Adjustments alone aren't always sufficient enough to allow the body to fully heal. Chiropractors may also employ applied clinical nutrition to support the adjustment and to find what dietary habits may be destructive and how to fix it by combining healthy dietary habits with herbal and nutritional supplementation. This can sometimes be combined with detailed lab work analysis in conjunction with clinical findings.
Muscle spasms and triggers points can be painful and frustrating. In some instances, it can be more beneficial for the chiropractor to use s fine filament needle (acupuncture type needles) to reduce the spasming of the muscle in order to better help the patient relax and allow the body to adjust more smoothly. This is known as dry needling.
All chiropractors go through extensive training to become specialists of the spine. Dr. Fontenot has extensively pursued techniques and protocols in all areas of the body specifically the extremities including shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. For example, if the range of motion is restricted in a particular area of the body, the rest of the body will compensate around it. Through those compensations, where a patient has pain may not be the true cause of the problem. Dr. Fontenot is one of few practitioners that adjust extremities in the Mandeville area.
Through injuries, chronic disuse, and trauma the body creates scar tissue and adhesions in the soft tissue of the musculoskeletal system. All soft tissue in the body is designed to have some elasticity. Soft tissue injuries cause the tissue to lose the elasticity. Pain and inflammation are created in order to help the body recover but that creates more scar tissue and adhesions. The chiropractor may use a technique called Graston in order to help break up those adhesions and scar tissue.
The Graston instruments are tools designed to break down adhesions and scar tissue restoring proper elasticity and motion.
Chiropractic care in its truest form was designed to allow the body to restore function and heal at its optimal level. As the human body matures from an infant to a toddler and into adulthood, chemical, physical, and emotional stressors act on the body. Through that, our body adapts to our environment. Having a child adjusted while experiencing growth is the most effective way to ensure the musculoskeletal system and body mature properly.
When the human body is expected to perform at a high level, proper care of the body must be taken. If not, it will break down and injuries or loss of function will occur. The more efficient the body functions, the higher the level of performance it can attain. Impact, trauma, extended time of performance and overall fatigue move the body away from balance or efficiency. Getting adjusted by your chiropractor in order to sustain or restore that balance and efficiency in the body is the best way to prevent injuries maintaining the highest level of performance.
Applied Kinesiology is a diagnostic technique used by some chiropractors that uses muscle strength to detect areas of deficiency and/or weakness. It is an incredibly accurate technique at pinpointing where the real problem lies beyond just the symptom or the area of pain. Dr. Fontenot is a certified Applied Kinesiology practitioner and one of the few in Mandeville.
Sacral Occipital Technique (SOT) is a full-body chiropractic technique that utilizes indicators and information gathered from the body.
Dr. Fontenot uses that information to truly adjust and balance the patient's body.
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