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Cervical and lumbar manipulation—the back and neck adjustments most people associate with a visit to a chiropractor—can be an effective treatment for low back pain. A study published in April 2017 in the Journal of the American Medical Association supported this, finding that based on the latest research, spinal manipulation can reduce a person’s lower back pain. When movement of a joint is restricted, the function and the tone of the surrounding muscles and fascia are affected. This condition is called a “subluxation”. Your muscles may spasm, become taut, or become overstretched when a subluxation is present. This can also cause aberrant pressure on a nerve, which may show up as symptoms including numbness, tingling, pain, inflammation, and spasm. The chiropractic adjustment is an effective, safe modality to reduce the subluxation and restore proper joint function. Dr. Baird uses a combination of drop table, Diversified full spine and extremity adjusting, and the activator tool to deliver a comfortable adjusting experience.
Active Release Techniques
Dr. Sandy Baird offers Active Release Techniques therapies, which are the gold-standard in soft tissue treatments for problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow 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. Read more…
Graston Technique is an innovative, patented form of IASTM (instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization) that enables Dr. Baird to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions that are the result of muscle overuse or injury. The technique uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. Read more…
Kinesio Taping helps support soft-tissue treatment modalities like those mentioned above. It’s unique design helps lift the skin away from the underlying tissues so that circulation is increased, swelling and inflammation can drain from the area, and pain is reduced. You may have seen professional volleyball players sporting this brightly colored tape in the Olympic games. Kinesiotape can be applied to help resolve most sports injuries and repetitive stress problems. Read more…
Rehabilitation exercises are prescribed to strengthen what’s weak, stabilize what’s moving too much, and lengthen what’s too tight. Dr. Baird has extensive experience with strength and fitness training, yoga therapeutics, and functional rehabilitative methods. They use their expert knowledge of biomechanics to select specific exercises for your unique condition, so that you can prevent injury, recover from injury, and increase your performance. These exercises also help you manage flare-ups of your injury should it re-occur. Most rehabilitative exercises may be done at home or at the gym with minimal equipment. Read more…
In addition to the trademarked soft tissue therapies like ART or Graston, Dr. Baird offers a variety of other manual therapy techniques that help normalize tight tissues so that we can start to build strength and stability without those tight muscles and fascia pulling right back into those chronic tension patterns. Depending on patient needs, manual therapy can include joint mobilizations, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching, Neuromuscular Re-Education (NMR) and other techniques to help restore normal body movement patterns. Read more…
and Deep Tissue
The perfect way to work out those stubborn knots and sore spots in your muscles that are preventing you from being able to work, move, or play comfortably. It aims to release the deeply-held chronic patterns of tension in the body. This treatment technique may include myofascial therapies, trigger point work, muscle energy techniques, and muscle-release techniques. Contrary to popular belief, this type of treatment isn’t supposed to be super painful. You are completely in control over the amount of pressure you want to receive. Read more…
Myofascial decompression aka cupping is a therapy that helps treat musculoskeletal disorders by using suction to create negative pressure underneath the cup. In traditional Eastern medicine, fire was used to create the suction, but modern cupping uses a simple pump. The negative pressure helps to decompress the area by lifting the skin and the layer of tissue underneath the skin, the fascia, up into the cup. This creates space for the underlying tight muscle to lay down and relax. Cupping also helps bring blood flow to the area in need. Blood carries important nutrients which help with tissue healing. We use myofascial decompression to address compensatory movement patterns. This is best done by adding movement with treatment. Movement can be in the form of sliding the cups over the involved tissues or leaving the cups static while moving the appropriate body parts. Read more…
This type of manual therapy is a really gentle way to decrease swelling post surgery (top surgery or otherwise) or post injury. Lymphatic drainage massage aka manual lymphatic drainage, is used to help the body return excess or stagnating fluid back to the heart. Swelling and inflammation is a normal part of the post-surgical or post-injury process, but when there is too much of it for too long, it can result in pain, tightness, or tenderness. Many of our patients have found this massage type very helpful in their top surgery recovery process. Read more…