ChiroPros is a contemporary model health care facility designed with the patient in mind. Our philosophy is that patient-centered care is the very best for people who suffer acute and chronic spinal disorders. It is our purpose to provide the highest quality, most comprehensive non-surgical spine care available. We are committed to helping you and those you know achieve optimal pain relief from spinal related disorders in a timely, professional and caring manner. Dr. Newquist and his staff are uniquely qualified to integrate innovative technique, exercise and rehabilitation, massage therapy, stress reduction, physiotherapy and nutrition into individually tailored treatment programs to best serve your health needs.
Our Five Key Treatment Modalities
(1) Spinal manipulative therapy---When a joint does not move through its full range, the unused muscle fibers shorten and overstretched muscles lengthen. This “locks-in” restricted patterns of joint motion, as joints stiffen and muscle fibers weaken. Over time, the result is a cycle of poor posture, body motion, and increased biomechanical stress on the body. Chiropractic adjustments unlock, restore and maintain joint motion. By mobilizing joints (frequently in the spine, but other joints as well) adjustments reduce spinal joint misalignment and other posture and motion distortions. This accomplishes three goals: restoring proper joint movement, helping to balance/relax muscles, and (via mechanoreceptor stimuli) reduces pain.
(2) Stretch shortened muscles---Daily stretching exercises help create a virtual motion cycle. Freeing locked joints allows them to move, and unlocking joints allows muscles to fully shorten (contract) and lengthen (stretch). The best way to stay active is to keep the spine and joints moving as you age. ChiroPros teaches a Back & Neck Care Bootcamp instructing proper form, technique and useful stretches for the body.
(3) Physical rehabilitation of deconditioned and inhibited tissues---Strengthening exercises at our facility and at home trains the body to keep moving with conscious, full range of motion and keeps muscles from wasting. ChiroPros' physical rehabilitation includes the use of Swiss balls, balance surfaces and weights, helps with motor control and neurological retraining, and strengthening exercises help you move and age well.
(4) Manual therapy addressing trigger points and soft tissue adhesions---Manual therapy (soft tissue technique) is utilized to treat muscular adhesions, tendon and ligament injury repair and more. Manual and massage therapy lengthens tight muscles and opens restrictions. Other benefits can be pain relief, improved circulation and lymphatic drainage and general stress reduction. Use of traction (Saunders cervical traction and lumbar decompression traction) falls under this category as most of the physiologic effects are on soft tissue, both contractile and inert.
(5) Addressing nutritional status of the patient---Advice concerning avoidance of a pro-inflammatory diet, weight loss and simplifying the diet and adding anti-inflammatory supplements promotes faster healing times and better long term outcomes. Chronic pain sufferers are provided a written protocol with recommendations on the core principles of anti-inflammatory foods and supplements based upon current scientific literature and practice experience.
Remember, follow the treatment recommendations, perform the exercises and adopt intelligent life habits.
Normal and balanced motion promotes effective exercise and an active lifestyle. Strengthening exercises help you move and age well.
A microcurrent electrical neuromuscular stimulator or MENS (also microamperage electrical neuromuscular stimulator) is a device used to send weak electrical signals into the body. Such devices apply extremely small (less than 1 microampere) electrical currents to nerves using electrodes placed on the skin. One microampere (uA) is 1 millionth of an ampere, and the uses of MENS are distinct from those of "TENS" which runs at one milliamp (mA) or one thousandth of an amp. MENS allows damaged tissues to heal faster and provides superior pain relief compared to other electrotherapies.
There are three primary benefits to ultrasound. The first is the speeding up of the healing process from the increase in blood flow in the treated area. The second is the decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema. The third is the gentle massage of muscle tendons and/or ligaments in the treated area because no strain is added and any scar tissue is softened. These three benefits are achieved by two main effects of therapeutic ultrasound. The two types of effects are: thermal and non-thermal effects. Thermal effects are due to the absorption of the sound waves. Non thermal effects are from cavitation, microstreaming and acoustic streaming.
Cavitational effects result from the vibration of the tissue causing microscopic bubbles to form, which transmit the vibrations in a way that directly stimulates cell membranes. This physical stimulation appears to enhance the cell-repair effects of the inflammatory response.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. EMS has received an increasing amount of attention in the last few years for many reasons: it can be utilized as a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes; it could be used as a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients; it could be utilized as a testing tool for evaluating the neural and/or muscular function in vivo; it could be used as a post-exercise recovery tool for athletes. The impulses are generated by a device and are delivered through electrodes on the skin near to the muscles being stimulated. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin. The impulses mimic the action potential that comes from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. The use of EMS has been cited by sports scientists as a complementary technique for sports training, and published research is available on the results obtained.
