Chiropractic is one of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Alberta. It is a non-invasive, hands-on health care profession that serves to diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders and conditions related to the spine, nervous system, and musculoskeletal system.
Physical therapy is a specialized discipline that focuses on both assessment and treatment of injury and disease in order to detect, correct, and prevent ailments/injuries.
Regular activity, fitness, and exercise are all critical components for the health and well-being of people of all ages. At uthrive, our approach to fitness is based on a functional movement system that is holistic in nature and compliments other services being offered in our clinic.
Dry needling is done by our Chiropractors and Physical Therapists. The two most common types of dry needling used by these practitioners at our clinic are:
IMS (Intra-Muscular Stimulation): This type of acupuncture relies on the palpation of trigger points in muscular tissues. Using an acupuncture needle, the therapist releases tension from muscles by eliciting a twitch response from a dysfunctional muscle. Which in turn improves the flexability and strength of contraction in the affected tissue.
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture: This is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique that is used to put the body's natural mechanism of healing into action. The scientific benefits of acupuncture include: pain relief, inflammation reduction, improved blood flow, improved nerve conduction, and improved range of motion.
Using soft silicone cups, theraputic cupping relies on negative pressure to decompress soft tissue (skin, fat, facia, tendons and muscles) to alleviate tension and stiffness. Its main mechanism is a novel neurophysiological respose: when a new stimulus feels alleviating and positive, the brain relaxes the tissue in the painful spot.
Therapeutic cupping is appropriate for most soft tissue areas including low back, upper shoulders, IT bands, as well as other conditions like post-opertaive knee replacements. This type of cupping is usually shorter in duration (3-10 minutes). Active movement around relevant joints can be combined with cupping to further enhance the therapeutic response.