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Our Techniques
We use a number of highly effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference.  The approach we use is based on our  evidence, judgement and years of experience.

Diversified Technique
At Countryside Chiropractic, we use an adjusting style commonly referred to as "Diversified." First, an examination of your spine and extraspinal related injuries is performed.  This can initially involve a case history and X-Ray films of your spine (you can bring your most recent X-Rays/MRI films so we do not have to take additional ones).
The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight "popping" sound from the shifting of carbon dioxide gas and fluids in the joint.  Keep in mind we incorporate a very mild pressure in the form of the adjustment and is very light and should not produce any discomfort.  
 

Active Release Technique www.activerelease.com (for more information click on link)

 Graston Technique (GT) www.grastontechnique.com (for more information click on link)

Kinesio Taping http://www.kinesiotaping.com/ (for more information click on link)

 K-Laser www.k-laserusa.com (for more information click on link)

K-Laser in the Yankees Training Room (mp4 format) Shows how the NY Yankees use K-Laser in their Clubhouse

A Line Orthotics Distributor  www.aline.com (for more info click on link)

Biomechanics and Gait Analysis:
When walking or running we do not realize the impact it has on our body so we have devised a system in place to analyze your gait imbalances.  Typically it is best done when patients come prepared to either run or walk in comfortable sneakers or shoes.  We videotape your gait forward and back and then from a side profile to get the most information about any dysfunction you may have.  When playing it back to you in slow motion we will demonstrate  where your dysfunction may lie and how to correct for those imbalances.  Sometimes it is as easy as freeing up a "tight" muscle with its adhesions and fixations or activating certain muscle groups.  This can be the difference of keeping you in motion without pain. 

NIMMO Receptor-Tonus Methond (NIMMO):
Muscle spasms and tightness are not under your conscious control,  By using either a rubber tipped "T-Bar" or with manual pressure we are able to apply pressure to these muscles "knots" which causes them to reduce their tightness and associated painful symptoms.

ExtraSpinal or Upper and Lower Extremity Adjusting
The chiropractic adjustment approach that works so well with the spine can be applied to other joints of the body including the shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, toes and ribs.  Remember that every articulation of your skeletal system is prone fixations and restrictions that can impair function and your range of motion.  Dr. Giovatto is especially experienced with extremity adjustments since a large portion of his clinical experience has dealt with treating amateur, semi-professional and professional athletes.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Low Volt Electrical Muscle Stimulation is used to reduce edema, adhesions and muscle spasm.  It also has a positive effect on pain and provides passive exercise and relax the tissue.  (Hoppenfeld 1976)

Hot/Cold Packs
Heat is generally applied in an attempt to decrease pain and relax the tissue.  In doing so, it also helps decrease muscle spasm and joint stiffness.  This will result in increased muscle and flexibility.  Cold is generally applied in an attempt to reduce inflammation by cooling the body tissue thereby causing a vasoconstriction and decreasing tissue metabolism.  Pain and swelling reduction is also the desired effect. (American Chiropractic Association 1993 and Sauders 2007)

Ultrasound Therapy
Therapeutic US produces thermal and nonthermal effects.  Thermal effects include increased collagen extensibility, alterations in blood flow, changes in nerve conduction velocity, increased cell membrane permeability, increased tissue metabolism and increased pain threshold.  Non thermal effects of US include increased cell membrane permeability, increased intracellular calcium, increased rate of protein synthesis by fibroblasts, production of stronger collagen fibers, altered enzymatic activity, accelerated angiogenesis, increased macrophage responsiveness, accelerated bone healing, increased release of inflammatory mediators..., and decreased length of the inflammatory stage of tissue healing.  (Sauders 2007)