Chiropractic is a science, art and philosophy of healthcare that has been an established health system for over one hundred years. The science of chiropractic is constantly growing and changing as more research is done. We have more knowledge each day about how the spinal joints move and affect our daily lives. A good amount of research has shown chiropractic to be a safe and effective treatment for neck pain, low back pain, sciatica and other joint related pain syndromes. Medical doctors are beginning to recognize the positive effect that chiropractic care has on acute and chronic pain. The current opioid epidemic is further increasing the spotlight on conservative care like chiropractic for its ability to reduce pain without increasing medication dependency.
The art of chiropractic is the choice of treating style that is unique to each doctor. Because chiropractors use our hands and other tools to create motion, treatments can be very different from one doctor to another. Also, many physicians will use different techniques depending on the size, age and health level of the patient. Chiropractors have many other tools to help achieve health, including nutrition, physiotherapy, chiropractic rehab, and lifestyle advice. The mixture of these tools creates a complete treatment system for your health needs. At Mulberry Chiropractic, Dr. Collier uses the Activator instrument, Drop Table and Diversified adjustments to improve motion in the joint.
Chiropractic philosophy is built around the idea of healing while avoiding surgery and medication. If the body moves better, it will heal more effectively. However, sometimes surgery and medications are necessary and that is why we are happy to work with your primary care doctor or specialists to make sure that you are receiving the best care possible.
Similar to physical therapy, chiropractic rehab is focused on retraining the body in proper movement and posture to relieve pain and keep it from coming back. Most exercises do not require special equipment and patients are often encouraged to continue exercises on their own to maintain health and activity levels.
Dr. Collier is a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor and is happy to off private yoga classes to her patients and community members. Yoga can be an excellent way to increase the strength, balance and flexibility of our bodies. It can be a gateway to a healthier lifestyle, allowing you to transition to more aggressive forms of exercise, or just a great way to stay active and fit at any age and any health level.
ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION:
EMS, for short, is a gentle, relaxing electrical stimulation that can be used to block pain, stimulate weak muscles to contract, or relax muscle spasms. Most people feel a soft, buzzing sensation and enjoy the treatment.
LOW LEVEL LASER:
Also called cold laser, is a new advancement in pain relief and healing. A truly pain free device that can be used to treat swollen and injured tissue, chronic pain, and acupuncture points without needles, laser is gaining popularity throughout the US for its great results.