Additional Services at Ballas Chiropractic
Acupuncture & Cold Laser Therapy
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles in your skin at strategic points on your body. Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago, but over the past three decades its popularity has grown significantly within the United States. Traditional Chinese theory explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance. In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow.
Some Conditions Appropriate for Acupuncture Therapy
|Arthritis||Back Pain||Sciatica||Neck Pain|
|PMS Symptoms||Infertility||Stress Reduction||Menopause|
|Postoperative Pain||Blood Pressure||Smoking Cessation||Chronic Fatigue|
Advanced Cold (Low-Level) Laser Therapy offers patients faster healing from injuries and reduced pain, without the use of drugs or invasive surgeries. Athletes have already discovered the benefits of using this therapy. Professionals like Tour de France champion, Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods, and Troy Glaus, MVP of the 2003 World Series have incorporated cold lasers into their lives as well.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy, a traction based procedure, is one of the leading long-term treatment options for treating low back (Lumbar) and cervical neck problems. Often, the pain in your back or neck is due to a bulging or herniated condition of one or more of the discs that act as a sort of shock absorber or cushion in between the vertebrae that make up your spinal column. When your disc(s) bulge, are herniated, or simply wear out, the disc can press or pinch against a sensitive nerve, the result of which can be VERY painful. Over time, your body suffers from the wear and tear of daily living, as well as the overall effects of gravity. DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy helps to create a negative pressure in your disc (decompression). Decompression is the result of proper positioning and tractioning of your spinal column.
Spinal Decompression Treatment Phases
Phase l: Getting Started – Once comfortable on the DTS, the computer controlled traction device is programmed to deliver a gentle stretching force to the spinal vertebra. This force is delivered directly to the harness system. The DTS system applies the gentle force then releases it approximately every minute throughout the session. The total treatment time is usually less than 18 minutes. Most patients report simply feeling a subtle and gentle stretching at their lower back or around their hips. Since DTS Therapy is a comfort-based procedure, patients usually report a sense of relief and relaxation during the session. Many patients even fall to sleep.
Phase ll: Stabilization of Structure – During Phase II of your DTS Therapy treatments, our office will prescribe a series of rehabilitative measures in order to more fully heal your discs to the best of its ability, and keep the pain from returning. Most low back pain suffers have two compounding problems that have contributed to their disc injury and limited their natural healing abilities.
- Decreased Spine Flexibility
- Poor Muscle Control
A program of focused rehabilitative exercise, with Biofeedback, may begin during or after your DTS Therapy course of treatment. Our rehabilitation program involves several clinically effective yet simple, pain-free activities including Biofeedback. Biofeedback allows you to monitor and control spinal motion and re-claim proper spinal movement patterns.
Phase lll: Support of Muscular System – During Phase III, we’ll structure an in-office and home-based exercise program that will help to bring your spine back to full health. This exercise program may include in-office resistance training, at home Stabilizer exerciser and resistance training and other “core” exercises. Remember, regular and consistent home based exercise is one of the keys to long-term relief.
Rehabilitation & Massage
Massage Therapy The benefits of massage are extensive. Massage therapy treatments will have a therapeutic affect and improve health by acting directly on the muscular, nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic (immune) systems. Chiropractic and massage therapy, used in combination, is a powerful healing approach. A joint that has suffered a dislocation, subluxation or just a sprain almost always has damage to the ligaments, tendons and muscles around the joint. This is referred to as soft tissue damage. In some instances, if this soft tissue damage is minimal, the soft tissue will automatically return to near normal on its own, after the dislocated or subluxated joint is realigned. In other cases, the soft tissue injury needs help to properly strengthen and repair.
Soft Tissue Integrity Soft tissue, the muscles, ligament and tendons that surround the joint, hold the joint in place, and protect it. Without rehabilitation, the dislocation or subluxation that has significant soft tissue damage can reoccur frequently. In cases where there is extensive soft tissue damage, surgery is often needed.
Types of Soft Tissue Injury There are two types of soft tissue injuries to the joint:
- Traumatic Injury
Traumatic injury to the joint occurs as a result of a sudden impact or accident. The soft tissue around the joint that holds the joint in proper position is stretched and torn. Usually this tearing is seen as microtrauma to the joint. In other words, small tears occur in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These traumatic injuries will usually heal and return to near normal with proper rehabilitation. In some cases the tearing is complete or so extensive that surgery is needed.
- Deconditioning Injury
The soft tissue that holds a joint in place can also be injured by abnormal pressure or stress over a period of time. Repeated improper joint movement or even prolonged poor posture can cause the ligaments, tendons, and muscles to become too lax – or too inelastic. In either case the effect creates a joint that does not stay aligned and move properly. This type of long-term joint stress is called joint deconditioning. A joint that is deconditioned must be rehabilitated to assure normal joint function and the prevention of reinjury to the joint. Surgery is usually not an option.
Rehabilitation Process Carefully exercising the injured joint under measured amounts of stress is the best method of rehabilitating and strengthening the soft tissue around an injured joint. This strengthening takes place over time. Most rehabilitation programs work with the patient 3 to 5 times a week for 4 to 12 weeks. Your doctor will suggest the best program for your needs.
Need for Care You are a candidate for rehabilitation if you exhibit one or more of the following:
- This is a repeat episode of the same or similar injury.
- You have not regained total health from manipulation or other treatment.
- The injured area exhibits a loss of range of motion, which may become permanent.
- The injured area exhibits a loss of strength, which may become permanent.
- You have structural anomalies, which increases the need for good soft tissue support.
Trust Your Health to Professional Quality Nutritional Supplements
Standard Process Whole Food Supplements
Nutritional scientists are continually discovering what we at Standard Process have taught and practiced since 1929: Micronutrients, both known and unknown, found only in whole foods are more essential to health than selected vitamins and minerals taken away from their complete food matrix. Our product formulas contain unique combinations of whole foods (whole plants, animal tissue extracts and concentrates, and botanicals), which contain essential vitamins, phytonutrients, and minerals to provide optimal health for your patients. Ingredients are selected for their specific supportive effects in metabolism. Whole Plants Plants like pea vine, beets, buckwheat, and alfalfa provide vitamins and phytonutrients. Animal Tissue Extracts and Concentrates The animal tissues in our products (Protomorphogen™ and Cytosol™ brand extracts and whole desiccates) provide many essential nutritional compounds, including amino acid and enzyme complexes and essential fatty acids to support the corresponding tissues in humans. Botanicals Botanicals provide important factors that contribute additional organ and glandular support by complementing the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and tissue concentrates found in foods. For example, silymarin found in Silybum marianum has been shown to provide significant hepatic protection and support.† Why Does Ballas Chiropractic Recommend Standard Process? For over 80 years, Standard Process has been the most trusted name in professional nutritional supplements. Their only available through licensed healthcare practitioners—practitioners who understand and recognize the importance of quality nutritional formulas to help patients achieve and maintain a lifetime of good health. Why Whole Food Supplements? Standard Process demonstrates its commitment to the Whole:
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As a nation, we eat poor-quality foods that have been stripped of nutrients. We do not consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of us get our whole grains from instant rice, refined wheat breads, pastas, and cereal. We eat a tremendous amount of prepackaged, pre-made meals. One-quarter of Americans eat at fast food restaurants each day. As a result of our diets, Americans are overfed and undernourished. Ballas Chiropractic Whole Health Wellness Center can help teach you how whole food supplements complete the nutritional gap. For your present and future nutritional supplement needs, go with the choices of healthcare practitioners worldwide Standard Process. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.