We employ a variety of established and cutting-edge techniques that have scientifically proven benefits for our patients. Best known for manipulation or adjustment of the joints and soft tissues-particularly the spine, chiropractic care also incorporates a large spectrum of other treatments to improve function and optimize overall health, including physical therapeutics, stretching and exercise-based rehabilitation, and nutritional, ergonomic and lifestyle recommendations.
Chiropractic care is most commonly used to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headache, extremity pain and mobility issues. However, many patients utilize chiropractic care for the successful treatment of their non-musculoskeletal conditions, such as allergies, high blood pressure, digestive disorders and otitis media (ear infections).
Research indicates this type of conservative manual therapy reduces pain and disability, increases body function and may reduce reliance on medications. It also provides high levels of patient safety and satisfaction.
Prevention and Wellness
We provide a variety of services to identify important health risks and promote wellness. Being aware of your health risks and taking actions to enhance healthy behaviors can improve overall wellness and quality of life.
Our wellness services include:
- Nutritional assessments and guidance
- Blood pressure screenings
- Stress management techniques
- Postural assessments and ergonomic recommendations
- Bone density screenings
- Weight loss guidance
- Exercise and activity recommendations
- Smoking cessation support
- Balance assessments and fall-prevention recommendations
- Stabilizing foot orthotics
Massage therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, dating back nearly 4,000 years. Today, massage therapy refers to the application of various touch and tool techniques to treat the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body. Massage therapy not only heals aching muscles, but also creates healthier circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems.
Clinically-proven benefits of massage:
- Reduces stress hormone levels
- Alleviates depression symptoms
- Reduces anxiety levels
- Promotes relaxation and healing
- Improves immune function
- Lowers blood pressure
- Relieves tension headaches
- Improves range of motion
- Helps manage arthritis pain
- Reduces carpal tunnel symptoms
- Improves rehabilitation after injury or operation
- Treats asthma and bronchitis
- Eases fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
- Enhances attentiveness
- Facilitates weight gain in pre-term infants
- Swedish massage
- prenatal massage
- therapeutic deep tissue massage
- body rock hot stone massage
- trigger point therapy
- myofascial release
- sports/ortho massage
Our sports medicine clinic offers athletic health management, physical assessments and injury treatment provided by certified chiropractic physicians and athletic trainers. The injury treatment techniques used include IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation), chiropractic manipulation, movement-supportive and corrective taping, mobilization of joints with movement, massage and physical therapy, and myofascial release techniques.
Our sports medicine clinic specializes in:
- Pre-participation physicals
- Movement screenings
- Sports performance assessment and technique enhancement
- Injury prevention assessments
- Evaluation and treatment of sports and athletic injuries
- Acute and chronic injury management and treatment
- Sports and athletic injury rehabilitation
- Clinical support at athletic and sporting events
Digital Plain Film Imaging
The Imaging Center of UWS utilizes state-of-the-art digital imaging combined with expert interpretation by a board certified chiropractic radiologist. Our radiologic technologist is highly experienced and committed to providing a comfortable and friendly environment for your patients. When needed, the radiologist is readily available for consultation. We are dedicated to providing you with immediate information through phone consultation and rapid turnaround of reports.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound
Musculoskeletal (MSK) diagnostic ultrasound is an injury assessment modality that uses sound waves to create images of painful or injured areas in the body. This technique provides high resolution images. Musculoskeletal ultrasound is known to be effective in improving the care of patients with a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. Although MRI dominated as an imaging procedure for many years in North America, musculoskeletal ultrasound is now emerging as an affordable alternative to MRI.
It is safe: Ultrasound imaging is safe, noninvasive and without risk factors. It can also be used in patients when MRI is contraindicated. There is no radiation involved and can therefore be used repeatedly if clinically necessary.
It is accurate: There are certain anatomic regions like the shoulder where this technique has proven to be equal or superior to MRI. As opposed to MRI, MSK ultrasound does not only provide static visualization but it adds a dynamic component. Ligaments, tendons and muscles can be tested under the application of stress. This allows testing the integrity of soft tissue structures and helps to evaluate pain with motion.
It is affordable: The cost of MSK ultrasound is lower than the insurance deductible for an MRI.
It is efficient: The ultrasound is easily portable and allows the examiner to immediately screen for injuries at any location. This explains the high utilization of this technique in professional athletics.
No patient preparation is needed for this procedure. Please refer to the Information Sheet for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for a detailed list of indicators that your patient might need a MSK-ultrasound. If you would like to request imaging services, please complete the imaging request form and fax it to the Campus Health Center (503-251-5794) or send it with the referred patient. Appointments can be made by calling the Campus Health Center at 503-255-6771.
Calcaneal Quantitative Ultrasound
The calcaneal quantitative ultrasound is used primarily for bone density screening. The Imaging Center of UWS utilizes the Achilles InSight Ultrasonometer to measure ultrasound variables of the calcaneus to provide a clinical measure called the Stiffness Index. The Stiffness Index results are expressed as T-scores to assist physicians in the diagnosis of osteoporosis the same way as the T-scores are obtained by x-ray absorptiometry.