About Our Chiropractic Treatment
Dr. Plawski uses a combination of chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy exercises and therapy modalities to achieve the best result for the patient’s having a successful treatment plan.
Dr. Plawski’s Treatment Plans may consist of using some of the below therapies depending on the diagnosis of the patient. Hover over the boxes to learn more.
Dr. Plawski’s Treatment Plans may consist of using some of the below therapies depending on the diagnosis of the patient. Tap the boxes to learn more.
Joint manipulation is a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint. It is usually aimed at one or more “target” misaligned spinal facet joints with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect. Manipulation is intended to improve the function of a joint. Joint manual manipulation releases the restricted joint movement by improving biomechanical and neurological function, thus:
1) Restores normal motion to the joints of spine/extremities
2) Relaxes tight muscles
3) Reduces pressure on the nerve, if applicable.
4) Inhibits pain
Low Level Laser Therapy
Sometimes known as “cold laser,” Low Level Laser (or LLL) uses a process called photobiomodulation to aid in pain reduction. Photobiomodulaton is the process where the laser aims to stimulate damaged cells via specific wavelength of light via photons. The laser can ignite the production of enzymes, increase vasodilation and lymphatic drainage, elevate collagen formation substances to prevent the formation of scar tissue and it acts on mitochondria to ramp up production of ATP cell’s fuel source. The extra energy allows for faster healing. Simply put, the LLL enables patient to get out of pain more quickly and heal faster at the same time.
Decompression Therapy for Low Back and Neck Pain
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks — gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine — by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.
Electric Muscle Stimulation
Electric Muscle Stimulation is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. In a therapeutic mode it is used to reduce muscle spasm and pain. It can also be used to contract/strengthen muscles that may have been weakened by injury.
Ultrasound uses a high-frequency sound wave that penetrates the tissue and the sound causes a vibration from the sound in the tissue. It’s like a “microscopic massage”. This vibration increased the metabolic rate that in-turn throws off its waste products and “cleans” the injured tissue much faster and more completely.
Myofascial Release is a manual technique performed by the therapist or chiropractor to work through muscle injuries and release muscle and fascia that is bound up and contracted over the muscle tissue resulting from an injury.
Personalized Stretching and Strengthening Programs
People have different types of injuries and have different abilities to perform certain exercises. Dr. Plawski evaluates each patient’s base-line fitness level and designs individual custom exercise plans based on the patient’s current fitness, general health and current injury level in order to get the best rehabilitative results to resolve the injury.
Graston is a technique used to treat skeletal muscle conditions with the use of stainless-steel tools. It involves “scraping” or “friction” method to gently and therapeutically cause an area of controlled inflammation in order to promote faster and more complete healing of an injured area.
Kineso taping is widely used in sports by professional athletes. It is also very helpful to patients with injuries. It is a non-latex and expandable tape that works great for supporting an injured area. It is effective for both preventative and acute pain. During acute pain taping is more comfortable and supportive than bracing.