At Back In Action Chiropractic, we take pride in providing the finest evidence-based chiropractic care to our patients. We utilize a multimodal therapy approach to achieve the best results for our patients. This style of approach was recently recommended by the Canadian Chiropractic Practice Initiative and includes:
Spinal Adjustments / Manipulations
The purpose of a chiropractic spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile - or restricted in their movement - due to 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 in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Manipulation, or adjustment, of the affected joint and tissues restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal.
For more information, check out: The American Chiropractic Association web site.
Extremity Adjustments / Manipulations
Chiropractic adjustments work not only on the spine, but can be performed on any joint in the body, including the jaw, ribs, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. The stability of the spine is dependent on the stability of the extremities and vice versa, which makes the ability to properly diagnose and treat the extremities important. Dr. Bakken has undergone special training in extremity diagnosis and adjusting which allows him to better assist patients with complex and recurring problems.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft tissue therapy is utilized by Dr. Bakken in conjunction with the chiropractic adjustments to provide relief of muscle pain and tightness, and to speed the recovery of tissues from injury. Dr. Bakken provides specific muscular therapy that is custom tailored to treat the paitent's condition and injury.
Dr. Bakken evaluates patients using functional movement assessments. THis allows him to prescribe stretches and exercises that are designed specifically for their condition(s) and skill leves. As treatment progresses the exercises will change and progress allowing for continued improvement. At the end of the treatment patients will have acquired stretches and exercises thay can continuing utilizing to maintain their functional improvements and prevent further injury.
Dr. Bakken has been extensively trained in the theory and application of kinesiotape for injury treatment and performance enhancement. Kinesiotape aids with pain relief by interfering with pain signals that are directed to the brain, essentially turning down the pain "volume" that your body hears. The tape produces a lifting effect to the skin and the tissues underneath allowing for improved circulation and decreased inflammation. It has also been shown to slow down muscle fatigue which is important in rehabbing an injury and maintaining performance during an event.