BY SAM SARAFF, III, D.C OF LATROBE CHIROPRACTIC
Even if you have never been treated by a Chiropractor before, you probably have some impressions of what it might be like. You may have heard others talk about their treatments, their adjustments, and their overall experiences at Chiropractic visits. But the truth is, no two patients are the same, and no two treatment plans should be exactly the same.
If you are a regular Chiropractic patient, you may have found yourself visiting the office for various concerns at different times. And, you probably also learned that some conditions require different types of care.
At Latrobe Chiropractic Health Center, we have found our success in knowing our patients personally and following their current condition carefully. Some of our patients have been with us for many years, and continue to visit once monthly for their “maintenance” care. Others have acute conditions and need more active treatment. But not everyone benefits from the same procedures. In some cases, a patient’s pain level may be extreme and will require a gentle, gradual approach. Other patients prefer and can benefit from, a more direct and active treatment plan. We make it our priority to offer a variety of treatment styles and adjunctive therapies to meet each patient’s needs.
Most people are familiar with manual manipulation; the traditional Chiropractic adjustment. These manual manipulations are performed by hand and are used to realign joints and reduce pain. Although these adjustments are highly successful in treating the majority of conditions, certain injuries or underlying problems may dictate another plan. To address those situations, we provide several alternative methods of treatment.
A handheld instrument, known as an Activator, is very specific and can isolate and move a single bone at a time. This may be the best choice for certain conditions or may be the preference of the patient. A passive technique, called Blocking, is sometimes preferred for the hips or pelvis. Supported by foam blocks which are carefully placed according to the misalignment, the patient’s own body weight helps to gently return bones to the normal position. An active technique, called Flexion Distraction, utilizes a specialized treatment table to address lumbar disc injuries and low back muscle spasms. By offering these alternative methods of adjustment, we can treat each patient individually according to their condition which is dictated by their own personal comfort.
As for supplements to the adjustments, we support our patients’ health and healing with both passive and active therapies. Electrical Muscle Stimulation is used to reduce inflammation and swelling in the tissues, to relieve muscle spasms, promote healing and reduce pain. Short Wave Diathermy, which uses a radio wave with an anti-inflammatory result, assists in muscle relaxation and can even help to relieve chest congestion. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to reduce inflammation in the tissue and promote circulation and blood flow. Cold Laser is a specialized light therapy used to stimulate cellular activity and regeneration, increasing the rate of healing at a cellular level by 30 to 40 percent. And, Inter-Segmental Traction uses a specialized table to increase flexibility and mobility in the spine.
Beyond those therapies and modalities, we offer an in-house rehabilitation and exercise area, including familiar gym equipment as well as some more advanced technologies. Patients taking advantage of the rehab are strengthening muscles and reducing the chance of future injury.
There is a reason we offer so many options for care: We firmly believe each patient needs to be considered individually. No two patients are exactly the same, and we make it our goal to have something for everyone. You deserve no less than personal, patient-driven care.