Videyko Chiropractic utilizes a variety of techniques depending on the patient and their current condition.The following are descriptions of a few techniques that are employed:
Activator Methods Technique is a gentle, low-force approach. Dr. Videyko is Advanced Proficiency Rated in this technique. Using Activator analysis, they are able to detect spinal joint dysfunction, analyze leg length inequality, detect body mechanics problems, and test neurological reflexes. Various conditions that can be detected and treated include neck pain, low back pain, whiplash, headaches, knee pain, sciatica, disc problems, carpal tunnel pain, shoulder pain, and sacro-iliac pain.
Using the Activator instrument, they can address joint dysfunction. The Activator is a hand-held instrument which delivers a controlled, light, fast thrust, resulting in a very specific, "low-force" adjustment. Many people who feel less comfortable with full manual manipulations for adjustments, find this method more comfortable as well as effective. For more information, check out the link for Activator Methods, www.activator.com (including "About Activator Methods" and "Research Info").
Neuromuscular Re-education™ (NMR) is a hands-on technique / approach to the evaluation and functional treatment of soft tissue injuries that occur via trauma, repetitive motion, or chronic postural fatigue. Adhesions form whenever damage and inflammation have occurred but they limit both strength and range of motion. Patients experience these adhesions as fibrous, knotty areas that create tension and pain.
The idea behind Neuromuscular Re-education is that if you can locate the adhesion and scarred area, you can take the muscle through a functional range of motion while using manual deep pressure to break up the adhesion and restore full range of motion. This in turn allows the body to regain its normal movement pattern, thus decreasing pain and improving function.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is a proven technique used for the relief of soft-tissue pain and dysfunction. Often called a Neuromuscular Technique (NMT), NMT actually encompasses a broader set of treatment approaches. Trigger points are tight, contracted spots in muscles that can refer pain, tingling, or numbness to distant areas. Current literature indicates that nerve impulses to these muscle fibers will not "shut off" and that myofascial trigger points require some form of manual intervention to help them release.
The doctor defuses trigger points by applying pressure to the muscle for several seconds by means of fingers, knuckles and elbows. Then he/she will passively stretch, or relax, the muscles that have been worked on. Trigger point therapy may be used to help soothe the pain generated at the several tender points found throughout the body.
Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)
Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) was researched and developed by Dr M.B. DeJarnette, a chiropractor who worked in the United States. SOT is a comprehensive technique which uses body indicators in a precise and structured process to determine skeletal, cranial, neurological and visceral malfunctions and compensations.
It provides specific methods to address clinical changes in the extremities, spinal and pelvic biomechanics, visceral systems, cranium and the temporomandibular joint. From the patient's perspective SOT is a particularly gentle but effective treatment system.
Total Body Modification
TBM (Total Body Modification) is a technique that is used to find the organ or area of the body that is stressed, determine why it is stressed and correct the problem by restoring balance to the nervous system. In other words, TBM corrects the Functional Physiology, (how the body works), which may, in turn, influence structure. Both are essential to optimum health.
The nervous system is composed of the Central Nervous System, which runs the voluntary function or movements and the Autonomic Nervous System which runs the involuntary functions of the body, such as heart beat, digestion, etc. Each of these systems is further divided into Sensory and Motor Fibers.
The brain is the primary control for both branches of the nervous system. Sensory Fibers carry messages to the brain where they are processed, like a computer, and the brain in turn, tells the body what to do.
Research has proven that under sufficient stress, for any reason, the neurons in the brain centers, which are controlling the stressed organ or body part, essentially depolarize. This is like blowing a fuse on an electric circuit. The message gets to the brain but fails to return. The result is that the brain (computer) loses effective control over the afflicted organ or body part. This leaves the organ or body part running out of control.
Using tried and tested reflex points and muscle testing, the TBM practitioner can find the problem. The practitioner will then stimulate a specific area or areas of the spine in a specific manner in an attempt to stimulate the neurons in the brain to repolarize (fix the fuse) and allow the brain to regain control of the body and guide it back to health. Since a correctly functioning nervous system is a major requirement for health, it follows that TBM can have a part to play in almost any problem and uncover and correct the roadblocks to recovery.