “pop” has occurred, it will not happen again until the gases have re-dissolved back into the synovial fluid. 

Does it hurt?

Chiropractic adjustments rarely cause discomfort. However, a small percentage of patients(roughly 10%) may experience mild soreness or aching (like after exercising) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.

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  More about the Webster Technique and Care for Pregnant Patients

The Webster technique is a specific soft tissue and adjustment technique for pregnant women that addresses
sacroilac joint dysfunction and compensatory tightening/torsion of pelvic muscles and ligaments that may contribute to difficult labor (dystocia), baby malpresentation (breech presentation) and incidence of C-section.

The combination of weight gain, postural adaptations and hormones preparing the mother for birth means that pregnant mothers have a greater chance of sacroiliac joint dysfunction and neuro-biochemical imbalance than the general population.

As the sacroiliac joint is mobilized and the pelvis re-balanced, nervous system stress and dural tension are reduced and parasympathetic activity, muscle function, proprioceptor activity and smooth muscle tone of the broad, round and utero-sacral ligaments are improved. Normalizing pelvic balance and function allows for the baby to assume the easiest and best possible position for birth and decreases the potential for undue stress to the baby's developing spine and nervous system.

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More about Pediatric Chiropractic Care for Babies, Toddlers, Children and Adolescents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1– Right after birth

2- When starting to pick up head while on belly

3–At onset of crawling

4-As child begins to sit

5-When first learns to stand

6-During initial walking stages

General Adjusting Guidelines

 

 

 

 

Light force (do not need audible)

 

 

P-A equilateral thrusts

 

 

Finger contacts

 

 

No rotation (cervicals or side posture)

 

 

No traction

 

 

Sustained pressure or tapping

 

 

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Straighten out child’s posture before introducing a force into spine.

 

 

In cervicals, mirror image head tilt before adjusting atlas.

People erroneously believe that there is no need to adjust a baby or a growing child, yet they do not question giving their child medications for colic or GERD or ear infections. People do not have a problem acknowleding when there is something wrong with their babies or children, yet they question the  Babies and children have spines and nervous systems and muscles just like adults. They experience injury, trauma, pain and dusfunction just like adults. If you think back to when you were growing up, there is no doubt you will remember a time when you experienced pain and dysfunction. For a growing baby or child, it is even more important to address this dysfunction

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  •  More About Focused Massage/Myofascial Release Therapy

    How will I benefit?

    • Decreased pain
    • Reduced muscle stiffness, tightness and fatigability
    • Improved range of motion, flexibility and strength
    • Promotes relaxation and release of tensions
    • Enhances circulation to speed healing
    • Improves posture and alignment
    • Improves joint function and stability
    What techniques do you use?
    • Myofascial Release Therapy
    • Stretching Techniques- (PIR, PNF)
    • Instrument-Assisted Massage (Graston, Gua Sha, Thumper)
    What is Myofascial Release Therapy?
    “Myo” means muscle, and “fascia” refers to the connective tissues that surround, separate or bind together muscles, organs, and other soft tissues in the body.  Fascia forms a 3-D matrix of structural support throughout your entire body. If you were to take out everything in your body-the skin, organs, muscles, bones, nerves, etc. and only leave the fascia, you would still see the shape of your entire body!

    Myofascial pain can be caused by tight fascia that puts pressure on the muscle or connective tissues. In addition, myofascial pain can be caused by a small, taut band of contracted muscle and fascia called a ‘Trigger Point.’ When you press on a Trigger Point, you will notice that you feel pain in a different area of your body. These pain referral patterns are well documented and there are several techniques for releasing them. In both instances, these restrictions inhibit blood flow to the affected structures, thus creating a cycle of contraction and further blood flow inhibition unless the area is treated.

    Myofascial Release Therapy stretches and loosens the fascia so that normal blood flow, motion and flexibility can be restored. This is accomplished through maintaining contact on the involved area, while you actively move through a specific motion. If a Trigger Point is the problem, compressing it (ischemic compression) and then releasing it will cause the taut band to relax and also creates an influx of fresh blood flow to the area. 

