At Alivia Injury Specialists, we offer a variety of services to offer you the greatest results. This includes:
- Chiropractic Care
- Massage Therapy
- Electric Muscle Stimulation
- Celluma (LED) Light Therapy
- Traction/Inversion Therapy
- Functional Rehabilitation Exercises
- Nutritional Support
- Kinesiology Tape
The training and education of a chiropractor has differences when compared to a medical doctor, although many of the same courses are taught in both schools. Chiropractors do not perform surgeries or prescribe medication.
In Utah, the official title of a chiropractor is a “chiropractic physician” – the only type of physician licensed and thoroughly trained to perform chiropractic adjustments.
Many people seek chiropractors for conditions of the spine, however we treat many other areas of the body. The arms, legs, and even the jaw (TMJ) can require manipulation to restore proper bio-mechanics. At Salt Lake Chiropractic & Accident Rehabilitation, we use a light-force approach for these areas of the body, which mostly involves a very specific type of massage work on the muscles in addition to working with the joints.
There are many types of chiropractic adjustments, and the purpose of the adjustment is to restore proper motion and alignment of the joints of the body. This can help maintain the correct balance of the stress of gravity on the joints, help prevent degenerative changes, and can also relieve pressure on pinched nerves and calm muscle spasms. Because the spinal column is protecting the spinal cord, a subtle misalignment of the vertebrae can impact the body’s ability to communicate from the brain to all other organs and regions of the body. It is essential to detect these misalignments as early as possible before nerves become pinched or more serious problems develop.
Our chiropractor is trained in multiple treatment methods and will work with you to find which approach will be most comfortable.
Massage therapy is a wonderful compliment to a chiropractic adjustment. While the adjustment can restore the alignment of
the bones and relieve
pressure from the nerves, massage therapy can help reduce the tension that the muscles place on the joints and help your body to maintain the adjustment.
In addition, massage therapy can help to improve circulation, reduce trigger-points and referred pain, and decrease the impact of mental or emotional stress on your body.
Our chiropractor performs soft-tissue work, and we also have licensed massage therapists to perform this part of the treatment.
Electric Muscle Stimulation
We perform electric muscle stimulation to help reduce muscle tension or spasm, and to help improve circulation to reduce inflammation.
Depending upon your type of insurance, you may even qualify to have your own electric muscle stimulation device to use at home at no cost to you!
When you come in for your appointment, ask our staff to check on your insurance benefits for electric muscle stimulation.
Celluma Light Therapy
Various forms of light, including laser and LED light have been used in healthcare for years. The Celluma (LED) light therapy offers the beneficial effects of 3 different wavelengths of light: blue, red and near-infrared which are a safe and pain-less way to support optimal healing of the cells and soft connective tissue after an injury.
To learn more about Celluma light therapy, click here.
Traction can be very helpful for conditions involving the discs in the spine. Most commonly these conditions are referred to as a “bulging disc” or “herniated disc.”
When the discs are damaged they can become swollen, or herniated which means the soft material inside the disc pad is beginning to protrude or leak out of the disc. This can cause a tremendous amount of pain, but can also cause narrowing of the spinal canal and put pressure on the nerves or spinal cord (stenosis).
By using a form of traction that also involves inversion (the table elevates the feet to a specific angle), we can not only target the appropriate discs that are compressed, but also use your own body weight to create the gentle traction therapy.
A critical component of spine care is functional stability and strength. After your body has completed the acute phase of care (swelling and intense pain have passed), we typically will begin a series of exercises to improve posture as well as to protect and strengthen the spine.
Every person will be at a unique ability level, so the exercises will be tailored to your current ability and tolerance. We will only increase the difficulty of an exercise when you are ready to advance to the next level.
It is important to remember that proper hydration and nutrition is necessary for optimal healing and
overall well-being. Nutritional supplements are not intended to replace a healthy diet, although if have a history of a poor diet, or if your body is under stress, you may have an increased nutritional need.
Supplements can help to ensure that you have an abundant supply of essential nutrients, and to help meet the higher demands of your body when you are healing from an injury or have a deficiency in your diet.
We offer a number of nutritional supplements and herbal preparations that can offer additional support for optimal functioning of the body.
You may have seen colorful tape on athletes in interesting patterns. This is called kinesiology tape. This kind of tape is different than athletic tape which protects and immobilizes a joint or body part. Instead, this colorful tape has an elastic nature which allows for normal movement, but helps to guide the movement to train the body and to avoid injuries. Another benefit of this tape is that it creates a lifting effect on the skin to allow for improved circulation and allow for more efficient healing and repair after athletic activities.