Brain and Body Therapies
Rapid Pain Resolution
Our intensive chiropractic & sports therapies safely eliminate pain through mobilizing damaged joints, muscles, and nerves.
Our functional Movement & Rehab classes correct the broken movements that caused your injury, leading to sustainable long-term relief & lifetime knowledge of proper function.
If there is a “quick fix” in our profession, it is when joint pain meets a chiropractic adjustments. Most joint pain responds extremely well to chiropractic adjustments; however, this type of pain is very often an indicator of an underlying core or posture weakness. Consider it a red flag if you need to be adjusted on a frequent basis to keep your lower back pain from worsening. If you are motivated to resolve this type of back pain, set up an appointment with us today or at a minimum watch our YouTube videos and follow Calispine on Instagram for educational videos that can help your lower back pain.
The CaliSpine Method
It’s amazing how the little things accumulate and result in lower back pain. How often do you get out of your car, stand up from sitting, pick up something from the floor, or reach for an object on the counter? These every day movements can contribute to your back pain unless you are taught proper squatting, lunging, deadlifting and bracing techniques.
Your lower back physical therapy will be custom tailored to your sport, activity, and daily movements. The physical therapy exercises we teach you are to be applied in your daily movements, not necessarily in a gym setting. After the grooving of your key functional movements, they will then be challenged with resistance in multi planes.
Whether you are an occasional weekend warrior, or a professional athlete, we program our physical therapy exercises according to your skill level. No matter what your fitness and skill level, most people with chronic lower back pain will have dysfunction in their daily movements, and our goal is to give you the weapons and tools, to prevent future back pain from recurring.
The Effectiveness of Adjustments
We understand that there are many factors that contribute to lower back pain such as posture, bending & lifting patterns, sleeping habits, hobbies, and whether you sit or stand most of the day. The other part of the equation is that not all back pain is the same. Back pain can be coming from a muscle, joint, nerve, or a combination. Each type of back pain comes with a different type of treatment.
Chiropractic adjustments tend to be effective with joint pain, while scar tissue therapy is more effective with nerve and muscle pain. After assessing thousands of patients through a detailed medical exam and postural & functional analysis, we have found that most often there is an underlying posture and movement dysfunction that has been breaking down for years. Eventually, this broken or dysfunctional movement gets set off and slides over a tipping point, which results in feeling the symptom.
The real healing occurs when you are able to “feel” the dysfunctional movement or poor posture habit that has caused your back pain. We will separate the specific dysfunction, help you become hyper-aware, and then teach you the correct motion while repeating it over and over. Through this phase you will be progressed from simple exercises, all the way to multi-joint movements with resistance. After completing your recommended phases of care, you will be more educated and competent with how to properly move and carry yourself. These tools will prevent injury and allow you to build a durable low back that will last a lifetime.
Sports Injury Treatment
A sports chiropractor is accustomed to working with patients who are fit and active, or desire to become fit and active once again. A good sports chiropractor will often perform lower back adjustments more intensive than a family chiropractor. There is generally much less, if any, when working with an active adult or athlete. Joints in the back can become locked and it often takes a forceful adjustment to free the joint. The sports chiropractor has the ability to scale. He can go easy, but he also knows how to adjust the joint when he needs to.
Muscle fibers are smooth, supple, organized, flexible, and have plenty of blood supply. Scar tissue can build up in your muscle fibers, and the surrounding connective tissues from accumulated micro injuries, auto accidents, and even activities as simple as your repetitive everyday movements. Scar tissue occupies areas within and around healthy muscle tissue, and is described as disorganized, weak, inflexible, painful, and has low blood flow.
Break Through the Most Damaged Tissue
Scar tissue can prevent portions of your muscle from contracting or lengthening properly, which can cause pain and dysfunction in the muscle itself or nearby joints. We have found the most common sites where scar tissue accumulates is in the shoulder, elbow, low back, knee, hip and ankle. Most chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists, only address the top layer of scar tissue. The methods that are generally used today for scar tissue therapy are ultrasound, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, electric stimulation, stretching, needling, and using lasers.
From a logical standpoint, if you had a piece of beef jerky (similar to scar tissue), and had to make it as tender as possible, what would you use? Deep tissue massage would probably be the best option, but to truly break down and disintegrate these gnarly nodules, and patches of scar tissue, a more intensive method is necessary.
The Calispine method was developed out of necessity, and the method is the most intensive, and precise scar tissue therapy available today. The treatment time is brief and intensive, and the end result is most often very rapid and long-term relief. Most gentle therapies might help you feel good for hours or days, while our method has the potential to permanently resolve pain. This is because our deep tissue massage device is powerful and precise enough, to break up even the most damaged tissue, rather than just make it feel better for a brief amount of time, through conventional methods. If you would like to hear more about our scar tissue tissue therapy contact us using the form below, and check out Calispine’s YouTube channel for educational videos on lower back pain.
This specialized technique may be exactly what you need to safely eliminate nerve pain. Nerves travel down the arms and legs, and bob and weave behind and through muscles, joints, and crevices. These nerves can get hung up and compressed, causing pain. We can diagnose and relieve tension on the nerve through precise manual therapy & scar tissue techniques once we identify the location.
Most people that benefit from this therapy are those with nerve pain in the arm, forearm, hand, thigh, leg, or foot. Since nerve entrapment issues cannot be seen on even the most advanced diagnostic procedures (MRI, xray, CT), the process of elimination must be used to get to the root of the issue. This is done through active diagnosing (see above). Learn more about nerve entrapment therapy.
