Chiropractic care is an essential part of the wellness program at River Stone. Chiropractic is about more than just the spine, it concerns itself with the health and alignment of all of the body’s joints. River Stone’s chiropractor Dr. Dustie Steeves uses soft tissue techniques such as Active Release & Graston, as well as hands-on techniques to assess and treat the whole body.
Chiropractic treatment is good for:
• Low Back Pain and Neck Pain
• Headaches (Tension and Migraine)
• Patellofemoral Syndrome
• Tennis Elbow
• Shin Splints
• Arthritis and Joint Pain
• Frozen Shoulder
• Plantar Fasciitis
• TMJ Dysfunction, and more!
About Chiropractic with Dr. Dustie Steeves:
Tell us about your work as a Chiropractor.
I don’t feel like I’m a regular chiropractor. A lot of people think that all we do is crack joints. I do adjustments, but I also work with Active Release Therapy (ART) and Graston Technique.
What is Active Release?
ART is a soft tissue technique that helps improve range of motion by breaking up scar tissue, releasing adhesions and relaxing muscles. It works on both muscle and the fascia.
Does it hurt?
It hurts a bit, but it’s that good kind of pain.
What is Graston Technique?
GT is an instrument-assisted soft tissue technique that also works on both muscles and fascia. It releases adhesions, restrictions and breaks up scar tissue, thereby relaxing the muscle. It does cause an inflammatory reaction in order to stimulate blood flow to help heal. It can cause petechiae, which is minor redness in the skin. This lasts no more than a day.
I find both of these techniques work well with chiropractic because it helps loosen things up before an adjustment. Patients often say their adjustments hold much better because the muscle hypertonicity is addressed.
What happens on an initial visit?
Typically we go through a full history and assessment on the problem area. Where the problem is, when it started, mechanism of injury, what makes it worse, what makes it better and what you’ve done to try to make it better.
Assessment includes evaluating range of motion, muscle testing and orthopedic testing.
Based on the assessment we’ll discuss the diagnosis and move onto treatment and treatment planning. After the assessment I’ll do some ART, GT and adjusting if necessary. Based on the assessment I’ll also draw up a treatment plan. Part of this plan may include stretches, exercises, foam rolling and icing.
What happens on a typical visit?
Most visits review what’s been working, what isn’t working, which exercises have been done and how symptoms have changed. Mobility may be checked. Treatment includes Active Release, Graston, a possible adjustment and follow up with treatment plan and homework again.
Dr. Steeves also works with many athletes to help maintain their physical peak and to help their recovery from injuries. River Stone is the proud sponsor of Mitch Clarke (wrestling) and Alyssa Krahn (MMA). Chiropractic care is a drug-free and surgery-free path to healing. Contact River Stone anytime to book a visit with Dr. Steeves.