The more you understand your body and how it functions, the better equipped you'll be at taking care of yourself to achieve optimal health. Dr. Lewis wants to empower patients to take charge of your own health and future, educating you about your condition to decrease your need for future care. We've included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information which you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question about health related issues and to make an appointment.

For more valuable information regarding the spine, discs, MRIs and injuries, visit www.chirogeek.com. This is a great web site for educating the general public.

The following are some common terms you may hear while in our office.

Adjustment - Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy is mobilizing vertebral segments and other joints in the body to realign to proper positioning and to restore normal joint function.

Electric Muscle Stimulation(EMS) - Also called stim. There are electric impulses delivered into the body of a muscle to elicit external control of the muscle. Ranges can be from slight muscle tension to complete muscle tetany. This can also be used to aid in reducing inflammation.

Ultrasound - This is high frequency sound waves which penetrate the tissue causing the molecules of the tissues to vibrate rapidly, causing heat.

Heat - This is application of moist heated packs used to loosen tight spastic muscles while providing mild soothing tissue reactions.

Ice - This is the application of ice packs to reduce excessive circulation, inflammation and swelling providing temporary anesthesia to the area.

Traction - This is mechanically delivered movement to each individual vertebral segment through a roller mechanism. This provides the return of proper nerve and blood flow to the area as well as promote normal joint mobility.Nervous System

Below are some common Chiropractic stretches. Click the links to download a demonstration document.

 

 

Therapeutic massage involves manipulating the soft tissues of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress. As in many kinds of therapy, therapeutic massage is one part of your overall chiropractic treatment plan.

Massage therapy:

  • Alleviates headache-associated pain.
  • Helps improve your ability to walk with a normal and balanced gait.
  • Helps lower your blood pressure.
  • Improves your breathing as a result of a more relaxed diaphragm.
  • Improves your range of motion, muscle tone, and flexibility.
  • Increases your blood flow, which aids in the healing process and allows muscles to work more efficiently.
  • Reduces stiffness, pain and muscle tension.
  • Stimulates the body to release helpful chemicals such as endorphins.

Massage has been shown to be an effective treatment for a wide variety of health problems, including:

  • Stress.
  • Sleep apnea and insomnia.
  • Sinusitis.
  • Range of motion.
  • Pain (chronic and temporary).
  • Myofascial pain.
  • Jaw disorders.
  • Injuries such as pulled or strained muscles and ligaments.
  • Headache.
  • Digestive disorders, including spastic colon and constipation.
  • Circulatory problems.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Asthma and bronchitis.
  • Arthritis.
  • Allergies.

In some cases, devices may be used to perform massage. Traction massage entails lying on your back on a special table with a pillow under your knees. The table has small rollers that glide up and down your spine. Traction massage helps stretch and massage the muscles in your back, and is not a form of spinal adjustment. In fact, traction massage may sometimes be used to make an adjustment go more smoothly.


Chiropractor - San Diego, Contemporary Health Care, 6612 Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego CA, 92120 619-282-8181