Physical Therapy at All-ProHealth
At All-ProHealth we use various assessment tools. Some are the SFMA and the Functional Movement Screen. These screens help direct our treatment and provide resolution of the underlying problem that caused the injury.
At All-ProHealth we use Graston Instruments along with Active Release Techniques to address the soft tissue injury and dysfunction. Game ready, ML830 Cold Laser, Normatec, & Functional taping all aid in the most thorough and speedy recovery possible!
Integration of care at All-ProHealth is crucial to the amazing success rate of our patients. See what our patients are saying about us. We provide Physical Therapy in conjunction with Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture & Yoga Therapy.
Chiropractic at All-ProHealth
At All-ProHealth we use various assessment tools. Some are the SFMA and the Functional Movement Screen. These screens help direct our treatment and provide resolution of the underlying problem that caused the injury.
At All-ProHealth our Doctors use Graston Instruments along with Active Release Techniques to address the soft tissue injury and dysfunction. Game ready, ml830 Cold Laser, Normatec, & Functional taping all aid in the most thorough and speedy recovery possible!
The Integration of care at All-ProHealth is paramount to the amazing success rate of our patients. See what our patients are saying about us. We provide Chiropractic in conjunction with Physical Therapy, Acupuncture & Yoga Therapy.
Q: What conditions do chiropractors treat?
A: Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches...particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
Specific conditions treated:
- Neck Pain
- Back pain
- Disc Hernations
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Q: Is chiropractic treatment safe?
A: Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation, when performed by a skilled and well-educated professional such as a doctor of chiropractic, is a remarkably safe procedure.
*When discussing the risks of any health care procedure, it is important to look at that risk in comparison to other treatments available for the same condition. In this regard, the risks of serious complications from spinal manipulation for conditions such as neck pain and headache compare very favorably with even the most conservative care options. For example, the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain—over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and prescription painkillers—are significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation.
According to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, people taking NSAIDS are three times more likely than those who do not to develop serious adverse gastrointestinal problems such as hemorrhage (bleeding) and perforation. That risk rises to more than five times among people age 60 and older. Moreover, the number of prescriptions for powerful drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone have tripled in the past 12 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that abuse of these commonly prescribed painkillers are among the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. Overdoses of opioid painkillers are responsible for some 15,000 deaths per year; that’s more than the number of deaths from cocaine and heroin combined.
Q: Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
A: Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.
Q: Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?
A: Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at more than 60 major veterans medical facilities.
Q: What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
A: Doctors of chiropracticare educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard.
Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more. Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures. In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education, an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Q: How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?
A: Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands--or an instrument--to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient's pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
Q: Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?
A: The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.
Q: Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
A: Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you "crack" your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.
Acupuncture At All-ProHealth
Contrary to popular Western belief, acupuncture is not just a system for inserting very fine needles into specific body locations to alleviate pain. So, what is acupuncture, then? Acupuncture is a complete medical protocol focused on correcting imbalances of energy in the body. From its inception in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture has been used traditionally to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as to improve general health.
The traditional explanation for acupuncture’s effectiveness is that it modifies the flow of energy (known as qi or chi) throughout the body, but there is no scientific consensus that this is actually its mechanism of action. Research published in the May 30, 2010 online edition of Nature Neuroscience demonstrated that the effects of acupuncture needling include influencing the activity of adenosine, an amino acid which becomes active in the skin after an injury to ease pain. This may explain in part why pain relief is often experienced as one of the benefits of acupuncture. In fact, much research in the West has focused on this pain-relieving effect, rather than acupuncture’s traditional role of balancing energy to address a wide range of disorders, and the more subtle mechanisms that may be responsible for its overall benefits to health.
Acupuncture was popularized in the States during the early 70’s after President Nixon opened relations with China. At the time, a New York Times reporter, James Reston, had an appendectomy in a Chinese hospital using acupuncture as a means to decrease his postsurgical pain.
What Is Acupuncture Used For?
Because the goal of acupuncture is to promote and restore the balance of energy, which flows throughout the body, the benefits of acupuncture can extend to a wide variety of conditions, from emotional disorders (anxiety, depression) to digestive complaints (nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome). It can be beneficial for pain syndromes due to an injury or associated with chronic degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. It can also be helpful in treating neurological problems like migraines or Parkinson’s disease, or as a rehabilitation strategy for individuals who suffered a stroke. Respiratory conditions, including sinusitis and asthma have been relieved with acupuncture, as have many gynecologic disorders and infertility. Acupuncture has also proved beneficial for reducing fatigue and addictions, and for promoting overall well-being.
