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How are we different?

At Abshire Chiropractic Sports Center we evaluate the entire musculoskeletal system, not just bones and joints. We realize that most conditions involve disorders of the soft tissue (Muscle, Tendon, Ligament, Fascia), and that can be the primary source of pain. Soft tissue injuries generally occur in two ways: Acute Injury and Repetitive/Micro Trauma. Regardless of the mechanism, the body repairs these damaged areas with fibrous adhesions, or “scar” tissue. This scar tissue causes restriction of muscular and joint motion, inflammation, and pain. Without proper treatment, this can lead to a repetitive injury cycle, which can actually prolong the condition.

Treatments

Soft Tissue Mobilization\Myofascial Release
Once scar tissue is imbedded into the soft tissue, it must be broken down or “released “in order to restore normal joint and muscular motion. We imply several different techniques to release myofascial adhesions, thereby increasing range of motion and decreasing pain with an immediate and lasting effect.

Active Release Techniques (A.R.T)

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. For more information go to www.activerelease.com

Graston Technique®

Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The Technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. For more information go to www.grastontechnique.com


Dr. Terro with Ironman Champions Paula Newby-Fraser,
Heather Fuhr, and Michael Lovato at the 2007 Ironman Florida.

KinesioTex Tape

It’s the same tape that was seen on the shoulder of Gold Medalist Volleyball player Kerry Walsh, and many other athletes, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The Kinesio® Taping Method involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. The first technique gives the practitioner the opportunity to give support while still maintaining full range of motion. This enables the individual to participate in his/her normal physical activities with functional assistance. The second technique, which is most commonly used in the acute stage of rehabilitation, helps prevent overuse or over-contraction and helps provide facilitation of lymph flow for an entire 24 hour period. Correctional techniques include mechanical, lymphatic, ligament/tendon, fascia, space and functional. Kinesio® Tex Tape can be used in conjunction with other therapies, including cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage therapy and electrical stimulation.

Kinesio® Taping affects the activation of the neurological system and the circulatory system. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body, they also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms. Consequently, more attention was given to the importance of muscle function in order to activate the body's own healing process. Using an elastic tape, such as Kinesio® Tex Tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Kinesio® Taping is an innovative approach to treating nerves, muscles and organs.

Chiropractic Manipulation/Mobilization

Simply put, joints are made to move. It is how they receive proper nourishment and lubrication. When they don’t, it usually results in pain, inflammation, and compensatory muscle spasm. When necessary, manipulations, or adjustments, are specifically made to restore normal joint motion and reduce restrictions. For patients who choose not to be adjusted, we can use other methods of mobilization to achieve the same goal, without the “popping” sound.

Modalities

We utilize passive modalities such as Ultrasound and Electric Stimulation to increase circulation, reduce muscle spasm, decrease pain, and make scar tissue more pliable before treatment.

Referrals

Althought we do accept referrals from other physicians, one is not neccessary to schedule an appointment.

We realize that every condition that walks through our door cannot be handled through this office alone. If we feel that your condition is not responding to our care, or would be better managed by another physician, we will make the proper referral for you.

Imaging

X-rays are not included in a new patient exam. After a thorough history and examination, if warranted, imaging will be ordered. If your condition is not responding to care, further imaging may be ordered to further evaluate your condition.

Insurance

We are providers for most insurance plans, and we will do the filing for you. We accept cash, personal checks and most credit cards as forms of payment. To find out if we are on your insurance plan, please contact our office.

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