1) Cervical Traction
Cervical traction is a highly effective, painless modality used in the management of spinal trauma and disc-related pain management. It is no longer advised to use the outdated head halter and door pulley units that grossly pull on the head and neck.
2) Intersegmental TractionThis is a roller massage table that utilizes heat, vibration, and spinal traction to relax muscle spasm while addressing spinal fixation and increasing joint motion. The traction increases blood flow and hydration to the discs and soft tissue.
3) Myofascial Release"Fascia" is the interwoven connective tissue that surrounds muscles and internal organs. Myofascial release is a therapeutic stretching technique that works to release restrictions present in this fascial tissue. A handheld “vibracusser” instrument provides vibration and osicilating forces that address and reduce the identified muscular spasm, fascial trigger points, and adhesions.
4) Flexion Distraction
The flexion distraction technique at one time was the most widely used manual intervention for mechanical low back issues related to disc issues and injuries. Dr Nygaard uses a specialized table that attempts to isolate the area of disc involvement. The treatment distracts the joint segment as much as possible, while attempting to relieve the pressure on the nerve. Flexion distraction is generally helpful in mobilizing joints. However, it does lack the capacity to decompress a disc or create any longterm rehydration of the disc.
The only way to decompress a disc is through spinal disc decompression treatment, which is offered in our office.
5) Cold Laser
Cold laser reduces inflammation and speeds cellular healing by utilizing a photon light energy. The energy spectrum of the cold laser dramatically enhances the body’s ability to regenerate new tissue and excrete the toxic byproducts of inflammation. This results in pain relief, restoration of tissue health, and increased function.
6) In-Office Massage Therapist
We have an onsite massage therapist, Cornelius Swarttouw, who has over 25 years of experience doing therapeutic deep tissue massage and his specialized relaxation massage.
Offering spinal decompression services is part of what differentiates our office from others. Decompression is an advanced way to address the symptoms and causes of many disorders that originate in nerve compression. Please click above to visit the "Spinal Decompression" section of our website and learn more about this advanced chiropractic modality.
8) Therapeutic Exercise
We have an exercise suite equipped with exercise balls, resistance bands, and other exercise equipment. This onsite exercise provides patients with the opportunity to decrease pain, improve range of motion, and strengthen supportive and core musculature.
9) Home Exercise Programs
We provide instruction on home exercises, many of which are designed to correct postural imbalances and increase range of motion.
Deconditioned muscles need to be strengthened, while tight and chronically spasmed muscles need to be stretched, in order to create muscle balance and symmetry.
10) Gait Scan