Treatments

Chiropractic

Chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT) is an extremely effective treatment procedure whereby the joints of the spine or extremities are "adjusted" or manipulated to provide pain relief by increasing joint range of motion and stimulating internal joint and muscle receptors.  Scientific evidence suggests that manipulating spinal joints is the preferred method of treatment for managing conditions such as low back and neck pain, and is considerably less expensive than traditional medical treatment.  In our practice, we have successfully treated thousands of patients both safely and effectively with chiropractic care.  Remember, chiropractic manipulation can ONLY be delivered by a licensed chiropractor.  You should NEVER let an untrained health professional or other person try to "mimic" chiropractic manipulation.  CMT is highly specific and requires of Doctor of Chiropractic for its safe and successful administration.

Please look at the list of conditions below that we have had a high degree of success with.  If you have one or a combination of these symptoms, consider making an appointment with us today.

Acupuncture

​Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in human and animal medicine to provide relief for many conditions.  It is the practice of inserting very fine needles into areas that are rich in nerve and blood supply to affect changes in the body.  While the ancient wisdom of acupuncture can be considered an art, modern science has been interpreting the success experienced by patients.  This has resulted in a more neurologic and anatomical based approach to acupuncture.

Acupuncture helps the body heal itself.  Although the exact mechanism of how acupuncture works is not yet understood, research has shown it works primarily through the nervous system.  As nerve fibers are stimulated by the tiny needles, neurochemicals are produced and released into the surrounding tissues.  These chemicals travel to the central nervous system resulting in a cascade of feedback mechanisms.  Because the nervous system is an extensive network affecting every other system in the body, the effects of acupuncture extend well beyond the needle insertion sites.

One of the most commonly asked questions about acupuncture is "does it hurt?"  The simple answer is, no, not usually.  Some patients report feeling a slight "prick" as the needle is inserted, while other times nothing is felt at all.  Unlike hypodermic needles that are large and "slice" through the tissue, acupuncture needles are solid and separate the cells as they are inserted.  The result is very minimal pain or no pain at all.

We have been practicing acupuncture at The Chiropractors at Four Hills since 2008.  It has become an intregal part of the treatment protocol for over half of the patients that are currently seen in the clinic.

 

Trigger Point Dry Needling

Trigger points develop in the body a result of repetitive stress and tension and feel like hard knots in the muscle tissue.  Active trigger points are very painful and can refer pain to other parts of the body.  Trigger point dry needling is much like acupuncture in that very thin needles are inserted directly into the trigger point.  As the needle enters the point, a release in the trigger point called a fasciculation can be seen.  Once a trigger point is released by dry needling, the patient typically expresses immediate relief and reduction of pain symptoms.

 

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the art of kneading and stretching soft tissues to induce relaxation, help reduce pain and tension and promote overall well being.  Massage also helps lymphatic drainage and increases circulation, which promotes healing.  If you are a regular client of massage therapy, you know how beneficial it can be for both mind and body.  If you've never considered getting a massage, now is the time.  Our therapist is highly skilled in advanced massage techniques including therapeutic, pregnancy, deep tissue, and sports massage.

Nutritional Supplements

High quality nutritional supplements have become virtually a necessity for any patient looking to feel better, avoid sickness, and add a nutritional support foundation to their lifestyle.  We carry brands that can only be purchased with a medical license, thereby assuring you that you are getting the highest quality supplement available on the market today.  A word of caution:  stay away from store brands!  Commonly, cheap vitamins are filled with synthetic components and binders and offer no where near the benefit touted on their package.  Because this industry is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, claims are often overstated or flat out false.  We offer high quality, independent party tested products from Metagenics, Thorne, and Anabolic Labs, at reasonable prices.

 

Testimonials

 

Conditions Treated--Chiropractic

  • Neck pain, headaches, and whiplash (car accident or work related injuries)
  • Low back pain
  • Mid-back pain and pain between the shoulder blades
  • Sciatica pain (pain into the buttock and down the leg)
  • Hip and pelvic pain
  • Pain related to running, including knee, ankle and foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pain in the shoulders
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Degenerative disc disease management

Conditions Treated--Acupuncture

  • Migraine headaches and headaches related to hormone imbalance
  • Neck and back pain
  • Chronic pain (cancer, disabling injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia)
  • Pain in joints related to athletic injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis / Heel pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Pain in the shoulder / Frozen shoulder
  • Fertility issues
  • Repetitive stress injuries (tennis elbow or other tendonitis)
  • Stress management
  • General wellness (calming or immune boosting treatments)
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Meniere's disease / dizziness and vertigo

"When I came in to Dr. Kunz, he was my last hope.  After years of severe low back pain (many days where I could hardly walk), I now have many days that are pain free."

“I'd been to several chiropractors in the past.  They all wanted to put me on long treatment plans.  Dr. Kunz doesn't do that.  He respects my time and allows me the freedom to come and go as I need.  I won't go anywhere else."

  Kinesio Taping

Kinesio taping is the practice of using elastic support tape over an injured joint for support and to facilitate healing.  Kinesio tape can also be used over areas that aren't injured but that may be prone to injury to add a layer of support to the joint complex.  Recently, kineso tape has gained much popularity among elite athletes because they recognize the performance benefits taping can have.  In our clinic, we regularly use kinesio tape for shoulder and knee injuries where pain prevents full range of motion or normal activity.  We've also successfully used kinesio tape with many other conditions.

"I came into Dr. Kunz with a bad case of tennis elbow.  With his guidance, we decided acupuncture was the best treatment option for me.  I was amazed that within 5 treatments, my pain went from an 8/10 most of the time, to a 2/10, and it keeps improving!  I hardly even know I had the problem.  Acupuncture  has been amazing for me."

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is an instrument assisted soft tissue technique that we regularly use in the clinic for particularly stubborn cases of tight or ropey muscles.  When regular manual therapy isn't achieving maximum results, typically Gua Sha is the treatment of choice.  With Gua Sha, a special oil is used to lubricate the skin, then, a specific tool is used with varying degrees of pressure to release the soft tissue adhesions, trigger points, and ropey texture.  The technique is performed only by the doctor.  The "Gua" is an ancient term used to describe the act working the tissue, while "Sha" describes the namesake redness of the skin (a temporary surface bruising) which signifies the release of energy and that a successful treatment has been completed.  As a side note, you may have heard of Graston Technique, which is simply a modern version of Gua Sha.

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