Here at Dr. Andrea's Chiropractic Clinic, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic care to all of our patients.
As we go through our day we tend to ignore the small aches and pains and begin to think of them as "normal". The problem is these "normal" aches and pains are actually our body's way of warning us that something is wrong, and if left untreated they can get out of control and become bigger issues. That is why it is very important to not ignore your body, and to take care of these problems as soon as they occur. We provide spinal correction utilizing "state of the art" chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic have we been able to provide the level of help and expertise that now exists. These newer correction methods are safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Andrea has years of training and experience in spinal adjustment.
Below is a sampling of the different chiropractic services we offer in our Bixby office.
Tired of Pain? Dr. Andrea's Got Your Back!
Common Types of Pain
Lower back pain is often caused by muscle strain. The erector spinae, or large paired muscles in the lower back that help keep your spine erect, can become inflamed and spasm. In more serious cases, the pain may be caused by a degenerative condition, such as arthritis, disc disease, or disc herniation.
A degenerative disc condition can sometimes cause a chain reaction of other events in your spine. When a disc is not in its proper place, or is malformed from disease or some other condition, it can allow additional undue pressure on other healthy structures, such as neighboring discs, nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons.
Rest for a sore back should be kept to no more than two weeks. Otherwise, the muscles in the lower back begin to atrophy and can become significantly weak, leaving you open to further undue pain and injury.
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs) are caused by problems with the muscles of the jaw or the joint itself. A clicking or popping sound when opening the mouth wide, such as in yawning, may be a sign that you have a problem with your TMJ. TMDs result from a variety of things, such as traumatic blow to the head (including whiplash), teeth grinding or clenching, and arthritis.People with TMD sometimes experience chronic headaches, earaches, and facial and dental pain.
Arthritis – most often causes problems with the knee joint, but also can affect other structures such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Osteoarthritis – is caused by the gradual degradation of the cartilage in the joint. Rheumatoid Arthritis – causes the joint to become inflamed and can often cause destruction of the surrounding cartilage. Cartilage injuries – a softening of the knee cap cartilage. This disorder occurs most often in runners, skiers, cyclists, and soccer players. Tendon injuries – can be caused by anything from tendonitis to a ruptured or torn tendon. Overuse can cause the tendon to stretch like a rubber band, later becoming inflamed.
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We Offer a Wide Variety of Treatments!
Natural agents such as heat, cold, water, massage, light, and exercise are some of the physiological therapeutic measures that we often utilize.
When controlled, these and other elements exert a beneficial influence on body functions and can help a number of common pain problems.
Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical traction based treatment for arm, leg, neck, and back pain associated with herniated and degenerative spinal disc disease. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine which changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal. Doctor skill combined with computerized traction, proper assessment, and correct positioning are the key. Spinal decompression has saved many people from spinal surgery. We use nonsurgical spinal decompression in an attempt to treat:
- Back or neck pain or sciatica, which is pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg
- Bulging or herniated disks or degenerative disk disease
- Worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome)
- Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
Ultrasound Therapy is a method of stimulating the tissue beneath the skin’s surface using very high frequency sound waves, between 800,000 Hz and 2,000,000 Hz, which cannot be heard by humans. With this type of therapy, sound waves create deep heat that is applied to the soft tissues and joints. This essentially micro-massages the soft tissue, joints, muscles, tendons and/or ligaments in the treatment area. Ultrasound therapy not only helps to reduce back pain, stiffness and spasms, but also increases blood flow, softens scar tissue and, in turn, accelerates the healing process.
During this chiropractic therapy, electrodes are placed on the skin that send light, electrical pulses to different areas of the body with the purpose of reducing inflammation, curtailing muscle spasms and relieving pain. We makes use of electrical stimulation to help in contracting the muscles. This is extremely helpful when the muscles lose strength or are fatigued by chronic spasms and are unable to contract on their own.
