A health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation. -The World Federation of Chiropractic
When one of the spinal bones shifts out of its normal position, there may be pressure on surrounding, joints, muscles, discs, or nerves. This can interfere with the communication between your brain and your body, and ultimately affect how your body functions. When left untreated, these little changes and dysfunctions can potentially turn into more serious problems such as:
Chiropractic is safe, non-invasive, and effective in treating these musculoskeletal and spinal pain or injury from sports, auto accidents, or physical and repetitive activities of daily living. Our doctors of chiropractic analyze the human frame and the nervous system, detect spinal subluxations (spinal bones that misalign and irritate the surrounding nerves) by using manual muscle testing, then alleviate these misalignments by applying gentle, low force adjustments. These techniques include manual diversified adjustment, Thompson drops, activator, and low force impulse. The adjustment resets the joint motion to release the compression on the pain producing structures. It is often not painful and can provide immediate pain relief.
Chiropractic is also helpful for improving body function and movement, optimizing athletic performance, preventing pain, and increasing overall health. Our chiropractors are well versed in prescribing therapeutic exercises, providing nutritional counseling, and recommending lifestyle changes and injury prevention strategies to help you maintain optimal health.
About our Animal Chiropractor
Dr. Montano has loved animals her entire life and is very excited to be able to combine her passion of chiropractic with her passion of caring for animals. She knows that pets are a part of our families, and she believes that our animals deserve to feel and function at their absolute best. She is honored to be able to provide chiropractic care to canines in the community.
Dr. Christina Montano, D.C. graduated from Parker University in Dallas, TX in 2018 where she also completed the course of study for the animal chiropractic program. Additionally, her background includes an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota, as well as nearly 10 years of experience working in small animal clinics throughout her undergraduate and post graduate educations.
In the state of Colorado, only licensed veterinarians and licensed chiropractors can perform animal chiropractic. Certification is awarded after the practitioner has completed the 215 hour course of study for the Animal Chiropractic post-graduate program and passed the clinical competency and comprehensive written examinations provided by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Dr. Montano is proud to have earned her certification from the AVCA in January 2019.
About a chiropractic adjustment
We commonly get asked how an animal could benefit from a chiropractic adjustment. And our answer is that any creature with a spine can benefit from chiropractic care!
A chiropractic adjustment is defined as a high velocity, low amplitude thrust applied manually or with an instrument to a specific joint in order to correct a subluxation. In other words, we find area of restricted motion and apply a force in order to introduce correct movement back in to the joint. This not only helps with pain and inflammation, but also works to remove interference in our nervous systems.
What to expect
At your pet's initial visit, there will be a thorough history taken and an examination performed by the Chiropractor. The exam will look for any pain on palpation, assess range of motion of the neck, back, pelvis and extremities, look for asymmetry in the vertebra of the spine, and evaluate muscle tone and gait.
How do I know if my pet needs care?
Your animal cannot verbalize to you when something is wrong, but there are some signs and symptoms that could indicate that your pet needs to be checked by a chiropractor. Some of these may include:
- Neck, back, tail, or hip pain
- Trouble getting up or down or jumping
- Abnormal gait
- Change in behavior
- Excessive panting/shaking
- Neurological disorders
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty eating/jaw pain
- Slowing down with age
- Recent performance injury/issue
Pets also do great with maintenance care of joints and spine to keep them moving and pain free!
We provide in-network United Healthcare and Blue Cross/Blue Shield coverage for Acupuncture!
Curious to try acupuncture? You might be amazed at how many of your symptoms can be successfully relieved by this 3000-year-old system of medicine.
But how does it work? Increasingly, science is revealing what the ancient Chinese mapped out through centuries of clinical observation and documentation. Many acupuncture points appear to exist in areas with a high concentration of nerves and blood vessels also known as “neurovascular nodes”. These nodes reach very specific areas deep within the organ systems as well as on the surface of the body.
Acupuncture works synergistically very well with chiropractic. Chiropractic helps to realign joints that are out of place, while acupuncture helps to reduce local inflammation and increase blood flow for an overall accelerated healing time.
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of:
- Muscle, Bone and Nerve Pain and Disease
- Joint Pain and Arthritis
- Digestive Disorders, such as IBS, colitis, and reflux
- Respiratory Disorders, such as asthma, sinus infection, cough
- Immune Disorders, such as flu/cold symptoms, allergies, and lowered immunity
- Circulatory Disorders
- Dermatological Disorders, such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis
- Gynecological Disorders, such as PMS symptoms, fertility problems, menstrual
- pain, and menopausal syndrome
- Emotional and Sleep Disorders, including anxiety and depression
- Men’s Health
- Preventive Health
Other services provided include:
- Auricular (ear) acupuncture
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
- Nutritional coaching
- Functional Medicine Programs
Massage can relieve tension, adhesions and scar tissue in your muscles. Most people use it for relaxation, relief of stress and anxiety, reduction of muscle soreness. Our massage therapist has decades of experience and offer a broad range of techniques:
- Deep tissue
- Sports rehab
Spinal Decompression Therapy
NON-SURGICAL SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a revolutionary new technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and low back. This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA-approved equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner. Distraction is offset by cycles of partial relaxation. Spinal decompression therapy, a distraction-based unloading and positioning technique, has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This “vacuum effect” is also known as negative intra-discal pressure.
