Many people seeking a Frisco chiropractor are injured athletes. It is no surprise really, we live in an energetic, active community. Younger athletes typically arrive with a sports injury like a muscle tear, sprain or pull from colliding or falling during competition. Their parents are more likely to show up with a sports injury such as “tennis elbow”, “rotator cuff syndrome” from playing golf, or “Achilles tendonitis” from jogging.
As a Frisco chiropractor specializing in sports injury, I add an advanced muscular stretching and restoring method to my adjustment skills – Active Release Techniques® or ART®. With Active Release Techniques our I can quickly diagnose and treat your sports injury and the underlying causes of pain from repetitive stress injury.
Most of our patients have immediate improvement on their first visit, and complete recovery within 4-9 visits depending upon the injury and its severity. ART is particularly valuable for athletes who can return to top performance quickly.
These seemingly different types of injury – “sports trauma” and “overuse injury” – are actually quite similar in that the pain, stiffness and lack of flexibility has the same source – our bodies’ healing responses to injury.
When damaged, tendons, muscles and ligaments are repaired by the body’s adding fibrous tissue to them and around them – scar tissue. Less flexible than the original muscle and more sensitive to pain, the scar tissue is meant to be laid down along the length of muscles to isolate and strengthen them. Sometimes the tissue is laid down irregularly – across the muscle width or even is attached to nearby structures and other muscles. These “adhesions” can result in pain, loss of flexibility and diminished strength.
Active Release Techniques are designed to lengthen muscles, separate them, and eliminate adhesions caused by improper scarring. Range of motion is thereby increased, flexibility and muscle strength improved, and inflammation and pain reduced.
Each Active Release Techniques® session we provide combines examination of the injury and a treatment specific to that area. ART is a “manual” process; we use our hands to evaluate tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves for tightness and range of movement, even the texture of muscles is noted. Abnormal tissue is treated by applying specific, directed tension to muscles while the patient performs slow, full-range movements – the “active” part of Active Release. In this way adhesions are stretched and broken away from their improper placement, muscles then move smoothly over one another.
Because Active Release Techniques are very focused on individual structures they are similar to aggressive exercise in that the treatment can initially be uncomfortable. After ART sessions we usually provide ultrasound treatment of the affected area to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Active Release Techniques can benefit anyone. From injuries in the heat of competition to slowly accumulating aches, pains and tingling years in the making, Active Release Technique is a fast, non-invasive and effective healing approach for many soft tissue injuries.
- Frisco chiropractor Dr. Grant Stowell, DC
Frisco Wellness Care Chiropractor in Frisco TX
A Frisco chiropractor may receive hundreds of visits each year from people seeking relief of pain. Because chiropractic manipulations can take several forms choosing the right Frisco chiropractor for your needs can be a challenge.
Step #1: Ask for a referral.
The best place to start your search is with your primary care physician or local spine specialist. Ask them to name a Frisco chiropractor that they recommend for your condition. However, be careful and don’t stop your research here, what they think is a good chiropractor is limited to their experience and the information that they have received from others.
Step #2: Look for education and specialty.
As in all service professions, education is of primary importance. A chiropractic doctorate (D.C.) is a four year degree program after receiving an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in science. You want to find a Doctor of Chiropractic that has continued their education. Many a Frisco chiropractor has pursued specialty degrees in orthopedics, sports medicine, rehabilitation, neurology, nutrition or other areas of specialty.
As in another professions Board Certification is an indication that the chiropractor has continued to stay on top of the information and techniques that are at the cutting edge of the chiropractic profession. You can find a list of those chiropractors that have been Board Certified as well as have been recognized as the best of their profession on several Internet sites. You can also check to see if there has been any disciplinary action taken against a chiropractor at the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, which can be found at your states website.
Ask your potential chiropractor some questions about their education and training:
• What chiropractic school did you graduate from?
• What is your undergraduate degree in and from what university?
• How many years have you been practicing?
• Have you done any post-graduate work?
• Are you board certified?
• What is your specialty?
Research technique. There are a variety of methods used in the chiropractic profession to achieve pain relief. Some will only use their hands, other use instruments, some use “deep and strong” methods of manipulation, while others use a “soft touch”. These are both doctor and patience preferences, so it is important to ask questions before you making a choice.
