Chiropractic care focuses on the treatment and the prevention of conditions in the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. At Power Health Chinook, Dr. Dennis Desjardins takes a unique and thorough approach to help pinpoint, relieve, and rehabilitate injuries and conditions using non-invasive, drug-free, and hands-on techniques.
As one of the most widely used forms of alternative medicine, there are several chiropractic therapies used depending the type of pain or injury. Chiropractic treatment is commonly used for lower-back pain, neck pain, repetitive strains, headaches, sports injuries, car accident injuries, and arthritic pain.
While important, chiropractic treatments do not begin and end with the spine. In fact, there are several different manual therapy techniques that target existing pain or conditions that occur in joints through the manipulation and mobilization of the surrounding muscles. Here are some of the treatments Dr. Desjardins may use:
Types of Treatment
Manual therapy from a Chiropractic perspective involves mobilization and manipulation targeted to joint dysfunctions presenting from acute injuries such as motor-vehicle accidents, postural strain as well as degenerative conditions such as degenerative disc disease. Our approach to chiropractic is based on the integration of all musculoskeletal systems and their interplay within the body as a whole. Many regional issues are the result of non-painful dysfunctions found elsewhere within the body.
Active Release is a type manual therapy that helps repair scar tissue and return the body to its pre-injury state. It has remarkable results with both new and chronic injuries, and can be used on practically any part of the body. The team at Power Health Chinook can use ART to treat headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow quickly and permanently.
Whenever damage or injury occurs to any area of the skeletal, muscular, or nervous systems, one of the most important steps is for you to regain your strength in the injured area(s). At Power Health Chinook, we believe strongly in the importance of corrective exercises, and have integrated them into our treatments and rehab programs. Corrective exercises are utilized in strengthening, promoting muscle and joint activation, as well as providing self-maintenance of the injured areas.
Graston Technique is a soft tissue intervention that uses metal tools to break apart scar tissue formed within and between layers of muscle and connective tissue. Graston Technique has been found to be very effective in conjunction with Active Release, and can be used to treat tennis elbow, hamstring strains, rotator cuff impingements, and many other conditions.
IMS treatment involves dry needling affected areas within the body in order to release shortened muscles. Penetration of a normal muscle is painless; however, a shortened, hypersensitive muscle will ‘grasp’ the needle and cause a cramping sensation. This results in the muscle relaxing and initiates the natural healing process for the muscle. Effects are usually experienced immediately. While IMS uses acupuncture needles it is different than acupuncture needling in that needles are inserted deep within muscle tissues, specifically targeting injured muscles that have contracted and become shortened from injury and distress.
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of seven full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting in those with known musculoskeletal pain. This assessment will allow your Power Health Chinook Chiropractor to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability.
If you have chronic or acute pain caused by disease or injury, Deep Tissue Laser Therapy could eliminate your pain and speed your healing. Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy offers advanced pain relief and promotes rapid healing through a process known as photobiostimulation, where tissues absorb light energy. Laser therapy is ideal for enhanced relief of neck, lower back, wrist, knee, elbow and joint pain, muscle spasms, foot and ankle pain, skin conditions, open wounds, post-operative recovery and sports injuries.
Shockwave Therapy sends acoustic energy waves into ligaments and tendons to break down calcifications and adhesions that prevent the tissue from healing. Research has shown it to be one of the most effective tools for tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis.