Diagnostic & Chiropractic Treatment Tools Available
On site X-ray (if needed) – On-site X-ray services are available (if needed) to provide immediate diagnostic assessment. X-rays can help Dr. Arnold rule out certain conditions (i.e. fractures, cancer, etc.) and to identify areas of degeneration.
Surface EMG – Surface electromyography (sEMG) is a non-invasive procedure involving the detection, recording, and interpretation of the electric activity of groups of muscles at rest (i.e., static) and during activity (i.e., dynamic). The procedure is performed using a single or an array of electrodes placed on the skin surface over the muscles to be tested. Recording can also be made using a hand-held device, which is applied to the skin surface at different sites. Electrical activity is assessed by computer analysis of the frequency spectrum, amplitude, or root mean square of the electrical action potential. Surface electromyography is occasionally used as an aid to diagnose neuromuscular disorders, determine the need for surgery in individuals with low back pain, and assist in evaluating the prognosis of disorders involving muscle lesions. The technology has also been utilized to monitor the effects of rehabilitation programs and evaluate muscular function in occupational and sports programs.
Low Level Laser Therapy – Low Level Lasers are proven to be effective in reducing and eliminating acute and chronic pain. We are proud and fortunate to be able to offer our patients the PL 5000/Base Station cold low-level laser that is made by Erchonia Medical. Dr. Jeff Spencer, who is the Sports Chiropractor for the US Postal cycling team (then Discovery and now Astana) and Lance Armstrong, uses the same laser. Lance has said that he credits most of his success to Dr. Spencer and the Laser. The Laser is used to enhance tissue recovery and advance/speed up injury healing time. 3LT™ or Low Level Laser Therapy promotes healing in many conditions, including chronic/acute pain, wound healing and other joint and neurological conditions. Erchonia’s lasers made history by becoming the first to receive FDA market clearance for the treatment of chronic pain, proven through two double blind IRB studies. The Erchonia Lasers are the most advanced lasers on the market. Combined with Chiropractic Care, patients can lead healthy, active lifestyles without debilitating pain.
Activator – An activator is a small, Chiropractic handheld spring-loaded adjusting device that sends a small impulse to the spine. It was found to give off no more than .3 J of kinetic energy in a 3 millisecond pulse. The activator produces just enough force to move the vertebrae.
Arthrostim – The arthrostim, is a mechanical handheld instrument, great for correcting joint function, releasing trigger points & muscle spasms. It’s rapid thrust & recoil rate of 12 thrusts per second, makes it twice as fast as other mechanical thrust instruments!
Manual Adjustments – Dr. Arnold utilizes various manual adjusting techniques such as Palmer Package, Diversified, & Thompson.
Intersegmental Traction Therapy –Intersegmental Traction Therapy utilizes a table that patients lay on face up. Rollers inside the table, travel from head to toe, moving up and down. This therapy increases mobility, improves circulation of spinal fluids, and facilitates muscle relaxation.
Kinesio Taping – Kinesio taping is a taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion.
Massage Therapy – All massages in our office, include the Complementary option of Therapeutic Medical Grade Essential Oils by TERRA Essential Oils in Lavender or Citrus Blend. Treatment options include: Swedish, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue & Therapeutic.
Various Rehabilitative Techniques – To help increase muscle strength, coordination, and enhance flexibility & mobility, Dr. Arnold may recommend a combination of stretching and therapeutic exercises to help get you on your way to living an active & healthy lifestyle!