Spinal decompression is a common and effective method to relieving nerve pressure caused by a herniated or bulging disc. We offer several different methods of spinal decompression at Calispine.
Traditionally, spinal traction is a passive modality. The patient lies in a machine and it does the work for you. Our philosophy is that the human body is meant to be in constant active movement. Decompressing the spine can be a powerful tool to recovery, however we use active decompression along with scar tissue repair throughout the quadratus Lumborum muscle to decompress the back. This type of approach is geared to the active human, who values living a fit and healthy lifestyle. Learn more about spinal decompression.
QL (Quadratus Lumborum)
Either one or both of the QL muscles can tighten and close the distance between the rib and the hip crest. This compresses the affected side of the spine and everything in its path, which include discs, joints, and nerves. Most often, the symptoms from the disc, joint, and nerve are not felt, but the pure QL muscle pain from the tightness and adhesions are, which is what people are suffering from.
Muscle Symptoms & Diagnosis
The most common symptoms of pure Quadratus Lumborum (QL) muscle pain are:
- A deep aching pain in one or both sides of the lower back.
- Back pain that worsens with prolonged sitting.
- Back pain that worsens when transitioning from sitting to standing.
- Stiffness and back pain when rising from bed in the morning.
If the QL pain is very severe, symptoms may radiate down the side of the thigh and across to the front of the thigh in the quad region. The most likely cause of adhesions and pain in the QL muscle are improper body mechanics, improperly healed muscle strains, excessive sitting, and improper stretching of the QL. Currently, there are no reliable imaging techniques that can diagnose QL muscle pain, however, the QL can be accurately diagnosed through manual palpation of the muscle and a certain set of symptoms. Learn how to properly palpate the QL Muscle.
The best QL pain treatment
The Quadratus Lumborum (QL) muscle is the most overlooked muscle in back pain, because there are currently no imaging studies (MRI, xray, CT, ultrasound) that can diagnose the muscle. The fact that the muscle lies 2-3 dz deep in the lower back is another contributing factor that makes it nearly impossible to effectively target through deep tissue massage or even through the most effective instrument-assisted soft-tissue mechanical devices on the market.
Over the past 6 years we have developed the most effective system to resolving QL muscle related back pain. This includes a specific set of warm-up exercises and stretches, dysfunctional movement correction, and intensive deep tissue therapy through our proprietary “Drill”, followed by a clinician assisted stretch. We have found that by continuing this process for 4-8 consecutive weeks, not only will the damaged tissue begin to soften, but it will also begin to correct the broken movement patterns that caused or worsened your symptoms.
QL Pain Prevention & Stretching
A tight Quadratus Lumborum (QL) muscle will compress the affected side of the spine, which can result in joint pain, disc pain, or postural dysfunction. Clinical data suggests that a tight QL is often found in patients presenting a posteriorly (or backwards) tilted pelvis. Forward tilt is associated with joint pain.
Proper mobility and stability exercises will help improve this imbalance and lead to long-term results. A sidenote is that QL pain can often appear as disc pain, whereas the patient feels a radiating pain wrapping around from the upper and outer thigh across to the front of the thigh. This is called pseudo-sciatica, and is actually a referral pain from the QL muscle.
- Avoid sitting as much as possible. This includes exercising in a seated position.
- 10 minutes of light to moderate cardio (row, jog, air squats, etc.) will properly warm the
- Low back and improve the efficiency of your stretching.
- Perform the QL stretch for 10 minutes per day with our level 1 or level 2 stretch.
- Self-massage the QL muscle with a lacrosse ball for 5 minutes per day.
- Practice the pelvic sequence and apply it to every bending motion throughout your day.
Following a Functional Movement Assessment to understand your body’s specific dysfunctional movement patterns that may be causing your pain we use specific corrective exercises as assigned by the doctor to address these muscle dysfunctions and compensation patterns. You have to move better to feel better!
FNOR (Functional Neuro-Orthopedic Rehab)
This revolutionary approach to rehabilitation integrates physical therapy and orthopedic rehab with neuroscience concepts to improve the management of persistent pain. FNOR is helpful for patients who have had undergone surgery or completed physical therapy, but continue to have ongoing pain. Addressing It is effective for treating:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Shoulder/Arm pain
- Hip or Knee pain
A cutting edge video game system provides specific auditory and visual stimulation (sound and color frequencies) to the brain to improve balance, coordination, and muscle function. This therapy is a fun way to play while improving the function of your brain to body connection. This is one of our more popular therapies for people that have experienced a brain injury or children with neurodevelopmental delays.
Our class 3 ShedLight Cold Lasers promote faster injury healing and regeneration at the cellular level in both the brain and the body by decreasing inflammation. We use a combination of red and infrared light programmed at specific frequencies/wavelengths that your body’s cells respond to. This painless, non-invasive therapy is combined with our other therapies to expedite results.
Active Release Technique
ART is a non-invasive treatment used to treat soft tissue dysfunction including breaking up scar tissue and adhesions.
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and language therapy is offered in our clinic for adults and pediatric patients who have difficulty with articulation, language, fluency (stuttering), and social communication difficulties. At Calispine we offer an integrated approach that utilizes evidenced-based speech and language therapy techniques in conjunction with principles of functional neurology for faster results.