Spinal Decompression can:
- Reduce pressure on the vertebral joints and nerves.
- Reduce muscle spasm.
- Promote retraction of herniated discs.
- Promote healing and rehabilitation of damaged discs.
- Relieve back and neck pain.
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy reduces pain from degenerative disc disease or herniated disc by enlarging the space between the discs and areas that surround the nerve roots. The gentle separation of the vertebrae from each other can create a vacuum inside the targeted disc. This vacuum effect, also called “negative intra-discal pressure” may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the vertebral discs. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over eight to ten weeks, the results are quite dramatic.
Decompression Therapy Sessions
In most cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some people fall asleep during a 30 minute spinal decompression session.
The number of sessions needed and your specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination. The typical protocol is 2x a week for 8 to 10 weeks. Closely scheduled uninterrupted treatment sessions are recommended to create momentum that stimulates physiological changes to the injured tissues. Afterward, a patient is evaluated to determine if another series of treatment would be helpful.
To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures maybe treated with therapy, chiropractic adjustments if indicated, and/or rehabilitation.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is very effective in treating:
- Bulging/herniated discs
- Pinched nerves
- Radiating arm/leg pain
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet syndromes
Cold/Low Laser Therapy
The effects of the Low Level Laser therapy are photochemical (cold), not thermal. Hot lasers in the medical world are used for surgical precision, while cold lasers are used for healing precision. During treatment with our 635 nm laser, an interaction between your body cells and photons from the laser occurs which creates a “photochemical” reaction.
Specifically, the Erchonia PL5000 laser we use promotes the following:
1. Rapid cell growth and repair of damaged tissue
2. Faster wound healing by stimulating the fibroblasts repair process
3. Increased metabolic activity by increasing output of specific enzymes and increasing oxygen to blood cells for more effective immune response
4. Reduced fibrous scar tissue after cuts, scratches, burns or surgery
5. Reduced swelling from bruises and inflammatory process so improves mobility
6. Increased vascular activity and lymph flow for best circulation
7. Stimulation of nerve function and nerve cell reconnection
Basically, low level laser therapy increases communication between cells and thus enhances all the body’s normal functions.
What can low level therapy treat?
- Sprains/strains -Tendonitis -Bursitis
- Bruises -Chronic neck/back pain -Trigger points
- Osteoarthritis -Rheumatoid Arthritis -Inflammation
- Burns -Post-Surgical Healing -Diabetic Ulcerations
- Eczema -Shingles -Dermatitis
- Non-union fractures -Metasaralgia -Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Plantar Fasciitis -Frozen Shoulder -Carpal Tunnel
- Headaches -Nervous System Calming -Tooth Pain
- Cold sores -Neuropathy -Parathesia/Numbness
- Pain/loss of motions with joint replacement
We treat by working with the involved system of the body or the nerve that goes to the area of pain or symptoms. The analysis is key to getting good results with laser therapy.
Custom foot orthotics are designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look similar to insoles, but are biomedical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot while you walk. We understand that everyone is different, which is why custom foot orthotics are made just for you.
Don’t you hate it when you bang your toe on the corner of a table? My first reaction is to grab it and rub until the pain stops! What most people don’t realize, is this reaction is actually scientifically proven to reduce pain!! What they also don’t realize is that this “pain gate theory” is actually mimicked by kinesiology tape.
How does it do all these things? Kinesiology tape is flexible in nature. The grooves /elastic property allow the tape to stimulate the area it is applied to. It helps elongates the muscle fibers, retrains them, and prevent them from spasming. Research has shown that it can affect the way the muscle fatigues, as well as its function. By constantly sending sensational stimuli and drawing attention to the muscle, joint, and fascia; kinesiology tape can affectively decrease patients pain and help stabilize chiropractic adjustments!
Ultrasound therapy is a chiropractic treatment used to help reduce muscle pain and increase range of motion. By using sound waves, we are able to stimulate deep inside the tissue. This minimizes stiffness, swelling, and pain while also promoting circulation, and pain-free movement.
Electrotherapy is an alternative pain management treatment option that involves the use of mild electromagnetic pulses to provide relief for the patient. This treatment option can dull pain, repair tissue, strengthen muscles, and even improve your blood circulation.
Corrective exercises are the use of bodily movements and/or postures to restore desirable changes in diseased or injured tissues. The corrective exercises are movement strategies that minimize or eliminate compensation. Corrective exercises should precede more integrated exercises, because they can cue the patient’s motor system to respond in a more desirable way and assist in removing or improving biomechanical constraints.