Palmer College of Chiropractic graduates achieve mastery level of a myriad of adjustment techniques. This ensures that based on condition, research, doctor’s expert opinion, and patient preference, the proper osseous adjustments may be skillfully administered to the patient.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization:
Commonly referred to as “Graston” tools, IASTM tools are used on soft tissues structures (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to break up fascial adhesions that result from injury, over-use, and daily life. The action of the tools is best noted for an increase in blood flow to the region, and thus improved healing.
McKenzie MDT for Cervical & Lumbar Spine:
The McKenzie protocol revolves around the discovery of a spinal position and movement that reduces a patients neck and low back symptoms. This “directional preference” is then used in the office and, more importantly, at home, to self-treat the source of the pain. This method’s results have been extensively researched and is used in large corporate settings because of its effectiveness and the ability for patients to return to work.
Vertebral discs receive nutrition via a process called imbibition. Much like a sponge soaking up water, discs take in fluid through their end plates. The traction movements that occur during F&D treatment encourage this process and aid in the recovery of disc pathologies, herniations, etc.
This is a contact-less form of deep heat. Thermal waves are emitted from a a head unit that are able to penetrate deeper structures in the body. Excellent for chronic hip and low back pain.
trans-cranial Direct Current Stimulation:
Generally speaking, this is the application of an electrical stimulus to the exterior of the head to influence brain function. Utilizing the way information is transmitted in the brain, via action potentials, and the application of known physical locations of areas in the brain, allow for brain functions and patient symptoms to be modulated with micro-voltage on the cranial surface. Uses include, but not limited to, rehabilitation for post-stroke patients, tinnitus relief, and anxiety/depression.
EDX is used primarily as a diagnostic tool to localize and characterize nervous system lesions. Especially for patients with co-morbidities, the true source of radicular symptoms (weakness, numbness, burning pain) can be elusive. To properly treat some patients, a nerve conduction study with needle electromyography is indicated. These tests are common place in neural and muscular physiology, very safe, and have high diagnostic validity.
With aging and chronic diseases such as diabetes, it is common for patients to experience symptoms consistent with autonomic nervous system failure. Poorly regulated heart rate and breathing, stress and anxiety, sweating, bowel and bladder problems, erectile dysfunction, and visual disturbances may all be signs of a malfunctioning nervous system. The extent of these symptoms can be electrically evaluated with sympathetic skin response testing.
IM is a therapy that involves the coordination of various key components of a patients brain. Motor control, timing, sight, and sound are combined in activities that provide multi-system stimulation. This treatment has significant effects on patients with movements disorders such as Parkinson’s, and children with ADHD.
Balance Training/Vestibular Rehabilitation:
The elderly and patients with vestibular system disorders (vertigo for example) are at a higher likelihood of suffering a life altering fall. Stimulation of limb proprioceptors and visual training are useful in improving balance and coordination.
Mirror Visual Feedback:
More commonly known and mirror box therapy is a very successful treatment for phantom limb syndrome, post-stroke rehabilitation, and relief from chronic pain like reflex sympathetic dystrophy and arthritis.