Sports Performance Care

Ghent Chiropractic specializes in treating athletic injuries. Our system emphasizes proper human biomechanics and movement allowing our office to identify the underlying cause of the injury. This approach helps patients recover and return to their sport more quickly as well as help avoid future injuries from occurring. In addition to chiropractic and Active Release Technique, additional procedures are frequently utilized in order to reach this goal. Some of the additional procedures available at Ghent Chiropractic are:

FAKTR (pronounced “factor”) is an acronym that stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab. FAKTR addresses soft tissue/ fascial disorders through instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) and treatment of the kinetic chain while at the same time utilizing various forms of rehabilitation. FAKTR incorporates treatment during movement to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and reduce the feeling of tightness within the fascia/soft tissues. These concepts are quick to apply and produce rapid results.

Rehabilitative Exercises
Exercises may include stretching, foam roller therapy, resistance training, bodyweight training, functional training or corrective exercises designed to improve postural distortions and imbalances present when the patient is in the static or dynamic position. Specific exercise and stretching programs are designed for each patient to help decrease pain, restore muscular balance, and improve posture, proprioception, strength, flexibility, and stability reducing the chance of injuries from re-occurring.

Kinesiology Taping
Kinesiology tape is a performance enhancement tape that helps an athlete reduce fatigue, improve recovery, reduce inflammation, decrease pain, and provide stability and support without inhibiting motion. Elasticity in the tape mimics the same elastic qualities of skin creating a “Bio-Mechanical Lifting Mechanism” lifting the skin away from the soft tissue underneath the skin. This lifting capability increases blood flow, lymph drainage, and the removal of lactic acid helping an athlete improve endurance during an athletic event as well as recover more quickly afterwards. Additionally, unlike athletic tape, braces, and sleeves that restrict movement and reduce blood flow, kinesiology tape provides support and stability without restricting range of motion while desensitizing the body’s pain sensors.

Mechanical Traction
Cumulative micro-traumas and mechanical problems lead to a decrease in proper spinal motion resulting in restriction, compression and an alteration in proper spinal curvature. Mechanical traction helps improve mobility, flexibility and circulation in the joints of the spine while improving spinal curvature helping to reduce nerve root irritation, pain, decrease muscle tension, and improve posture.

Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to penetrate soft tissue deep in the body creating a heat response which increases blood flow, relaxes muscle spasm, heals damaged tissue and expedites the recovery process without irritation. Ultrasound is often used on shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles.

Low Level Laser Therapy
Low laser therapy more commonly referred to as cold laser therapy uses a low powered laser to create a therapeutic effect. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation, and decreased swelling. During treatment a probe is placed on the area to be treated. The laser in this probe emits energy that is absorbed by the cells and tissues of the body converting light into biochemical energy resulting in a healing effect on the body. Low level laser therapy has numerous applications including soft tissue injuries, degenerative joint conditions and neurogenic pain syndromes.

Prescription Orthotic Therapy
Prescription orthotics are custom designed inserts worn in shoes that stabilize and correct abnormal foot function. Poor foot function and alignment problems can lead to various problems in the feet, knees, hips or back. Custom orthotics restore the natural walking pattern reducing mechanical stress, improving functional mobility and decreasing the chance of future injury.