Pain

Management

No one likes to be in pain.  We have learned, Narcotics and Opioid medications are NOT the answer.  At Balance Health and Wellness, we will evaluate your pain, what is causing it and come up with a comprehensive plan to get you feeling your best!  By utilizing chiropractic care along with physical therapy modalities such at ESTIM and Ultrasound we can impact tissues, the nervous system and other areas of the body. Left unresolved, this can make you more susceptible to chronic problems and pain.

During the initial visit, our medical providers take a thorough health history and perform a physical examination, with a special emphasis on the origin of pain. Other examinations or tests such as x-rays, or laboratory test may also be ordered. If treatment is considered appropriate, a treatment plan will be developed.  Therapies may include:

  • Trigger point injections (NSAIDs)

  • Joint injections  (NSAIDs)

  • Viscosupplementation

  • Elastic therapeutic taping

  • Non-narcotic pain medication

  • Rehabilitative and corrective exercise

  • Spinal or extra-spinal manipulations

  • ESTIM

  • Ultrasound

  • Spinal Decompression

What is a Trigger Point?

Myofascial trigger points are a major cause of pain and dysfunction.  Trigger points are focal areas of spasm and inflammation in skeletal muscle. The trapezius and rhomboid back muscles, which are located in the upper back and behind the shoulder areas, are a very common site of trigger points. Trigger points in these areas can cause shoulder pain, neck pain, and headache (to include precipitating migraine headaches). In addition to the upper spine, trigger points can also occur in the low back or less commonly in the trunk and extremities.  The area is tender, and frequently when pushed, pain radiates from the trigger point itself to an area around the trigger point.

 

 

Trigger points commonly accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders such as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. They may also occur with tension headache and temporomandibular pain.  Acute trauma or repetitive minor injuries can also lead to the development of trigger points.  A trigger point may resolve after one injection, however, this is usually when a patient has one isolated trigger point, especially if the cause of the trigger point has been removed (such as a trigger point caused by a repetitive minor trauma or movement that will no longer be performed). Trigger points caused by chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome tend to recur due the underlying problem. In these cases, trigger point injections may be administered on a regular or as needed basis.

Elastic Therapeutic 

Taping

Elastic therapeutic taping or rehabilitative taping is a technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting.  The findings of a clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the specifics of the tape application along with other possible treatments or modalities.

 

In some cases, the treatment of a condition may require treatment of other underlying conditions as well. This assessment will likely include manual muscle testing, range of motion testing, gait assessment, and any other orthopedic special tests that are deemed necessary. The information gained from these assessments will allow for the proper treatment protocol to be laid out. Elastic therapeutic taping can be a valuable addition to this protocol. It has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatments and modalities within your clinic and is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases of an injury as well as being used for preventative measures.

Who can benefit from using kinesiology tape?

  • Anyone who has a job requiring repetitive movements, which can cause pain due to inflammation and overuse. This can include construction workers, landscapers, mechanics, miners, etc.

  • People who work at a desk and spend many hours hunched over, or those who live a mostly sedentary lifestyle, which can contribute to back or neck pain.

  • Athletes who engage in lots of physical activity recreationally, including runners, cyclists, golfers or playing tennis.

  • People who suffer from pain due to getting uncomfortable or poor sleep, such as headaches or back pain.

  • Those with joint pains due to arthritis, osteoarthritis or other health conditions.

  • And anyone else, whether old or young, who has recently experienced a muscle, tendon or joint injury and has ongoing pain as a result.

For our existing pain mangement or chiropratic customers:

  • your first taping is complementary

  • tapings start at $20 for one area during your normal visit

  • $10 per additional area during a normal visit

 

For new customers or walk-ins/taping only:

  • tapings are $25 for the first area

  • $15 for an additional area (during the same visit)

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