If you are suffering from a chronic injury or working to heal from a recent one, chiropractic treatment and physical therapy can help. At Gulf Coast Pain Institute, we offer both specialties within a single practice to ensure that you get coordinated, comprehensive treatment.
Chiropractic health care focuses on the relationship between the body's structure and how it functions. The practice gets its name from the Greek words cheir and praxis, which together refer to chiropractic's hands-on therapies. While spinal adjustments and manipulation are a core practice of chiropractic, other modalities are used to help patients reduce pain levels and increase mobility.
Chiropractors are educated at schools accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education and receive Doctor of Chiropractic degrees. A combination of classroom study and work caring for patients makes them ready to treat a range of conditions.
Chiropractic treatment can help with conditions that lead to stiffness, pain, or tension. These issues can include:
- general pain and stiffness
- headaches, including migraines
- motor vehicle accident injuries such as whiplash
- sports injuries
- arthritis pain and stiffness
- carpal tunnel
Our chiropractors use time-tested methods to adjust your spine and correct its alignment. The toggle drop is one of the best known chiropractic procedures. This involves your chiropractor crossing their hands and pressing in precise areas of the spine to align your vertebrae. The lumbar roll is an adjustment that involves the patient lying on their side while the chiropractor uses pressure to push the vertebrae into alignment.
You may experience a popping or cracking sensation during an adjustment or you may not. Many people experience pain relief right away after an adjustment; in other cases, a number of adjustments might be necessary to achieve pain relief and improved mobility.
While many of the techniques used in physical therapy go back to ancient times, modern physical therapy as we know it was developed in the early twentieth century. Physical therapists worked with soldiers returning with injuries from World War I. They helped patients with injuries regain mobility and ameliorate pain. Today, physical therapists help patients heal more quickly and effectively after surgery, accidents, or other events.
Physical therapy can be used with chiropractic or independently to help you recover from an injury and develop better body mechanics to avoid strain and injury in the future. Physical therapists can help you develop and maintain your maximum range of movement and your functional ability. They can work with people at any stage of life. Some people see physical therapists to deal with reduced movement and physical ability due to aging. Others work with a physical therapist after an illness or injury.
Your physical therapist will evaluate aspects of your health that include your bones, muscles, joints, and fascia. Your motor control, coordination, joint mobility, and other aspects of your health will be examined, as well.
Based on that assessment and information from other professionals in our practice, our physical therapists can develop a therapy plan that can help reduce your pain, increase your strength, and range of movement and help you get back to your previous levels of energy and mobility.
Your physical therapist will work with you on therapeutic exercises specifically designed to improve your strength, mobility, and functional ability. You may receive manual therapy to help with healing. Your physical therapist may also provide a home program to follow, that can include: traction, ice or heat, electrical stimulation, or other therapies to help battle pain and help you heal. You will also be taught exercises and better ways of lifting, bending, or moving to avoid reinjury in the future.
At Gulf Coast Pain Institute, we bring together a range of healthcare professionals to help you reduce pain, recover from injuries, and restore yourself to full health. Our structure means that you can spend less time going from doctor to doctor and more time to concentrate on your recovery.
Chiropractic care and physical therapy can help reduce your pain, improve your mobility, and help you heal from injuries. We create individualized treatment plans for every patient to ensure that they get the treatments that work best for them. Make an appointment to learn more about how these can work for you.