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How long is a typical chiropractic visit?

Your first visit typically lasts about an hour for your exam and treatment. During this time we will use the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) which will help us further identify faulty movement patterns, instabilities, muscle imbalances, joint restrictions, and more. We then recommend treatment and/or corrective exercises to eliminate the above findings.

The second visit will usually15 to 30 minutes depending on the recommended treatment.

I don’t want to be adjusted. Is this a necessary part of the treatment?

Chiropractic adjustments are appropriate for certain conditions, but are not absolutely necessary. Many conditions we treat at Integrated Health do not require any adjustments at all. The best thing we can do for you is to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and educate you on all the treatment options available for your particular condition.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a science dedicated to the human body. Chiropractors study the relationship between body structures (mainly your spine) and bodily functions (primarily your nervous system). When balanced, these vital systems interact to preserve or even restore your health.
Chiropractic doctors don’t prescribe drugs or perform surgery. Instead, chiropractors respect the inherent power of your body to heal itself. We also understand and respect the fact that some patients do need drugs and surgery to recover from particular conditions and we work together with your medical providers to achieve the best results possible. A chiropractor will help guide your body to health through the adjustment of your spine and other joints. Chiropractic hands-on manipulations help:

  • Treat mechanical restrictions (dysfunctional joints)
  • Increase your range of motion
  • Eliminate excessive strain on your muscles
  • Block pain impulses and increase your comfort leve

Usually, several chiropractic treatments are needed to achieve long-lasting results and long-term pain relief. Yet chiropractors are like most healthcare providers — the best ones have a large toolbox of techniques they can apply in response to health issues.

What is an Active Release Techniques (ART) session like?

Every Active Release Techniques session combines examination and treatment. The Active Release Techniques provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.
ART uses precisely directed tension and specific patient movements to treat abnormal tissues. These treatments have more than 500 specific moves unique to ART. They allow the provider to identify and correct your specific problem. ART is not a cooker-cutter approach — it’s a uniquely individualized plan of treatment.
ART is non-invasive, very safe, has virtually no side effects, and has a record of producing good results. Treatments take about 8-15 minutes per area treated. Patients usually remark that, “it hurts good.” However, keep in mind that ART is not a cure-all. Corrective exercises are necessary to make sure that your condition doesn’t reoccur, preventing you from having to be treated over and over again.
Treatments can feel uncomfortable during the movement phases as the scar tissue or adhesions “break-up.” This discomfort is temporary and subsides almost immediately after the treatment. It’s common to feel a duplication of your pain symptoms during the treatment (a good indication that the problem has been identified).

What are adhesions?

Your body contains special protein structures called fascia (connective tissue). Fascia interconnects all the components of your body, acting as a flexible skeleton. Healthy fascia is smooth and slippery, allowing your muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and organs to move freely and function properly.
Imagine a piece of scotch tape. The smooth side is healthy fascia, while the sticky side represents scar tissue, or unhealthy fascia. Try rubbing both sides of the tape along your skin. Feel the smooth side slip easily across your skin. Then notice how the sticky side drags against your skin. That drag, the “pulling” sensation, is how an adhesion affects your body function.
You know you have an adhesion on a nerve if you feel abnormal sensations like numbness, tingling, or pain. That’s because adhesions can attach to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves decreasing their ability to move and function properly.

What is Massage Therapy?

Clinical massage therapy applies a variety of massage therapy techniques to solve your soft tissue health issues. Clinical massage therapy can help ease muscle spasms, tension, pain, inflammation, and improve range of motion.
Athletes involved in sports that require bursts of speed (like football, basketball, or soccer) are at the greatest risk for soft tissue muscle strains. The pain caused by these strains and muscle injuries can lead to chronic muscle tightness and eventual muscle imbalance — decreasing your overall athletic performance.
Clinical massage therapy focuses on your soft tissues:

  • Fascia (bands of connective tissue that hold your body together)
  • Tendons (connects your muscles to your bones)
  • Ligaments (connects your bones together)
What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old practice based on Eastern medicine’s energetic model of the human body (Western medicine uses the biochemical model).
Acupuncture promotes the proper balance and flow of qi, the vital energy behind all life forms and processes. Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterile, disposable needles to relieve pain, help with balancing hormones, improve immune system function, speed recovery following athletic events, ease nausea following cancer treatments, and many more. The acupuncture needles are very fine — usually about the diameter of a human hair.
Acupuncture can help treat the following conditions and more:

  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Symptoms of MS such as neuropathy
  • Digestive complaints such as constipation, diarrhea, and heartburn
  • Vertigo
  • Headaches
  • Sinus conditions
  • Allergies
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Poor circulation
  • TMJ or TMD pain
  • Lower back, neck, shoulder, arm, and leg pain

Typically, there is no pain or discomfort involved with acupuncture. The process is generally very relaxing. Many people even fall asleep during treatment.

Can I see Integrated Health for headache pain?

Chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage along with postural/ergonomic advice is a proven approach for many types of headaches. Occasionally, multidisciplinary management with other specialists is required and a team approach is utilized.

How long does it take to get better from a back pain episode?

Approximately 80 percent of people with lower back pain are 80 percent better within two to four weeks. Yet many people have repeated episodes. Integrated Health discovers what’s causing your back pain, and then teaches you how to avoid it.

If my M.R.I. shows a herniated disc can you help me?

Herniated discs are very common. They can be present with no symptoms, even if you’re in your 20s. Experts now say that spinal changes such as herniated discs and arthritis are related to age (like graying hair or wrinkling skin) — not symptoms.
The difference between a person with a herniated disc who has no symptoms and one who has symptoms has to do with how their body copes or stabilizes their back.

If I have had back or neck surgery can I see you post-operatively?

Yes, we see many people after surgery. Obviously, we don’t perform adjustments in and around your surgical sites (and certainly not in an area that has been surgically fused). Instead, we use manual therapy techniques like Active Release Techniques (when enough time has passed that your surgical area has healed sufficiently) to restore proper range of motion and to gently stretch any scar tissue adhesions in the area. We also instruct and supervise you in rehabilitative exercises to help strengthen and stabilize your surgical area.

Do you have to be a certain age to enjoy massage therapy at Integrated Health?

Guests under 18 years of age are eligible for massages with signed parent consent. Younger guests may have have treatment with a parent or legal guardian present if wanted.

Are gift certificates available for massage therapy?

You may purchase gift certificates for a specific number of massages.

What do I wear for massage therapy?

Most body treatments are enjoyed without clothing, however, please wear whatever is comfortable for you. During all treatments, the body is fully draped, except for the area being worked on.

What about my comfort?

Your massage experience is your time, and you should delight in it to the fullest. If you experience discomfort due to room temperature, massage pressure, music volume or any other conditions, please tell your therapist immediately.

What if I have special health concerns?

When making an appointment, please notify us if you have high blood pressure, allergies, any physical ailments or disabilities, or if you are pregnant (there are a few services that should be avoided during pregnancy, specifically in the first trimester, but many that can be enjoyed).

What if I’m late for my appointment?

Arriving late will simply limit the time of your treatment, thus lessening its effectiveness and your pleasure. Your treatment will end on time so the next guest will not be delayed. The full value of your treatment will be charged.

What if I need to reschedule my appointment?

If you must reschedule or cancel your appointment, please notify us at least one day in advance to avoid being charged the full service fee.

Do I leave a tip?

Any gratuities are at your discretion.

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