Chiropractic Care and Pain Management Strategies
Experiencing aches pains? This is what you can expect.
At Glenbrook Family chiropractic, I approach each patient’s condition differently since we all have different needs and goals for recovery.
The initial exam usually consists of a history, physical exam, report of findings. This first assessment gives me enough information to properly provide a unique treatment plan comprised of manual therapy, education and exercises for you to return to your normal activities of daily living.
The treatment plan can include patient education, rehabilitation, spinal or extremity manipulation techniques, mobilizations, muscle release techniques, acupuncture, neuro muscular modulation, soft tissue techniques, flexion distraction table, heat/ice, and strengthening and exercise.
At Glenbrook Family Chiropractic, we believe that an evidence-based approach to care is the best way to get you back on your feet and doing the things you love. Often this includes a treatment plan focused on exercise tailored to your specific needs. This does not mean that you need to run out and buy a gym membership and start lifting weights! Although that would also be wise, a few simple and effective exercises that focus on strengthening the tissues that are at the root of your injury and pain are often enough to address the issue at hand.
I believe that it is crucial for us to work together, along with your family doctor, to create a treatment plan that is attainable and produces results in the fastest and safest manner.
|Item||Initial evaluation||Subsequent treatment||Product|
|Chiropractic ~ Adult||$95||$50|
|Child (0~18) Senior (65+)||$85||$45|
|Add Acupuncture treatment||+ $20|
|Add Laser therapy||+ $10|
|Thermotex Ultraviolet heat pad||$250|
|Custom Orthotics||First time patient - $95 Regular patient - $50||$350|
|Stim Tech Plus TENS/EMS||$180|
Understanding your pain
Believe it or not, the phenomenon of pain is actually created in the brain. Researchers now know that the pain experience doesn’t originate from skin, muscles, joints and bones, as was once theorized. Pain is only present if the brain interprets a noxious signal from the body as “painful”. There are different types of nerves that regulate the perception of pain. These nerves send information from the first receptors in the skin/muscles/bone/joint to spinal cord then to the brain. Your brain interprets this information as noxious sensations (pain) and allows your body to react accordingly – to pull away quickly or protect to the injured area. It is important to know that EVERYONE experiences pain differently. Some individuals will experience a greater amount of pain than others during a similar injury. Furthermore, External factors such as psychological factors including depression, anxiety, stress at work and social circumstances can greatly influence the pain experience. It is important to know that education can greatly change and improve pain. Research has shown that learning about pain can reduce the necessity to seek out care. Lastly, Not all injuries are painful and sometimes there is pain in the absence of an injury. Chronic pain is described as such: pain in the absence of an tissue damage three months after an injury.
Musculoskeletal pain can manifest itself in different ways. A sharp pain is usually a warning alarm that a person needs to stop immediately the action that they are performing. This could be a strained muscle, or a ligament or tendon tensioned beyond its tissue capacity (think of twisting your ankle). A dull ache may arise from overloading or fatiguing a tissue (like a sore back or muscle pain after a workout). If the pain persists more than a day, it is a good idea to see us. I will evaluate and educate you on your injury and how we can integrate an evidence-based treatment plan to get you back living life to the fullest.