Our Doctor utilizes several manual and light force techniques meant to optimize your body’s potential during chiropractic care. In most cases, a diversified hands-on technique is utilized in order to manipulate the spinal column and extremities. The overall goal is improved body mechanics and nervous system performance.
Diversified adjusting can be either forceful or light, depending on the patient and situation. The doctor may also utilize Activator/Arthrostim adjusting techniques to obtain the same results. These two techniques involved the use of light-force “punch” tools that apply a quick and precise impulse to the area of treatment. The Doctor may also utilize soft tissue techniques such as ART, Graston, Trigger Point, and Massage. Contact our office in Alexandria to schedule your next chiropractic adjustment.
This is the most common chiropractic treatment. It involves a quick adjustment of the spine or joints to improve movement, dysfunction or alignment.
This technique does not include the typical quick movements and accompanying pops. Light force chiropractic or the non-force technique involves the use of "punch" tools that apply a quick and precise impulse to the area of the treatment, which targets the disrupted nerves that have caused pain or misalignment. The goal is to improve body mechanics and nervous system performance.
FACT is a chiropractic technique that addresses a person’s whole health by evaluating breathing patterns and movement to create a specified chiropractic treatment for each patient.
The use of soft tissue techniques such as ART, Graston, Trigger Point, and Massage are all available for treatment.
One of the oldest forms of healthcare in existence, acupuncture utilizes the body’s nervous system and meridians to heal the body of symptoms and restore a natural state of balance. Through the use of acupuncture points on the body, needles and in some cases darts are placed into the skin at specific locations which alter or influence the way the nervous system processes information and the way the energy/Qi flows through the body. Acupuncture combines psychological comfort with physical relief to provide an effective treatment option for many health care needs.
We offer acupuncture treatment options to our patients at Alexandria Natural Health Center. Patients seeking acupuncture treatment are usually seeking relief from chronic pain, additional rehabilitation techniques from sports related or accidental injuries or as a natural treatment alternative.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our certified acupuncturists or discover if acupuncture can be a part of your healing process. Sessions last from 20-30 minutes each.
Our service of therapeutic massage includes relaxation massages and therapeutic massages. Therapeutic massage can be an ideal way to remove tension from built up scar tissue or overworked muscles and joints. We can personalize a massage to your specific recovery needs. The clinic has several Certified Massage Therapists on hand six days a week, Monday through Saturday. Contact us today to schedule a therapeutic massage.
Gift certificates are available.
Types of Massage Offered Include:
Typically the most well-known massage, Swedish massage is a relaxation massage the uses reaching hand strokes to massage muscles, improve flexibility and increase oxygen levels in the blood.
A relaxation massage is very similar in technique to the Swedish massage is its purpose is to relax the muscles and the person as a whole. Massaging movements are gentle and intended to relieve and relax.
A prenatal massage is ideal for women in any stage of pregnancy. This massage is used to relax and relieve tension related to carrying a child such as muscle cramps, tension and stiff joints.
A deep tissue massage combines relaxation and Swedish massage techniques with targeted work to chronic pain points and tension areas. This is intended to help your specific recovery and healing needs.
A hot stone massage also seeks to offer relaxation and recovery. The hot stones relax the muscles quickly allowing for a deeper massage to release tension and relieve chronic pain.
Reflexology massage targets specific reflex points in your body found in your hands, feet and head. By targeting these areas, the massage relieves tension and stress in the reflex point and it offers relaxation and release throughout the rest of the body.
Holistic healing and recovery includes nutritional intake as well as physical recovery. All Doctors of Chiropractic are educated in diet and nutrition, and as such are excellent sources for consultation for a patient’s dietary needs. Nutrition support therapy is specified to each patient’s unique situation. The clinic offers a variety of nutritional supplements and therapeutic lotions to aid in your recovery. Speak with one of our nutritionists to learn how to improve your recovery time or overall health, call our Alexandria office today.
Therapeutic Ultrasound uses lower frequencies than the more common Diagnostic Ultrasound to view internal organs and unborn children. The sound waves penetrate up to 3 inches into the body vibrating water molecules in the cells, this in effect produces heat. EMS utilizes electricity, it sends a gentle current through the body between two pads. And this causes the muscles to lightly flex and relax over and over again, fatiguing the muscle and producing relaxation. The other effect is on the nerve endings as certain frequencies cause a release of endorphins and enkephalins to dull pain and relax tissue. This therapy is typically utilized to treat muscle tension, inflammation, sprain/strains, gout, and pain syndromes. Contact Alexandria Natural Health Center to learn if therapeutic ultra sound is the right treatment for you.
Functional analysis is an assessment technique utilized by Dr. Larson which looks to optimize breathing and gait efficiency. By analyzing the breathing or gait pattern of a patient, the Doctor determines where to adjust. When the patterns are at their most efficient, the body has most available energy (in the form of ATP) to devote to less important functions of the body, such as filtering/blocking pain signals.
Reach out to us to learn more about this service and its fit with your healing plan.
Medical Examinations for the Department of Transportation
Performed by Dr. Larson, The Department of Transportation requires all Commercial Drivers License (CDL) holders to receive periodic physical examinations, officially called a “Department of Transportation Medical Examination,” to ensure the ability of the driver to safely operate a commercial vehicle.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Medical certification in accordance with FMCSA physical qualification standards is required when the driver is operating a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce that:
Has a combined gross vehicle weight or weight rating of 10,000 lbs. or more.
Is designed or used to transport 9-15 passengers (including the driver) for compensation.
Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) whether for compensation or not.
Transports hazardous materials in quantities that require placarding under the hazardous materials regulations.
When a driver returns from an illness or injury that interferes with driving ability, the driver must undergo a medical examination even if the medical examiner's certificate has not expired.