Dr. Wells utilizes a variety of chiropractic adjustive techniques and procedures and will choose those that she believes will work best for your individual needs. Just about anyone can be adjusted, from infants to seniors, and even those who have had prior back surgery.
Chiropractic adjustments are targeted to address your condition, using the least amount of force possible. They are safe, gentle, and comfortable. The adjustment is a quick, precise push delivered at the joints of the spine or extremities that stimulates sensory nerve endings, thus enhancing communication between your brain and your body. The result is reduced pain, relaxed muscles, and normal movement patterns.
Chiropractic adjustments are the foundation of your treatment. Everything else supports and enhances the corrective effects of the adjustment.
Research shows that patients who receive both chiropractic adjustments and exercise training achieve better results than patients who receive only one or the other. Depending on your individual situation, Dr. Wells may recommend exercise training, RockTape, and/or custom foot orthotics to additionally support your treatment.
We offer electrical stimulation and ultrasound therapies to relieve pain and muscle spasms in acute conditions. Dr. Wells also uses soft-tissue therapies and muscle work such as Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) to enhance the effects of the chiropractic adjustments.
You’ve probably seen those colorful strips of tape on professional athletes. RockTape is designed to move with your body to enhance normal movement patterns, improve endurance and speed recovery after training and competitions. RockTape also aids recovery from injuries by reducing pain and swelling, and improving circulation.
Dr. Wells is a Certified Level Two “RockDoc”. She has taken courses in the assessment of movement distortions and the application of RockTape for both rehabilitative and athletic performance goals.
Exercise & Fitness Training
At Remington Chiropractic, we don’t use unnecessary and expensive exercise equipment. Many of our exercises can be done using only a floor mat, a stability ball, or resistive bands. Our goal is to instruct you in an exercise program that you can continue on your own at home or at the gym.
We target exercises specifically towards your needs, so you’ll see results sooner than from your average gym visit. We will frequently begin by looking for limitations in mobility, strength and coordination by watching you perform 7 fundamental movements. Movement limitations, caused by injuries and chronic poor postures or stresses, create compensations that perpetuate poor movement patterns and often lead to new injuries.
By teaching you how to practice normal movement patterns, we retrain your body to move correctly, thus relieving pain, enhancing movement and helping to prevent future injuries. This approach works so well that many collegiate and professional teams use it to help improve athletic performance and keep their athletes in the game.
Our exercise instruction is one-on-one and can be scheduled with Dr. Wells or our fitness trainer. It is safe and personalized for your current abilities and needs. During an exercise training session, we demonstrate and teach the appropriate movements, stretches and exercises, then have you practice and master them at home. As you improve, additional sessions will help to make your home exercise program more challenging and effective.
Custom Foot Orthotics
Dr. Wells recommends custom Foot Levelers orthotics in cases where structural imbalances in your feet are causing problems in your ankles, knees, hips or back, and perhaps even contributing to your headaches! Correcting these imbalances will not only help resolve pain in your feet, but will also help your chiropractic adjustments be more effective and longer lasting.
Generic store-bought orthotics offer generic solutions. At Remington Chiropractic, we know that your feet are as individual as you are! Over-the-counter shoe inserts may cushion your feet and provide some support, but they do not address your underlying problems.
Foot Levelers orthotics are comfortable and designed to move with your feet. They fit a variety of shoe types and can even be used in some styles of house slippers and sandals.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is a type of soft tissue massage using an instrument or tool to help detect and break down areas of scar tissue in order to restore normal muscle and joint motion. When soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament and fascia) is injured, it "knits" itself back together by laying down fibrous tissue in a random crisscrossing pattern. Where fibers intersect, cross-links are formed. The problem is that this scar tissue does not move or stretch well, and the fibers tend to tear easily, making you stiff, weak and prone to re-injury.
During the treatment, the doctor lightly strokes your skin with a metal tool. When the tool passes over fibrous tissue, it vibrates like a tuning fork, helping to detect and amplify the areas of soft tissue restriction. Continued stroking breaks down the fibrous tissue. Within a few treatments, doctor and patient can feel the rough, grainy tissue becoming smooth and soft.
By integrating IASTM with movement and rehabilitative exercise, this softened scar tissue can be encouraged to “remodel” into healthy tissue, leaving you stronger and more flexible.