Treatment for Repetitive Strain/Sprains, Sports Injuries, Cumulative Trauma Disorders, Performance Enhancement/Injury Prevention.
Active Release Technique (ART)
Active Release Techniques, also referred to as ART, is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often the results of overused soft tissues.
The goal of ART is to restore optimal texture, motion and function of the soft tissue and release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels. This is accomplished through the removal of adhesions or fibrosis in the soft tissue via the application of specific protocols. Adhesions can occur as a result of acute injury, repetitive motion, and constant pressure or tension. ART eliminates the pain and dysfunction associated with these adhesions.
Graston Technique incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.
Graston Technique has become standard protocol in universities, hospital-based outpatient facilities, and clinics. The technique is also commonly used in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and Major League Baseball. Historically, Graston Technique has resolved 87% or more of all conditions treated. It is equally effective on restoring functions to acute and chronic injuries, as well as pre and post surgical patients.
Functional Movement Screens (FMS)
Howard Chiropractic Clinic, SC is now offering Functional Movement Screens (FMS). FMS is a valuable tool for assessing how well your body moves. The goal of the FMSis to reduce risk of potential injury by accurately identifying weaknesses that cause dysfunction in your body mechanics. The FMS is also a great way to enhance your athletic performance, as it has been proven that higher Movement Screen Scores are related to faster reaction times and increased performance levels.
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is the product of an exercise philosophy known as Functional Movement Systems. This exercise philosophy is based on sound science, years of innovation, and current research.
- Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS identifies functional limitations and imbalance. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.
- The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to help restore mechanically sound movement patterns.
- The professionals at Howard Chiropractic Clinic, SC monitor the FMS score to track the progress and to identify specific exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.
Kinesio® Taping Method
The Kinesio Taping Method has taken the Rehabilitative and Sports Medicine world by storm. Currently, KT is used in hospitals, clinics, universities, high schools, and by professional sports teams all over the world.
Kinesio Tape Method is not just used for the athlete. KT is used for headaches to foot problems...and everything in between.
Cold Laser Therapy
Erchonia Laser made history by becoming the first low-level laser in the world to gain FDA market clearance for the treatment of chronic neck and shoulder pain.
Within the injured musculoskeletal tissue, low-level laser light initiates increased microcirculation and enhances tissue regeneration. The overall effects are decreased pain and inflammation, and increased range of motion.
Exercise education and instruction is completed with each patient as clinically indicated. Exercise protocols can be established for each patient depending upon their specific condition and health circumstances. Exercise protocols in conjunction with conservative care (chiropractic care), can help facilitate a healthier lifestyle and help minimize joint re-injury and pain. The doctor can review your specific exercise requirements during your treatment process.
Gait evaluation and movement assessment can be completed on an individual basis to help devise a corrective exercise strategy and to improve movement impairments. Gait evaluation as well as specific joint movement assessments are valuable tools in assessing and evaluating a patient's overall kinetic chain. A kinetic chain is a valuable link in establishing movement dysfunction in the skeletal structures. A gait evaluation can be completed in a number of ways including visual inspection, standing postural evaluation, treadmill analysis with walking and/or running, and individual joint movement assessments evaluating the joint structures through its complete range of motion. Often times, a gait evaluation can be videotaped to help facilitate the patient understanding the specific abnormality and the possible corrective exercise and/or treatment parameters.