    What is Instrument Assisted Massage?

    The Graston or Gua Sha instruments are warmed and gently massaged over the involved area to create localized, purposeful inflammation in order to increase blood flow and loosen up tissues. Thumper is a vibration massager which increases blood flow and promotes relaxation of the tissues.

    What is Proprioceptive Neruomuscular Facilitation (PNF)? What is Post-Isometric Relaxation (PIR)?

    Stretching is an important therapeutic component for neuromusculoskeletal problems. During your treatments, passive and active forms of stretching may be used. Passive stretching is when I move your muscle into a stretch. Active stretching means you are performing the stretch.

    Proprioceptive Neruomuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Post-Isometric Relaxation (PIR) are powerful and effective stretching techniques that utilize an alternation of passive stretching and active contraction of the muscle along with guided breath work.

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     More About Exercise Instruction

    I haven't done my job if I don't teach you how to take care of yourself and prevent future re-injury. Each therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise program is designed for your particular condition and health care goals. You will learn how to strengthen and protect weakened structures, stretch tense, tight muscles effectively and prevent future re-injury. 

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     More About Kinesio Tape Therapy

    What is Kinesio Tape?

    Kinesio Tape is a non-restrictive type of tape that is used to provide support and stability to joints and muscles in order to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused muscles, improve posture and speed healing. It is also used for preventative maintenance and pain management. It is latex-free, very gentle and breathable and can be worn in the shower or pool. One application typically lasts for about 3-5 days before it needs to be replaced.

    It is “non-restrictive” in the sense that it does not impede range of motion or blood flow like traditional athletic tape jobs. By giving muscles their full, free range of motion in a supported way, the muscular system is encouraged to function as it would normally. This speeds healing and enhances circulation.

    If you hold a piece of Kinesio Tape up to the light, you will see a woven, wavy pattern that looks like a fingerprint. This makes the tape very flexible so it can be cut in different shapes and applied in specific patterns with a slight stretch to the involved areas.

    When applied along lymph channels, the tape pulls very gently on the skin, drawing out inflammation, swelling and edema. To encourage muscle support and facilitation of weak, underused muscles, the tape is applied from the muscle origin to the muscle insertion. To encourage rehabilitation or inhibition of tight, overused muscles, the tape is applied from muscle insertion to muscle origin. In this way, proper posture can also be encouraged. It is very comfortable to wear and most of the time, you can't even feel it.

    What are people saying about Kinesio Tape?

    You may have seen athletes such as Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams, David Beckam, and Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh wearing brightly colored tape during competition. That's Kinesio Tape!

    In Lance Armstrong's book, "Every Second Counts", he refers to Kinesio Tape as "Something better than any laser, wrap, or electric massager...The Tape. It is a special hot-pink athletic tape that came from Japan and seemed to have special powers. Every morning before the stage, they would tape us all up, different parts of our bodies . . . George's back, Chechu's knees. Sometimes we'd be so wrapped up in hot-pink tape that we'd look like dolls, a bunch of broken dolls. But the next day the pain disappeared -- it was gone."

    What conditions is Kinesio Tape used for? 

    Kinesio Tape is incredibly versatile and has been used in the treatment of carpal tunnel, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, low back pain, pain associated with menstural cramps, knee conditions, hamstring and/or groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, patellar tracking problems, pre- and post-surgical edema, ankle sprains, and as a way to prevent athletic injuries and provide overall support.

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     More About Lifestyle Planning

    Ergonomics is the science of designing the workspace to keep the worker in a neutral posture. Most of the time we adapt ourselves to a poorly designed workspace, but it should be the other way around.

    Ergonomic counseling will teach you how to identify and correct risk factors at your work and/or home, helping you to prevent repetitive stress/overuse injuries, and common work-related symptoms like neck, upper back, low back pain, eyestrain, headaches, upper back pain, wrist pain, and carpal tunnel.

    We are what we eat! Therefore, its important to learn how to make good choices when it comes to food and supplements. Whole Focus Chiropractic offers several Detoxification Diets and nutritional counseling to help you to support overall health and healing and to learn which supplements are right for you.

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