The treatment options utilized at Premier Chiropractic are some of the best treatment options available in musculoskeletal medicine today. To understand these treatment options, I encourage anyone to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFuDfHHCBzU to gain a better understanding of the concepts of human movement before looking into the treatment options.
One of the main tools we utilize is the chiropractic adjustment. There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to the adjustment, so I will explain it in its most basic form. What the adjustment does is it induces proper joint movement into areas that were not moving properly before. This is a very powerful tool to use, because if your joints are “stuck” or fixated, your body will compensate by moving more in joints above and below the areas that are stuck. This can lead to acute pain and injury, and also chronic degenerative processes happening in our bodies. The adjustment is a very powerful tool, but by no means is it the only tool we use.
The second treatment option we use with almost all of our patients is rehabilitative exercise. There are a lot of differing opinions out there about the best options for rehab exercise. We utilize a number of different techniques, from Dr. Stuart Mcgill’s core bracing exercises, to the principles of developmental kinesiology used by DNS (dynamic neuromuscular stabilization). We also use some end range loading exercises, developed from MDT and The Movement Fix, which have been found to be more effective than regular stretching alone. We also utilize foam rollers, therabands, and numerous other options to make exercises more challenging when indicated.
We also use several soft tissue techniques to take care of trigger points in muscles and to physiologically lengthen tissues. Again, we only do this when it is indicated clinically. The techniques mainly used are Myofascial Release (similar to active release), Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (similar to Graston), and RockTape. We also do trigger point acupuncture (similar to dry needling) when it is clinically indicated to take care of trigger points in muscles.
Finally, we always recommend the anti-inflammatory diet to patients, as following this diet will not only give them faster and better short term results, but will also help to prevent some serious diseases later on in life such as cancer, heart disease, and type-2 diabetes.
Dr. Kirk Mason, Premier Chiropractic, Minot ND Chiropractor