Services & Techniques
At Seattle Total Health, we give each patient “homework” which includes corrective exercises, stretches and traction tailored to each patients specific complaints. In addition to skeletal misalignment, you may be experiencing pain that is caused by muscles and connective tissues which are either overactive or weak. You are one functional unit and addressing the soft tissue surrounding the bones is also very important.
Along with the corrective exercises, we also implement various soft tissue therapies.Graston Technique is a procedure which allows them to detect and treat scar tissue and adhesions that can reduce range of motion and cause pain.
During the healing process, the body attempts to repair damaged areas by creating scar tissue. In time, this leads to a build up of this fibrous tissue, particularly in muscles, tendons and ligaments that get a lot of use. Since this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue, it can lead to pain and dysfunction.
When we come across bands of scar tissue, we can sense a restriction and use the Graston instrument to “break up” this restriction or adhesion and help re-align the fibers into the normal pattern of healthy tissue.
Active Release Soft Tissue treatment is a manual therapy administered by trained professionals to certain soft tissue structures of the body. The ART soft tissue management system is based on scientific evidence that muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue develop adhesions within and between them as a result of various injuries that include: acute (sudden injury), cumulative (chronic injury) and pressure (due to poor posture). These adhesions cause the motion of muscles or joints to be altered, resulting in a wide variety of symptoms including pain, weakness and reduced range of motion, numbness and tingling.
These techniques can be used for neck and shoulder pain, low back pain, and is also great for old or new sport injuries!
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Doctors of chiropractic are well trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education has prepared them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to get those patients the most appropriate care, even if that requires referral to a medical specialist.
Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. They pay the lowest malpractice premiums of all healthcare professionals. Chiropractic is extremely safe for people of all ages (infants to elderly). We x-ray patients when necessary and screen for osteoporosis, degenerated discs, arthritis, congenital anomalies and a host of other conditions.
An adjustment is the main method of treatment used by your chiropractor. It is a specialized, controlled and safe pressure applied to your spine to restore proper motion and position of your vertebrae. It is a precise procedure that your highly skilled chiropractor has learned and perfected over years of training at a Chiropractic College and in clinical practice.
Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.
We utilize drop tables and specialized adjusting instruments (Arthrostim) that are gentle, specific, and highly effective – no popping necessary!
Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, personal injury insurance. workers’ compensation, Medicare, and military veterans.
A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC). Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC.
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort.
Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.