There are many common symptoms that signal the need for chiropractic or massage therapy. Select a symptom for more information:

CHIROPRACTIC
     Headaches & Migraines
     Hip, Leg, Knee, Foot & Sciatica
     Lower Back Pain
     Stress, Fatigue, Cold & Flus
     Upper Back/Neck/Shoulder/Arm Pain
     Whiplash
     Numbness/Tingling/Pinched Nerves
     Pregnancy/Pre-Natal
     Animal Chiropractic

ORTHOTICS
     Plantar Fasciitis
     Knee Pain & Shin Splints
     Lower Back Pain
     Sports/Athletics
     Self Examination

MASSAGE THERAPY
     Fatigue
     Stress/Relaxation
     Flexibility/Mobility
     Shoulder Pain
     Athletic Injuries

We ask new patients to download, print, and complete the appropriate forms below and bring to your first appointment. All files are in PDF format.

Patient Health Questionnaire

Patient Information - ADULT

Patient Information - CHILD

Worker's Comp Questionnaire

Accidental Injury Form

What to Expect During Your First Visit

 Knee Pain & Shin Splints

Foot, knee and hip pain is a common occurrence about adults. Your feet are the foundation of your entire body and they are under a enormous amount of pressure everyday; a slight imbalance can cause a great deal of discomfort and pain.

When the alignment of your knee is out ligaments and tendons can stretch and an become overused. Normal everyday walking you could be creating an “overuse” injury without you even knowing it; bone and cartilage can rub up against each other creating a dull achy pain and can lead to arthritis. Think of you foot/ankle as the alignment on your car. It may only be off 2-3 degrees, but after 2-3 years your tires are unevenly worn….the alignment needs to be corrected.


Symptoms of knee pain that can be corrected with an orthotic

Generally the knee pain will be dull but somehat constant. Pain may occur with going up or down stairs or any type of jumping motion. You knee can click or feel like it is going to give way. You may also have difficulty getting up after kneeling for a few minutes.


Treatment with Orthotics

Orthotics can be a very effective treatment in eliminating knee pain.

Orthotics work to change the force distribution through your ankle and foot, which will ease the pressure on your knee. Orthotics will also help knee pain by cushioning the force through your ankle and foot, and this has the same result of cushioning the force on the knee. Orthotics can also help change the alignment of your foot, ankle, and knee allowing the proper biomechanics to occur. This will reduce over-use injuries. Stretching and strengthening are very important to support correct motion of the quadriceps, hamstrings, patella and other important knee and foot structures.

Foot, knee and hip pain is a common occurrence about adults. In fact, by age 20, 80% of humans have developed some type of problem, and by age 40, nearly everyone has some kind of foot condition. Your feet are the foundation of your entire body and they are under a enormous amount of pressure everyday; a slight imbalance can cause a great deal of discomfort and pain.

The term "Shin Splints" refers to a painful condition in the shin, involving inflammation of the tendons that occurs either in the front or inside section of the shin bone. In many cases shin splints are the result of an overuse injury, which means that the body has been pushed too far for too long. Another common culprit that is possible is a tiny stress fractures in the leg bone (tibia), which occur as the soft tissues pull away from the shin as a result of overuse.

A report in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that shin splints account for up to 16 percent of all injuries in runners. The condition doesn't bother only joggers -- other high-impact sports like basketball, soccer, tennis, and racquetball can also cause problems.


What do shin splints feel like?

Many people describe shin splints as a vague, aching feeling. If you have a stress fracture, the pain may be sharp and localized. Shin splints most often occur along the inside of the shin above the ankle, or along the outside of the shin below the knee. In most cases, the problem develops gradually after a few weeks or months of intense exercise, but some people can feel the pain after one especially rigorous run. A person with shin splints usually feels pain when starting a workout. The pain may fade as the exercise continues, but it often comes back with a vengeance when a person finally rests.


Common Causes of Shin Splints

Shin splints are generally caused by excessive stretching of muscles and tendons along the shin bones (tibia and fibula). Overuse of these muscles by athletes in runners is the most common factor.

Excessive pronation of the feet can also be a major contributing factor. Over-pronation causes the leg to rotate and increases the force on the muscles and ligaments in the lower leg causing a over-use type injury, even if you have not been engaging in sports.


Treatment and relief for Shin Splints

Rest and ice is required to reduce the inflammation, and therefore the pain. If you suffer from over-pronation or a heavy heel strike, an orthotics will be required to align the ankle and support the structures of the foot, ankle and leg. Changing your running surface to one that is more flexible and soft as well as a change in stride can decrease the frequency and severity of you pain; however, a stretching and strengthening the leg is required to prevent reoccurrence.


Shin Splints-The Aim of Orthotics

The aim of a shin splint foot orthotic is to correct dysfunctional biomechanics and therefore:

  • Reduce pain of shin splints.
  • Provide support for shin splints.
  • Prevent or halt the development of foot deformity that can cause shin splints.
  • Provide better positioning to help prevent shin splints.
  • Relieve pressure on a certain area of the foot.
  • Improve the overall biomechanical function of the foot and the lower limb.
  • Help prevent lower shin splints
  • Speed up rehabilitation after a shin splints injury.

 

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Gentle Chiropractic

Headaches & Migraines
Hip, Leg, Knee, Foot & Sciatica
Lower Back Pain
Stress, Fatigue, Cold & Flus
Upper Back/Neck/Shoulder/Arm Pain
Whiplash
Numbness/Tingling/Pinched Nerves
Pregnancy/Pre-Natal
Decompression Therapy

Orthotics

Plantar Fasciitis
Knee Pain & Shin Splints
Lower Back Pain
Sports/Athletics
Self Examination
Massage Therapy

Fatigue
Stress/Relaxation
Flexibility/Mobility
Shoulder Pain
Athletic Injuries

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