Services — Repair Your Soft Tissue Injury Today!
Following soft tissue injury from sports & auto accidents, or repetitive wear and tear, the individual often alters the normal position or flexibility of the spinal vertebrae, causing misalignments or “subluxations”. Chiropractic spinal adjustments are designed to restore normal alignment, take pressure of nerves, and thus minimize pain and inflammation. This gentle manipulative therapy is highly effective in rapidly returning the injured person to a functional pain-free status.
Just like the spine, joints of the extremities can also misalign or “subluxate”. When this happens, biomechanics of that joint can become altered and result in strain, sprain, or nerve entrapment. As the ONLY Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP) in the state of Delaware, Dr. Francis – chiropractor, Wilmington DE – specializes in locating and correcting misalignments of the shoulders, elbows, wrists/hands, hips, knees, and ankles/feet.
This cutting edge physical therapy patented on NFL athletes uses direct current (DC) compounded with a high frequency double exponential, patented background waveform, combined with specific active range of motion exercises and functional movements. Whether you have suffered from a sports injury or auto accident, ARPwave Neuro-therapy will remove compensation patterns, improve strength and pain-free movement, and speed up recovery time. For more information, go to www.ARPwave.com
EXERCISE & REHABILITATION:
As a Physiotherapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Dr. Francis applies scientific knowledge to prescribe a specific condition-based rehabilitation program for each patient. Sport-specific strength training and conditioning programs can also be designed for student athletes and weekend warriors, as well as providing guidance for soft tissue injury prevention.
FLEXION-DISTRACTION (INTERVERTEBRAL DISC DECOMPRESSION) THERAPY:
Decompression Therapy is a proven treatment for the relief of lower back pain. With a significant success rate, thousands of patients have prevented spinal surgery and experienced dramatic pain relief and permanent healing. Decompression Therapy can isolate each lumbar vertebra and distract the vertebrae surrounding an injured disc 5 to 7 millimeters, and provides a significant reduction of pressure on structures that are causing low back pain.
Negative pressure promotes the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrients into the vertebral disc area, thereby re-hydrating the degenerated disc. Repeated pressure differential promotes retraction of a herniated nucleus pulposus (the elastic core of the intervertebral disc). The Disc Decompression Therapy treatment can reduce pressure on the vertebral joints, promote retraction of herniated discs, promote self healing and rehabilitation of damaged discs, thereby relieving low back pain.
COLD LASER THERAPY:
Cold Laser Therapy is the most advanced form of phototherapy currently approved by the FDA for the treatment of many pain syndromes and neuromuscular complaints. When laser light is absorbed by living tissue, it triggers biological reactions in the cells including:
- ATP synthesis within the mitochondria (powerhouse of the cell)
- Production of endorphins and enkephalins (natural pain killers)
- Enhanced lymphatic drainage (to remove inflammation)
- Stimulates production of fibroblasts (soft tissue repair) and osteoblasts (bone repair)
In short, the Apollo Cold Laser accelerates the healing time of injured tissue. Cold Laser Therapy is more powerful than other physical therapy modalities, and treatments are done in less than 2 minutes. As a result, many sports physicians and physical therapists are now using Cold Laser Therapy over TENS units, Interferential stimulation, and ultrasound.
Chronic inflammation is being recognized more and more as the root cause of (modern) disease, as well as pain from injuries and misalignments (subluxations). Some examples of conditions associated with inflammation include: auto-immune disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, sciatica, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and the list goes on. Causing pain, fatigue, cognitive decline and depression, chronic inflammation has reached epidemic proportions in industrialized nations. Managing inflammation on a long-term basis promotes healing and natural pain management.
For optimal healing and recovery, proper nutrition is an essential adjunct to chiropractic adjustments and rehabilitation. With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinical Nutrition, Dr. Francis can make the appropriate recommendations for your condition-based needs. At Francis Optimal Performance Chiropractic, we carry only pharmaceutical grade products that are independently tested, to ensure that the label reflects what is actually in the product.
Orthotics provide functional support to a falling arch in the foot. Over time, the repetitive force of 6,000-10,000 steps a day can start to stretch the ligaments in our feet that hold up the arch. This dropped arch leads to pes planus (flat feet) and excessive foot pronation, causing internal rotation of the leg and posterior rotation of the pelvis. The end result is additional stress absorbed by the knees, hips, pelvis, and low back. Appropriate orthotics support that arch and help to restore proper movement patterns in the lower extremity. A thorough exam with our chiropractor, Wilmington, Delaware’s Dr Francis, can determine if your pain is a result of improper foot mechanics.