St. Clairsville 
 Chiropractic Clinic 
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The term adjustment is used when a chiropractor uses a specific line of drive to a joint which is subluxated, meaning it is not moving like it should be.  Most frequently adjustments are given to vertebral segments along the spine which are in this subluxated or restrictive state.  Theses joints become subluxed or restrictive due to factors like, posture, position, trauma, or repetitive stress.  The objective to the chiropractic treatment is to reduce the subluxation to reduce nerve irritation and improve the proper function of a joint.

When the adjustment is given sometimes there is a popping or cracking sound which is an audible release of gas or also known as a joint cavitation.  This cavitation is a release of gases which can be either comfortable or a minor discomfort that lasts a short amount of time, especially if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or if the patient is tense.

Sometimes this audible click is not heard, but just felt by the doctor because of the muscles being tense and not able to relax.  This is why chiropractors will also do therapy such as muscle stimulation and either apply heat or ice to help assist the muscles in relaxing.

Electrical Stimuation uses small amounts of electrical current induced into the tissue for the purpose of reducing swelling. A safe technique to help strengthen muscles and reduce painful symptoms. Benefits include: reducing pain sensations, helping decreased swelling, balancing muscle tone, and speeding the healing process.

Ultrasound is a therapeutic treatment using high frequency sound waves that help penetrate the tissues deep in the body, creating a heat response. Benefits include: increasing blood flow, relaxing muscle spasms, breaking down scar tissue, and speeding the healing process.

Heat therapy helps increase circulation by enlarging blood vessels.  It aides in chiropractic adjustments because it relaxes muscle tension, reduces joint stiffness, and prepares tissues for rehabilitation.  Heat therapy is mainly used towards patients with chronic pain.
Cold therapy helps reduce swelling and inflamation by constriciting blood vessels.  It aides in chiropractic adjustments by numbing the affected area to reduce pain and it reduces muscle spasms.  Cold therapy is mainly used towards patients during the initial stages of an injury.
Soft tissue massage is a hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Rehabilitation focuses on utilizing specific exercises and stretches to normalize the neuromusculoskeletal system. To achieve this goal and with the help from our Exercise Physiologist,  joint range of motion, flexibility, and stregthening surrounding musculature of the spine must be addressed during treatment. We provide specific protocols for each patient's ability using exercise balls, full body flexbands, passive and PNF stretching, and proper instructions for home exercise programs. 

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