Chiropractic Techniques.

At Firestone Chiropractic we offer a variety of techniques from traditional straight forward chiropractic Diversified, Gonstead, SOT to instrument adjusting using the Activator.

Dr. Kelley is trained in multiple techniques and always tailors each adjustment to what best fits the patient's needs. Although most adjustments look similar, each one is adapted to the patient and injury.

Common Conditions Treated:

• Auto Accidents/ Whiplash Injuries
• neck and back pain or stiffness
• headaches
• leg/arm pain, weakness or tingling
• sprains/strains, Spine and extremities
• osteoarthritis
• sciatica
• sports injuries
• rotator cuff issues
• tennis and golfer’s elbow
• plantar fasciitis
• dizziness/vertigo
• dysmenorrhea (painful period)
• asthma
• infantile colic
• otitis media (ear infection)

LOW BACK PAIN

80% of Americans have episodes of back pain in their lives. Previously, treatment was to take medicine and rest for two weeks. Today's typical care involves immediate treatment with manipulation, physical therapy, and exercises. Treatment and prognosis are based upon the kind of tissue involved and the mechanism of pain. Many cases, including disc, muscle spasm, or simple joint fixation,  respond well to care. A conservative approach is vital to healing and preventing on-going back pain.  back to top

NECK PAIN AND HEADACHES

Everybody has been troubled with neck pain and headaches at one time or another. Pain is a distress signal. Something is wrong. Many times, headaches are caused when spinal bones in your neck aren't moving properly causing the muscles to tighten. This can affect the nerves, ligaments, and blood flow to the head and shoulder regions. We concentrate on treating the underlying cause of neck pain and headaches. We re-align the vertebrae in the neck and shoulder areas to help restore proper functioning of the vertebra, removing muscle spasm. Massage and exercise help prevent re-occurrence of the problem.
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WHIPLASH

Whiplash is a neck injury brought on by over-extending or flexing the neck. This may happen during a car accident, sports injury, roller coaster ride, or perhaps a fall. Symptoms usually include neck pain, headache, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, shoulder and low back pain. More severe manifestations are difficulty swallowing, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, nausea, and weakness. Although most people start to notice symptoms immediately following a trauma, they can be slow to develop and begin several weeks after the injury. If left untreated, whiplash can result in chronic and recurring problems, such as arthritis, headache, and stiffness. At Firestone Chiropractic Clinic, we are very effective at treating whiplash so your recovery time is minimized. The goal is to return you to your active lifestyle as soon as possible!                                                      
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DISC PAIN

Discs are the stabilizers, connectors, and shock absorbers for the spine. They're constructed of soft, fibrous tissue with a jelly-like center. Disc problems can vary from a mild bulge or tear of the disc material to a severe rupture that will require surgery. The onset of pain is often sudden and severe, or you may just notice increased pain with prolonged sitting. Most frequently disc problems exist in the lower back or lumbar spine. They can also present in the neck area. Severe cases are associated with arm or leg pain. Sometimes patients are practically carried into our office, as the pain and muscle spasm prevents them from standing erect.

We have tremendous experience with disc problems at our office. Unfortunately, these cases don't respond as quickly as other common back problems. Discs have poor blood flow and heal slowly. Research indicates that the mixture of physiotherapeutic modalities, exercise, and light spinal manipulation can enhance fluid transfer to the injured disc, permitting them to heal and restore mobility. Disc problems are finicky and require lifestyle management through conservative care to avoid surgery.                                                                                              

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REHABILITATION

Rehabilitation is the benchmark of sustained spinal health. Since most patients come to our office for treatment of "pain", our primary goal is to have you feeling better. Also, the spine and contiguous structures: muscles, tendons and ligaments, need to be taught to aid the corrections in spinal alignment preventing a relapse of your original problem. This is often carried out by individualized exercises that isolate and strengthen specific muscles or muscle groups. The doctors will prescribe specific, simple exercises that you can use easily in your own home. Stretching, resistance training, improvement of muscle tone, and spinal manipulation are critical to your complete course of care. The doctors and staff are dedicated to not just correcting the condition, but, preventing future occurrences.                                                                                          
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SCIATICA

Sciatica is an extreme pain shooting down one or both of your legs. The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in your body. It begins in the lower back and courses through the buttocks, down the thigh and leg to the foot. Pressure to the nerve from any source creates pain down the nerve generally known as sciatica. The pain might be intense and burning in the entire leg. Some instances are less intense with achiness into the buttocks. Common causes of sciatica include joint inflammation, disc bulge, muscle spasm, and arthritis. Fortunately, most cases of sciatica respond favorably to natural chiropractic care. The more severe and extended the sciatica, the more time it typically takes to treat.
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SCOLIOSIS

