Active Release Techniques OaklandDr. 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.

Graston Technique OaklandGraston Technique is an innovative, patented form of 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.

Kinesiotaping by Oakland ChiropractorKinesiotaping 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.  Kinesiotaping can be applied by Dr. Baird to help resolve most sports injuries and repetitive stress problems.

Oakland Chiropractor provides Active Release Techniques to athleteChiropractic adjustments stimulate the nervous system, improving the connection between brain and body.  When a joint is fixated or when the bones that makeup that joint are out of alignment, 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 nervous system 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.

Oakland chiropractor prescribing rehab exercisesRehabilitation 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.

Oakland massage therapist Dr. Sandy Baird works on a client's arm

Massage therapy is a great complement to chiropractic treatment.  We will often focus on one or two areas in a typical session. There is an old “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” puzzle when it comes to the body. Does a tight muscle pull the joints out-of-whack, or do mis-aligned joints create tight muscles? While Dr. Baird is training to be a Jedi-master that can precisely answer this question, in the meantime they treat both the tight muscles and the “whacked-out” joints to get you out of pain. Please click though to learn more about our massage therapy services.

Dr. Sandy Baird leads a private yoga lesson in OaklandYoga is a system of increasing flexibility, strength, and balance, that is accessible to everyone.  There are many different styles of yoga, and each practitioner has the ability to pick and choose from the various yoga disciplines to discover what works best. Please click the link to learn more about our yoga services, including public workshops and private yoga sessions.