Chiropractic is the most commonly used form of alternative medicine in the United States. Chiropractors use orthopedic and neurological testing, range of motion assessment, posture and gait analysis, and sometimes x-rays to identify the underlying cause of the problem. Not all patients require x-rays but in many cases it is necessary to identify chronic issues such as degeneration and to rule out more serious injuries. Chiropractic care focuses on identifying and correcting misalignments in the spine and skeleton called “subluxations”. These misalignments can alter the normal biomechanics of the skeleton and cause imbalances that shift stress onto other areas. These imbalances in turn cause counter reactions in the body such as muscle spasms, atrophy, and postural changes that can lead to pain and injury. Using chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors correct these misalignments and return balance to the body, allowing the body to repair itself. Chiropractic care offers patients suffering from muscular and skeletal injuries such as headaches, neck pain, back pain, sciatica, tendonitis, sprains, and strains a noninvasive, non-surgical treatment alternative to pain relief and recovery.
Most mothers would agree that pain is an unfortunate part of the pregnancy period. Dr Alorna specializes in the treatment of pregnancy related pain and is one of the foremost experts in her field. During pregnancy, aches and pains are very common due to weight gain and hormonal differences. Specialized adjusting tables, positioning pillows, and adapted adjusting techniques allows her to see patients at all stages of the pregnancy process for all kinds of problems. Some of the most common problems during pregnancy are migraines, back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, hip pain, numbness, carpal tunnel, and foot pain. As the body adapts to the changes of pregnancy, stress is placed on new parts of the body that are normally not affected. By adjusting misalignments of the spine and stretching tight muscles, Dr Alorna can remove stress from painful areas and balance the body.
Dr Alorna is also certified in the Webster Technique for mothers carrying in the breech or transverse position. Misalignments of the sacrum can cause tightening and torsion of specific muscles and ligaments which cause a constraining effect on the uterus. The stress put upon the uterus prevents the baby from comfortably assuming the vertex position. This technique is widely recommended by obstetricians, midwives, and birthing consultants because of the great results it achieves without any danger to the mother or baby. Her success rate is very high!
Chiropractic for Kids
Kids do some wild things sometimes. They fall off bikes, run into walls, and stand on their heads and never seem to miss a beat. This can result in a number of different problems that go unnoticed by parents. Children respond very well to chiropractic care which is typically noticed immediately by parents and children. Dr Alorna is certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association in the treatment of pediatric injuries. She has studied under authorities in her field known around the world for their expertise. Adjusting children is not the same as adults. Unfortunately many chiropractors that do not receive training adjust children the same way as adults and seniors. Dr Alorna is trained in multiple adjusting techniques especially designed for children. She sees children of all ages. She gets great results treating infants with digestion problems, ear infections, breast feeding difficulty, and colic. She regularly sees children with minor sports injuries and aches and pains resulting from everyday play.
Our office uses physiotherapy modalities along side chiropractic care to achieve better results than with adjustments alone. Tight muscles can cause imbalances to reoccur following normal chiropractic adjustments. By stretching tight muscles and strengthening weak ones, the body becomes more balanced and chiropractic adjustments are much more effective. Chiropractors often use therapies such as electric muscle stimulation, ultrasound, traction, light therapy, and intersegmental roller tables to treat tight and sore muscles and provide quality, lasting pain relief to injured areas. These therapies are non-invasive and very effective at reducing pain levels. Electric muscle stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound painlessly penetrates down to injured joints, tissues, and muscles, and reduce swelling and help to break up trigger points and knots. They are extremely helpful in treating back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, tendonitis, bursitis, and sprains and strains. These physiotherapy techniques speed up recovery times, and work as a perfect supplement to chiropractic care.
Kinesio tape is a colorful, ground breaking application of athletic taping that is now being used in the field of pain management. Originally this technique was used by professional athletes and sports trainers to provide players with the benefits of supportive taping and while promoting the healing process, allowing them to simultaneously remain active in sports. Kinesio tape provides support to muscles, ligaments, and joints while promoting healing. The tape helps to reposition and align injured joints and muscles while leaving enough flexibility to allow normal range of motion. Its special properties promotes increased circulation into the injured area while improving drainage of cellular wastes out of the area. It helps reduce swelling and inflammation which speeds up the healing process. This tape was highlighted in the Beijing Olympics in sports such as volleyball and track and field and was worn by athletes around the world. This colorful tape is now used by professional athletes in all sports as well as people dealing with everyday injuries in their lives.
Custom-made foot Orthotics
Dolan Family Chiropractic offers custom made foot orthotics through Foot Levelers Company, one of the most recognized companies in the foot support field. Fallen arches, high arches, and flat feet can be a direct cause of foot and ankle problems including plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, bunions, and neuromas, but it can also affect knees, hips, and your low back. When the foot drops it causes the leg to rotate which puts pressure on the knees and hips and causes the pelvis to drop and become unlevel. When the pelvis becomes unlevel the muscles of the low back can spasm and cause back pain and leg pain. By supporting the arches of the feet we remove this stress from the knees and hips and balance the pelvis and spine. We offer custom made orthotics that are built using modern computer technology that can be fit into any type of shoe. The best part is that most insurances cover custom made foot orthotics with little or no cost to the patient.
We all watch what we eat and hear all the research and press releases on the news about all the bad stuff out there. Nutrition has become a very important part of all of our lives. Drs Collin and Alorna offer the highest quality of nutritional supplies to their patients in the form of Metagenics Nutritional Company. We offer multivitamin packets designed for men, women, children, pregnant women, and seniors. We carry the highest quality probiotics to aid digestion, bone and joint supplements to help with bone density and joint care, and fish oils, natural muscle relaxants, and weight loss products. We also offer a doctor guided nutritional detoxification program that includes meal replacement shakes, supplements to support healthy liver and kidney detoxification, and recipes and meal plans to promote weight loss. The doctors are always available for nutritional consultations and to answer any question you might have about weight loss programs and dieting.
Stretching and Exercises
It is very important to stay active. Along with all of our other treatments we believe in the power of stretching and exercise. Chiropractic adjustments alone can correct misalignments but tight muscles can cause them to return. By stretching tight muscles and strengthening weak muscles, chiropractors can better balance the body and help it stay that way. This provides lasting relief and makes chiropractic adjustments much more effective. We provide all our patients with easy stretch and exercise routines that can be done in the comfort of your own home or office that will help you stay loose and feel better. Dr Collin is also available for a consultation regarding more complex exercise routines, sports training, and core stabilization training to strengthen your back.
Light therapy is ground breaking form of treatment now available in clinics and doctor’s offices. Light therapy uses concentrated infrared light beams to painlessly penetrate down to injured tendons, muscles, and joints to improve healing and decrease inflammation and swelling. Light therapy works by increasing the circulation into injured areas through capillary formation. Light therapy enhances the uptake and removal of cellular debris which directly reduces the scarring process. It also increases the release of the energy rich molecule ATP, which improves cellular uptake of oxygen and nutrients, resulting in faster healing times. Light therapy is a great complement to chiropractic care when treating back pain, neck pain, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, muscle strains, and joint sprains. Light therapy is painless and the treatment only takes minutes.