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Anne Gordon

High-tech equipment at Chicago Chiropractic Center Continued

Exploring Cutting-Edge Equipment at Chicago Chiropractic Center

Continuing our exploration of the advanced technology at Chicago Chiropractic Center, we’re excited to introduce you to some of our state-of-the-art equipment. If you missed our previous blog post, we highly recommend giving it a quick read, as it sets the stage for this week’s discussion. Let’s delve into the details of our high-tech tools.

The Drop Table: A Gentle Approach

For those familiar with chiropractic treatments, you might already know about or have experienced the “drop” table. If not, you may be wondering how it differs from conventional chiropractic tables.

The “drop” table, often associated with the Thompson technique, plays a pivotal role in this specialized chiropractic approach. Unlike more forceful spinal manipulations, this technique involves a gentler adjustment with slower, low-velocity movements. The “drop” table is designed with segments that can be raised and then lowered when a chiropractor applies pressure. Gravity collaborates with the manual adjustment, creating a milder experience compared to techniques involving twisting positions. The drop table’s sections can be adjusted by 1 to 2 inches, tailored to the patient’s body weight. When a chiropractor applies a gentle thrust, the table releases and drops, allowing the patient’s body to continue its momentum for a brief period, which aids in alignment. Both Dr. Jen and Dr. Gordon are skilled in the Thompson technique, and your treatment plan may include this approach. Feel free to discuss it with our doctors to learn more.

Muscle Stimulation and Ultrasound: A Winning Combination

Next on our list is a crowd favorite: muscle stimulation with an optional ultrasound head feature. This equipment can be used independently or in combination. If you’ve ever visited a physical therapist for soft tissue injury rehabilitation, you might be familiar with electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). EMS therapy involves steady electric impulses that trigger muscle contractions. This repetitive contracting and relaxing provide several benefits, including increased blood flow, improved muscle strength, and the prevention of muscle atrophy.

When combined with ultrasound, this treatment can be used to reduce acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, decrease muscle tone and spasm, enhance local circulation, and maintain joint range of motion. Ultrasound treatments can relieve pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, and promote tissue healing.

Diagnostic Ultrasound: A Window into Your Health

Our most recent addition to our high-tech equipment lineup is the Diagnostic Ultrasound machine. This noninvasive imaging technique, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of internal structures within the body. Dr. Keith Starwalt, our nurse practitioner, uses ultrasound to diagnose a range of issues in muscles, ligaments, nerves, and tendons. It’s a safe imaging method suitable for all patients, including pregnant women, children, and those with pacemakers and metal implants.

Some conditions easily diagnosed with diagnostic ultrasound include tendon tears, ligament injuries, muscle tears, meniscal tears, bursitis, fluid collections, soft tissue tumors, osteoarthritis, nerve entrapment, and dysfunction. Compared to X-rays, MRI, and CT scans, ultrasound offers several advantages, including being non-invasive, providing better soft tissue resolution, offering convenient in-office service, and not exposing patients to ionizing radiation.

At Chicago Chiropractic Center, we are committed to providing our patients with the latest advancements in healthcare. We maintain an open environment where information is readily shared, and our treatment plans are transparent and proven. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask our doctors. We value interaction with our patients and strive for holistic care.

If you haven’t already, you can book your appointment by calling us or conveniently booking online through our website. Join us next week as we explore the Cox technique in our latest blog post.

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