Chiropractic care uses a comprehensive medical model to diagnosis and treat.
To build an accurate clinical profile a review of your current complaint and health history will be discussed. This will be followed by a comprehensive physical assessment to locate areas of pain and observe any altered musculoskeletal movement patterns. This will include orthopedic and neurologic testing to rule out macropathologies and more serious concerns. Functional anatomical testing and palpation to locate minute changes in the anatomical terrain will also be conducted.
Dr. Colin will then explain the nature of your dysfunction/pain and what type of treatment plan will work for you. Your doctor will let you know if a referral for further diagnostic testing or to another health care professional is required.
Dr. Colin use a variety of techniques to correct your anatomical imbalances, taking into account the most effective forms of physical therapy within an evidenced based approach to health care. Your treatment depends on your root cause and how your body responds to the manual therapies and may be changed to accommodate your body’s response. During every treatment you will receive a combination of the following:
Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) ®
Active Release Technique © is a manual technique designed to break down adhesions (scar tissue) in the muscles, with the intention to relieve pain and restore motion to the affected area(s).
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (CMA) is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, in which fine solid needles are inserted into anatomical locations that are richly innervated for the therapeutic purpose of restoring normal activity of the nervous system.
Kinesiotaping ® is a rehabilitative taping method with multiple functional and clinical applications. Kinesio ® Tex Tape has properties that mimic those of our own skin and can be worn effectively for 3-5 days.
Very commonly, individuals adopt aberrant (abnormal) motor firing patterns; this means that the correct muscles do not contract when they are supposed to. These aberrant patterns can perpetuate the injury cycle and continue to place individuals at risk of injury. Correcting these motor patterns is possible once they are identified. There are multiple methods of neuromuscular training, some of which include vibration therapy, proprioception training and rehabilitation exercises.
Joint Adjustment / Mobilization
Adjustment is a non-invasive, manual procedure that is designed to restore motion to a restricted joint in the body. The joints in the spine, as well as a number of other joints in the body, such as the ankle and wrist can be adjusted. The main goal of joint manipulation is to decrease pain and return the joint to full function. This is accomplished by improving the movement of the joint and supporting tissues, as well as by decreasing muscle tightness or spasm.
Dr. Colin believe strongly in the importance of educating their patients. They always take the time to ensure that their patients fully understand the cause(s) of their condition(s), as well as how they are going to work together as a team to fix it and prevent future occurrences. Dr. Colin finds it of paramount importance that their patients appreciate the significance of their role in becoming and staying healthy.
Your chiropractic care will include a number of interventions to empower and educate you how to take your health into your own hands.
Rehabilitation for Rapid Recovery
Most conditions are due to a muscular weakness or inhibition. Rehabilitating the weak links is key to returning to optimal levels of health as well as to preventing further injury.
An immediate at-home stretching and strengthening program will assist in speeding up your recovery. As you progress, your program will change to further enhance your core stability and correct any aberrant (abnormal) movement patterns.
Continual Monitoring and Maintenance Care
You will be reassessed at various stages throughout your treatment plan to determine your progression, response to treatment, and level of recovery.
Once your physical imbalances are corrected and proper function is restored to your body, consistent, infrequent treatment is often necessary to keep you feeling and performing at your very best. Customized to your specific needs, even as little as one treatment a month will allow Dr. Colin to detect future problems and correct them before they interrupt your life.
Lecture, Workshop or Seminar Provided by Dr. Colin
Educating groups in the workplace, on sports teams, or in other social settings on specific topics related to their health and well being is a great way to decrease the risk of injury. Dr. Colin is available to speak to groups on the following subjects: sport injuries, ergonomic (workplace) injuries, injury rehabilitation, neck and back pain, injury prevention and repetitive strain injuries.