After a thorough exam and diagnosis, chiropractic care is primarily used at HSS with a hands on approach, but in some instances instrument assisted manipulations will be used as well. Specific adjustments are made to address pain, limitations in range of motion and altered function of the joints in the body (spine and extremities). The types of chiropractic techniques offered at Highlands Sport and Spine are Diversified, Gonstead, Thompson, Activator and Flexion-Distraction.
ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue/movement based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. The goal of ART® is to restore optimal texture, motion, and function of the soft tissue and release entrapped nerves. This is accomplished through the removal of adhesions or scar tissue through specific protocols. During an ART® treatment, an adhesion will be located by palpation. Then the tissue will be shortened and tension applied. While the muscle is under tension it will be actively lengthened, causing the adhesions to “break up” and restore the normal function of the tissue.
Trigger point dry needling involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a tight or sore muscle. The needle then changes the muscle’s physiology so that the muscle is able to relax. It can be an effective method to address long standing muscle pain or joint problems related to chronic muscle tightness.
IASTM is a procedure in which a stainless steel hand held instrument is used to treat soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves) dysfunction such as scar tissue and adhesions. The goal of this method of treatment is much like TFM in triggering an inflammatory healing response. This allows the scar tissue and adhesions to be reabsorbed and facilitate a healing response for new “normal” soft tissues. The removal of the adhesions or scar tissue will lead to decreased pain and improved function of the the tissue.
Many conditions/injuries can be aided during the course of treatment with certain taping techniques. By using specific pre-tests to analyze the patient, we are able to ensure that the proper taping technique will be utilized to significantly improve the patient’s condition. The specific taping applications can be used to improve muscle function, decrease pain, help assist in proper alignment of joints and improve lymphatic flow to decrease swelling and edema.
Highlands Sport and Spine is dedicated to providing exceptional rehabilitation, as it is a common missing link to patients not reaching maximum improvement or becoming re-injured. To most people rehabilitation means strengthening weak muscles, which often times is correct to an extent. Other times, muscles could be “turned off” or not functioning properly due to an adaptation the body has created. This means that no matter how much strengthening you try to do for that specific muscle, the desired results may not be achieved. This is where the specific evaluation and diagnosis of the patient’s problem will determine the type of rehabilitation the patient will receive.
Many times injuries can be prevented if the “weak link” in a movement or motion can be found before the injury occurs. Functional Screening and Movement Analysis allows the doctor to observe movement patterns of the patient and determine if they are normal or dysfunctional. A dysfunctional movement pattern can lead to certain muscles being overused and others not being used, creating an imbalance. Depending on the imbalance it could predispose the patient to injuries as minor as a mild sprain or as major as a torn ACL. A full movement analysis can involve motions such as walking, squatting, lunging, reaching and bending over. Once the screening is complete a specific treatment plan will be presented to the patient to address the issues.
Therapeutic modalities are used primarily as an adjunct to the hands on treatment and rehabilitation at Highlands Sport and Spine. The reasons for using therapeutic modalities are to assist in decreasing pain, improving blood flow to an area, decreasing swelling/inflammation and improving healing time. The modalities we do offer are electrical stimulation, ultrasound, hot and cold packs.
Massage can be used in different ways and is helpful as both an adjunct therapy to the methods Dr. Weimer already uses or as a stand alone treatment option. Through the application of soft tissue manipulation techniques, massage works to help reduce stress, muscle tension, fatigue and help increase circulation.