Acupuncture is an old healing practice of traditional Chinese medicine dating back over 4,000 years. It still remains effective today as a way to strengthen the body rather than merely treating symptoms. It is primarily used to relieve pain as well as treat other conditions. More than 3 million Americans and 200,000 children in the U.S. have had acupuncture to help relieve a symptom or condition. Because of its low side effects, it has been the treatment of choice for many doctors across the country. It is even more popular in other countries.
Cupping, a method of stimulating acupuncture points by applying suction through a glass cup, is a complementary treatment to traditional Chinese acupuncture. By applying suction to specific areas, the body redirects the blood to the surface of the skin stimulating that area. The most common uses for cupping are: back ache, sprains, relieving fluid from the lungs caused by bronchitis, and soft tissue ailments. Side effects include “hickey-type” marks on the skin for 2-4 days.
Electrotherapy uses the process of sending electrical impulses through the needles, and is used in addition to the aforementioned methods. It is performed by clamping electrodes to the ends of the needles which in turn aides pain relief and prevention.
In the beginning, most patients tend to be rather skeptical. Often, these same patients find the results very encouraging when their chronic pain cannot be assisted through any other method. Most patients believe that acupuncture results last longer and provide better results than massage. Yet they incur the same relaxed sensations as a massage, while being both more effective and deeper. The most common sensation from acupuncture is feeling sedated. Dr. Kim Kesner has her diplomate in acupuncture through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and has had a state license since 1999. For more information, please go to www.nccaom.org.
We specialize in correcting your body’s misalignments. Our goal is to ensure that your spine and the rest of your body are working harmoniously. To do so, we will help you develop a plan that will require light stretching, some exercise, chiropractic care, and a healthy diet.
Corrective exercises are the use of bodily movements and/or postures to restore desirable changes in diseased or injured tissues. The corrective exercises are movement strategies that minimize or eliminate compensation. Corrective exercises should precede more integrated exercises, because they can cue the patient’s motor system to respond in a more desirable way and assist in removing or improving biomechanical constraints.
Dry needling aims to address neuromuscular conditions, relieve pain, and improve range of motion. During your scheduled appointment, we will insert a small needle into specified areas of your body depending on your unique and individual needs.
Dry needling follows evidence based guidelines, recommended point locations, and dosages for treatment of specific conditions. Our goal is to improve pain control and reduce muscle tension through this technique.
Our team here at Primary Care and Chiropractic is dedicated to helping you achieve your long-term health and wellness goals by offering you reliable lifestyle advice. If you are not sure if the lifestyle choices you are making are worsening or improving your condition, we are here to help. We address the typical chiropractic issues as well as coach our patients to live a healthier life by looking at the individual as a whole mentally, physically and emotionally.
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are many types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities). People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons; for example, to reduce stress and anxiety, to relax muscles, to rehabilitate injuries, to reduce pain and to promote overall health and wellness.
We believe that most causes of pain and/or injury to the musculoskeletal system are attributed to chronic muscular imbalances. This statement applies to all conditions except injuries related to traumatic events (i.e. motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall, etc.) Our body is designed to have very specific strength ratios for proper biomechanical function. However, as we go through our everyday activities we develop only the muscles that we use. Over time, this causes some areas to be stronger than others. Now you have developed a specific condition where unequal forces and stress are acting on your joints. This leads to pain in joints and surrounding tissues, usually following an insignificant event such as sleeping or bending over to tie your shoes. Initially, our treatment addresses the reduction of your initial pain or discomfort. Once the symptoms are under control we evaluate the strength of all the muscles in the area of complaint. Finally, we will implement a strengthening and stretching program specific to your needs to complete your treatment, and to prevent symptoms from reoccurring.request an appointment
Physical Therapy, also known as physiotherapy, uses evidence-based kinesiology, electrotherapy, exercise, joint mobilization and health education. We treat conditions such as chronic or acute pain, soft tissue injuries, cartilage damage, arthritis, gait disorders and physical impairments typically of musculoskeletal origins. Physical therapy is used to improve a patient’s physical functions through physical examination, diagnosis, prognosis, physical intervention, rehabilitation and patient education.request an appointment