Services Provided by Our Pittsburgh, PA Chiropractic Team
Active Release Technique
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
- acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
- accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
DNS is a rehabilitation paradigm based on restoring and stabilizing locomotor function. It is an effective tool in recognizing functional deficits, which are usually the underlying cause of biomechanical pain. It focuses on core stability from a developmental point of view, looking at the whole core from the diaphragm and deep neck flexors, to the pelvic floor. Abdominal muscles are too often mistaken as ones “core”- DNS addresses the true and whole foundation of the human body, creating a more sound and functional mechanical system.
DNS is a fairly new rehab system, recently developed out of the Rehabilitation Prague School by Dr. Kolar. There is only 1 fully certified DNS provider in Pennsylvania, and Dr. Leach looks to become the second.
Massage therapy specifically targets muscle tissue to break up adhesions, scar tissue, myofascial tension, and relieve trigger points. In our office, this medical service is used to support the adjustment and help us achieve results faster. This service is beneficial for everyone and aids in relaxation, stress relief, recovery from an injury, and proper lymphatic flow/drainage. While the purpose of a medical massage is to work through and resolve issues, the therapist's pressure can and should be modified to meet the patient's tolerance. We strongly encourage open communication and feedback during the service.
Nutritional and Enzyme Therapy
Muscle Testing for Organ Function
As holistic health care providers, we evaluate the body as a whole and consider all possible reasons for your pain and/or health issue. Sometimes, the cause of musculoskeletal pain may be more than simply a fixated joint, irritated nerve, or biomechanical stress. Internal stress on organ systems can often refer pain to regions of the body and prolong symptom patterns if unaddressed. Through a very specific evaluation of stress points on the body, we can determine which organ systems are affected and reverse symptoms and stress by getting to the root of the problem. As part of the analysis, we also take an in depth look at the foods you are using to fuel your body and removing the ones that may be contributing to your dis-ease.
Dr. Autumn Leach practices Applied Kinesiology, a branch of chiropractic designed to assess organ function through a series of muscle tests. Most people are exposed to so many chemicals each day that the accumulation of chemical stress over time can take it’s toll on our organs, specifically the liver whose job it is to process all of these external toxins. We offer advice on how to decrease your chemical load, and products that can replace the toxic ones in our everyday lives.
Foot Levelers Orthotics
The human foot is an incredibly complex mechanism that has two very important functions: bearing weight and propulsion in walking, running, and jumping. To perform these functions, the foot requires a high degree of stability as well as flexibility. The multiple bones and joints of the foot give it the necessary flexibility, but to fully support body weight, the foot must have an arch. The arches of the feet are formed by bones, ligaments, and tendons and are essential to proper movement. The shape and height of your arches are unique, just like your fingerprints; no two people are the same. For this reason, no two orthotics should be the same either and this is why generic inserts often yield limited results. Over time, improper biomechanics, poor footwear, excess weight, and even trauma can lead to a loss of the arches in the feet. As the plasticity of the feet begin to change, the feet pronate (roll in) frequently resulting in knee, hip, low back pain, and added wear and tear to your joints. A Foot Levelers scan of your feet reveals where your body weight is distributed, your exact amount of pronation, and any imbalances in the body to create a custom orthotic just for you.
It is always our goal to get you out of pain and back to doing the things you love as soon as possible! With that being said, it is crucial to follow recommended at home exercises that are designed to support your individual treatment plan. Retraining and strengthening muscles is a must to correct poor posture and biomechanics. By doing your part, we achieve better results, faster.
Mechanical traction is a form of decompression therapy that relieves pressure on the spine. It can be performed manually or mechanically. Traction is used to treat herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, foraminal stenosis, and many other back conditions. Spinal traction stretches the spine to take pressure off compressed discs. This straightens the spine and improves the body's ability to heal itself. Patients with spinal conditions benefit from this therapy because traction reverses the force of gravity.