At McDaniel Chiropractic Center we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic wellness care to our patients. Below is a sampling of the different chiropractic services we offer in our Middlebury office.
We provide advanced 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 safe, comfortable and more effective than ever before. As Doctors of Chiropractic, Dr. Jim and Dr. Julia McDaniel have years of training and experience in spinal adjustments.
Dry needling is the use of solid filament needles inserted through the skin and into the muscle to release painful myofascial trigger points. Dry needling results in the deepest tissue release allowing for improvements in movement and pain. It is called “Dry” Needling because there is no solution injected as with a hypodermic needle during an injection. With Dry Needling, the needle itself and the effects it produces within the tissue is the treatment.
When an injury occurs from repetitive use or acute trauma, inflammation will be produced from the damaged tissues. The damaged tissues will also go into a protective tension state or contracture to guard against further damage from utilizing the injured tissue. This contracture and inflammation inhibit microcirculation which limits both the oxygen rich blood reaching the injury and the waste products leaving the injury. The injury site becomes hypoxic (decreased in oxygen) which stimulates the body to produce fibroblasts, a cell that produces fibrosis or scar tissue. This fibrosis and scarring builds up around the muscles and tissues limiting the tissues ability to fully function (lengthen/shorten) and can also cause compression and irritation of nerves (such as carpal tunnel syndrome) – all of which inevitably lead to biomechanical disturbances in gait and function.
Dry needling uses a small, solid filament needle which is inserted in a contracted knotted muscle to create a local twitch reflex which is both diagnostic and therapeutic as it is the first step in breaking the pain cycle as research shows will decrease muscle contraction, reduce chemical irritation, improve flexibility and decrease pain.
IS TRIGGER POINT DRY NEEDLING ACUPUNCTURE?
No, Dry Needling is based on Western medical research and principles, whereas acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. The main similarity is that the same sterile, disposable solid filament needles are used.
WHAT TYPES OF CONDITIONS CAN DN ASSIST?
- Neck/Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Tennis/Golfers Elbow
- Hip and Gluteal Pain
- Knee Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
- Chronic Pain
- Athletic Performance
DOES Dry Needling HURT?
You may or may not feel the insertion of the needle. The specific needle manipulation is intended to produce a local twitch response that can elicit a very brief (less than a second) painful response some patients describe as a deep ache, heavy or cramping sensation. Again, the therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of the local twitch response and is a desirable reaction.
McDaniel Chiropractic Center is a provider of the Graston Technique® to our patients. This remarkable procedure allows us to detect and treat areas of "scar tissue" or adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments that can often lead to chronic pain and dysfunction.
In the healing process our body attempts to repair muscles, tendons and ligaments with "scar tissue", much like the scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee. As you can imagine, that scar tissue is not as strong and flexible as normal, healthy, undamaged tissue. Over time we can have a build up of this fibrous scar tissue, particularly in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to pain and dysfunction because this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue (in some areas it may even mat down and entrap a Nerve).
The Graston Technique® allows us to better detect and treat these areas of dysfunction because it uses a stainless steel instrument that glides along a patient's muscle, tendons or ligaments and acts like a "scar tissue" stethoscope. When knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, both the doctor and the patient sense a restriction or a granular feeling. The instrument can then be used to "break up" this restriction or adhesion. Stretching exercises are then used to promote re-alignment of the fibers so that they behave more like normal, healthy tissue.
Corrective Spinal Stabilization Exercises
We teach our patients special exercises designed just for them to help strengthen and correct their own unique problem. These rehabilitative exercises can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction by as much as 30-40%.
Low Level Laser Therapy (Cold Laser)
Our practice utilizes the FDA approved ML 830 Cold Laser. Low level lasers, also known as cold lasers, are the cutting edge non-thermal, non-invasive method for the treatment of a variety of pain syndromes, acute and chronic injuries and repetitive motion disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Cold laser therapy has been studied and successfully used around the world for over 25 years. Many top athletes, including Lance Armstrong, consider cold laser therapy an integral part of their regime for the treatment of injuries as well as for performance enhancement. Click HERE for more information.
Ultrasound is a therapeutic modality which uses high-frequency sound waves to treat regions of joint and soft tissue injuries. Ultrasound creates a mild yet deep penetrating heat which increases blood flow, relaxes muscles, and speeds the healing of the tissues. Ultrasound can often help shoulder, elbow and sports related injuries.
Interferential therapy is most often used for pain reduction and to aid in reducing the swelling of soft tissues. Ligament sprains, muscle strains and spasms often respond quite well to this therapy. Most patients find the interferential therapy to be quite comfortable and relaxing. We have even had patients fall asleep during the treatment!
Spinal & Postural Screenings/Lectures
Posture and spinal screenings can reveal important health information and unlock the door to improved health and well-being. We also lecture on a wide variety of health and wellness related topics. Contact our Middlebury office today to arrange a screening or lecture at your event or workplace. Click to see our list of lecture topics.
We use a 3-dimensional computer scan of the feet to produce a true custom orthotic. Our orthotics won't cost you an arm and a leg either!