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Chiropractic Adjustment

Chiropractic adjustments are manual procedures in which chiropractors use their hands to manipulate the joints in the body, particularly the spine, to reduce pain and restore or enhance joint function. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. Our chiropractors adapt the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

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Active Release Technique: ART

ART is a patented, state of the art movement-based massage technique that is used to rehabilitate muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Plantar fasciitis, back pain, shin splints, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, knee problems, and sciatica, and other muscle over-use conditions, are a few of the many conditions commonly resolved with ART.

Over-use of muscles causes the body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. Scar tissue binds up tissues that need to move freely, causing the muscles to become shorter and weaker. Tension on tendons leads to tendonitis, nerves can become trapped causing a reduced range of motion, and loss of strength, pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness can result.

During an ART treatment, a chiropractor uses their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves and applies a precise amount of tension to a patient’s affected tissue in combination with a specific movement. By selecting from over 500 distinct ART moves, a chiropractor is able to identify and resolve the specific problem affecting each patient. In many cases, ART can keep patients from requiring invasive procedures, such as cortisone injections or surgery.

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Graston Technique

Graston Technique Our chiropractors have completed advanced training in Graston Technique, a procedure which allows them to detect and treat scar tissue and adhesions that can reduce range of motion and cause pain.

During the healing process, the body attempts to repair damaged areas by creating scar tissue. In time, this leads to a build up of this fibrous tissue, particularly in muscles, tendons and ligaments that get a lot of use. Since this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue, it can lead to pain and dysfunction.

The Graston Technique® allows us to better detect and treat these areas. By using a stainless steel instrument that glides along a patient’s muscle, tendons or ligaments with the right amount of pressure,we can detect just where the scar tissue or restrictions are located. When we come across bands of scar tissue, we can sense a restriction and use the Graston instrument to “break up” this restriction or adhesion and help re-align the fibers into the normal pattern of healthy tissue.

The greatest benefit of the Graston Technique® is the amount of improvement that takes place in a short amount of time. Graston sessions are quick, lasting between 2-10 minutes.

If you are experiencing pain and loss of motion and function following surgery, injury, repetitive stress syndromes, or tendinitis you will likely benefit from the Graston Technique. Other conditions which have responded well to the Graston Technique® include overuse injuries such as shin splints, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Kinesio Taping

kinesiotaping Our chiropractors have taken advanced courses in Kinsio - Taping to become Kinesio® Taping Practitioners. Since the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Kinesio Taping Method has taken the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine world by storm and Kinesio Taping has become the gold standard for therapeutic rehabilitative taping. Kinesio Taping involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. Taping for support maintains the full range of motion, enabling patients to participate in physical activities with functional assistance, while taping to prevent overuse or over-contraction helps provide facilitation of lymph flow 24 hours per day and is most commonly used in the acute stage of rehabilitation.


Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic Exercise Being fit helps you look and feel your best and reduces your risk for a heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers. Exercise is one of the best ways to help ease back pain and prevent back pain in the future. Like muscle, bone is living tissue that responds to exercise by becoming stronger. When you exercise, your muscles pull on your bones, putting weight and pressure on them. Your bone adjusts to these pressures, and builds itself stronger for the next time around. Muscle building helps you avoid injury by strengthening joints and improving bone density. It also improves balance and posture, making it easier to do everyday tasks. More muscle mass also revs up your metabolism, which helps you work toward your ideal weight and helps promote a youthful appearance as you age. Our chiropractors are very fitness conscious themselves. They encourage and instruct their patients on exercises to build strong and flexible muscles that will add strength and support to their spine and provide much needed stability. The combination of chiropractic care with stretches and exercise allows for quicker, more complete healing with decreased chances of pain in the future.


kinesiotaping Stretching is performed for joint mobilization and to increase range of motion. Gradual and controlled elongation of the muscle though the full range of motion (without pain) is used to relax muscular spasms which limit joint range of motion. A muscle is brought to slight resistance at its end range and is held, after which the patient relaxes. Stretching and relaxing the muscle is repeated as new barriers are reached. Homework, restrictions and other advice


Massage Therapy

kinesiotaping Massage Therapy and Chiropractic are both holistic in nature and based in the belief that the body, when given the chance, will heal itself. At Devine Chiropractic & Rehab Center, we have three massage therapists on staff and often recommend massage therapy for treatment of stress reduction, headaches, chronic muscle tension and fatigue, or as part of the recovery process for sports injuries, automobile and work injuries.

Massage is helpful before or after chiropractic adjustments. Before an adjustment, massage relieves muscle tension and warms the soft tissues, making the joints more pliable and easily adjusted. Following an adjustment, massage can be used to further relax the patient, allowing the chiropractic adjustment to be more effective.


Emergency Chiropractic Care / Urgent Care

kinesiotaping Emergency Chiropractic Care / Urgent Care - Do you need an emergency chiropractor in Seattle, WA? Our doctors are experts at relieving acute pain. After trauma, it is important to start treatment as early as possible since studies have found that a delay in seeking treatment is correlated with a lower level of improvement. We can usually see emergency patients within the hour at our convenient downtown Seattle location.

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