What is Chiropractic?
Through injury, trauma, or even daily life, vertebra in the spine can become misaligned. Misalignments and joint dysfunction can not only cause pain and muscle spasm, but over time degneration of joints and discs can occur. The resulting degeneration often hinders the functioning of the nervous system; this is usually experienced as tingling and/or numbness in an arm or leg or muscle weakness and atrophy in more severe cases.
Using gentle pressure, chiropractors restore proper motion to the joints. Once the joints are functioning properly, not only do pain and muscle spasm decrease, but the nervous system is also allowed to function more efficiently. Once proper communication between the brain and the rest of the body is restored, the body can then begin to repair any damage to soft tissues and start to heal.
What You Should Expect
Your first visit will consist of a thorough history, exam, and x-rays if necessary. Each person is unique, and therefore requires a fresh approach so we can determine the cause of your particular condition. You can expect a first visit to last about 35-40 minutes so that we can get to the bottom of your primary complaint. We use a wide range of modalities (which are listed in more detail below) so that we can get you moving and feeling better as quickly as possible. After the first visit, follow up visits will be about 15-20 minutes long.
We are preferred providers with Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Traditional and PPO), Aetna/Cofinity, United, and Medicare. We do our best to verify insurance benefits, but because of the variety of plans available, it is difficult for us to know everyone’s benefits. It is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to know their benefits, including deductibles, co-pays, and chiropractic visit limits.
For those without chiropractic benefits, the pricing of an exam and consultation is $45, an adjustment – including ART work – is $70, and x-rays cost $30-$50. You can expect a first time cash visit will cost between $115 and $165, depending if x-rays are necessary and how many. We also have affordable package plans available.
We strive to help people with compassion and dedication by being the best doctors we can be for you and your family. If you have any questions about chiropractic, ART, and how we can help you, please feel free to email us or call the office.
3D Gait Analysis
At BodyWorks, we see a lot of runners – recreational runners and competitive runners alike who run varying distances, anywhere from short distances, sprint triathletes, 10k runners, half marathoners, IronMan competitors, and ultra marathoners. Unfortunately, we also see a lot of running injuries as well!
Many times the running injuries I’ve worked on come with a change or increase in training volume. There are, of course, many different reasons why people get injured running, and gait analysis can help us pinpoint why some injuries occur. To help get an in-depth view of your gait, we offer 3D Gait Analysis, which is the gold standard for analyzing gait. 3D analysis uses 2 cameras with a marker-less system and generates reports on many different gait characteristics, including foot strike pattern, cadence, running economy, step separation, and knee position, along with many other variables.
The process is simple: Ideally, I like to run 3 different tests at different speeds. Each test takes about 30 seconds of running time. I’ll take the data generated and break it down for you and present some of my recommendations in a separate visit.
The reports generated from this can be used to help me or our massage therapists work on areas that may be contributing to injury, pain, or limited range of motion. You can also take these reports back to your orthopedic doctor, physical therapist, running coach, or athletic trainer to help develop treatment or exercise plans to get you back on track with running.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! To schedule your 3D Analysis today, call at 248.688.9260 or email our practice manager, Ericca.
Dr. Q is also a certified RockDoc. Both Dr. Eli and Dr. Q use RockTape, a specific brand of kinesiotape, to help support muscle function and movement. Kinesiotaping is a newer area of sports science, and research indicates it can help with pain management, reduce inflammation and swelling, as well as delaying muscle fatigue.
At BodyWorks, we’ve found that RockTape has helped a variety of our patients recover from injury and enhance performance – whether it is for improving squat mechanics, reducing shoulder pain for that golf swing, helping recover from a knee replacement, or decreasing postural stress from hours at a desk.
RockTaping is a nice compliment to the ART care we provide and can help get you up and moving about faster.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization – IASTM
IASTM is based on an ancient Chinese technique called gua sha, which used ivory tools to ‘scrape’ along the surface of the skin, creating a healing effect. New research with IASTM (and mobility work in general) indicates that we are affecting the nervous system with the work we do. Depending on how the tools (IASTM tools, foam rollers, and other mobility tools) are used, we can affect the tissues in a couple ways, either by ‘down regulating’ or ‘up regulating’ the nervous system – in essence helping tissues relax or ‘wake up.’ Unlike other IASTM techniques out there that can cause discomfort and bruising, this methodology is far gentler. IASTM tools, and we use RockBlades in particular, are a great adjunct to go along with chiropractic and ART and help us get some really great results.
Massage therapy is a great form of bodywork that helps alleviate stress, reduces muscle tension/spasm, and can decrease pain. Massage is also a great adjunct to chiropractic care and the care that our chiropractors provide! Unlike franchised massage locations and spas, our chiropractors and massage therapists work together to get the best result for each client. If you have any questions or concerns about getting a massage, a consult with Dr. Q or Dr. Eli can be scheduled in advance of your massage. Additionally, some insurances cover massage therapy under the direction of a chiropractor, so please call the office if you have any questions about your coverage.
We are excited to have Anne, LMT as part of the BodyWorks team!