Immediately following an injury, it is recommended that you use ice. Ice is a natural analgesic, which
means that it will numb the pain. Additionally, ice decreases the inflammatory response by causing the
blood vessels to constrict, thereby limiting the amount of swelling and additional tissue damage.
Finally, ice can slow nerve impulses in the area, limiting the reflexive muscle spasm that often
accompanies an injury. Ice is generally most helpful during the first 48 hours following an injury.
Never apply ice directly to your skin - use a damp cloth, t-shirt or paper towel between your skin and
the ice. Icing should be performed for 10 to 20 minutes (never more) depending on the thickness of the
tissue. Never use ice on areas of impaired sensation.
After the initial 48 hours following an injury and once signs of inflammation (swelling, redness) are
gone, it is usually appropriate to use heat intermittently. Heat causes dilation of blood vessels,
allowing for nutrients and cells that repair damaged tissues to enter the injured area while also removing
damaged tissue and dead cells. Heat also relieves muscle tension by promoting relaxation of muscle
tissue but it should not be applied for longer then 10 to 20 minutes (never more).
No. Under normal circumstances, adjustments are painless. Patients who are extremely tense during an
adjustment or who are suffering from significant muscle spasm may experience some minor discomfort.
There are many different ways to adjust the spine and the extremities - Dr. Lipton will choose a technique
that is effective and comfortable for you to reduce your discomfort during an adjustment.
A chiropractic adjustment has many specific effects on the body, some of which are mechanical in nature and
others that are reflexive in nature, but all of which are extremely beneficial. The results of an adjustment
- Increased joint range of motion
- Inhibition or reduction of pain
- Relaxation of paraspinal musculature
- Loosening of joint adhesions
- Release of connective tissue trapped in joints
- Stimulation of the autonomic nervous system
- Relief of chronic nerve compression and irritation
There are many challenges imposed by the developing baby upon the expectant mother. As a result many women
experience lower back pain, sciatica, headaches, and neck pain. While most medications are not an option,
many women report significant relief with treatment such as massage and chiropractic care. Preparation is
the best approach to a comfortable pregnancy and many women utilize our prenatal/postnatal conditioning. We
have accommodating tables and pillows to make the patient comfortable regardless of the stage of their
pregnancy. As it is an extremely safe and effective management strategy, we have many OB/GYNís who
regularly refer patients for management.
Generally speaking, there are three phases of care:
- Initial Intensive Care
This first phase of care is referred to as relief or acute care. It is designed to provide relief of major
symptoms (usually pain) and stabilize the condition in the shortest amount of time. During this phase of
care, treatment frequency is usually high and repeated visits are required to reduce or eliminate symptoms.
- Rehabilitative Care
The objective of the second phase of your treatment program is to correct any underlying spinal
dysfunction as well as strengthen supporting musculature, retrain movement patterns and facilitate
complete healing of injured tissues. Visits occur less frequent during this phase of care and a
rehabilitative exercise program is introduced to prevent relapse.
- Wellness Care
This phase of care is designed to maintain optimal health and joint function and prevent the return of
your original condition. Preventative care saves time and money by helping you stay healthy and by
addressing small problems before they become serious. Many people schedule wellness visits to:
- Maintain the good health they have achieved through chiropractic
- Enhance athletic performance, and/or
- Minimize injury.
Remember - each patient responds to treatment differently and some patients will require more
intensive care than others. Factors that generally prolong treatment time include:
- Not seeking care quickly enough
- Severe pain
- Recurrence of multiple episodes of the condition
- Skeletal anomaly
- Structural pathology
Additional factors such as poor compliance, biomechanical stress or re-injury may also result in a
prolonged treatment time.
We will provide you with accurate and ongoing information regarding the status of your condition,
goals and recommended treatmen
t plan, but the degree to which you utilize chiropractic is ultimately up to
Many people have the misconception that once you start treatment with a chiropractor, you will always need
chiropractic care. This is not so! Many people choose to continue with chiropractic care for wellness
purposes after experiencing the benefits of chiropractic first hand. Just as regular maintenance
for your car or teeth can prevent expensive repair work, regular chiropractic check-ups help you to avoid
serious physical problems and the expense of time and money to correct those problems.
We are exposed daily to mental and physical stresses, environmental toxins, long periods of sitting and
standing and many other activities that are detrimental to our health and spine. A proper diet,
exercise and regular chiropractic adjustments are your best means of ensuring a healthy life. Learning how to
become and staying in good physical shape should be a priority for all of us so that we can enjoy a healthy
and long life.
Pain is usually the last symptom to appear and the first to leave. However, reduction in pain symptoms is
rarely an accurate indication of tissue health. Soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons and muscles
continue to heal long after pain symptoms resolve. Continuing with treatment results in a complete
recovery, which decreases the likelihood of relapse or the development of a recurring, chronic condition.
Disclaimer: No individuals, including those under our active care, should use the information, resources or
tools contained on this website to self-diagnose or self-treat any health-related condition. Diagnosis and
treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by your doctor of chiropractic or other
licensed health care professional.