To put movement in a joint that is fixated, the doctor utilizes chiropractic manipulation or an adjustment to help restore normal function and motion in a joint along with many other benefits. Through peer reviewed literature, adjustments have been shown to increase mechanoreceptor input to a joint and surrounding tissues as well as turn off nociceptive input which causes pain and inflammation among other things. Our primary techniques employ gentle pressure, or a shallow thrust to restore optimal motion as well as to stimulate the area. An adjustment is sometimes accompanied by a pop or cracking noise, which results from the joint's release of nitrogen gas. There are other methods or techniques utilized by each of the Doctors at Synergy depending on the case and the person. Ranging from very gentle techniques such as Activator Protocols to Drop Table assisted techniques that take stress and pressure off of the patient's body, making it a much more comfortable experience. 

What commonly happens is that a joint loses the movement it is designed to have, called a restriction. These are the areas where adjusting or mobilizing will be beneficial. If one joint loses movement, the body compensates by moving too much in other areas. This may cause degenerative changes in other joints that are compensating for the restriction. Pain may also arise in the areas that are moving too much due to the increased demand being placed on them to compensate for the areas that are restricted. To find these restrictions, our doctors utilize the Motion Palpation Technique, a dynamic way of assessing joint dysfunction to determine where there are movement restrictions in the spine and extremities. Motion Palpation doctors examine patients movements as they walk and also as they perform many other functional screens and administer weight-bearing joint analysis to identify fixations. Once a restricted joint is identified, the doctor works to mobilize the fixated areas, restoring function to these joints as well as stimulating the nervous system to help the body obtain a proper level of homeostasis. This often is done after soft tissue treatments are given due to the musculature and soft tissues surrounding the joint being tight or having adhesions in them.

To date, many studies of the chiropractic adjustment have proven its effectiveness, safety and high levels of patient satisfaction. In 1994, the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy deemed this technique as the gold standard for treating low back pain. Since the agencies initial findings, more research has been conducted on neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, infantile colic and rehabilitation. Each of the study's findings supports the role of chiropractic care and its manipulative procedures.

ART is a soft tissue management system designed to rid injured areas of scar tissue. Our doctors employ ART in musculoskeletal disorders to remedy injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, rotator cuff injuries, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, tennis elbow, headaches, and back pain which are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Whether you are an athlete, laborer, stay at home mom, or secretary, we are all prone to over-using muscles at our jobs and in our daily lives. Overuse Syndrome is a common ailment in our society. With work duties, athletic events, and daily lives etc putting repetitive stresses on the same structures we often develop this syndrome. These stresses may not be painful, but as the body compensates for long term use of an individual muscle or group of muscles it begins the process of self-preservation and the soft tissue adapts and changes over time.

As scar tissue builds up the following may occur:

• Muscles become shorter and weaker
• Tension on tendons causes tendonitis
• Nerves can become entrapped

 

Which then leads to the following:

• Reduced Range of Motion
• Loss of Strength
• Pain
• If a nerve is entrapped it can cause numbness and tingling in the affected area.

Overuse Syndrome

1. Acute Injury
2. Repetitive Injury
3. Constant Pressure or Tension

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Our body uses scar tissue extensively in the same way that tar patch repairs are added to fix small cracks in the road.  When muscles, or other tissues, are overstressed or injured, our bodies use scar tissue as a patch repair.  This is a natural part of the healing process.  However, if the source of the injury is not corrected the tissue will accumulate too much scar tissue, which then becomes a problem.  This is similar to when a road has been given too many patch repairs and is no longer smooth. 

ART is not a massage, which is useful for decreasing muscle tension.  Instead, the intent is to "resurface the road."  This technique works out the scar tissue and helps the tissues to heal normally with long-lasting results.  It is important to state the pain, numbness, or other symptoms may not resolve if the scar tissue is not broken up as well as the source of the tension discovered.  Both of these can be accomplished by a careful exam and knowledgeable ART provider.

For more information on Active Release Techniques®, please visit their website at www.activerelease.com

The Graston Technique®, originally developed by athletes, is changing the way clinicians, including athletic trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and patients view treatment of acute and chronic soft tissue injuries.

Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The Technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

The instruments comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. This enables clinicians to treat soft tissue lesions with the depth, pressure and specificity necessary to affect the condition at the site of the pain, as well as following the kinetic chain to find and treat the cause. Once the tissue dysfunction has been identified, the instruments break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.

By incorporation stretching, strengthening and ice in the treatment and rehab process, clinicians can rebuild the soft tissue injury into healthy functioning tissue.

For more information about Graston Technique please visit www.grastontechnique.com.

DNS is an assessment and treatment system that focuses on the synergy of muscles and joints working together in order to assure they are functioning normally which can prevent injury and pain, as well as improve performance.  

A series of functional movement screens are used to diagnose poor muscle and joint movements that may lead to the injury, pain or energy leaks hampering performance. 

Once these movement problems are uncovered treatment consists of innovative exercises and physical cues to retrain ideal synergy of the muscles and joints resulting in better and more efficient movement.  

DNS goes hand in hand with ART, DN, and MDT as sometimes the poor movement leads to the problems that these therapies treat.  When combining these therapies the results are proven.

 

The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® was founded by Robin McKenzie, a physiotherapist from New Zealand.  It is not only a method of treatment, but also a powerful assessment tool.  A short history and screen can identify patients who are likely to respond to the principles of the McKenzie method.  

Therapists utilizing this method aim to classify musculoskeletal pain and educate patients on treatment options based on utilizing a series of specifically prescribed exercises.  Often times these exercises include repeated movements or sustained positioning that aim to reduce, centralize, or completely abolish pain.  The ultimate goal of McKenzie practitioners is to educate patients to be able to treat themselves without continual supervision from the clinician, allowing for fewer patient visits. 

