Chiropractic Services at Our Clinic
At the Koff Chiropractic Clinic in Manassas, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic care to our patients. Below is a sampling of the different chiropractic services we offer in our Manassas office.
Electro‑muscle stimulation is a special form of electrical current that is administered at the site of soft tissue injury, especially muscles, for the blocking of pain.
Many painful symptoms can be relieved with the application of electro‑muscle stimulation.
- Reduces pain sensation
- Helps decrease swelling
- Promotes general muscle tone
- Speeds the healing process
Ultrasound is a therapeutic treatment using high-frequency sound waves administered in the region of soft tissue injuries.
Ultrasound can often help shoulders, elbows, and sports-related injuries.
- Highly effective in treating calcium deposition
- Stimulates healing without irritation
- Speeds metabolism and improves blood flow
- Reduces nerve root irritation
- Enhances the body’s own natural healing ability
Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, however, there are no needles or piercing of the skin. It utilizes an electrical stimulus, which contacts different acupressure meridian lines and points. The object is to reduce pain.
It is an important adjunct to the spinal adjustment in reducing pain.
- Relieves tension, stress, aches, and pains
- Reduces pain and swelling
- Increases blood supply
- Works extremely well with nerve-related conditions
Hydromassage combines the use of floatation, thermotherapy, and whirlpool-type massage without getting wet. The applications and benefits of this type of therapy cover a wide range of conditions.
The use of chiropractic adjustment in conjunction with therapeutic hydromassage offers a very effective and efficient combination to retrain the body and rid it of acute and chronic pain.
- Increases blood supply to soft tissue, muscle, and joints
- Reduction of pain, inflammation, and edema
- Muscle relaxation
- Helps decrease spasticity, tenderness, and spasms
- Promotes more rapid healing of soft tissue injuries
Low-level laser is an effective, penetrating monochromatic and polarized light that has been proven to be effective for cellular regeneration. The low-level laser penetrates deeply due to a coherent light force which consists of photons all traveling in the same direction and at the same wavelength to restore abnormal cellular function. The laser stimulates ATP production, increases collagen synthesis, stimulates DNA formation, increases neurotransmitters (serotonin), and increases tissue regeneration to accelerate muscle, nerve, cartilage, bone, and scar healing. Over 1,500 published studies have confirmed the efficacy of low-level laser therapy.
- Reduces pain and inflammation
- Accelerated healing process
- Strengthens damaged tissue
Using the hands, the skin is gently pressed to locate underlying tight bands or nodules of muscle fibers. Then, using the hand, fingers, elbow, or small hand instrument, the muscle is compressed with sustained pressure to relax it.
Trigger point therapy reduces spasms and relaxes muscles.
- Reduces chronic muscle spasms
- Avoids scar tissue formation
- Improves muscle tone
- Promotes better circulation
- Increases range of motion
Massage can relieve tension in your muscles and help your body to release natural painkillers and promote your body’s own natural healing ability. Deep tissue massage is used to focus on a specific problem, such as chronic pain, limited mobility, recovery from injuries, repetitive strain injury, postural problems, osteoarthritis pain, fibromyalgia, and muscle tension or spasm.
- Boosts the immune system
- Significantly lower blood pressure
- Soothes chronic joint and muscle pain
- Battles fatigue and eases stress
What is Active Release Technique?
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Headaches, backpain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
What is an ART Treatment like?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of the muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. These treatment protocols, over 500 specific moves, are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.
Exercise therapy is a set of repetitive stretching or strengthening maneuvers designed to develop weakened or injured muscle groups that support the spine. Specific exercises help rehabilitate and stabilize the spine.
Walking provides an excellent foundation for specific strengthening exercises.
- Increases range of motion
- Retrains damaged muscles
- Strengthens spinal structure
- Speeds rehabilitation
- Helps adjustments hold
Cryotherapy is a term that describes the application of ice, cold towels, ice massage, and compresses to reduce the temperature of tissues directly on or below the surface of the skin.
- Helps reduce swelling and inflammation
- Numbs affected area to reduce pain
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Inexpensive and can be self-applied
Superficial heat consists of hot packs, warm moist towels, heating pads, and infrared lamps; these can be used to help raise the temperature of soft tissues directly below the surface of the skin.
- Helps increase circulation
- Relaxes muscle tension
- Reduces joint stiffness
- Prepare tissues for rehabilitation
- Widely available and inexpensive
Gua sha is an ancient East Asian technique used primarily for muscle relaxation, to break up adhesions in muscle tissue, and to promote proper blood flow. Gua sha facilitates various blunt-edge tools that are used to stroke the treated area. The technique is quite comfortable and provides much relief to patients with muscular aches and pains. Notable, profound relief can be found from using gua sha after sport-related muscular distress (i.e. muscular sprains/strains in marathon runners, swimmers, bikers, and triathletes, amongst many others).
Myofascial release is a soft tissue technique in which a force is applied to a musculoskeletal structure to release or stretch the underlying fascia and to mobilize any adhesions. Fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue that covers and supports a muscle. Myofascial release aims to release skeletal muscle tissue shortness and tightness with a safe, low-load stretch on the underlying structures to release fascial tightness and myofascial pain.
Cervical traction is a technique to provide pain relief and improved motion in the neck. Traction gently distracts the neck and opens the space between the cervical vertebrae, which alleviates the pressure on the affected discs and nerve roots or irritated spinal joints. Between the bones of your spine are intervertebral discs which act as shock absorbers. When a disc injury occurs, a disc can bulge and put pressure on a nerve within the spine. Cervical traction is extremely effective at taking the pressure off this injury and assists in having the disc retract and heal properly. Additionally, cervical traction is very beneficial for patients with arthritis and degenerative disc disease, as it assists in promoting mobility and hydrating the discs.
Flexion-distraction is a chiropractic service that uses therapeutic manipulation and mobilization techniques that provide traction to the lumbar spine. This is an advanced, traction-based therapy commonly used to treat disc injuries and arthritic conditions. Flexion-distraction uses a specialized table that gently cycles in a process of distraction to stretch the spine and flexion of the spine to widen the space of the spinal canal; reduce the pressure on spinal nerves, discs, and the spinal cord; and promote and restore proper spinal mobility. The gentle pumping rhythm of distraction and flexion causes a vacuum effect on the spinal discs, causing injured discs to become hydrated and resorb back to the proper position to promote healing. This is a leading form of nonsurgical management for disc injuries.
Kinesio tape is an advanced taping technology that supports overused muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia in an active and dynamic way, allowing for motion. The tape actually increases and enhances muscle activity and improves function and performance. The dynamic method of taping allows for the prevention of further injury and protects the tissue for healing while allowing for muscle activity. The Kinesio tape is made of a cotton-type fabric with an acrylic adhesive base that is activated by friction post-application. Kinesio tape can potentially be worn for several days, due to the unique fabric that allows the tissue below to breathe. It provides mechanical support of the structure while also promoting optimal athletic performance. Dr. Tara Koff is proficient in various taping procedures to support injured muscles and joints. Kinesio taping is one of many taping procedures and chiropractic services that Dr. Koff employs.