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The Activator is a treatment system used by some chiropractors to treat many types of back pain, neck pain, and headaches.
The Activator is a small, hand-held instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint. It is an alternative to the traditional manual form of spinal manipulation, known as the high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrust.
There are two advantages of an Activator instrument-assisted treatment. The first is based on the speed of the device. The instrument is so quick that the body's muscles are less likely to tense in response, and resist the treatment. The lack of muscle resistance may facilitate the treatment effectiveness. The second is that the applied force is localized and does not add any additional torque or bending movement to the joint.
Dr. Petersen has been using the technique with positive results for many, many years and is completely trained and certified in it's use.
We make it easy to complete this part of sport requirements for school, inter-league, club, or just a new personal fitness regimen.
Every participant in a school sports team is required to complete a pre-participation physical examination, also called a sports physical. Active Life Chiropractic
offers sports physicals at their location.
Sports physicals consist of two parts: a medical history
and a physical examination. The goals of sports physicals are to evaluate an athlete's general health, current fitness level, risk of injury, and physical well-being.
Sports physicals are recommended for students and adults that are taking part in:
– School or inter-league sports program
– Club sports teams
– New fitness regimens
A sports physical allows a physician to identify any conditions that might keep the athlete out of the game or affect performance. Athletes should have a physical six weeks before the start of the sport season; however this can vary due to changing sport seasons. This timing provides an opportunity to address an existing injury or improve conditioning prior to participation in the activity.
Our medical history form can be filled out prior to a visit for added convenience. This covers questions about serious family illnesses, hospitalizations, past injuries, and a player's overall health. If a problem is discovered, the doctor and athlete can work together to develop a plan to prep the athlete for competition.
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Many people hear of ultrasound and they think of a device that uses sound waves to construct images inside the human body. But did you know ultrasound has long been used as a therapeutic device to decrease swelling and increase healing for a variety of injuries? Sprained ankles, sore elbows, and achy backs can all be helped from the relatively common therapeutic device. The sound waves produced by an ultrasound machine are absorbed by tissues up to 5 inches below the skin which has a number of positive physiological effects at different stages of healing.
In acute injuries ultrasound causes a release of histamine which attracts neutrophils and monocytes to the injured area. Together these cells help clear the injured area of foreign substances in the area and promote healing. Overall, the main effect from ultrasound during this stage is a decrease in swelling and pain. During the next stage of healing ultrasound therapy will stimulate fibroblast activity. Fibroblasts are stimulated which then secrete collagen. The collagen secretion helps increase the tensile strength and wound contraction of the injured area. This not only helps the injured area heal faster, but makes the area stronger and less susceptible to injuries in the future. Also at this stage of healing the ultrasound machine is used at a different frequency that produces heat in the area. The heat promotes blood flow to the area which helps deliver nutrients required for healing. The increased blood flow also helps remove toxins and other broken down substances.
These physiological changes caused by the ultrasound have many benefits in all types of soft tissue injures. Tennis elbow, heel pain, back sprains, and patellar tendonitis are just a few of the common injuries that can be helped with therapeutic ultrasound.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) `` chiropractic as “a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.”
Many of our new patients have never tried chiropractic prior to treating at our office. They are looking for a new way to treat and manage their health that does not include medications and surgeries. Chiropractic is effective in most situations and is a great solution for many problems including:
At Active Life Chiropractic, Dr. Petersen treats patients with a variety of chiropractic techniques, including manual adjustments, SOT and drop-table as well as the use of the Activator adjusting tool. He does not believe in a one-size-fits-all treatment plan and will adapt his treatment style to the needs and desires of each patient.