Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive, and natural method of health care for the spine and all the joints in the body. Chiropractic manipulation releases joint restrictions to restore normal range of motion. Restrictions cause friction and increased stress on the normal joint function. This increased friction may cause inflammation, pain, or wear and tear of the joints.
It is very important to restore joint function if you are experiencing pain and/or disability as a result of these joint restrictions, particularly if you have been experiencing repeated episodes of pain or disability. Repeated episodes often lead to chronic problems which affect the surrounding structures: such as the joint capsules, ligaments, muscles, and nerves.
Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented movement based soft tissue technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. ART can quickly and permanently resolve many common issues from headaches to carpal tunnel syndrome to tennis elbow. Many of these issues are a result of overused muscles and ART can be the answer. Click here to read more and watch educational videos on ART.
Functional Range Release (FR®)
FR® is a specific manual connective tissue therapy utilized to effectively treat problems in connective tissues such as muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, joints, etc. Functional Range Release® technique is a comprehensive system of soft tissue assessment and treatment that was designed using the most current scientific knowledge.
An FR® practitioner will utilize their hands to specifically locate abnormal or problematic connective tissues. After the abnormal tissue is located and defined, the practitioner will utilize specific manual release protocols to correct the problem. This is done by passively moving the problematic tissue while applying force or tension into the tissue in order to make corrective tissue remodeling changes. This specific form of treatment reduces abnormal tissue tension and increases joint and connective tissue range of motion which thereby reduces pain, and improves overall function.
Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®)
FRC is a system of training that applies scientific methods to the acquisition and maintenance of functional mobility, joint/tissue resiliency and joint/tissue health and longevity. This system helps mitigate injuries by improving controlled flexibility and helps increase the tissue load bearing capacity. FRC bridges the gap between rehab and training to better prepare the body for performance. Instead of jumping into generic exercises, FRC readies the system for all ranges of motion by progressive tissue adaptation and protection. It emphasizes processes of coordination and control of human movement systems to improve the body’s ability to effectively produce different types of movements with greater range of motion. By incrementally loading tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, capsule, etc), we increase the load absorption capacity of the tissue making it stronger and more resilient to movement and stress. Functional Range Conditioning® is now being utilized by the training staffs of several professional sports organizations including the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks.
In other words this approach “makes stuff move nice”. Movements are variable and you can’t train all of them, but with this system you can train your joints for all movements that can occur.
Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with physical fitness, treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. We realize the importance of specialized, individual treatment for athletes, so Northwest Spine & Sport has a distinct entity focused on their treatment.
Both our doctors have completed Master's degrees in Exercise and Sports Science. Specializing in the treatment of athletes and other physically active individuals, they have extensive education in musculoskeletal medicine and are ready to treat you!
Rehabilitative training is used to help relearn proper movement patterns that are lost after an injury. By performing corrective exercises we can retrain your nervous system on how to stabilize, and mobilize your musculoskeletal system properly. Often when we are injured, our body copes by guarding itself which leads to poor movement and weakness, which in turn can lead to further injures. Our trainer will perform an exam to determine the functionally driven, movement based exercises that you can do comfortably at home, at work, or at the gym. By relearning proper movement patterns you will be on the right track for recovery, preventing future injuries, and returning to the lifestyle that you love.
There are 4 stages of our rehabilitation program:
Phase 1: Reset
Retrain motor patterns to ensure the body is moving properly
Phase 2: Restore
Increase mobility to restore pain-free range of motion in joints
Phase 3: Activate
- Increase stability of joints to further reduce stiffness of areas that are overworking to compensate
- Create a strong core for the shoulders and hips to “plug into”, allowing them to be more mobile
- Increase activation of proper muscles to improve firing pattern and lower risk of future injury
Phase 4: Performance
Sports Massage is aimed at supporting you, the athelete, in order to maintain and improve performance and mobility. Helping to keep soft tissues supple in order to minimize tears or strains, Sports Massage also aids in tissue rebounding after your game or a hard practice. Marked by kneading, percussive, compression, and stretching techniques, Sports Massage is an incredibly beneficial part of your training routine.
Myofascial Release is a unique stretching technique used at NW Spine & Sport to treat a variety of soft tissue problems. Repetitive strain injures the fascia (connective tissue found throughout your body surrounding muscles, nerves, organs, etc.) causing scar tissue formation, but Myofascial Release breaks down this scarring. Progress with your treatment is measured by a decrease in pain and improvement in your muscle function.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of treatment done by using lotion or oil and utilizing deep kneading, muscle stripping, and pressure to reduce muscle tension, break down scar tissue and decrease pain. This therapeutic muscle work can significantly reduce many common aches and pains.
Cupping therapy is the application of suction to the body, creating negative pressure rather than compression. Negative pressure is lifting the tissues away from the body, where compression is pushing into the body. Suction cups facilitate soft tissue release, loosen and lift connective tissue, break up and drain stagnation, and increase blood and lymph flow to the tissues. Cupping Therapy may be used for a variety of conditions, ask your Therapist if cupping therapy is right for you.