What Problems Do We Treat
First of all, we care for patients who just happen to have a problem, and Dr. Blum has 19 years of experience treating a variety of different problems. The following is a non-inclusive list of problems we deal with daily.
Neck & Back Pain
Headache & Migraines
Herniated Discs & Pinched Nerves
Numbness & Tingling including Sciatica & Radiculopathy (leg or arm symptoms related to back and neck)
Arthritis & Joint Pain
Muscle Strain & Joint Sprain
Fasciitis & Fibromyalgia
Sports, Vehicular, or Work Injuries
Problems involving the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, foot
Stress Related Disorders
There are many more but I think you get the idea.
How We Care for Patients, Kids, Students, Athletes, Workers and Couch Potatos
The following is a brief description of most of the therapies we utilize at our clinic.
This is the hallmark of Chiropractic care. It is the mobilization of the joint (spinal or otherwise) that provides mobility to a dysfunctional joint of which studies have shown it to relieve pain, muscle spasm and tightness and improve joint function. Muscles move joints and tight or injured muscles can restrict joint movement and an injured joint can cause a muscle to tighten up. It is the chicken or the egg dilemma.
Physical Therapy Modalities
Equipment such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation and cold laser are designed to reduce swelling, reduce pain, reduce muscle tightness or spasms and improve the body’s ability to heal at the cellular level. These are critical treatments in the early stage of care but can be used with acute exacerbations of chronic injury.
Cold Laser Therapy
Though it has been used in Europe for many years, it has recently been approved by the FDA for use in the United States. Cold laser (also known as low level light therapy) gets its name from the wavelength of light which doesn’t generate any heat. This light penetrates the skin and creates a teardrop pattern of light within the tissue below. It helps stimulate the cells to heal faster, reduces swelling with in the tissue, reduces pain intensity, and increases the blood supply to the injured area. It can also be used when other treatments cannot be used or are not appropriate for the region being treated.
This Eastern, ancient art of healing can be used for almost any and all disorders that western medicine treats, with virtually no side effects. Acupuncture uses specific points on the body, based upon your specific problem, to improve the ability to heal itself. Needles or other methods of pressure are applied to specific acupuncture points that reside along the meridians (specific lines) within the body. It is stunning how well this treatment works, and for those who experience the benefits, they will always want to have it.
Massage is a critical part of the treatment and healing process. Massage is a hands on treatment that helps various tissues including muscles, joints, ligaments, reduces swelling, helps arthritis and fibromyalgia, can help with scar tissue. Reduce tightness and spasms. Improve mobility and pain intensity. Many times it is used when other treatments do not work as well.
This is used as a more active aspect of care when we want to use exercise to strengthen, increase flexibility, and improve coordination and endurance of the injured tissue. We use low tech exercises and equipment to perform this during the mid and late stages of care. We use exercise bands, balance boards, wobble boards, physio-balls, medicine balls, unstable platforms and often just body weight exercises to accomplish this. These exercises help increase the patient’s ability to return to their daily and occupational activities of living with less discomfort and pain.
Inversion Table Therapy
We use an inversion table to provide axial traction at a fraction of the cost of the more expensive decompression tables that are out there. Axial traction has been shown to decompress the intervertebral discs of the spine and reduces the internal pressure within the disc. This also helps separate the joints of the spine and takes pressure off the injured joints and can help relax muscle tightness due to joint reaction.
Nutritional Deficiency Related to Disease
Nutrition is a huge part of disease processes and important component in the healing and recovery process. A nutritional deficiency or over-abundance of nutrients in the diet can create physical problems. We can discuss your nutritional history and recommend specific nutrients that are deficient or lacking in your diet or nutritional regimen that may be associated with your issues.