McKenzie methods are best known for treating ailments of the cervical and lumbar vertebral discs which often result in shooting or radiating pain into the shoulder blade and arm, or along the sciatic nerve, respectively.  For more information, see the following link: http://www.mckenziemdt.org/method.cfm

 

Functional rehabilitation incorporates clinical lifestyle recommendations, manual treatments and functional exercise regimes to help patients regain normal function of their spine and limbs returning patients to their active daily lifestyles. Therapy begins by identifying faulty patterns of movement often resulting from poor posture, improper lifting mechanics, fitness training errors or injury. In the early stages, subtle changes in movement or muscle activation can go unnoticed by the patient not presenting any symptoms of pain or discomfort. However over time, the increased stresses placed on the joints and surrounding soft-tissues can produce pain in muscles or joints and/or a loss in normal range of motion. In situations such as these pain is often the last thing to come, meaning the dysfunction is present but does not become painful immediately, and then pain is the first thing to go, meaning as we treat you the pain may subside but the problem may still be there requiring a few more treatments to correct the true underlying cause of the problem. Our doctors do not chase pain. Often times where the pain presents is not the area that needs to be treated, the pain may be due to that area compensating and being over-worked from another area not pulling its weight. 

This comprehensive and consistent approach works to retrain muscles, restore joint function and prevent recurring injuries and doctor visits. Additionally, doctors will equip the patient with innovative techniques for maintaining proper posture, improving lifting mechanics or workouts, and determining Do's and Don'ts related to certain jobs or daily activities. The effectiveness of this treatment protocol depends on the patient's commitment to their therapeutic exercises and doctor’s recommendations.

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Dry Needling

Dry Needling is an evidence-based treatment that relaxes tight muscles, controls inflammation, promotes tissue healing and reduces pain perception through the use of acupuncture needles. 

Postural Restoration Orthotics

Postural Restoration Orthotics are made in cooperation with Dr Coffin a podiatrist specializing in biomechanics as it relates to the feet and lower legs.  Dr Ideus works closely with Dr Coffin in order to created an orthotic that will be the most beneficial for you.  The orthotic therapy will be paired with the other treatments offered in the clinic to give you the best chance of feeling better.  

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Kinesiology taping is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting, such as Graston or ART. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. Kinesiology taping is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering patients the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, kinesiology tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.

Based upon years of clinical use, kinesiology tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation. The findings of the clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the specifics of the kinesiology tape application and other possible treatments or modalities. With the utilization of single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X”, “Y” or other specialized shapes as well as the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application, kinesiology tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis, or its natural balanced, healthy and pain-free state.

Synergy Chiropractic Spine and Joint Center would like to help you make an informed decision about your health. In order to treat the whole patient from the foundation up, and achieve optimal health, we think it is necessary to integrate soft tissue treatment, joint manipulation, rehabilitation and nutrition. The best way to get the nutrients you need is consume whole foods. With the ideal diet, no supplementation would be needed. However, the majority of people do not get enough balanced nutrition, due to nutrient depletion of foods, cost, habits, and convenience. Our goal is to find fun and easy ways to incorporate the nutrition that we need.


Standard Process Supplements:

Synergy has partnered with a company called Standar Process for supplementation needs.  We chose them from the plethora of nutrition companies in the market due to the research, development, and overall quality of their products.  We are confident that you are getting the very best when choosing Standard Process Supplements.  We offer the basic daily needed supplements in our office for your convenience but for more complex issues we use the combination of your health history along with a health condition questionnaire in order to find the correct supplements for you.  Visit their website at www.standardprocess.com for more information.

What is inflammation?

The inflammatory process, also called inflammation, is best viewed as the body's response to injury, and the function of inflammation is tissue healing. In short, the inflammatory process is a chemical process, and no matter the source of injury, inflammation is the outcome. From a practical perspective, we are all dealing with the inflammatory process at this moment to varying degrees, and this is because we all experience injury on a daily basis, which is either overt (macro-trauma) due to falls and accidents, or subtle (micro-trauma) due to normal activities of daily living. Some of us heal better than others, and part of this is a genetically determined issue; and it is also a dietary issue. No doubt, all individuals have heard that we can prevent heart disease and cancer by eating more fruits and vegetables, and by eating less fat and sugar-concentrated foods. Why is this? Because fruits and vegetables are anti-inflammatory, while high fat foods (excessive saturated fat, trans fats, and omega-6 fatty acids) and sugar foods cause inflammation, and both heart disease and cancer are pro-inflammatory diseases. With this in mind, we can begin to see that our diet can be a source of injury or chemical trauma. The topics of dietary trauma, macro-trauma and micro-trauma are discussed more below. Most people do not realize that the following conditions are caused or promoted by inflammation: aches and pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, acne, aging, syndrome X, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and more.

Health and wellness essentially refer to a state of optimum function -- an optimal state of physical, mental, and social well-being. Optimal function is an ideal that we can pursue through appropriate lifestyle choices, particularly diet, exercise, adequate sleep, healthy mental pursuits, healthy relationships, and a job we like. Please understand that "true health" is not a realizable state -- it should be viewed as goal to achieve throughout one's lifetime. While health and wellness are essentially synonymous, the term "wellness" is typically used to describe the active care performed by the patient for the purpose of promoting health/wellness. Wellness is actually defined as optimal function achieved via exercise and proper nutrition. The deflaming approach to nutrition that includes diet and supplementation represents a method to pursue health/wellness and prevent disease.

(reprinted from deflame enterpries (www.deflame.com), copyright 2007)