Chiropractic Adjustments, Manipulation, Mobilization

Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments:  Chiropractic joint manipulation (adjusting) is used to release restricted joints of the spine and extremities. Joints often Chiropractic Adjustmentsbecome restricted due to improper posture, trauma and/or poor muscle activity. A restricted joint can also cause nearby joints to move excessively, which can lead to degeneration and pain. By applying an adjustment to a restricted segment, we can gain motion in the joint that could not be gained with only exercise or posture correction. Besides increased motion, adjusting also relieves pain and relaxes over-active muscles.


Graston Technique:  Graston technique is used when a muscle, tendon, or ligament is overly tight, painful, or does not function properly.  Graston technique uses instruments, rather than the doctor’s hands, to apply pressure to break up adhesions.  Graston is similar to massage, however, it is generally more aggressive so bigger gains can be made in a shorter period of time.  Graston has been found to be effective for a number of musculoskeletal conditions such as plantar fasciitis, golfers/tennis elbow, and iliotibial band syndrome to name a few.


Electrical Stimulation:  Electrical stimulation uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. By placing electrodes on the skin in various locations the chiropractor can recruit the appropriate muscle fibers.  Once stimulated the muscle or muscles will begin to contract and relax this tool is used to primarily help to break muscles spams, decrease overall pain, and increase blood flow to the injured tissues.


Functional Rehabilitation:  A key part of every examination at Fruita Chiropractic and Massage is observing how a patient moves and functions. Improper movement patterns, or movement dysfunction, are often the key contributor to pain syndromes and poor performance. By giving patients proper exercises to treat the dysfunction, proper movement can be restored which will lead to pain relief and improved performance.


Hydrotherapy Table:  The hydrotherapy table is table that uses heat and massaging jets to relax and loosen up tight and stiff muscles.  For those patients that are “hard to adjust” 10 minutes on the table allows the body to relax and the joints to be adjusted easier.


10 Minute Massage:  Want a massage before your adjustment but don’t have time for 30 minutes or an hour?  The 10 minute focused massage will allow the therapist to work on your primary area of complaint to loosen up any sore muscles, tendons, or ligaments.  This short but effective massage typically makes the adjustment go easier then if done on its own.

About Graston Technique®

Changing the way soft tissue injuries are treated

Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 16,000 clinicians worldwide—including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.
Graston Technique is utilized at some 1,650 outpatient facilities and 55 industrial sites, by more than 250 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 57 respected colleges and universities.


Benefits for the patient:

• Decreases overall time of treatment

• Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery

• Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication

• Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent

For employers and the healthcare industry:

• Allows patients to remain on the job

• Reduces the need for splints, braces and job-site modifications

• Contributes to reduction of labor and healthcare costs both direct and indirect

After my first appointment, I was able to run 12 miles pain-free.