The chiropractor is trained to assess and correct joint malposition and dysfunction within the muskuloskeletal system. Chiropractic adjustments are used to restore proper function and range of motion, decrease pain and most importantly, increase the brain's subconscious awareness and control over the body. Dr. Leopold is trained in a variety of adjusting techniques: from the traditional "high-velocity, low-amplitude" thrust, to subtle and gentle mobilizations, from full spine adjusting to extremities and cranial sacral work.
The Doctor of Chiropractic curriculum is a rigorous 4400 hour program which covers much of the same material as medical school. Rather than using drugs or surgery to treat disease, however, the chiropractor works to restore proper alignment within the structure of the patient thereby facilitating optimal function of the physiology.
Active Release Technique
Considered the "gold standard" of soft tissue management. Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.
Fascial Distortion Modeling
The Fascial Distortion Model, developed by Dr. Stephen Typaldos, DO is called a ‘model’ because it isn’t a technique. It’s actually a treatment model in which virtually all soft tissue injuries, or musculoskeletal complaints, are viewed through 1 or more of the 6 different types of alterations to the body’s connective tissues. The patient’s verbal and physical descriptions, coupled with the mechanism of injury and relevant orthopedic tests, lead to the proper form of soft tissue treatment.
Treatments can include ironing out fascial seams, smoothing out fascial coils, reversing fascial transition zones on attachment points, minimizing protruding tissue through fascial planes, unfolding and refolding fascial folds and releasing fixated joints. The patient’s presentation along with the FDM assessment will dictate and identify the type of fascial distortion involved and the proper corrective technique will then be utilized.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
IASTM is a manual therapy approach to musculoskeletal injuries using specifically designed tools to create a controlled inflammatory process, which will allow the tissue to begin the healing process, breaking down scar tissue and adhesions in the troubled area, to accelerate the recovery process.
Cupping is a manual therapy treatment used in Chinese Medicine and many traditional cultures. It is most recognizable by the big purple circles the cups can leave. Myofascial Decompression Technique uses plastic pump cups (which can generate a much greater negative pressure than glass and fire) in conjunction with active and passive movement to address connective tissue matrix dysfunction and fascial plane restriction. MFD is an excellent modality to address collagen cross bonding and adhessions, as well as the compensatory kinetic inefficiencies they may cause.
A special kinesiology/sports tape provides support while allowing full range of motion. Tape is used to decrease pain, unload tissue via decompression, and provide a novel stimulus that improves body awareness. Kinesiology tape is applied along muscles, ligaments, and tendons to provide a lightweight, external support that helps you remain active while recovering from injuries. It creates neuromuscular feedback that inhibits or facilitates stronger firing of muscles and tendons. This feedback creates support elements without the bulk and restriction commonly associated with wraps and heavy bracing.
Selective Functional Movement Assessment
SFMA is a comprehensive movement based diagnostic system used to classify movement patterns and direct manual therapy and therapeutic exercise interventions. It is a system which systematically finds the cause of pain - not just the source - by logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment. This concept is better known as regional interdependence - how seemingly unrelated problems are actually driving the dysfunction.