Electronic muscle stimulator (EMS) units use continuous electrical bursts aimed at particular muscles to force them to contract and relax. During muscle stimulation, the body sends blood and oxygen to these areas and increases production of endorphins – a natural pain reliever. This therapy reduces pain sensation, helps decrease any swelling, promotes general muscle tone, and speeds up the healing process.
The usage of Electrical Muscle Stimulation can be broken down into 3 categories: Training, Recovery, and Rehabilitation.
Cold Laser Therapy
Medical treatment form which uses low level lasers to stimulate damaged tissues, thereby enhancing the progress of healing and providing relief from pain and inflammation. With cold laser therapy, particles of energy are carried in a laser and absorbed by the cell membrane’s photo receptors after penetrating the skin surface. The cells and tissues then convert this light energy into biochemical energy, fueling a biological process that is believed to decrease swelling, reduce back pain, inflammation, and improve circulation. Cold lasers are widely used for treatment of:
- Acute and chronic pain
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strain
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Rock Tape is known as kinesiology tape and is fantastic for treating common sports injuries like shin splints, plantars and runner’s knee. When applied properly, rock tape lifts the skin away from the muscle, which promotes blood flow. More blood flow = more oxygen and lymph drainage, which helps to remove Lactic Acid. Rocktape helps athletes improve form and decrease fatigue through better blood flow. These are the two most critical aspects of increasing performance in almost any sport. Other applications of Rock Tape include:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Jumpers knee (PFS)
- ACL/MCL issues
- Rotator cuff
- Groin and hamstring pulls
- Lower back issues
- Tennis and golf elbow
- Postural correction
- Pain associated with pregnancy
Biofreeze Cryospray is a topical analgesic that can be used as an effective partner to the Kinesio Taping Method (RockTape). Biofreeze is extremely beneficial for temporary pain relief allowing for more freedom of movement to increase joint range of motion. Biofreeze Cryospray also provides and enhances the cooling effect that Dr. Andrea feels is very important to the healing mechanism that Rock Tape provides. Biofreeze provides quick and penetrating relief from:
- Arthritis pain
- Back pain
- Neck, hip and leg pain
- Joint Pain
- Ankle and foot pain
- Sports injuries
- Muscle soreness or strain
- Shoulder and arm discomfort
The Normatec Recovery System uses sequential pulse technology to strategically apply compression to the limb. The sequential pulse technology combines pulsing, gradients, and distal release. The combination of these three massage techniques speeds up the body’s normal recovery process. Get the most efficient post workout recovery by flushing lactic acid and toxins from your muscles.
Beyond the obvious benefits of relaxing tight muscles and reducing stress, our skilled application of massage therapy can also help to break the chronic pain cycle that most of our patients live with every day. Massage Therapy has been shown to be beneficial for headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. With massage therapy treatment, you can eliminate your aches and pains without drugs or surgery, and prevent future problems from happening.
Often times, it is the muscles surrounding your skeleton that are contributing to your lack of alignment. Muscles pull on bones and over the years, this can lead to displacement that causes discomfort and pain. In chiropractics, this can be especially true of the spine. If your muscles are pulling on your bones, your readjusted spine won’t stay readjusted for long. A massage can help remedy this. It is believed that manipulating muscles and connective tissue can help loosen and unlock them. Loose muscles will pull less on your bones and result in less distortion in your frame. Pairing a massage with chiropractics is a great way to accomplish this.
For gentle and specific adjustments, we utilize a "No Popping Technique".
This is a low-force method that minimizes any potential for discomfort - we want you to be as comfortable as possible!
Who needs this more gentle initial approach? One obvious group would be those who have suffered recent trauma and are especially sensitive. For this type of patient, the nervous system is already in overdrive. For anyone with post traumatic stress, a harsh touch, sudden movements or even the sound of the joint popping could set them off. Older patients and patients with osteoporosis experience wonderful results with this gentle method. Conscious or unconscious, new patients always come in with a bit of fear; this makes them a great candidate for this low-force technique.