What is the risk with a neck adjustment? There is a rare risk of stroke or stroke-like symptoms associated with adjustment of the neck. Reports on the subject over the past 40 years present a range of estimates based on different research methodologies. However, all the published studies to date agree that the risk is extremely low. Recent evidence published in the journal "Spine" suggests that the association is more temporal than causal. There are many risk factors for stroke including blood clotting problems, hypertension, smoking, high cholesterol, use of birth control pills, heart problems and trauma such as sports injuries or blows to the head from accident. All carry a greater degree of risk than spinal adjustment.
Do I have to have my neck adjusted? After a thorough history and examination, your Chiropractor will discuss your treatment options with you. There are alternatives to neck adjustments that some people prefer. The risks associated with each type of treatment will also be discussed, allowing you to make an informed decision about your health care.
What is Graston Technique? The Graston Technique, originally developed by athletes, is changing the way Chiropractors and patients view treatment of acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. The technique is a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables Chiropractors to break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. For more information, visit the Graston Technique Website.
What is Kinesio Taping? Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting your range of movement. It is also used for pain management, edema (swelling) and preventive maintenance.
Kinesio Tape is waterproof and was designed to be worn on the skin for extended periods of time (3-5 days) without irritation, including during strenuous exercise. It is a non-restrictive type of taping that allows for full range of motion. It is not a fixation tape like most traditional tapes. Kinesio Tape does not contain any medical ingredients. Instead, it works when its unique pattern activates the neurological, muscular and circulatory systems. By choosing the appropriate tension and direction of the tape as well as the best position and structures over which to apply it, Kinesio Tape can be very effective in managing a condition between visits and helping you to achieve your desired health goal.
Kinesio taping has proven effective in both acute and chronic conditions. Neck and low back pain, shoulder injuries, ankle sprains, tendon problems and postural correction are just a few of the many conditions that can be treated using Kinesio tape. Curious if Kinesio tape can be of benefit to you? Just ask! For more information, visit the Kinesio Taping website.