One thing that sets us apart from most chiropractors in Chanhassen and the Twin Cities is our emphasis on soft tissue work.
At the beginning of every chiropractic appointment, you will receive at least five minutes of muscle work and soft tissue mobilization using a variety of techniques and tools.
Loosening up your muscles along the neck and back helps the spine to be more mobile and take the adjustment a lot easier. It also increases blood flow to the area that helps promote healing. Plus it feels good! Our patients really enjoy this extra care during their visit.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese healing modality using glass cups to create a local suction on the skin. We use two methods. Stationary cupping is where a cup is placed over a trigger point and left for a few minutes to draw blood flow to the area. Sliding cupping helps release tense tissue similar to the effect of a massage on the area, but in a lot less time.
Ultrasound sends high-frequency sound waves into the muscle tissue, which causes vibration and creates heat in the targeted area. Electrical stimulation (e-stim or stim) delivers electrical currents to specific muscles, causing them to contract and eventually exhaust, forcing them to relax.
Combined ultrasound and electrical stimulation is used to treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, decrease muscle spasm, increase range of motion, increase circulation, break up scar tissue, decrease inflammation, and promote healing.
You’ve probably seen this therapeutic tape on athletes. It is applied strategically to the body to provide support, lessen pain, reduce swelling, and improve performance. It serves as a proprioception, triggering the brain to recognize that area as needing support or healing. Kinesiology tape helps your body hold the chiropractic adjustment longer and helps to keep the muscles more relaxed.