Recently, a client came to me dealing with pain on the outside of their knee for a couple of months, which has progressively been getting worse. Professionally, they are a nurse which means long hours standing on hard hospital floors. After performing a thorough orthopedic and neurological exam to rule out red flags, we proceeded with the session.
During our session I did adjustments to the knee, ankle, foot, and hip. Then I did trigger point work to the muscles around the knee, along with scraping and Vibracussor therapy. The goal of the adjustments and extensive soft tissue work is to increase the range of motion in the joints, muscles, and fascia. If any of those are restricted, it can cause a decrease in range of motion along the leg. So it is important to address everything, since everything in the body is connected.
After our 30 minute session, the client had more range of motion in their knee, hip, and ankle. Restoring proper motion - through adjustments and muscle work - to the entire leg takes stress off the knee. They had no pain when they got off the table. They could even stand, walk, and squat with no pain, which was huge for the client.
Definitely had great results after one session. I typically get better results than most Bakersfield chiropractors because I take the time to work on them. Other chiropractors rush their patients in and out, with the average visit time of being 3-5 minutes and most do not do any soft tissue/muscle work. To me, that isn't quality or effective care. I give my clients 15, 30, and 60 minutes session options so they do not feel rushed and they receive excellent therapy.
Benefits of Adjustments
A chiropractic adjustment is a common therapeutic treatment for joint dysfunction that leads to muscle tightness and pain. An adjustment refers to a chiropractor applying manipulation to the joints that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally with the objective being to reduce joint dysfunction, increasing range of motion, reducing pain, and improving function.
Benefits of Scraping
Scraping is a soft tissue mobilization technique that helps to aid your body in healing from soft tissue injuries. A variety of tools in different shapes and sizes are used and “scraped” against the area of dysfunction in the muscle. This helps to break up the restrictions in your muscle and to reduce soft tissue muscle restrictions. Scraping can be beneficial to patients with scar tissue, fascia restrictions, strained muscles, localized swelling, decreased range of motion and more.
Benefits of Vibracussor Therapy
The Vibracussor is a vibration instrument that differs from usual massagers in that it uses a piston-like up-and-down movement rather than a back-and-forth movement. It creates comfortable waves of compression that travel through the tissues to the affected muscles and fascia, allowing the instrument to release fascial adhesions, relax tense muscles and increase circulation and lymph flow. It give me the option to vary the frequency of the percussion in order to target specific tissues and tissue depths.
If you or someone you know is dealing with knee pain, it never hurts to contact me to see if I can help.
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Dr. Vice Lujan, DC is a chiropractor in Bakersfield, CA. Besides full spine adjusting, Dr. Vice specializes in extremity work; reestablishing normal, pain-free range of motion of the shoulders, hips, elbows, ankles/feet, etc.