• What techniques does you use and why?
• How much experience do they have and where did he or she get their training?
• Is the he or she Board Certified in their area of specialty and your area of need?
Cautions: Watch out for one who claims to be “the only chiropractor to offer this new special technique”, or can cure cancer, diabetes or other long term conditions, or recommends a long-term treatment plan of multiple treatments per week for an extended period of time.
Step #4: Use the Internet.
The Internet is a tremendous resource to get you up to speed on your condition. Find out the latest treatments for your condition, find out the details of what is going on in your body, understand the terminology used so the you can ask pertinent questions as well as understand what you are being told.
Research your potential Frisco chiropractor. Find out what other people are saying about them. Find out if they write papers, articles or books on their area of specialty. Find out if they are sought out by their peers as a speaker or educator. Find out if they have been recognized by the media and their peers as the best in their profession. The Internet gives you the opportunity to make an informed decision; do use it.
Dr. Grant Stowell, DC
Chiropractor in Frisco TX
So many new Frisco chiropractic patients arrive after car accidents that we’ve thought of changing our name! “Accident Chiropractor Frisco” seems about right. Fortunately the accidents are usually minor and the people involved are able to walk away, seemingly unaffected.
They may experience a little stiffness or soreness at first, which is usually ignored by the drivers and passengers as they are so relieved to have escaped major injury. However it is quite common for car accident injury to go hidden for weeks or months. When discomfort from the injury does begin it may be experienced as headaches and tension, with increasing levels of back and neck pain.
The symptoms may worsen over time preventing him or her from performing their normal daily activities and may eventually completely debilitate a person. Many people suffer from these symptoms without realizing that their injuries resulted from their seemingly small car accident.
Without getting properly diagnosed, some people will use painkillers or wear braces to temporarily reduce the pain. Months or years of needless suffering can result.
Car accident victims would do well to visit a chiropractor. Chiropractic doctors specialize in treating soft tissue damage and structural mis-alignments, and, here at Wellness Care Chiropractic Frisco we are very familiar with car accident chiropractic for injuries.
We take x-rays and assess your injuries. When we show our patients their films most are surprised how very misaligned their necks and joints get from low-speed car accidents. Receiving regular chiropractic care is a natural way to relieve the pain and tension caused by whiplash and other accident-related injuries.
Dr. Hansen or I will readjust your neck and back, gently getting it into proper alignment. Typically we will use muscle stimulation devices to reduce tension, and finally, we train you to do correct exercises to strengthen specific muscles. As chiropractors we treat pain naturally and directly by correcting the underlying musculo-skeletal imbalances rather than by prescribing drugs.
I believe in and practice chiropractic care in Frisco because it is natural and not invasive. No surgery tools, cutting, or blood loss is involved. All alignments of joints are done with the force of our hands. At Wellness Care Chiropractic we provide provide relief treatment for your problem, therapeutic massages, nutritional advice, and specific exercises to restore and promote your overall health.
Be wise! See us soon after an accident to be certain you don’t have hidden injuries that may affect you later. Don’t wait until the insurance company quickly closes your case! Often insurance policies cover the complete cost of chiropractic for car accident injuries.
Dr. Grant Stowell, DC
Chiropractor Frisco TX
Are you thinking of going bare…”there”…but the thought “Brazilian Waxing Frisco” has left you in a permanent inner thigh press? Well, welcome to the Wellness Care Day Spa – Brazilian Waxing Frisco at its finest!
If you’ve had this very intimate, slightly uncomfortable service done by veteran esthetician Michele Sampson-Smith, you know that a little chocolate and laughter goes a long way in easing the discomfort, especially when waxing for the first time.
What could Chiropractic possibly have to do with swine flu? More than meets the eye in fact.
We all know that when you are sick, your immune system is the part of your body that fights off viruses and nasties with all its might. Therefore it would make sense to make sure your immune system is functioning optimally while swine flu is making its rounds (in fact, it should be optimal at all times but that’s for a different article). So can Chiropractic help your immune system function at its best?
Sure it can! Studies show that being adjusted once per week can increase your immune system function by up to 400%
One of the most important studies about Chiropractic and the immune system was performed by Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute and professor of medicine at New York University. It showed the positive effect that chiropractic has on the immune system for overall wellbeing and health.
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