Preferred Areas of Practice

The most common conditions seen in our offices are lower back and neck pain and headaches. For many years, Dr. Vipond has treated people with these and a variety of other spine and spine related complaints, but the practice focus is additionally on:

 Appropriate self management of your pain and injury.

  • Sports and overuse injuries; particularly their mechanism of injury and their rehabilitation. 
  • Exercise prescription to reduce pain, increase mobility and strengthen injured tissues.
  • Postural awareness, correction and the progressive effect on the spine over time.
  • Spine 'ownership' so you can learn how to take care of your spine.

 

Chiropractic Adjustments (Spinal Manipulation)

Spinal joints that aren’t moving correctly can irritate nearby nerves. The purpose of an adjustment is to improve spinal movement and alignment, and to reduce irritation to the nerves and other related soft tissues. Restoring your spinal health requires the correction of these movement problems. It is an essential part of your care. We use a number of highly effective adjustment techniques. These techniques take into account each person’s age, weight, muscularity, tension, symptoms and overall health. After identifying which vertebrae have lost their normal motion or position a specific, short and highly-accurate thrust is used. Alternatively for some conditions a slow, constant pressure is manually applied. The number of adjustments performed can vary. Sometimes a popping sound is produced, much like someone cracking their knuckle, when an adjustment is completed.
 

Soft Tissue Therapy

Using the spinal column and skeleton as a framework, the soft tissues maintain our upright posture and enable motion, support, coordination and balance. Problems in the soft tissues can include spasm, strain and sprain, nerve compression and irritation, chronic tension, and contracture. In office treatment for spinal and extremity soft tissue problems can include: 
  • Mobilization of the spine and limbs.
  • Trigger or pressure point therapy.
  • Myofascial release such as cross friction therapy and the Graston Technique.
  • Passive and resisted forms of manual stretching.
 
Myofascial release is particularly important in reducing or removing adhesive or scar tissue. The scar tissue is usually a product of previous injuries, long term imbalances or chronic tension.  Cross friction is a hands on treatment.

The Graston Technique uses a variety of stainless steel instruments that enable clinicians to effectively detect and treat the abnormal areas. These adhesive, knotted and contracted soft tissues can create pain, weakness, irritation and more tightness.  Adhesive tissue also increases the risk of further injury.
 

Specific Exercise Prescription

The human body is designed for movement and mobility. A regular amount of general movement and exercise should be in everyone’s daily list of activities. Often in assessing spinal injuries certain areas of complaint are identified as too tight, too weak or unbalanced. Depending on the nature of the problem, specific corrective exercises are then used to improve mobility, flexibility or strength as needed.
 

Posture Analysis and Correction

Usually performed at the initial examination, postural analysis is an integral part of evaluating overall spinal function. At any point in the day, upright posture is really a balancing of many different factors, from previous injuries, work tasks and recreational activities to anatomical variations, like a shorter leg. Identifying the basis for postural problems can lead to corrective treatment, appropriate exercises and reduced spinal pain and disability. 
 

Healthy Lifestyle

The final aspect of our Preferred Practice is the development of a healthy lifestyle.  Chiropractors actively promote injury prevention and appropriate spinal care, both at home and in the workplace. However a large part of our society is increasingly experiencing poor health and disease that can be directly linked to lifestyle. Not feeling “well” can be attributed to smoking, excessive sitting, stress, poor nutrition, and a lack of exercise or restful sleep.
 
Chiropractors are trained to examine these health factors and to help find solutions.   Reducing injuries in combination with improving faulty health habits and proper spinal care can provide you with a greater sense of wellness and health.