Instrument-assisted myofascial release (IAMFR) is a physical therapy modality that complements your adjustment. It involves using metal, plastic, or stone tools to improve soft tissue movement by breaking adhesive or “scar” tissue. After a muscle, tendon, or ligament injury, debris and disorganized scar tissue builds up in the injured area. This tissue can cause pain, inflammation, and reduced range of motion due to tissue shortening. The doctor will apply ointment to allow the tool to glide over your skin either gently or vigorously to target the affected underlying tissue. This will create microtrauma to the target area, signaling the body to cause an inflammatory response, and further promoting healing and improving tissue flexibility.
Is IAMFR for me?
It is extremely important that your chiropractor performs an in-depth consultation and evaluation to determine if this kind of therapy is right for you. There are some side effects, such as bruising, soreness, and inflammation that result from the administration of this therapy.
IAMFR should be avoided when the patient has/suffers from:
how often should i get adjusted?
The simple answer to this question is: it depends. Not every patient is the same, for which we strive to be thorough to determine in what way we can help your particular condition. There are many factors we take into consideration to determine what your treatment plan should be. Through your consultation and examination, we establish your diagnosis. Based on your diagnosis, we will determine how often will your adjustments need to be as we go through your phases of care, until Destination Wellness. We appreciate the trust you have in us and look forward to helping you achieve your maximum potential for health.
The chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is a procedure in which your chiropractor provides a quick thrust to a specific joint to restore its mobility. By removing spinal restrictions, the body can heal naturally and optimally.
Chiropractic care is for EVERYONE. It’s an effective treatment option for children and adults alike. The most common age range for patients to seek chiropractic care is between 45 and 64 years old, however, recently there has been a population shift. People have been proactively seeking holistic and alternative care as well as getting involved in a healthier lifestyle early on, for which the age range has become even wider, including the younger generation. Your chiropractor will perform a full evaluation to determine the best approach for your care and will cater your treatment to your specific condition and needs.
At Chiropracticly Healthy, we strive to make your experience unique and memorable, tailored to your particular condition. To get you started, we will collect some personal information. We will need you to bring a few documents:
After collecting your demographic information, you will be required to complete documentation that will give us a better understanding of your present complaint and past medical history. Once your intake documentation is completed, you will watch a short video that will give you a better understanding of what chiropractic care is and what we can do to help.
The doctor will then proceed to complete your consultation, and then your full examination. Your examination will include observation, palpation, range of motion evaluation, orthopedic testing as needed, as well as muscle and dermatomal testing. This comprehensive evaluation, as well as in-depth postural analysis, will give us the tools to design your customized treatment plan.
The doctor will go over your consultation and examination findings with you, to discuss the plan through journey Destination Wellness, the day after your initial visit. Then, the doctor will proceed with your first adjustment and treatment. During your first treatment, the doctor might use different techniques to achieve the adjustment’s main goal – give motion back to your joints, to allow your body to heal better; at which point you might hear a “popping” sound. You’ve likely seen videos of adjustments with an abundance of loud pops and cracks. During your adjustment, small spaces open up in your joints, encouraging the release of pressure, thus allowing enough space for Nitrogen Oxide gas to escape. This satisfying noise is called Joint Cavitation.
Actually no, the effectiveness of your adjustment relies on the skills of your chiropractor, and the absence of the sound doesn’t mean something went wrong. We cannot wait to help you through your journey to Wellness and a better quality of life!