Studies in the U.S. indicate that acupuncture can help relieve chronic low back pain, dental pain, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia and symptoms of osteoarthritis. It has been shown to assist in the treatment of emotional pain syndromes such as posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as controlling chemotherapyinduced nausea and vomiting. It has also demonstrated clinical success in achieving pregnancy when used in conjunction with invitro fertilization.
What To Expect On A Visit To A Practitioner Of Acupuncture?
Typically, the first acupuncture visit involves a comprehensive health history assessment. Questions that are included may seem strange, but in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – which encompasses acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage and other modalities – energy flow and whole-body interaction are the keys to diagnosing all physical disease. For example, the practitioner may ask to examine your tongue, feel your pulse to help determine energy flow, or ask many questions related to bowel habits and diet, even if these seem to have nothing to do with the primary complaint. After the initial acupuncture consultation and assessment, the needles are placed in very specific locations. Upon insertion, one may feel a momentary sharp or stinging sensation; however, many report they don’t even feel the majority of the insertions. It is common to experience a deep ache for a short time in some of the points. The acupuncture needles may then be gently manipulated and some practitioners may use heat or even electricity with the needles.
The depth to which the acupuncture needles are inserted varies according to the treatment and the practitioner; however, needles should never be positioned deep enough to puncture organs (other than the skin). The needles are usually left in place for five to 20 minutes, usually no longer than 60 minutes, and then removed. Following an acupuncture treatment, practitioners will usually reassesses the client and often give suggestions for home care. It is also typical to suggest supplemental Chinese herbs to enhance the achievement of energetic balance. Acute symptoms may require only two to four treatments; whereas for chronic cases, it is common to have as many as 12 or more treatments, usually over a course of eight to 10 weeks. Regular monthly visits may be suggested as preventive measures to decrease stress, improve energy or boost immunity.
Are There Any Acupuncture Side Effects Or Indications Where Acupuncture Should Be Avoided?
Those with bleeding disorders or who are taking blood thinners should check with their doctors before having acupuncture. The most common acupuncture side effects are bleeding and bruising at the site, along with minor pain and soreness. It is recommended that a disinfectant such as alcohol be swabbed over the area prior to needle insertion to decrease the very small possibility of infection. Obviously, needles should be clean and never shared between clients. Rarely, a needle may break. The worst case scenario is a punctured organ.
However, serious complications are extremely rare when acupuncture is performed by a qualified, certified practitioner. A review of the international research literature revealed pneumothorax (a punctured lung) to be the only life-threatening complication to have occurred among tens of thousands of patients over nine separate trials. No post-acupuncture infections were reported in any of the studies.
Is There A Governing Body That Oversees Or Credentials Practitioners Of Acupuncture?
The practice of granting credentials to acupuncturists is in transition. Although most states require a license to practice acupuncture, the standards vary from state to state. If the practitioner is not a physician, most states require completion of an exam conducted by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). There is sharp division between medical doctors who use acupuncture, and non-M.D.’s who claim to be better trained in the philosophy and techniques of Oriental medicine. For more information about professional standards and licensing requirements for acupuncturists, contact the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at 1-866-455-7999 or www.aaaom.org.
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are really thin and not like the kind they use to draw your blood. They rarely hurt and are safe single use sterile, disposable needles. Most points are painless although you may experience a heavy sensation, which means its working.
How does acupuncture work?
That's actually a very hard and nebulous question and cant be confidently answered. It is possible that this is due to multiple mechanisms at play. There is a physiological effect. Sometimes this effect is the release of neurotransmitters, which may cause the patient to report feeling happy, calm, or relaxed. Other times the effect is immediate pain relief. Other effects include support of the body systems including the lymphatic, endocrine, respiratory, major organ, digestive, and reproductive systems.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
This really depends upon the person. Some people may only require one or a few treatments before experiencing great relief but usually a course of treatment is recommended usually anywhere between 5-15 treatments. Sometimes you won’t eventually realize the benefit until you plateau or stop therapy and realize in hindsight how well you were doing. Most people find they enjoy the benefits so much, they continue on some sort of regular basis either weekly, monthly or seasonly depending on their particular pattern and goals.
What Should I Expect from an Acupuncture Treatment?
I recommend coming in on a full stomach before every visit. I make a acupuncture prescription based on your specific health pattern the first visit you come in. Usually you will provide me with any updates before each session. I will do either 1 or 2 sets of acupuncture either on your side, stomach, back, sitting up, etc. to get you in the best position to let you relax and let the needles work. Each set of needles are usually retained for 15 minutes. You might feel relaxed, fatigued or sleepy during your treatment or nothing at all. Sometimes the benefits are immediate but usually it takes around 8-36 hours to feel the rewards.
