Johnstown Chiropractic

What to Expect

As a chiropractor, I have a large number of treatment options to effectively care for my patients.  Over the years, I have used many different therapies and techniques.  This has resulted in the core group of treatments I currently use in my office.  My goal is to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient so their complaint is reduced as quickly as possible, their condition is stabilized and they can have an active and pain free lifestyle.  If I think we can help you, I will tell you and make treatment recommendations.  If I don’t think we can help you, I will tell you who I think can.

The first thing you will do in our office is to complete a health history.  This allows you to tell us your reason for visiting the office and assisr us in identifying the cause of your pain.  I will then perform a thorough consultation and examination, take x-rays if indicated and discuss treatment options with you.  You will then be able to choose the type and level of care you desire. We have a "no stress", "no pressure" practice.

The spinal adjustment is the primary tool chiropractors have been using to effectively treat their patient’s pain for over 100 years.  There are many different chiropractic techniques.  In order to be effective, I haven't tried to master them all.  I use six different adjusting techniques in the office. The traditional techniques I use are Palmer, Gonstead, diversified, and motion palpation.  These methods usually result in a popping or cracking sound when the adjustment is made.  Some people love that!  Some people think that is awful and would never have that type of adjustment no matter how much pain they have.  I can effectively treat them using the Thompson and ProAdjuster methods which are gentle, painless methods with no popping or cracking.

The Thompson method uses a special adjusting table that has pieces that move. This allows less force to be used to accomplish the treatment.  I also use the ProAjuster method.  The ProAdjuster is one of the most technologically advanced adjusting methods available.  It is a computer aided system that uses a hand held instrument to perform the spinal analysis and the treatment.  The computer uses programs that were developed by NASA engineers to evaluate the integrity of the ceramic tiles on the outside of the space shuttle.  The same technology is used in the aviation industry and by civil engineers to test for metal fatigue in aircraft and bridge spans.  With the ProAdjuster, the technology has been adapted to allow for evaluation and treatment of the spine. The treatment is painless and consists of a rapid, gentle tapping or pulsing to the vertebra.  This improves the motion and function of the vertebra which reduces the pressure on the discs, joints and nerves of the spine.  More importantly, it reduces your pain!

Some spinal problems also involve muscle spasms, weak muscles, inflamed or swollen spinal joints, and/or irritated or pinched spinal nerve roots.  We treat these situations with therapeutic modalities.  Treatments may include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, interferential current, microcurrent, trigger point therapy, heat and/or ice.  I may also make recommendations as to the use of heat or ice, stretching and exercises, supports, braces, taping, and custom or non-custom foot orthotics.

We also use non-surgical spinal decompression which is a treatment that is effective for treating neck and back pain, sciatica, herniated or bulging discs, degenerative disc disease and numbness/tingling/pain in the arm or leg.  The discs act as cushions between the vertebrae of the spine.  For a variety of reasons, the discs may become damaged or herniated.  When that happens, the soft, jell like center of the disc moves toward the outer edge of the disc.  That movement causes the edge of the disc to bulge.  Pain can result from the bulge itself, from irritation or pinching of spinal nerve roots or from narrowing of the spinal canal.  Another possible cause of neck, back or extremity pain is disc degeneration.  Spinal discs can wear and become thin over time due to incorrect spinal alignment or function.  This can also lead to pressure on the spinal nerves, spinal joints and supporting soft tissues causing pain.  Traditional methods for treating these conditions include drugs which may have undesirable side effects, steroid injections which may provide only temporary relief, and surgery which may fail as much as 50% of the time.

Non-surgical spinal decompression works by using computer aided traction to slowly and gently stretch the spine to take the pressure off the damaged or compressed discs, vertebrae or joints.  By decompressing the discs and lowering the intradiscal pressure, the soft center of the disc that moved off center can be pulled back toward the center of the disc.  This reduces the irritation to the pain producing portions of the disc and the spinal nerve roots resulting in a reduction or elimination of the patient’s pain.  

I am available to answer your questions about our treatments and how they may apply to your particular situation.  Simply call (740)967-2225 and schedule a free consultation.

By Kipp Hall