At Swickard Chiropractic, we serve individuals and families, offering relief, corrective, and wellness chiropractic care that is customized to your individual needs. We utilize a variety of treatment methods to give you the best care. Through an individualized program of education, gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments, various soft tissue treatments, and rehabilitation exercises, we can correct spinal misalignments (subluxations) and improve the body's innate healing abilities. Without this interference, overall wellness is achieved and maintained.
Our doctors are trained in a variety of manual adjustment techniques including Gonstead, Diversified, and techniques from the Motion Palpation Institute. They also utilize gentle, instrument assisted manipulation with an Activator. All techniques assess the movement of the spine and extremities through palpation and movement analysis to look for areas of joint dysfunction, or subluxation. Poor posture, injury, degeneration, and altered movement patterns can all result in subluxation.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art used in Chinese medicine that was developed over 5,000 years ago. Needles and/or electrical stimulation are applied to various points (over 361) throughout the body. These points help restore the flow of energy or "qi", along the neurological channels called meridians. Each of the 12 meridians is associated with an inner organ, system, or metabolic process in the body. When the body's energy pattern is too high or too low it creates an imbalance that leads to health problems. Treatment using acupuncture needles or electro-acupuncture stimulation helps re-balance the energies, creating homeostasis and allowing the body to promote health and self-healing. Read more here.
Acupuncture can be used for a variety of conditions including muscle and joint pain, allergy symptoms, stress and anxiety, infertility, male and female hormone related issues, addiction, shoulder pain, foot pain, and more.
Spinal Disc Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression is a non-surgical alternative for treatment of neck and back pain and associated conditions like sciatica, pinched nerves, bulging discs, or degenerative disc disease. The traction gently stretches the spine, reducing pressure from the discs, nerves, and joints, while enhancing the body's natural healing process.
Dry needling is a technique that helps reduce muscle spasm and trigger points while improving pain control. Similar to acupuncture, dry needling uses very small needles without the use of medication. The needles are placed in the affected muscle and manipulated in a specific way to help the muscles relax and reduce the trigger point. Dry needling often results in immediate pain relief and reduced muscle contracture, allowing for improved mobility and function of that muscle and surrounding tissues and joints. Read more here. Many patients experience positive results within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms.
Active Release Technique (A.R.T.)
A.R.T. is a therapy used to treat soft tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and fascia. It involves over 500 specific, movement-based protocols that work to release scar tissue, break up knots and adhesions, restore proper movement, and promote long-term healing of the soft tissues throughout the body. A.R.T. is one the leading treatment methods used to treat soft tissue dysfunction among athletes and non-athletes worldwide. It is a great for treatment for sports injuries, tendonitis, impingement syndromes, headaches, overuse injuries, and much more!
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Small amounts of electrical impulses are sent into the muscles and soft tissues over the site of injury to promote healing, relieve pain and reduce swelling. Four pads are typically attached to the skin where the impulses, described as a "pins and needles" sensation, help soothe achy muscles, stimulate the release of the body's own natural pain killers (endorphins) and increase blood circulation to the area.
This therapy is a very comfortable therapy used to stretch out tight spinal muscles and joints to help improve function and mobility of the spine. It also helps exercise these associated supporting muscles and ligaments of the spine to allow your adjustments to hold better and last longer. The patient lies face up on a bench-type table while rollers move up and down the spine in a circular pattern. The circular motion of the rollers helps improve the blood supply to the area allowing the surrounding spinal joints and discs to get the necessary nutrients needed for proper function. Decreased circulation can cause abnormal wear and tear to the spine resulting in disc thinning and degeneration, often referred to as arthritis.
Custom Foot Orthotics
An orthotic is a device designed to restore your natural foot function. Many biomechanical (walking) complaints such as heel pain, knee pain, and lower back pain are caused by poor foot function. Orthotics help provide support and re-align the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, thus restoring natural foot function. In turn, this helps alleviate problems in other parts of the body. Orthotics also help evenly distribute weight, taking pressure off sore spots (ball of the foot, corns between toes, bunions, etc.), and help provide some shock absorption.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
IASTM (also known as Graston Technique) is used to efficiently locate and treat soft tissue dysfunctions caused by scar tissue, chronic inflammation, acute injury, or degeneration. This technique breaks up adhesions or “knots” in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia, allowing for decreased pain, improved range of motion, and faster recovery after an injury. IASTM is a great treatment for sprained ankles, tennis or golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, and much more!
RockTape is a specific type of kinesio tape. It is used to decrease pain and swelling, aid in rehabilitation by promoting proper movement patterns, reduce back pain associated with pregnancy, and add stability without sacrificing a loss of mobility. Some benefits of RockTape include: pain reduction, reduced swelling, faster healing time, injury prevention, posture correction, improved circulation, pregnancy bracing, and optimized performance. RockTape provides the same support as traditional bracing without the bulk and restricted movement, and it has a hypo-allergenic adhesive which allows the tape to stay on the skin for 3-5 days for continuous therapeutic benefit.
Ice is applied to the injured area to help reduce swelling and inflammation, muscle spasms and numb the affected area. This cooling effect helps reduce and prevent post-traumatic swelling for an acute injury and also helps decrease nerve transmissions of painful symptoms, providing temporary relief. Ice is often used with electrical muscle stimulation for added benefit and to aid in healing.
Moist heat is applied using hydrocolator packs (silicone-filled pouches soaked in hot water to hold heat). This helps promote increased circulation, relaxation of tight muscles, and increased flexibility. Moist heat is typically used on chronic pain, muscle disorders, and during the rehabilitative phase of treatment to help accelerate the healing process. It is also often used with electrical muscle stimulation for added benefits.
Nutrition and Supplements
Nutritional counseling appointments are available to assess your particular needs. We offer high quality supplements specifically formulated to work with and bring metabolic balance to your body. We also have cleansing systems and analysis of any specific dietary needs available. We carry a variety of supplements in the office but can specialty order supplements to fit your needs. Our staff is happy to provide additional information.
Our Community Outreach Program
We all perform better when we are happy, healthy and motivated. Unfortunately, today's lifestyles don't always foster healthy habits and health in our country is declining as a result.
At Swickard Chiropractic we believe education is the key to making the shift to a healthier lifestyle. That's why we offer free general health education and awareness workshops to businesses and community organizations through our Community Outreach Program.
Our objective is simple; to educate and promote healthy lifestyle choices and the positive affects of health and wellness. Our plan is to safeguard the health of our community one healthy habit at a time.
Best of all, the program is free of charge. Contact us today about sharing our knowledge with your workplace, church or community group.
To learn more about our program or to schedule an event, call our office at 913-268-8300 or Click Here to email our Community Outreach Program Coordinator.