Where Do You Put the Needles?
Mostly below the elbows and below the knees, on the belly or back, and a few relaxation points on the head.
What I Don't Have Any Current Symptoms?
Thats the best time to benefit! Because you are supporting your health long term health by boosting your body to prevent sickness in the future and maximize your potential! You will feel more relaxed and balanced in general.
What conditions does acupuncture treat?
The most common ailments presented to acupuncturists in the U.S. are pain-related conditions. However, as the public becomes more educated about acupuncture and Oriental medicine, people are seeking help for a number of other conditions, with good results.
Conditions Effectively Treated include recommended by the world health org:
- Acute sinusitis
- Acute rhinitis
- Common cold
- Acute tonsillitis
- Acute bronchitis
- Bronchial asthma
- Acute conjuctivitis
- Cataract (without complications)
- Central retinitis
Disorders of the Mouth Cavity
- Pain after tooth extraction
- Periarthritis humeroscapularis
- Tennis elbow
- Low back pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Spasm of the esophagus and cardia
- Acute and chronic gastritis
- Gastric hyperacidity
- Chronic duodenal ulcer
- Acute and chronic colitis
- Acute bacterial dysentery
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Facial paralysis
- Paralysis after apoplectic fit
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis
- Meniere's syndrome
- Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
- Nocturnal enuresis
- Intercostal neuralgia
Some benefits are:
- Relief from old nagging injuries and pain
- Prevention of reoccuring injuries (ie. ankle sprains)
- Increased flexibility and range of motion
- Faster recovery from exercise
- More endurance and less fatigue
- Sustained energy without the use of artificial stimulants
- Better mental focus
- Decreased stress
- Speedy post-surgery recovery
Yoga Therapy At All-ProHealth
Yoga therapy provides the vital integration of mind, body, and spirit to heal the whole person. Therapeutic Yoga makes that accessible to everyone. At APH, we understand that Yoga isn’t “one size fits all". Based on your individual goals and history, we will create Yoga sessions to meet your needs. In addition, we will teach you breath management techniques that will help build resilience. Using strategically placed props, less tension is created in the poses, which helps quiet the breath and calm the mind. The practitioner is also better able to increase flexibility, strength and balance without the fear of being injured. Using support doesn't mean collapsing into the pose. On the contrary, using props as feedback provides valuable information about what your unique needs are, and allows you to work more efficiently in the pose. Some of the props that may be used include: blocks, belts, rope wall, chair, blankets and bolsters.
Here are some of the benefits of Therapeutic Yoga:
- Makes poses accessible to everyone.
- Helps you learn the skills necessary to maintain proper alignment in a non- threatening way.
- Prevents injuries and helps old injuries heal.
- Creates space in the spine and provides joint stability.
- Promotes balance by encouraging weaker areas to strengthen and less flexible areas to lengthen.
- Allows the poses to be held longer so that all of its benefits can be felt.
From a Western perspective, Yoga Therapy helps harmonize the two branches of the autonomic nervous system and establish hormonal balance. The sympathetic system is responsible for the fight or flight response, whereas the parasympathetic system drives the rest and digest response. Both states are crucial for health and wellness. Yoga is able to soothe the nervous system and stimulates the rest and digest response. Recognizing the role of chronic emotional stress in degenerative diseases, Western doctors are now advocating the practice of mind-body therapies like Yoga and meditation for stress management. By reducing the physiological stress response through mind-body therapies like Yoga, we bring the body into better overall hormonal and nervous system balance.
The following is what you can expect from your yoga sessions at APH:
This evaluation will determine the level of impairment, any restrictions due to previous injuries, joint mobility, flexibility, and any balance issues. We will also assess your breathing efficiency. We breathe between 20,000 to 25,000 times daily. How you breathe matters! If you mouth-breathe or over breathe (which is at a rate faster than 8 times a minute), your brain has diminished Oxygen. This means a diminished ability for your body to function optimally and recover properly.
We will find out your specific goals and determine how to best achieve those goals using the following steps:
Stage 1: Evaluate and address any breathing and core stability issues. If breathing is dysfunctional, the core cannot fire properly; without core stability, other parts of the body (i.e. shoulders and hips) will become less mobile in an attempt to create stability.
Stage 2: Improve mobility, strength and balance issues using an individualized therapeutic yoga program. We will also incorporate any additional corrective exercises needed in order to bring balance to the body.
Stage 3: Provide integrative functional movement patterns to help improve your quality of life and avoid re-injury.