What is Spinal Manipulative Therapy?
Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is a non-invasive form of therapeutic intervention that moves the joints of the spine in a way to increase your range of motion, decrease pain, and relieve muscle tightness. It is commonly used to relieve conditions such as neck and back pain, headaches, and muscle strains.
What is Soft Tissue Therapy?
Soft Tissue Therapy (STT) is an umbrella term to describe manual ways to treat tight, weak or injured muscles. It can be done many ways, and muscle release techniques (MRT) is one of those ways. Others include ischemic compression, cross-friction massage and effleurage. The type of STT used depends on the goal of treatment, as some are more intense than others.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an intervention that has been widely studied and found to affect the body in many ways. At Tottenham Chiropractic, we practice neurofunctional acupunture, which involves treating the muscles and the muscles communication with the brain through nerves. Acupuncture has been studied as a ‘stand alone’ treatment and in use with other interventions and has been proven to be successful in both cases.
What is Graston?
Graston therapy is a form of instrument assisted soft tissue therapy. It involves using a tool to help break up tension in a muscle and loosen fascia in places like your plantar fascia and with tennis elbow or Achilles tendinopathy.
What is L.A.S.E.R.?
LASER is a therapeutic intervention that works to reduce pain and heal tissues at a cellular level. It triggers the mitochondria through photons to promote healing quicker. L.A.S.E.R. stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”.
What are Rehabilitative Exercises?
Rehabilitative exercises are a crucial component of recovery for all injuries. These exercises are designed to help you regain full function after an injury, and are prescribed by your health care provider and performed multiple times a day. It is very important that rehabilitation exercises are performed as prescribed, as not doing them can lead to set backs and delayed recovery.
What is Evidence-Informed Care?
Evidence informed care is a patient-centred approach to healthcare where the decisions is made up of the clinician’s experience, what the best research suggests, combined with the patient’s preference for care. It puts the patient in the driver seat of their care and allows them to make the decisions through an informed approach assisted by their healthcare provider.
What is Interprofessional Care?
Interprofessional care involves communication between your healthcare team to lead to positive, lasting change. It includes speaking with your health team (doctors, physiotherapists, pharmacists, naturopaths, massage therapists and more!) and making decisions that can best help you get the care you need. In order to effectively use interprofessional care, a complete history with appropriate channels of communication to your other providers is key!