Scoliosis is a condition of spinal deformity. The spine grows sideways, bent and twisted, rather than straight. The condition can predispose to back pain, premature arthritis, and perhaps respiratory and other internal problems. Spinal curvature most often affects girls between the ages of 8 and 18. In some instances kids are born with scoliosis. All children ought to be checked for scoliosis, especially if a parent has this spinal problem. Our goal is early detection and treatment with corrective spinal manipulation, therapy, and structural strengthening exercises. Severe cases with rapidly advancing curvature might have to be referred for surgery. Obviously we treat MANY adults with scoliosis. In several cases they're shocked when their X-rays show curvature. Care improves function and provides relief to their back pain, but cannot correct the curvature. Chiropractic offers hope for a healthy pain free life for the people affected by scoliosis.                                     
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CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME (CTS)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is undoubtedly an epidemic in the United States. It is now a chronic and debilitating issue in the workplace, affecting those who perform repetitive tasks with improper rest or breaks. Common causes include computer entry, manufacturing line workers, cashiers and pulling weeds while in the garden for many hours. With an increase of computer use, the problem is affecting a greater percentage of the population. The signs of CTS include tingling, numbness, weakness and pain in the wrist and hands. The main cause is pressure to the median nerve as it passes beneath the wrist. The pain can obstruct sleep, work and daily routine. The purpose of treatment is to rehabilitate the wrist and help you stay working at your job. Treatment involves specific joint manipulation, physiotherapy, exercises and possible braces. It is possible to feel better quickly without drugs or surgery.
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FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia affects from 3-6 million Americans, mostly 25-50 year old women. Although in-depth studies have yielded few answers, it's believed that victims have reduced circulation to their muscle cells, which damages the cells' energy producing mechanism. Their bodies also breakdown muscle protein at an unusually high rate, which may be one of the main reasons for the typical pain, aching and fatigue. Proper diagnosis of fibromyalgia is based on 18 trigger points throughout one's body which are nearly all painful or tender. Most traditional pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs have proven to be ineffective in the treatment of fibromyalgia, although proper dieting and nutritional supplementation has been promising. Due to the association with reduced circulation to muscle cells, Chiropractic concentrates on improving circulation, restoring proper skeletal alignment and nervous system function. Severe cases respond to combining chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and light medication to re-establish sleep patterns.                  
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HIP BURSITIS

Hip bursitis is an annoying pain along the side of the thigh. It's caused by an inflamed fluid filled cushion (bursae) which lies underneath the hip muscle. Characteristically, symptoms include pain when lying on your side. The pain is most prominent in the hip and may even radiate down the side of the leg. Bursitis is brought on by altered pelvic and hip biomechanics with tight muscles. Once irritated, the bursae will become inflamed and cause a substantial amount of hip pain. Specific adjusting in addition to physical therapy will heal the area quickly without long-term consequence. This responds quite well to chiropractic care.                                                                                          
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PATELLOFEMORAL SYNDROME (GRINDING KNEECAPS)

Patellofemoral Syndrome afflicts plenty of people, especially women. The condition is characterized by knee pain around the knee cap, and "creaking" of the knees. Often times it's brought on by improper tracking of the knee cap along with the knee itself. As the tracking slips off course, the cartilage behind the knee degenerates and knee pain occurs. There are particular exercises that will help this condition. We utilize specific physical therapy together with manipulation to provide pain relief.                               
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PLANTAR FASCITIS

Plantar fascitis is a condition in which the thin layer of tissue on the bottom of the foot (fascia) becomes inflamed or irritated. Symptoms include heel pain on walking, especially the first steps out of bed each morning. Swelling and numbness occasionally accompany the problem. Causes include muscle tightness, occasionally a spur may irritate, and most commonly poor biomechanics is the cause. Firestone Chiropractic understands how to correct this pain through restoration of proper biomechanics and soft tissue therapy. Difficult cases usually react to custom orthotics fitted at our office. Give your feet a break and find explanation for the ache.                                                                              
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SHOULDER INJURIES

Shoulder injuries are characterized by pain and tenderness within the shoulder, arm, back or neck region. Causes vary from trauma to overuse injuries of the muscle, ligaments, and tendons that surround the shoulder and neck regions. Our doctors are very effective in identifying and treating these kinds of injuries through manipulation, physical therapy, and exercise rehabilitation.                                                                                 
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TENNIS ELBOW

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) is an overuse injury to the extensor muscles and tendons of the forearm. Causes are often from an injury or a repetitive motion activity. Activities such as lifting a coffee cup can elicit mild to intense pain in the elbow. There might be associated muscle weakness and inability to perform tasks. Through specific adjusting, physical therapy, and mechanical correction, you'll be able to go back to full activity quickly.      



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