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Chiropractic Care

Massage Therapy

Through massage therapy, your massage therapist can manually reduce inflammation and swelling that can cause pain. Various massage applications can reduce muscle spasms, lengthen shortened muscles, and soften and stretch connective tissue, thus restoring a more normal space around the nerve and relieving the impingement. When massage is combined with other appropriate methods, surgery is seldom needed.
Massage can safely be performed on the wrist once the incision has healed, depending on the severity; this usually takes two to four months.

On your first visit, you should show up about 10 minutes early to complete the introductory paperwork. The paperwork includes a brief health history and questions regarding any sore spots you want worked on.

These questions are focused on better helping your massage therapist understand your specific wants and needs. Before you begin your massage, you and your massage therapist will have a one-on-one consultation to design a massage tailored to you. After the talk, your massage therapist will give instructions on how to lay on the table and then step out of the room to let you disrobe and get on the table.

Since this is your first massage, your massage therapist will ask questions periodically throughout your massage, such as, “How is the pressure?” and “Are you comfortable?” This helps support open communication between you and your massage therapist.

Once the massage is complete, your massage therapist will leave the room and, once you are fully clothed, will come back in and ask you a question or two about what you did and didn’t like. This helps to tailor the massage to your liking further.

Commonly asked questions

No. You only have to disrobe to the level that you are comfortable with. Bear in mind that certain massage techniques cannot be performed well or not at all, depending on how much clothing is worn.
Yes. Massage can be very beneficial to both the mother and the fetus. Massage reduces blood pressure, increases circulation, reduces swelling, and eases the pain of muscles and ligaments that are changing due to the growth of the fetus.
Yes. The massage therapist and the client have the right to stop the massage at any time, for any reason.
The general rule of thumb is if it is a communicable illness like a cold or the flu, it’s best not to receive a massage until the illness passes. If you have strep throat or any other illness that antibiotics are used for, it is best to wait at least 48 hours after taking the first dose of the antibiotic so that you are no longer contagious.
Yes. There are a few considerations to think of before you begin your massage. Check your blood sugar before the massage to make sure it is at a safe level. If you have recently given yourself a shot of insulin, let your massage therapist know where to avoid the area.
Massage is wonderful for a child’s growing body. Any child that is under the age of 18 must have a parent’s written consent to receive massage. Any child under 16 must have a parent or guardian accompany the minor in the massage room for the duration of the massage.

Spinal Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments are specifically made to subluxated areas, meaning simply “vertebrae that are out of alignment with the bone above or below it causing nerve irritation.” Chiropractors use their hands or adjusting tools to make a very slight positive change to the subluxated vertebrae. By relieving the pressure on the nervous system, the body can begin to heal itself. When adjusting a joint, a “popping” sound may be created. That sound is gas that is released from the joint being adjusted. A similar action is when someone “pops” their knuckles.
Side note: When a joint is out of alignment and pressure is put on the nervous system, pain is not immediately felt in most situations. It can take days or possibly years for that negative pressure on the nerve to cause symptoms for the patient.
The only time a symptom is not the direct result of something that has been building up for days to years is when it results from trauma such as a car accident, sports injury, or fall.
Nearly 99% of the time, the final act – picking up a piece of paper, sneezing, or even sleeping – is “just the final straw that breaks the camel’s back.”

Summary of a first visit to the office:

  1. Consultation
  2. Examination
  3. X-ray, if warranted and needed
  4. Adjustment – if the doctor feels that it is warranted and will help, of course (if not, refer to another professional)
Each doctor will talk their patient through every step of the first visit, so there are no surprises. This also helps the patient feel comfortable with the care and treatment. Each patient leaves with verbal instructions on how they should expect to feel over the next 24 hours.
They are also set up for a second appointment, at which time the doctor will:
  1. Go over their information and x-rays with them
  2. Explain everything
  3. Give a second adjustment
  4. And then, sit down with the patient to present a care plan to correct and maintain their health.
Nothing will ever be done that the patient is not aware of and consenting to have done.

Cold Laser Therapy

To reduce inflammation caused by injury or arthritic changes in joints, cold laser therapy is used. The treatment also promotes cell healing within the joint. The non-invasive treatment is ideal for knees, shoulders, TMJ, ankles, wrists, and/or herniated discs and is cost-effective at $20 per treatment or prepay your treatment plan for the $15 per treatment price. An average treatment plan consists of 10-15 treatments. Gordon Chiropractic uses the latest technology – the TQ Solo.
The safe, high-power pulsing cold laser has state-of-the-art multi-frequency emitters in a compact rechargeable portable unit. The healing device utilizes three proven radiances to give your body deep and shallow penetration for maximum healing effect
The TQ Solo combines three validated technologies into one device:
  1. Super Pulsed Laser (905nm) produces a high power level of impulse light at a billionth of a second. The high power during each pulse drives the photons, or light energy, to the target tissue, up to 10 – 13 cm (4 – 5 inches) deep. The TerraQuant’s high peak power of up to 50,000 mW creates a higher photon density, delivering the highest concentration of photons for healing and providing the deepest tissue penetration. Super pulsed laser strongly influences pain reduction, improves microcirculation, and increases cell metabolism through ATP production.
  2. Pulsed Broad Band Infrared Emitting Diodes (875nm) penetrate shallower tissue depths than the laser but provide an overall broader spectrum than laser radiation by gently heating the surface tissue layer.
  3. Pulsed Red Light (660nm) penetrates shallower tissue depth and has beneficial anti-inflammatory effects.
Working synergistically, the multiple radiances of the TerraQuant TQ Solo create the optimal biological environment for accelerated healing and pain relief.

Chiropractic Myths

  • Once you start, you can never stop: False! However, simple maintenance is why we brush our teeth daily and change our oil every 3,000 miles. People under chiropractic care FEEL GOOD and want to maintain that feeling despite the rigors of life and work. Once a person is feeling well, regular maintenance adjustments are the best way to sustain that good feeling and prevent energy from aggravating and hurting your body – bringing back the pain. Our health is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE HAVE, period!!! Money, fame, and family don’t mean much without our health. Chiropractic care helps the body be at its healthiest throughout the year – not just when you hurt. This is not to say you will never have another pain – we are still human – but it should be much less and always less severe than if a person is not under care.
  • Chiropractic care can cause strokes or break your bones: False! If the chiropractor always does his proper procedures – consult, exam, x-ray – before he treats the person and then uses the proper techniques for that person. With the appropriate approach, I am confident I will never hurt anyone. Yes, there are unproven stories about the person who was paralyzed or died. If that had happened, the AMA and Pharmaceutical Agencies would plaster them all over the news to discourage people from using chiropractic care.
  • The adjustment noise is bones popping: False. The noise created with a chiropractic adjustment is just the gas released from a sealed joint. Much like opening a can of Folgers coffee, the seal is momentarily opened when you adjust, and the released gas makes a popping noise. It is the same noise that occurs when someone does it to himself or herself, with the difference being that attempting to adjust yourself WILL cause damage to the joint over the long term. Chiropractic adjustments do not.
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