Modalities

Cox Spinal Decompression

Cox Spinal Decompression is a low force method of Chiropractic Manipulation.  The technique involves the use of a specialized table with mobile neck and low back sections.  The Doctor applies specific contacts to vertebrae to improve blood flow to the nerves between the vertebrae, discs between the vertebrae and joints(facets) between the vertebrae.  Cox Spinal Decompression is gentle safe and effective for intervertebral disc disorders, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and post-surgical spinal pain.  Cox technique can be applied to the low back, neck and mid-back.  Cox technique is supported by numerous research studies.

Performed in Office by Dr. Chris Osterlitz, DC.

Graston Technique

Graston Technique is a method of soft tissue therapy that is used in combination with chiropractic care to help diagnose and treat soft tissue dysfunction or pathology. The stainless steel instruments used in Graston therapy were developed to be used as an alternative to transverse friction massage, providing tactile feedback to both practitioner and patient. The instruments were specifically designed to resonate in the clinician's hands, allowing for enhanced sensitivity in isolating adhesions and restrictions. Once these have been identified, the instruments enable precise and deep treatment while limiting wear and tear on the providers hands. By using Graston Technique in conjunction with regular chiropractic care, overall treatment time can be decreased, rehabilitation and recovery can be achieved faster, and some conditions thought to be permanent can be resolved.

Craniosacral Therapy

Cranio refers to the bones of the skull. Sacral refers to the sacrum, which is a bone at the center of the pelvis and the lower end of the spine. These two structures are at either end of the brain and spinal cord, which make up the central nervous system. Around the brain and spinal cord, there is a group of protective layers called the meninges. The meninges form a layer around the brain and spinal cord that is continuous with the nerves that exit between the vertebrae and extend out to the rest of the body. The meninges hold within them a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This fluid provides nutrients to the nerve cells and takes waste products away. CSF circulates as a result of pressure changes within this craniosacral system. These pressure changes occur 6-12 times per minute. This cycle of increased and decreased pressure is called the craniosacral rhythm (CSR). The changes in pressure create a subtle movement between the bones of the skull. Because the movements are so subtle, practitioners perceive them with a similarly subtle touch to the patients head. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) involves perceiving restrictions in mobility in the cranium and then applying light forces to restore mobility. Treatment is specific and gentle, to match the subtlety of the craniosacral system.

The cranium has numerous holes located within and between the bones through which nerves and blood vessels pass. Restrictions in mobility between the cranial bones can impede blood flow and nutrition to the nerve. This impediment can present as an array of conditions, which can vary from headaches and TMJ pain to attention deficit disorders, poor mental clarity, and decreased cognitive function. The meninges have connections to the cranial bones on the inside that relate to the structures of the neck as they attach to the outside of the bones of the skull. Therefore CST can help alleviate chronic neck and upper back pain. The meninges also connect in the low back at the sacrum and are continuous with the sciatic nerve. Through this relationship, CST can help alleviate low back pain.

The forces created by the CSR transmit through the entire body via connective tissue relationships. Restrictions in mobility in the connective tissues around muscles, nerves, and joints can be diagnosed with CST evaluation. Because of this continuity, CST can be used to treat muscle, nerve, and joint pain throughout the body.

Performed in Office by Dr. Chris Osterlitz DC. 

Drop Table Adjusting/Thompson Technique

Drop Table is a specific, hands-on, low to high force, Chiropractic technique.  The patient maintains a relaxed and neutral posture while the Doctor applies force with his hands. The drop table utilizes a mechanism that allows a portion of the Chiropractic table to rise up 1 ½ inches and then release quickly as force is applied to the table.  The drop delivers the traditional, quick, short, Chiropractic adjustment at the end point.  The mechanism has adjustable tension for release of the drop section so the doctor can adjust the patient to their tolerance.

Treatment Considerations

From Dr. Chris Osterlitz DC.

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With treatment, I am moving your body in ways that it hasn’t moved in a long time or ever before.  With manual therapies there’s always a possibility that things might get a little irritated from all of these movements.  A flare up of symptoms from treatment is not necessarily a negative response to treatment.  Sometimes a flare up of symptoms following a treatment can provide good information to modify future treatments.  We can also use a flare up of symptoms as an indicator of what tissues are creating pain.  Provoking pain can lead to changes in future treatments to help avoid any further flare-ups.  Sometimes as we’re creating changes in function and mobility of the body it takes a little while for the body to figure out what to do with this new movement.  As your brain receives different information from mobility in the joints, the brain has to figure out how to function in a better, more efficient way, and sometimes symptoms are created as a result of your body trying to work better.

For me to provide you with the best care, it is important for you to keep track of changes in symptoms as they occur, and to let me know if any flare ups occur, so that I can modify the treatment plan accordingly.​