Treatment: What to expect.
We take pride in the fact that we are not your “run-of-the-mill” chiropractors. No offense meant to all the other great chiropractors out there – everyone has a right to practice how they choose. What we mean by that is, we do things differently. We don’t rely on the adjustment alone to treat your problems. Rather, we go above and beyond and employ an arsenal of various hands-on tools to provide our patients with a comprehensive treatment focused on bridging the gap between faulty biomechanics, muscle imbalances and spinal/extremity restrictions.
We run a minimalist style clinic, which means that we keep our overhead low so we can keep the quality of service high, meanwhile costing you a fraction of what other local clinics are charging for similar treatments (if they even do those treatments at all). The point is, if you are already seeing a chiropractor or PT or possibly even a massage therapist – we are willing to bet that you are most likely paying more and receiving less.
What does this mean in regards to what you can expect during your treatments at TheChiroFix? It means that if you have upper back and neck pain, we just might set your shoulders back, cup the pecs, perform myofascial release on the traps, kinesio-tape your back AND adjust you before running through some shoulder stability/back strengthening drills – all in one visit! We do a lot. We are extremely thorough and provide this sort of dynamic approach to treatment regardless of where the pain is in your body. And the best part? We charge a flat rate for this. In fact, we charge a flat rate for all of our visits. No matter what we do, we never charge extra, and you get our undivided attention every visit. Pretty cool right? We think so too. Our highly effective style of treating makes it possible to address patients issues quickly & efficiently, yielding fast results.
Please browse through the other tabs on this page to learn a little more about these techniques or call/text us with any questions at (612) 888-2353.
Nutrition and chiropractic go hand-in-hand – or at least it should. Our investigations are not limited to the muscles and bones alone. We take a broad view of your health and believe that our bodies are not the sum of our parts, rather we are a complex interconnected system that deserves to be looked at as a whole – so that’s exactly what we do. We look at your physiology, biochemistry and overall nutrition as well. We are careful not to “rubber stamp” people with the same few supplements. I mean come on, everyone knows that taking fish oil and multivitamins are good for you (generally speaking). But we have spent countless hours researching and received additional training above and beyond the instruction we received in college in order to provide you with a personal approach to nutrition and supplementation. One of our many specialties is the treatment of gastrointestinal issues such as SIBO, IBS, malabsorption, etc. We also utilize various labs that allow us to provide our patients with highly effective tests so that we can treat nutritional issues with greater precision. We prefer not to guess, and figure that’s something you just might appreciate.
We don’t just rub on trigger points. The soft tissue work we do is leagues above Trigger Point Therapy (I mean come on, I taught my 3-year old how to do it so you shouldn’t have to pay us to do it). I’m not saying we don’t use our thumbs, because we do. A lot. (we’ve also been known to utilize our elbows and knees too occasionally). We do a LOT of a technique called “myofascial release” that does an incredible job of loosening up tight muscles. Ever heard of Active Release Technique or ART? It’s a lot like that in that it’s similar in technique, but we have created our own “protocol” of sorts, and so far patients are pretty happy with it. We also do things like “floss” joints, “strap” hips and various other techniques with ill-defined and ambiguous names.
We also do this thing called “sliding cup,” a cupping technique that (if Michael Phelps thinks it’s cool then we do too) does an incredible job of breaking down adhesions, such as scar tissue or fibrosis, as well as aid in the development of increased local blood flow (angiogenesis). We use cupping a lot to address various muscle imbalances in the body.
We use another tool called a “Scout”. The Scout is a wonderful tool developed by a friend of ours. It was her answer to a company called Graston’s clunky (and ridiculously expensive) tool and their patented “Graston Technique”. For years Graston owned the market on this stainless steel tool, which was only an adaptation to an ancient Chinese technique (dating as early as 202 CE) called “gu-sha“. But after Graston’s patent expired and they could finally have competitors, the Scout was among them. We love it, and our patients do too. It’s an incredibly effective tool. It does many of the same things as in cupping, but a whole lot more. Gu-sha means to “scrape wind” in Vietnamese, so we simply call it “scraping“. But please don’t get too caught up in the name – it’s not what it’s called that matters; it’s what it does.
Utilizing all of these in combination gives us the ability to employ varying approaches to treating soft tissue problems. Also, it’s important to note that we do at least one of these if not all of them – Every. Single. Visit.
We believe that faulty biomechanics are a major cause of musculoskeletal pain in the body. For example, people with low back pain tend to have weak glutes as well as overactive quads and hip flexors – so bio-mechanically speaking they may exhibit poor hip extension and have hip instability as well as a whole host of other movement faults. These particular patients often come in complaining of low back pain, IT band syndrome, knee or hip pain and have zero clue they no longer move well. So we figure it out. And together we fix it.
Also, people with upper back pain tend to have shoulder instability, overactive pecs & upper traps, and scapular dyskinesis (just a fancy word for they don’t move right)… If you don’t know what any of this means, never fear, we will address this issue with specific rehabilitative exercises. This includes everything from learning to walk correctly, to executing a flawless deadlift – whether your 10 or 110, there is always room to improve how you move (hey that rhymes).