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As a chriopractor, Dr. Kopala is specially trained to locate and correct chiropractic subluxations. Subluxations are misalignments of the vertebrae which interfere with the proper function of nerve flow. Your nervous system is your body's electrical system - it controls and manages all functions of your body. If a nerve is pinched off by vertebrae that are out of place, then it is not functioning at its optimal level, which means your body is not functioning as well as it could. This may or may not lead to symptoms.
Dr. Kopala utilizes a variety of chiropractic techniques or adjustment styles. The technique or adjustment style is tailored to suit the specific needs of each individual. The adjustments range from very conservative and gentle to more aggressive types. It all depends on the person's size, condition, disease state, medication profile and level of comfort or 'fear factor'.
The following are a few of the most common techniques utilized by Dr. Kopala.
Manual Adjustments (Diversified Technique) These are typically the most common adjustments used by chiropractors. They involve the chiropractor using his hands to put a high velocity, low amplitude force into the spine in an attempt to restore proper motion and/or alignment of the vertebrae. There is generally a "popping" noise heard as the adjustment is being made. Because the force can be modified according to the patient's need, manual adjustments are suitable and comfortable for most types of patients, ranging from pregnant women, babies and children, to athletes and senior citizens. However, see Adjustor and Activator instruments adjustment techniques as an alternative which 40-50% of our patients prefer.
Drop Table Adjustments These adjustments are performed on a special table that has a "drop piece". The chiropractor applies a quick thrust and at the same time a predetermined piece of the table drops. The dropping of the table assists the chiropractor and allows for a lighter adjustment without the twisting positions that may accompany the manual adjustment. Because of the light force, drop table adjustments are suitable and comfortable for all types of patients. Some patients prefer this adjustment as there is generally no “popping” sound made by the joints of the spine and they may lay face down in a comfortable, neutral position.
The Adjustor is applied to your spine through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Adjustments with the Adjustor are so quick and measured, the body's muscles are less likely to resist, allowing for a more precise and accurate adjustment. The Adjustor can also help realign joints in other parts of the body.
Percussor Many people experience chronic health problems due to fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The fascia is the thin layer of connective tissue that covers and supports the muscles and inner organs of the body and when it fixates or knots up it can cause pain or other health issues. The Percussor allows us to work with the fascia of the body, freeing the fixations. The smooth force of the Percussor allows the freeing of both the connective tissue and the deep fascia.
You may experience remarkable results with the Percussor in many problem areas including:
• lung congestion
The Activator is a unique hand-held instrument many doctors choose to deliver low-force chiropractic adjustments. The Activator provides a controlled, fast thrust that is comfortable for the patient. In fact, adjustments with the Activator are so quick and measured, the body's muscles are less likely to resist, allowing for a more precise and accurate adjustment.
The chiropractor places the tip of the chiropractic activator against the area of the back to be adjusted. He then adjusts the angle of the intended pressure. The chiropractor applies pressure to the chiropractic activator by squeezing his hand together. The instrument then delivers a precisely-measured gentle thrust in a specific direction thus coaxing misaligned bones back into place.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Low Level Laser
When the body has an injury the cells are damaged and fail to function within normal parameters. Low level lasers penetrate deeply into the skin and work by restoring this abnormal cellular function. Physiologic effects include improved metabolism, circulation and tissue healing.
The cold laser device has gained FDA approval for the non-surgical treatment of neckand shoulder compaints and has been used in the NFL and by the USPS tour de France team chiropractor.
Shockwave Therapy is a fast and effective non-surgical method of eliminating or reducing many painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Shockwave Therapy is safe and has proven success for treating acute and chronic soft tissue conditions. Patients with tendonitis, calcified shoulders or deep trigger points can be successfully treated in a short time.
There are minimal side effects with this non-surgical treatment and it is available at a reasonable cost. Shockwave treatments are non-invasive and promote accelerated recovery of injured soft tissue, bone, heel and joint pain.
Biggest improvement - I'm able to sleep undisturbed - no pain in back and the tingling sensation in the left arm is gone. ... I'm not waking up with headaches - less advil taken! I'm a nicer person to be around.