What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-invasive manual approach to health care. Chiropractors must have an undergraduate degree prior to attending Chiropractic College. Their training consists of four intensive years of chiropractic education, which includes a one year internship under the guidance of a senior clinician where they develop and refine their skills.
Chiropractors assess disorders related to the spine, nervous system and joins of the extremities and provide diagnosis, treatment and prevention of those disorders. The primary goal of chiropractic manipulation, also referred to an an adjustment, is to treat areas of decreased movement in the joints of the spine and extremities which can create a reaction in surrounding soft tissues (ligaments, muscles and nerves) resulting in pain, dysfunction and muscular spasm.
Dr. Mandy utilizes a variety of services to create multifaceted treatment plans to help maximize patient results. She recognize that each patient is an individual and by combining the best therapies, in conjunction with patient education on nutrition, stress reduction, stretching and strengthening – Dr. Mandy will keep you doing the things you love and living your life to your full potential!
Dr. Mandy may find after an assessment that certain joints in the body are not functioning properly and may require a chiropractic adjustment. An adjustment involves a fast, low-amplitude, gentle force applied by the hands at a specific joint to help restore mobility, decrease muscle spasm and reduce pain.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Chiropractic soft tissue therapy generally focuses on the area of chief complaint rather than working on the entire body. Soft tissue therapy may include therapeutic stretching, trigger point release, transverse massage and muscle stripping. It is beneficial for people who have chronic muscle soreness as well as those who have sustained injuries such as whiplash repetitive strain syndromes, low back pain or sports related injuries.
Custom Fitted Orthotics
Do you experience any of the following symptoms?
- Arch or heal pain
- Lower back pain
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
Custom foot orthotics are inserts for your shoes that correct the way you stand, walk or run. Your feet provide the foundation for your entire body and do an enormous amount of work each day. Even the smallest imbalance can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Orthotics help restore optimal balance and foot function and provide relief from fatigue and pain. Orthotics can be worn comfortably in your everyday footwear. The provide your feet with gentle and consistent proper placement for sanding, walking and running.
Your feet have 28 bones that must work in concert for the whole foot to function properly. It is estimated that 60-70% of people have improper foot mechanics. This can lead to problems not only in the foot but up the entire body including the ankles, knees, hips, and low back.
Dr. Mandy uses GaitScan™, a pressure plate with over 3000 tiny sensors that scans your feet as you walk across it indicating if there are faulty foot mechanics. He then determines if custom foot orthotics are necessary or if other treatment options exist. Many health care plans provide coverage for foot orthotics.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is the use of electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes. It is intended to reduce pain, both acute and chronic, and relax tight or spasming muscles.
Dr. Mandy also uses the thumper®. This device provides a massage to tight and painful muscles. The thumper® receives great reviews from patients who have experienced it.
Kinesio Taping ®
Kinesio Taping ® gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for preventive maintenance, edema, and pain management.
How does Kinesio Taping ® work?
Kinesio Taping ® is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. Muscles are not only responsible for movements of the body but they also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms (pain, reduced range of motion, etc.).
The tape is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion. Kinesio Taping ® is different than traditional sport taping. Traditional sport taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids.
What conditions can be treated by Kinesio Taping ®?
This treatment may be used to treat the following: muscular activation or relaxation in adults and paediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.
Pregnancy and Postnatal Care and The Webster Technique
Treatments are available for pregnancy induced back pain, sacroiliac (SI) and pelvic pain, sciatica and other postnatal aches and pains including neck and shoulder pain from nursing. Dr. Mandy has treated many pregnant women and has seen first hand how beneficial chiropractic care is during pregnancy and in motherhood.