Ice pack therapy is a treatment of cold temperatures to an injured area of the body. The therapy is extensively used and while it is agreed that it alleviates symptoms research has produced good results about its efficacy.
An ice pack is placed over an injured area and is intended to absorb heat of a closed traumatic or edematous injury by using conduction to transfer thermal energy. The physiologic effects of cold application include immediate vasoconstriction with reflexive vasodilation, decreased local metabolism and enzymatic activity, and decreased oxygen demand. Cold decreases muscle spindle fiber activity and slows nerve conduction velocity, therefore it is often used to decrease spasticity and muscle guarding. It is commonly used to alleviate the pain of minor injuries, as well as decrease muscle soreness. The use of ice packs in treatment decreases the blood flow most rapidly at the beginning of the cooling period. This occurs as a result of vasoconstriction, the initial reflex sympathetic activity.
A heating pad is used for warming of parts of the body in order to manage pain. Localized application of heat causes the blood vessels in that area to dilate, enhancing perfusion to the targeted tissue. Types of heating pads include electrical, chemical and hot water bottles.
Dry hydrotherapy combines the elements of massage by simulating the strokes of hands-on massage. Following treatment, studies have shown that blood pressure is reduced, oxygen levels increased and the level of pain decreased as the body’s natural painkillers are released. Hydrotherapy reduces pain and promotes healing by stimulating circulation, heightening endorphin production and flushing metabolites and lactic acid from sore, overworked muscles. It’s like having the benefits of a Jacuzzi without getting wet!!!
Athletic taping is the process of applying tape directly to the skin in order to maintain a stable position of bones and muscles during athletic activity. It is a procedure that uses tape, attached to the skin, to physically keep in place muscles or bones
at a certain position. This reduces pain and aids recovery. Taping is usually used to help recover from overuse and other injuries.
The general goals of athletic taping are to restrict the motion of an injured joint, compress soft tissues to reduce swelling, support anatomical structures involved in the injury, serve as a splint or secure a splint, secure dressing or bandages, protect the injured joint from re-injury, and protect the injured part while the injured part is in the healing process.
McConnell Tape (MT): McConnell Tape or MT is one of the most commonly used techniques of corrective tape. The McConnell method was developed by an Australian physical therapist in 1984. This method uses a 2-tier system.
Tier 1: First a protective first layer is put down using cover roll, which is a soft cotton tape. This goes over the area to be taped.
Tier 2: The corrective tape, most commonly leukotape, is placed to create the correction that is desired.
Uses of McConnell Taping
McConnell taping is one of the most common treatments used for knee joint/knee cap pain (patellofemoral pain). It is used to correct the tracking of the kneecap, which can track or move incorrectly for several reasons - such as knee cap instability, pressure in the knee, overactivity of the iliotibial band (ITB), excessive lateral tracking and Osgood-Schlatter.
The use of tape can allow for immediate pain relief and therefore allow you to strengthen muscles and/or improve patterns with less pain - both during PT sessions and during everyday activities at home. These taping techniques can easily be taught to you or a loved one so that it can be reproduced at home or during sporting events.
In addition to the knee and other body areas commonly targeted with corrective taping techniques include the foot, ankle, shoulder and spine.
The product is a type of thin, elastic cotton tape that can stretch up to 140% of its original length. As a result, if the tape is applied stretched greater than its normal length, it will "recoil" after being applied and therefore create a pulling force on the skin. This elastic property allows much greater range of motion compared to traditional white athletic tape and can also be left on for long periods of time before reapplication.
Designed to mimic human skin, with roughly the same thickness and elastic properties, the tape can be stretched 30–40% in the longitudinal direction. It is a latex free material with acrylic adhesive, which is heat activated. The cotton fibers allow for
evaporation and quicker drying leading to longer wear time, up to 4 days. How the tape is claimed to affect the body is dependent on its usage throughout the body and how it is applied: the direction of pull, the shape, and the location; all play a role in its hypothetical function.
There are several theoretical benefits claimed for the tape. One of those is correcting the alignment of weak muscles as well as facilitating joint motion as a result of the tape's recoiling qualities. Additionally, the tape is claimed to lift the skin,
increasing the space below it, and increasing blood flow and circulation of lymphatic fluids (swelling). This increase in the interstitial space is said to lead to less pressure on the body's nociceptors, which detect pain, and to stimulate mechanoreceptors, to improve overall joint proprioception.