Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on general health. Doctors of Chiropractic practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling.
Active Release Technique®
ART® is a patented soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved with ART®. Dr. Gilkey is a certified full-body ART® provider. For more information on ART, visit activerelease.com
Massage therapy is one of the oldest types of healing arts in the world. It is defined as the application of soft tissue manipulation to the human body. The benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. Gilkey Chiropractic Clinic offers both 30-minute and one-hour massages to its patients. Massage therapy may be covered by health insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor.
The Erchonia laser emits visible coherent light that is applied to the affected area. Bundles of light energy pass through the dermal layers and are received within the cell membrane by specific energy photo acceptors. The increase in intracellular energy results in altered cell membrane permeability, and physiological changes occur through an enzyme cascade to affect several biological processes. Within the injured musculoskeletal tissue, low-level laser light initiates increased microcirculation and enhanced tissue regeneration. The overall effects are decreased pain and inflammation and increased range of motion. The Erchonia laser was the first low-level laser in the world to be approved by the FDA for neck and shoulder pain. The Erchonia laser can also be used to aid in the treatment of such conditions as skin abrasions, acne, broken bones, etc.
Intramuscular manual therapy/dry needling (IMT/DN) involves placing a small filiform needle (less than 0.25 mm in diameter) into the myofascial trigger points (painful knots) in muscles, tendons, ligaments, or near nerves in order to stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions. IMT/DN is a valuable treatment tool for musculoskeletal-related pain, such as soft tissue and joint pain, as well as to improve muscle performance. Dry needling is not acupuncture or oriental medicine; that is, it does not have the purpose of altering the flow of energy (“Qi”) along traditional Chinese meridians for the treatment of disease. Like any treatment, there are possible complications. While these complications are rare in occurrence, it is recommended you read through the possible risks prior to giving consent to treatment. In the treatment of knee osteoarthritic pain, the filiform needles are inserted distal to the knee cap through the skin onto the top of the tibial bone (shin). Dry needling has been shown to facilitate the release of natural opioids as well as decrease the release of pro-inflammatory substances. Benefits of Dry Needling in the treatment of knee and hip osteoarthritis include: -facilitating the release of natural opioids -decreasing the release of pro-inflammatory substances -increasing synovial fluid production (joint lubrication) -decreasing the formation of bone absorbing cells (known as osteoclasts)
Gilkey Chiropractic Clinic provides sports rehabilitation to its athletic patients. Whether you are a serious athlete or a weekend warrior, we can provide the rehabilitation necessary to return from almost any injury. First, the doctor will assess the extent of the athletic injury and determine if rehabilitation is the proper course of action. If so, the doctor will prescribe a custom protocol designed to best rehabilitate the specific injury.
Functional Movement Rehabilitation
Functional Movement Rehabilitation allows us to evaluate your condition considering dysfunction in the entire system. This simply means that on area of the body may be painful due to another part not functioning optimally. The FMS (Functional Movement Screen) and SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) systems are tools we use to identify asymmetries which result in functional movement deficiencies. These tools aim to identify imbalances in mobility and stability.
By focusing on functional restoration (instead of only promotion of pain reduction), we can now achieve quicker and more lasting results with adjustments and treatments, because we are addressing the underlying cause of most pain syndromes. Our rehabilitation model has clearly established itself as a cornerstone of musculoskeletal medicine in the future.
Chiropractors are without a doubt leaders in musculoskeletal medicine. We use FMS and SFMA as rehabilitation to get you back to normal function quicker and more cost-effective than traditional physical therapy.