From sophisticated on-site diagnostics to comprehensive exams, from physiotherapy to chiropractic
and massage therapy, our multi-disciplinary group of health care professionals can effectively diagnose
and treat the symptoms and causes of most musculoskeletal disorders.
A large portion of our practice focuses on wellness which includes, but not limited to effective weight
loss and fitness. Our holistic approach to personal wellness means that we teach you to maintain your
wellness long after you finish active treatment.
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If you suffer from headaches, scheduling a chiropractic spinal checkup with our doctors is one
of the best things you can do to address the problem. Our safe, gentle and drugless methods
have helped countless migraine and tension headache sufferers over the years.
Many things can cause a headache, ranging from strong smells and intense lights to sinus
trouble and high blood pressure. However, the most common cause of headache is muscle
tension - 'stress headaches' make up 90% of all headaches.
Pain from a headache does not come from the brain - that organ cannot feel sensation. There are
veins and arteries inside the brain and skull, as well as membranes that wrap around the brain
and nerves in the head called cranial nerves. When any of these are pulled, stretched,
compressed, irritated, inflamed or infected, headaches often result.
Millions of headache sufferers are turning to the natural, drugless chiropractic approach to
- The Chiropractic Approach
health. Chiropractors are the only healing professionals who are trained to analyze and correct
the Vertebral Subluxation Complex - often the root cause for chronic headaches.
At your initial appointment, the doctor will use his hands, X-ray and other instruments to analyze
your spine and determine if Vertebral Subluxation Complex could be causing your headaches.
He will then perform a series of customized chiropractic spinal adjustment to correct the
Vertebral Subluxations, removing the nerve pressure and spinal distortions - and relieving your
headache symptoms. Once the nerve and spinal stress caused by the Vertebral Subluxations is
removed, your body will be able to restore itself to a greater level of health and wholeness.
The doctors in our clinic treat many back problems that are caused by disc problems. Contrary to
common belief, discs do not "slip" out of place, but they can bulge or rupture, resulting in a number of
problems. Once the doctor determines the exact nature of the problem, he will recommend an
individually tailored course of treatment.
The disc is a small cartilage pad that is situated between spinal bones. The soft jellylike center is
contained by layers of fibrous tissues. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer and shock absorber for
the spine. When healthy, discs allow normal turning and bending.
Since spinal discs have a very poor blood supply, they depend upon the circulation of joint fluids to
bring in nutrients and expel waste. If a spinal joint loses its normal motion and this pumping action is
impaired, the health of the disc deteriorates. Like a wet sponge, a healthy disc is flexible, but a
dehydrated disc is hard, stiff and can crack easily. This is how many disc problems begin.
Each disc is attached to the vertebrae above and below it and cannot "slip" out of place. However,
trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to bulge, herniate or rupture, which causes pain, puts
pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots and interferes with their function.
Pain resulting from a disc problem is primarily due to pressure on the nerve roots, the spinal cord or
- Symptoms and Diagnosis of Disc Problems
the cauda equina. Symptoms can include paralysis, pain radiating to the arms or legs, disturbance of
feeling, muscle spasms and bladder control problems.
The doctor will conduct a thorough physical examination. At times, diagnostic imaging in the form of an x-
ray or MRI is needed to properly diagnose the condition.
The doctor addresses disc conditions by restoring better motion and position to the spinal joint. In
- Treatment of Disc Problems
addition to reducing disc bulging, better spinal function helps reduce inflammation and allows the
healing process to begin. In many cases, patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on
pain pills, by choosing our clinic’s conservative chiropractic care.
Bulged or Ruptured Discs
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is an entrapment neuropathy of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm
into the hand. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers, as well
as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers to move.
The carpal tunnel is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand that
houses the median nerve and tendons. When tendons swell, the tunnel narrows and the median nerve
becomes compressed. This compression causes patients to experience a number of symptoms,
* Tingling and numbness in the fingers.
* Aching in the hand and forearm which can radiate to the shoulder and back.
* Clumsiness or weak grip.
- Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the
hand and the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers. Some carpal tunnel
sufferers say their fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent.
Symptoms often first appear in one or both hands during the night but as symptoms worsen, people
might feel tingling during the day. Decreased grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp
small objects or perform other manual tasks.
- Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Some people are genetically predisposed to carpal tunnel syndrome because they have smaller carpal
tunnels. For this reason, women are three time more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
Other contributing factors include trauma to the wrist, fluid retention, hypothyroidism, work stress,
rheumatoid arthritis or the development of a cyst or tumor in the canal. Repetitive motions can cause
bursitis and tendonitis and are sometimes mistaken for carpal tunnel syndrome - there is no scientific
data to prove that repetitive motions alone cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The doctor will conduct a thorough physical examination of the hands, arms, shoulders and neck to
determine if your symptoms are indicative of carpal tunnel syndrome. He will examine your wrists for
tenderness, swelling, warmth and discoloration; test each finger for sensation; and inspect the muscles
at the base of the hand for strength and signs of atrophy. If necessary, routine laboratory tests and X-
rays can reveal diabetes, arthritis and fractures. If the doctor determines that you are in fact suffering
from carpal tunnel syndrome, he will recommend a customized plan of treatment to address it.
- Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Our clinic utilizes a number of techniques such as Active Release Techniques, ultrasound and more, in
the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. They are noninvasive, very safe with a 90% success rate. At
the beginning of each appointment the doctor evaluates the texture, tightness and movement of
muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves in the affected area. He treats any abnormalities with a
combination of precisely directed tension and very specific patient movements that help relieve the
symptoms of numbness, tingling, burning, and aching. Active Release Techniques® Treatments can be
uncomfortable during the movement phases of the treatment as the scar tissue or adhesions "break
up". This technique is followed by physical therapy modalities. In addition, patients are given arm, wrist
and hand stretches to complement the treatment and prevent further damage from occurring.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and
tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple trigger points - places on your body where slight pressure
causes pain. More common in women than in men, fibromyalgia has also been known by other names
such as fibrositis, chronic muscle spasm syndrome, psychogenic rheumatism and tension myalgias.
Diagnoses start by asking you the following questions:
* Do your muscles feel "tight", especially in the morning?
* Do you always need to stretch with constant aches and pains in your neck, low back and hips?
* Do you feel old and stiff with morning fatigue, sleeping problems and many tender spots?
* Do you have constant pain between the shoulder blades?
* Are you experiencing neck, shoulder, hip or low back pain?
* Do your arms or legs go numb, tingle or hurt?
If you answer yes to these questions,the doctor may diagnose fibromyalgia and recommend a course of
To standard medicine, fibromyalgia, with its accompanying muscle spasms and trigger points, is a
mystery. No specific abnormality has consistently been found in the muscles or connective tissues of
people with fibromyalgia and nothing is known to be awry in their body chemistry. Medical doctors have
tried a number or drugs including novocaine, procaine, xylocaine, cooling sprays, muscle relaxants and
cortisone injections - all with mixed results. More often than not, these are only temporary solutions and
the still-suffering patient is referred to a physical therapist to try heat, massage and other modalities,
again with limited success.
Because strong psychological components, including anxiety, compulsiveness and depression, are
often present in patients with fibromyalgia, a holistic approach has become very popular. People
suffering from fibromyalgia who are also sedentary, will find that aerobic exercise can improve the
sleep disturbances, fatigue and pain. Muscle relaxation can serve as a good complement to this
approach - patients sometimes benefit from muscle stretching, massage, hot showers and hot/cold
compresses, paraffinn baths and therapeutic ultrasound.
- The Chiropractic Approach
The doctor begins treating fibromyalgia by correcting any existing Vertebral Subluxations and seeking
to correct the mechanical - muscle, bone and joint - factors that play a major part in fibromyalgia. A
healthy spinal column will ensure that the nerves going to your muscles are free of nerve interference -
a necessary foundation for healthy muscle function. Many fibromyalgia patients have had excellent
response to the care received in our office.