Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. As a Chiropractor Dr. Feng practice a 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 lifestyle modification.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting with a poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the patient. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Physical therapy is a type of treatment you may need when health problems make it hard to move around and do everyday tasks. It helps you move better and relieves pain. It also helps improve or restore your physical function and your fitness level. The goals are to help your joints move better and to restore or increase your flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and/or balance. Dr. Feng is privileged to offer and design appropriate physical services based on patients’ needs. Our physical therapy includes manual therapy, rehabilitation exercise, spinal decompression and modalities such as heat, cold, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation. Our doctors and licensed Chiropractic assistants will offer one on one rehabilitation exercise.
Spinal decompression is generally considered as a special modality of PT. Spinal decompression has saved many people from spinal surgery. If you are suffering from a degenerated or herniated disc, don't risk surgery until you have explored safe and effective spinal decompression.
Spinal Decompression is a non-surgical, traction based treatment outcome for herniated or bulging discs in the neck and low back.
Some of the other more common conditions treated and helped with spinal decompression include: sciatica, facet syndrome, spinal stenosis, and failed back surgery.
The exact number of spinal decompression sessions needed and your specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination. To assist the healing process, supporting structures may be treated with therapy, chiropractic adjustments and/or physical rehabilitation
Here are a few scientific studies that verify the beneficial results of spinal decompression:
"86% of ruptured intervertebral disc patients achieved "good" (50-89% improvement) to "excellent" (90-100% improvement) results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain were relieved." Norman MD; Borgmeyer, Vera RN, MA. Emerging Technologies: Preliminary Findings: Decompression, Reduction, and Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine: A cost-effective treatment for lumbosacral pain. American Journal of Pain Management 1997; 7 (2)
"Results showed that 86% of the 219 patients who completed the therapy reported immediate resolution of symptoms, while 84% remained pain-free 90 days post treatment. Physical examination findings showed improvement in 92% of the 219 patients, and remained intact in 89% of these patients 90 days after treatment." Thomas MD; Groteke, Eric DC. Surgical Alternatives: Spinal Decompression. Orthopedic Technology Review.
Have you noticed those colorful taping on professional athletes? Are you wondering what is it?
This is Therapeutic taping! Therapeutic taping is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Therapeutic Tape is generally safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Therapeutic taping alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
Our providers would love to help and teach you how to apply those taping on yourselves.
Dr. Feng is a full body certified provider by Active Release Techniques. ART is a new and highly successful hands-on treatment method to address problems in the soft tissues like chronic muscle/joints pain, sports injury and scar tissue adhesions. Many elite athletes and professional sports teams have ART practitioners on staff and ART is also an integral part of the Ironman triathlon series.
Active Release Therapy is very commonly used to treat conditions related to adhesions or scar tissue in overused muscles. As adhesions and scar tissue build up, muscles become shorter and weaker, the motion of muscles and joints are altered and nerve(s) can be compressed. As a result, soft tissues could suffer from decreased blood supply, pain and poor mobility. Some specific conditions that can be treated with ART include headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, other peripheral nerve entrapments, sciatica, TMJ, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis and other soft tissue inflammatory disorders of the joints.
In an ART treatment, the provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and mobility of the soft tissue. Using hand pressure, the practitioner works to remove or break up the fibrous adhesions, with the stretching motions generally in the direction of venous and lymphatic flow.
Monday: 8:00am --- 5:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am --- 2:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am --- 5:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am --- 5:30pm
Closed daily for lunch from 2:00pm --- 3:00pm
Allegany Chiropractic Center
376 Mill Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740