Chiropractic in Omaha
What is a Doctor of Chiropractic?
Doctors of Chiropractic practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have the ability to diagnose and trained to treat with physical therapy modalities as well as rehabilitative exercises, in addition to providing nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Chiropractors may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors are able to refer patients to other health care providers when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other health care providers.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be a patient’s primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic services may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Like other medical professionals, doctors of chiropractic are subject to the boundaries established in state practice acts and are regulated by state licensing boards.
What is Spinal Manipulation?
One of the most common and well known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation (referred to as a “chiropractic adjustment”). The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for an individual. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. Compared to other common treatments for pain, such as over-the-counter and prescription pain medications, chiropractic’s conservative approach offers a safe and effective option.
Services offered at Martin & Schrage Chiropractic
Services offered at Martin & Schrage Chiropractic range from Spinal Manipulation to therapeutic modalities. Both Dr. Jennifer Howard and Dr. Leslie Martin are traditionally trained in manual adjusting techniques as well as low force instrument adjusting (sometimes used for elderly or the tiniest of baby patients). In addition to adjusting techniques, each doctor holds special training in Physical Therapy techniques to aid in your recovery time. Physical therapy modalities utilized on site include Electric Muscle Stimulation, Ultrasound, Diathermy, Cold Laser, Ice/Heat Therapy, Infrared, and Intersegmental Traction & or Distraction. Dr. Jennifer Howard holds extra certifications in Acupuncture while Dr. Leslie Martin holds certifications in Active Release Technique – the gold standard for soft tissue injuries.