Kinesiology and Dynamic tape are useful for restoring posture, decreasing swelling and inflammation, and can literally take a load off angry muscles. Kinesiology tape stimulates receptors in the skin which helps to decrease pain in the area. The tape also lifts the skin away from the muscles and fascia which promotes blood to the area to accelerate the healing process. Dynamic tape, made from recycled plastics, acts like a bungee cord taking some of the excess strain your body may have and passing it on to the tape. Unlike traditional athletic tape, these tapes are stretchy so that they still allow for movement instead of restricting it. Taping is a great additional service that we offer here at The Forge Chiropractic.
After an injury, joints may lose some of their range-of-motion. Dr. Stoffel utilizes chiropractic manipulation or mobilization to aid in restoring normal function and motion. An adjustment may sometimes be accompanied by a "popping" noise. This is caused by the natural release of gas that has built up in the joint. Almost all joints can be mobilized or manipulated (including the neck, back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, feet, and even the jaw!)
Soft Tissue Manual Therapy is a great adjunctive form of care. The primary goal with this therapy is to reduce pain so we can get you focused back on doing what you love. There are many ways and tools that can be used with this therapy. These can include cups, metal instruments, compression bands, trigger point balls, and lets not forget the hands. When done in combination with other services at the clinic like adjustments, rehabilitation, and nutrition education, this form of therapy can really help patients get back to work pursuing their passions.
After an injury, the human body is fantastic at compromising to protect the affected area. In a perfect world, you rest, heal, and return to where you were pre-injury with no complications what so ever. This isn't always the case and sometimes the pain is present longer than it should be. Rest is actually too often over used, and getting back in the saddle as soon as possible is both the best for the patient and what is being shown to be the best form of care in the long run. This is where rehabilitation comes into play! Functional rehabilitation helps address altered or painful movement and works with the patient where they are at and gives them a means to reach where they want to be. Rehab is a fantastic tool that is widely used, but seldomly enjoyed. Don't let this be you! Here at The Forge, we will work with you to find out what is meaningful to you and from there set attainable goals. Then, through this personalized rehab program, we will get you back to doing what you love!
Whether you are trying to hit a new PR at the gym, perfect a shot, or just improve athletic performance overall, we can help you! Dr. Stoffel will use both his personal experience as a multifaceted athlete, and professional experience as an expert in biomechanics and human movement to aid you in any and all of your physical endeavors.
Dry Needling is a treatment that utilizes a very thin filiform needle (like the ones used in acupuncture) that is inserted into the skin and muscle of the area being treated. This treatment is a fanstastic catalyst for overcoming some of the hurdles life throws at us. Some examples can include pain after an injury, recovering after an intense sporting event, helping certain headaches, and during post-surgical rehabilitation to help alongside the natural healing process. It is also very useful when we are working with muscle related complaints, including (but not limited too) tension headaches, excessive muscle soreness, tendon pain, and joint pain.
Nutrition and its principles are easy to understand, but can be very hard to execute. Everybody is taught the basic principles of weight loss, eat better foods and fewer calories, drink plenty of water, and exercise more. But the food and health industry tend to muddy the waters and we are bombarded with quick fix approaches, take this pill or that supplement, to lose weight. So we tend to do the next best thing in our mind - adhere to fad diets which rarely work in the end. It's time we get back to the basics! Dr. Stoffel will guide you through your nutrition journey and offer advice on what, when, how to eat. And he will offer tips and tricks to get you through any obstacles that may surface along your journey.