As a critical component of therapy in physical rehabilitation, the benefits of chiropractic medicine are multi-faceted and far-reaching. The chiropractic health profession focuses primarily on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and how they relate to overall health. A Doctor of Chiropractic applies extensive diagnostic skills to arrive at a diagnosis and deliver an appropriate treatment based on assessment findings. Chiropractors are considered drug-free, hands-on physicians specializing in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disorders including, but not limited to, pain in the back, neck, head, arms and legs. Additionally, chiropractors are trained to recommend complimentary therapy, nutritional & lifestyle advice, as well as to prescribe rehabilitative exercises or referral as needed.
Physiotherapy prevents or diminishes some of the physical problems that are associated with injury, disease, disability, birth defects or long periods of inactivity. Physiotherapists specialize in rehabilitation, as well as prevention of injury and promotion of health and fitness. Their focus is to facilitate mobility, promote independence and improve everyday function. In addition to providing hands on care, physiotherapists work with patients to regain independence and instruct on prevention of the onset of pain or injury that can limit activity.
An assistive technology device is defined as any item, piece of equipment, or product system whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Following assessment, therapists may prescribe devices to assist in day-to-day functions or improve rehabilitation and facilitate return to pre-injury independence. Many customized and off the shelf devices are available at Ritacco Chiropractic.
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Chinese medicine has been used successfully for over 3,000 years to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Acupuncture is a tried and true modality, which works by stimulating energy channels or meridians. A certified acupuncturist will insert fine needles on specific points on the body. This stimulation releases natural painkillers such as endorphin and serotonin in the brain and spinal cord, which work to relieve pain, restore normal flow of energy and to ultimately bring the body back to a state of health.
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts with many variations accounting for several different techniques. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. Registered Massage Therapists utilize a combination of techniques to reduce stress and fatigue while promoting circulation. As an important part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. Also, as anyone who has received massage therapy will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their body's ability to prevent and combat illness. A Naturopathic Doctor will assess the patient as a complex, interrelated system and design comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.
Custom-made Orthotics/ Orthopaedic Shoes
Foot function during activity ultimately affects the position of the anatomical structures of the human body. Even a slight misalignment of bones or muscular imbalance can cause numerous problems, since the foot supports your entire body weight, and this can cause pain anywhere along the kinetic chain. Orthotics provide foot stability which will help maintain and correct postural alignment. Those who experience discomfort and pain due to imbalances will notice immediate relief as pressure is alleviated by the custom orthotic and/or orthopaedic shoe.
Active Release & Graston Therapies©
Both of these specialized soft tissue techniques are used by certified therapists to expedite tissue healing and restore normal muscle and joint mechanics. While Active Release (ART©) providers use their hands to release tissue restrictions and scarring, the Graston Technique © involves using patented instruments to achieve similar results to restore normal function.
Ritacco Chiropractic rehab team consists of chiropractic, registered massage, physiotherapy and acupuncture services. Qualified providers in each discipline work together to help restore movement and function to people disabled by disease or injury. Therapists work together to create plans that consider the unique needs, abilities and objectives of each patient. Patients work closely with a team of rehabilitation professionals to develop a treatment plan tailored to unique patient needs.
Depending on each patient's unique case or presentation, treatment modalities often include physical therapies such as chiropractic, massage, physiotherapy and acupuncture as well as heat/ ice and therapeutic exercise to restore function.
Since so many common health problems can be prevented with a healthy diet and lifestyle, assessment at Ritacco Chiropractic takes careful consideration into all aspects of health including dietary and lifestyle habits. A comprehensive assessment allows an opportunity to recognize nutritional deficiencies and provide dietary advice and management tools that work to compliment treatment and training programs for health and prevention of disease. It is well-known that poor diet can have a significantly negative impact on health resulting in health threatening conditions including but not limited to cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease. Our rehabilitative team offers natural remedies to encourage the body to health and maintain intrinsic balance. Following comprehensive assessment, therapists may prescribe diet and lifestyle modifications, nutritional advice, supplementation and herbal medicines to compliment exercise, massage, acupuncture and much more.