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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How is EPC different than other chiropractic offices?

At EPC we take a biomechanical and functional approach with our patients to locate the source of the problem.  In doing so, we address both osseous structures and soft tissues.  Our treatments will many times consist of an adjustment, Active Release Technique (ART) and active rehabilitation.  In our offices you will find that we not only treat aches and pains but also work with many athletes to improve performance and movement efficiency.  

How is ART different than massage?

Massage is usually performed to increase local circulation, promote relaxation and flush metabolites (waste products) out of tissues.  This is done without any effort from the patient.  ART is more therapeuitc treatment that is performed at specific sites determined by the provider.  Treatments often require active movements by the patient to help the neuromoscular componet of the injury.  The purpose of ART is to remove adhesions and scar tissue from injured and overworked structures; thus, restoring optimal function.  

What is chiropractic adjustment?

An adjustment is a controlled high velocity low amplitude force put into joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of an injury.  Tissue injury can be casued 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 of time.  In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer.  An adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort.  However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. 

What should I expect as a new patient?

As a new patient at EPC you will receive a through evalutation.  A complete history will be taken followed by a comprehensive exam to assess the area of chief complaint.  After reviewing the findings a working diagnosis will be made. Based on the complexity of the case a treatment may be applied on the first visit or further diagnostic evaluation may be warranted.  This determination is done case by case at the doctor's discretion.  

What is kinesiotape and what can it do for me?

Kinesiotape is a special kind of tape with elastic fibers in it.  Specific application of the tape can influence and activiate the neurologic and circulatory systems.  Benefits that can be expected with application include decreased swelling, decreased pain and improved muscle activation.  Conditions that may be helped by kinesiotape include, but are not limited to, plantar fascitis, patellar tracking issues, tennis elbow and shin splints.