Chiropractic care is a non-surgical, non-drug, hands-on approach to healthcare focused on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Chiropractic is utilized to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints through spinal manipulation mobilization and manual therapy of the muscles and soft tissues. Chiropractic care is used to treat a wide variety of disorders including, but not limited to, low back pain, upper back/neck pain, pain in the arms and legs, headaches and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD) and much more.
Dr. Andrew Spiczenski chiropractic treatments combine myofascial release, Chiropractic adjustments, extensive soft tissue work, dry needling and corrective/functional exercises into an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Your first visit typically includes a detailed history, breathing assessments and movement screens, neurological tests, and a soft tissue evaluation in order to detect for dysfunctional and/or painful movement patterns for us to treat the issue as well as the discovering and treating the underlying cause of the injury.
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts. It is the manipulation of soft tissue, tendons, muscles and ligaments to improve a person's health and well being. Before you decide which kind of massage style or therapy you would like, you should ask yourself two questions. Do you want a massage to help with relaxation and stress control? Or, do you want a massage to relieve pain or to help with any health condition you may have?
Corrective rehabilitation involves the use exercise and movement patterns in order to fix faulty movement patterns, address asymmetries and to fix muscle imbalances. At Active Life, we always start with various movement screens and tests in order to determine where these imbalances lie. These screens can be used as an aid so that we are able to determine why you are having injury problems. Using those results, we are able to develop a customized corrective exercise program that will help to restore proper movement patterns.
Corrective exercise programs include corrective breathing exercises, mobility and stability training depending on where the issue lies. At Active Life we believe that everyone needs proper movement so that we can be well and stay well. Corrective rehabilitation is utilized with chiropractic care once the acute injury phase has passed.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCM) is a form of medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. Acupuncture theories are based on the flow of energy, called Qi (Chi), that are essential to health. Disruptions in this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. These disruptions are corrected by stimulation of specific points and pathways (meridians) along the body with the use of very small, thin needles. Manipulation of these pathways are thought to re-balance the body's energy flow.
A relative of traditional acupuncture, dry needling involves applying the needles directly into myofascial trigger points. Trigger points are hyper-irritable spots in the fascia surrounding the muscle. These spots are tender to the touch or with pressure and usually feel like a "knot" or "band" in the muscle. The insertion and manipulation of the needle in the trigger point can cause a twitch within the muscle. This twitch results in muscle relaxation due to the release of shortened bands of muscle fibers with the dry needling procedure. Dry needling is one of the healing modalities used at Active Life Integrative Health Center in Mead, Colorado.
Research has shown that inserting the dry needles into the trigger points can cause favorable biochemical changes, which help to reduce pain. A major advantage to dry needling is that we can treat parts of muscle and deeper layers of muscle that our hands cannot reach. The deactivation of these trigger points can bring an immediate relief of symptoms.