Dr. LeBlanc utilises various modalities as part of her chiropractic treatments. Depending on the condition or injury being treated, treatment plans may include any of the following:
Spinal & Joint Manipulation/Mobilisation
Spinal & joint manipulation, also known as an adjustment, is a safe and effective form of treatment. It is a highly skilled, precise, and quick movement (a thrust) usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Manipulation loosens the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function.
Just like manipulations, mobilisations are safe and effective. However, while both treatments share the same goal of restoring proper movement, mobilisations are delivered using gentle and slow movements applied to joints without the thrust of a manipulation.
Acupuncture involves inserting small fine needles into the skin at particular points on the body and leaving them in place for a period of time before removal. Acupuncture produces many of its effects by stimulating nerve receptors in skin and muscle. Various substances are then released within the body that cause an increase of local blood flow that encourages tissue healing.
Electroacupuncture utilises the same points as traditional acupuncture. Small clips from a small electric device are then attached to pairs of needles in order to run continuous electric pulses in between the needles. Electroacupuncture further enhances the effects of traditional acupuncture by improving blood flow to the tissues and nerves, promoting healing, and activating weakened muscles.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft tissue therapy aims to treat the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia of the body. These soft tissues can often be affected in various conditions and injuries and are often involved in joint dysfunctions. Soft tissue therapy can be performed either manually or with a specific instrument. Treating the soft tissues can help reduce pain and increase mobility.
Rehabilitation exercises are often prescribed on an individual basis and are tailored to fit each individual treatment plan. Types of exercises can include stretching, strengthening, balancing, and more. These exercises aim to prolong the benefits of in-office treatments and help promote the prevention of further injury or dysfunction.
Electrical Modalities (such as TENS, EMS, and IFC) send an electric current between two electrodes placed on the surface of the skin. Depending on the goal of treatment and the electrical modality being used, these modalities can help decrease pain, decrease swelling, and help promote proper muscle contraction.
Therapeutic Ultrasound involves applying high frequency soundwaves to injured soft tissues of the body. Ultrasound can have both thermal effects (creating heat) and non-thermal effects. Benefits of ultrasound include reducing pain and muscle spasm; increasing local blood flow; increasing local circulation and enzyme activity; promotion of soft tissue repair.