We understand that when you are in pain, nothing else matters. If affects what you do and how you do it. It affects your relationships and changes the way you look at everything. Often, pain causes you to change the way you do your work, or worse, takes you out of work completely. For many of us the worse thing about pain is that it takes away from our recreation, play time or sports competition.
Pain comes in several phases. There is “acute” pain which means that it is new. Acute pain causes immediate distress and can critically affect your life in the short term. “Sub-acute” pain is a crucial stage wherein the patient can either move toward healing or progress to “chronic” pain. Chronic pain, a very common presentation, just seems to be there day after day. Chronic pain causes a person to fundamentally change their life. A person with chronic pain will often think that it will never go away and they accept an attitude of disability. Then there is “permanent” pain, meaning it will never go away. Most people we see don’t have permanent pain. They have an acute manifestation of a chronic process. That means that something new occurred and made an old problem worse. The important thing to know is that the vast majority of people we see get better under our care.
When you present to our office the first thing that we do is find out what’s causing your pain and set out to help you with relief and stabilization of the problem. Our unique pain relief approach is custom designed for you. In some cases you will be out of pain quickly and get back to more important parts of your life. We emphasize cost effective, natural approaches to pain relief using the most up to date and proven methods.
Chiropractors are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of the whole body. Your visit in our office begins with a complete examination including physical, orthopedic and neurologic testing to find the cause of your pain. A chiropractic examination also looks specifically how your spine is moving (or not.) This is done by gently checking the movement of specific joints in the back using a technique called motion palpation. We also use a range of other physical tests that help us determine if there are problems with the function of your spine and extremities. We have an x-ray facility right here in the office in the event that your injury requires further diagnostic imaging. All x-rays are read by a board certified radiologist to insure that a complete, scientific explanation of your films is used to help you in your recovery.
In our office, there is an emphasis on examination of the spine and evaluation of the nervous system. Our staff is also skilled at evaluation and treatment of a variety or sports injuries including shoulder pain, elbow and wrist pain, hip and knee pain, as well as common wrist and ankle problems. The chiropractic approach to pain relief does not use drugs or surgery.
All treatment that you receive at Tahoe City Chiropractic is 100% natural and seeks to assist the body’s natural healing potential. Often the problem that is causing the pain in your body only needs a little assistance to heal. We utilize gentle mobilization, adjustment or soft tissue physiologic therapeutics in order to give you the help that you need to heal and become pain free. In some cases we will recommend natural supplements that you can take to help decrease pain and regain health.
We encourage you to ask questions about your condition and pride ourselves on giving you an honest answer to any question that you have. In the event that your condition requires a specialist outside of our scope of practice, we have a network of medical and allied health professionals that we can refer you to with confidence. Many patients use us as a primary care “portal of entry” into the healthcare system. This allows a cost effective assessment of your problem with the assurance that you will get the best possible care in our area.
Massage therapy is a widely accepted method for pain relief. Research has shown that massage therapy can be of great benefit for back pain sufferers. It increases blood flow in the tight or injured tissues and helps relax areas where the body has become inflexible. Massage helps bring vital nutrition to muscles so that they can begin to function with more ease and less pain. Most patients report decreased tension and increased function as soon as they leave the treatment table.
Our skilled therapists are licensed and trained to the highest standards. Unlike a massage that you receive at a resort or spa, your massage sessions are goal oriented and results driven. Although you will be relaxed after treatment the real goal of massage in our office is to make a change and support healing. Massage also helps to produce “endorphins” in the body. These are chemicals that naturally allow a person to feel good, a great benefit to those who are suffering from acute or chronic pain.
Your massage therapist will consult with one of our chiropractors to see how to best get you the results that you are looking for. They will also use many of the methods that they have learned in their training to analyze and assess the best treatments for your case. Your input is vital to your treatment so they will likely ask questions about your activities and the nature of your pain. The real purpose of your treatment is to get you out of pain and return you to the activities that represent your life.
Chiropractors have led the healthcare professions in the belief that exercise is essential for health and the reduction of pain. Although exercise is often impossible in the acute stage of severe back pain, it is necessary to introduce it, when appropriate, in order to have a complete recovery. “Taking it easy” can actually cause your pain to increase and stay around for a lot longer than anybody wants. Our skilled professionals are trained in methods to get you moving again while decreasing your pain and taking the utmost care to not aggravate your condition. You don’t have to sweat or get sore from an exercise program. The goal is to rehabilitate your body with specific movements aimed at improving motion and decreasing pain.
Depending on your diagnosis, your exercises will be custom made to benefit only you. Therapeutic exercises are intended to help you rehabilitate your body and only trained professionals like the staff at Tahoe City Chiropractic should design your program.
An effective program works your whole body, not just your back or injured extremity. A complete exercise program includes aerobic exercise, stretching and strengthening. In other words, you need to breathe and move in ways that makes your body better. The most current research is very clear, in order to have lasting relief from pain you must be sure that your joints are free to move and then use your body properly. Our professional staff can lead you in that direction and support you in your desire for a pain free life.