We Diagnose and Treat the Source of the Issue, Not the Symptom
People who deal with chronic pain, an injury, stiffness, poor sleep, migraines, digestive issues or any number of health-related issues are often prescribed medication. The problem is, medication typically treats the symptom while the underlying source of the problem is never addressed.
In many cases, medication simply covers up one issue and creates another issue, and people end up taking more medication to fix the problem created by another medication. This is why medicine cabinets tend fill up as people age.
At In Good Hands Chiropractic Center, we believe in diagnosing the source of health issues and stimulating the human body’s natural healing ability. The first step is to discuss your individual and family history, line by line. Dr. Scharf (link to About page) will have you perform a series of basic functional test to assess your reflexes, range of motion, balance, posture and other factors. She’ll observe how you react physically and ask a lot of questions to get a sense of how you’re feeling.
In some cases, Dr. Scharf will order x-rays if she needs more information about what’s happening internally, but she typically treats new patients during the first visit. She’ll tell you what to expect and explain why she’s using a particular technique. Dr. Scharf can also collaborate with medical doctors, nutritionists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, and other healthcare providers to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Conditions treated include but are not limited to:
Back, Neck and Joint Pain | Headaches | Allergies | Sciatica | Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | Asthma | TMJ Disorders | Sinus Problems | Sports Injuries | Stress | Digestive Problems | Fatigue | Insomnia | Autism | ADD | ADHD
Treatment techniques include:
Also called an adjustment, this technique involves painlessly manipulating or repositioning bones and muscles to improve function. The diversified technique, the most common form of manipulation, involves a gentle, quick thrust to one joint at a time. The idea is to position the spine in a way that removes interference between your brain and the rest of your body, allowing you to function at the highest possible level.
This type of therapy uses a specialized table to gently stretch and decompress joints in the lumbar spine and relieve lower back and leg pain.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical currents are used to balance the positive and negative elements in the muscles. Electrical muscle stimulation also acts as an internal massage, causing the muscles to contract and relax. This improves function, relieves pain and decreases muscle spasms.
High-frequency sound waves create friction as sound waves bounce off tissue, creating a micro-massaging effect in the tissue. This promotes blood circulation in the affected area, which decreases inflammation and improves function.
This is a common treatment for athletes who suffer sprains, strains, pulled muscles and other injuries. Whether you’re a casual golfer or competitive runner, elastic kinesiology tape can be used to stabilize and support muscles and joints and promote the healing process without restricting range of motion.
There are countless benefits of massage. We use targeted massage during or prior to treatment to help soothe and relieve muscular pain, correct posture, reduce swelling, break up scar tissue, improve mobility and more. Massage can also improve blood flow and lymphatic circulation and aid in the elimination of toxins.
Laser light heat can increase blood circulation and stimulate the body’s natural healing process. This treatment is used to repair damaged cells, relax muscles, and relieve spasms, pain, stiffness and inflammation.
Good health isn’t just about bones and soft tissue. It’s about what you put inside your body. Based on a blood test, we can recommend dietary changes and nutritional supplements to help you restore balance and improve your overall health.
Applied Kinesiology can determine health imbalances in the body’s organs and glands by identifying weaknesses in specific muscles. Stimulating or relaxing these key muscles can help to diagnose and resolve a variety of symptoms caused by various health problems.
Essential oils are a plant’s natural protection from environmental threats, insects and decay. These oils are extracted from plants and bottled without added ingredients or processing. Incorporating essential oils into your treatment plan can provide a number of health benefits, such as enhanced immune system function, increased energy, better sleep, and relief from pain and stress. For more information on essential oils, visit my doTerra page.
Deep tissue massage
Massage helps to reduce pain, soothe injured muscles, stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation, and promote deep relaxation. Massage can also help reduce swelling, help correct posture, improve body motion, and facilitate the elimination of toxins from the body. Massage can have a sedative effect upon the nervous system and promotes voluntary muscle relaxation, It can help break up scar tissue and lessen fibrosis and adhesions which develop as a result of injury and immobilization.