At the Spine and Sport Center we offer a diverse array of manual therapies. Our goal is simple: to get you better as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our moto: everyone will respond to something, even if they don’t respond to everything.
Here is a list of services we offer.
Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments
Chiropractic adjustments (also called Spinal Manipulative Therapy) are one of the core therapies that distinguishes Doctors of Chiropractic from other manual therapists. It has been well documented in the medical research over the last 30+ years that spinal manipulation is an effective and cost-saving therapy for a number of musculoskeletal conditions.
We primarily perform Diversified-Style Chiropractic adjustments while adhering to a philosophy is rooted in an evidence-based model. This places the patient’s immediate needs above all else and does not promote elongated treatment plans that are aimed towards “optimizing” a patient’s spinal alignment.
Chiropractic Activator® Adjustments
Still within the realm of spinal manipulation, the Activator® adjustment technique offer a means to provide a low-force adjustment to patients who cannot tolerate the pressure of typical hands-on adjusting. Patients with osteoporosis, young children, or those with painful past adjustments can all benefit from this useful technique.
Chiropractic Extremity Adjustments
While many Chiropractors specialize in the manipulation of the spine, fewer are experts in the manipulation of joints in the arms and legs. As a Sports Chiropractor the ability to treat the arms and legs is paramount. As such, we are experts in the application of adjusting techniques for the arms and legs. I would say that every day someone walks in with an extremity complaint. I have seen these adjustments bee equally beneficial to both recreational athletes and the Average Joe’s of the world.
Myofascial release is a form of muscle therapy used to treat skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. The goal is to improve the characteristics of pain, tension, and immobility that often exist in areas of injury.
There are many forms of myofascial release including Rolfing, Active Release Technique® (ART), and even foam rolling. We have extensive experience and education in the application of many forms of myofascial release, including ART.
For those patients in need of more extensive therapy, we also maintain a professional referral network of the most qualified individuals in Colorado Springs to ensure you have the best access to high-quality care available.
IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization)
Another common form of muscle therapy is IASTM. IASTM uses an external tool instead of the provider’s hands to manipulate the soft-tissues. There are several forms of IASTM, all of which have evolved out of a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine called Gua-Sha. Most notable among these techniques is the Graston Technique®.
While we are not an accredited provider of the Graston Technique®, we expertly perform many of the same treatments using tools very similar to the patented Graston Tools.
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a modern adaptation of traditional acupuncture techniques. These methods combine the understanding gained in medical acupuncture research with the century’s-old principles of the eastern acupuncture techniques. This “Westernized” approach has been specifically developed with the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries in mind. Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is taught through the McMaster University School of Medicine (Department of Anesthesiology) in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Over the last two decades they have trained thousands of health professionals in the application of this modern approach.
Dr. Conrad is extremely proud to offer this service to his patients. Many patients receive enhanced benefits when this acupuncture approach has been incorporated into their treatment program.
Dry Needle Acupuncture
Dry needling is a form of acupuncture used for the treatment of myofascial trigger points (often called “muscle knots” by patients). It is considered a subcategory of the “westernized” acupuncture methods and is particularly effective for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Conrad studied Dry Needle Acupuncture through the Integrative Dry Needling Institute led my Dr. Yun-Tao Ma. According to Dr. Ma, “Dry needling technique is a modern Western medical modality that is not related to Traditional Chinese acupuncture in any way. Dry needling has its own theoretical concepts, terminology, needling technique and clinical application.”
Scientific research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor end plates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
Active rehabilitation is quite simply the use of exercise for the purpose or recovering from an injury. While many folks would call this “Physical Therapy”, the use of this terminology is restricted to licensed Physical Therapists. Yet the differences between a good Chiropractor and Physical Therapist are minimal. Chiropractors are allowed to perform “physical therapy” but many choose not or lack the expertise necessary. Similarly many Physical Therapists are allowed to perform “chiropractic adjustments” but many choose not to or lack the expertise and training necessary.
In our practice all our providers are diverse practitioners that incorporate active rehabilitation into all our long-term programs. In particular we promote a low-tech approach to rehabilitation that uses simple exercises and equipment such as rubber bands or water bottle hand weights. When appropriate we like to also use body-weight exercises and stretching to also further your recovery.
When done properly, the active rehabilitation phase will determine the long-term success and ensure your condition doesn’t come back.
Athletic Taping and Bracing
Often the role of treatment needs to extend beyond the office and into the field. Whether with competition or with daily life, athletic taping can help turn time outside the office into therapy time. We offer a variety of taping and bracing procedures including Kinesio-Taping®, Rock Taping®, traditional Sports Taping. Additionally we would be happy to look at your current brace and make sure the fit and usage is correct and appropriate for your injury.
Pain Neutralization Technique®
The Pain Neutralization Technique® is the brain-child of Dr. Stephen Kaufmann D.C. Dr. Kaufmann has created this techniques during his 40+ years in clinical practice. The technique is aimed at the neurological components of the pain experience and is particularly effective in the treatment of myofascial triggfer points and chronic pain.
Since taking my first course in 2010 I have been consistently amazed (as have my patients) at the results that it provides.
Pulsating Electro-Magnetic Therapy (pEMF)
Also known as Magnetic Resonance Therapy, pEMF is a passive therapy intended to activate the reparative processes in the body at a cellular level. By applying a weak magnetic field to the body we see enhancements in in a variety of orthopedic conditions when used in conjunction with other therapeutic processes.
Scientific evidence for this therapy is rather limited, but there have been positively documented improvement in patients with chronic lower back pain, fibromyalgia, osteoartritis, and osteoporosis.
Audio-Visual Entrainment Therapy (AVE)
More information coming soon.