- Activator Method
- Chiropractic Care
- Chiropractic Adjustments
- Corrective Exercises
- Custom Orthotics
- Diversified Technique
- DOT Exams
- Dry Needling
- Graston Technique
- Massage Therapy
- Myofascial Release
- Pediatric Chiropractic
- Pre/Postnatal Chiropractic
- Worker’s Compensation
- Diagnostic Ultrasound
We’re proud to use one of the most popular “low force” chiropractic techniques in the world. With the Activator® handheld instrument, we can provide precise, gentle adjustments where and when you need it most.
This technique is often ideal for patients of all ages and walks of life. Children love our “clicker instrument”, and seniors can comfortably be adjusted more accurately using less energy.
We know you’ll love it as much as we do!
What to Expect
The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust. It also makes the directed energy more precise, given at the exact angle necessary to best add motion to a joint.
Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body.
The best part? If you’re nervous about ‘cracking’, don’t be–there’s no popping sounds to be heard in this type of adjustment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long until I’m feeling better?
Can this be used in addition to other modalities?
We specialize in correcting your body’s misalignments. Our goal is to ensure that your spine and the rest of your body are working harmoniously. To do so, we will help you develop a plan that will require light stretching, some exercise, chiropractic care, and a healthy diet.
A chiropractic adjustment can make you feel so much better. Your body does not want to be out of alignment, and that’s exactly what an adjustment can help address. It is also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation. The adjustment refers to the manipulation of the vertebrae that have abnormal movements and are not functioning properly. A chiropractic adjustment will assist in fixing these issues.
The goal of chiropractic treatment is to reduce the subluxation, increase the range of motion, reduce nerve irritability, and improve mobility. Our compassionate and qualified chiropractor will work with you to relieve this pain and get you back to being pain free every single day.
Although many people visit their chiropractor and have an adjustment when something feels out of alignment, a regular visit will help you avoid any pain in the future and will keep your body feeling great all day long.
If you are having one of those days when you are not in the best mood, an adjustment may actually help. Your body will feel much better, which will naturally improve your mood.
Corrective exercises are the use of bodily movements and/or postures to restore desirable changes in diseased or injured tissues. The corrective exercises are movement strategies that minimize or eliminate compensation. Corrective exercises should precede more integrated exercises, because they can cue the patient’s motor system to respond in a more desirable way and assist in removing or improving biomechanical constraints.
Custom foot orthotics are designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look similar to insoles, but are biomedical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot while you walk. We understand that everyone is different, which is why custom foot orthotics are made just for you.
The goal of the Diversified Technique is to reduce nerve interference. There are no special or unique procedures needed. Patients are assessed using these various mechanisms: history and basic examination (orthopedic and neurologic), palpation, x-ray, leg checks and reflex procedures as well as others.
The procedure involves analyzing the full spine and extremities. The majority of adjustments used in Diversified are manual adjustments, HVLA (high velocity, low amplitude), or long lever manipulations aimed at cavitating the joint and creating an audible release. This sound is known by patients as the “popping” or “cracking” sound associated with adjustments. Some chiropractors utilize specialized equipment such as drop tables or pelvic blocks.
For certain driving jobs like commercial truck driving, a DOT physical is necessary to ensure that you’re physically fit enough to operate the vehicle. Many people put off taking their DOT physical thinking that it will take too much time or that paperwork will be a hassle to complete. We provide quick physicals with a DOT Certified Medical Examiner so that you can get in and get back to your day. We also understand how important it is for a driver to maintain their commercial driver’s license, so you can trust us to be professional and knowledgeable about your needs as a commercial driver.
Dry needling aims to address neuromuscular conditions, relieve pain, and improve range of motion. During your scheduled appointment, we will insert a small needle into specified areas of your body depending on your unique and individual needs.
Dry needling follows evidence based guidelines, recommended point locations, and dosages for treatment of specific conditions. Our goal is to improve pain control and reduce muscle tension through this technique.
The Graston Technique utilizes a set of stainless steel instruments that are drawn over your skin to reduce underlying scar tissue and fascial restrictions. Since many long-standing spinal problems produce inflammation, muscle changes and fibrotic scar tissue, this approach is helpful in creating significant, long-term changes to soft tissues throughout your body.
The hand instruments we use allow a deeper, more sensitive palpation and movement of restricted tissues. Since the metal instruments do not compress like the fat pads of the fingers, deeper restrictions can be accessed and resolved. Plus, their concave/convex shapes mold to the various contours of your body for greater comfort and effectiveness.
Originally developed for the management of athletic injuries, patients report excellent results with both acute and chronic soft tissue injuries:
- Decreased recovery time
- Reduces need for medications
- Resolves long-standing conditions
As we pull our instruments across adhesions and scar tissue, patients report a temporary tightening, then a pleasant sense of release. Repeated visits help resolve these areas of scar tissue and improved muscle tone can be restored.
Learn More Today
We’d love to invite you to book an appointment with our practice to learn more about how this technique works and how it could help you. Schedule your visit today!
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are many types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities). People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons; for example, to reduce stress and anxiety, to relax muscles, to rehabilitate injuries, to reduce pain and to promote overall health and wellness.
Myofascial release is an intervention administered to various patients to alleviate pain or restrictive tissue problems. The release treatment usually involves the application of gentle or moderate pressure on the connective tissues and leads to relaxation and eventual elongation of the fascia therein. These restrictions are often caused by traumatic accidents or inflammations of the soft tissue. Some patients get them as an after-effect of surgery. They always result in muscular tension and spasm of sharp pain. They cannot be detected through standard diagnosis tests like the x-ray scan. It is essential for a patient to visit a doctor or physiotherapy expert once they notice restriction of movement in the hip area or shoulder. Painful backs can also be a sign of the restriction and can only be treated through the Myofascial Release procedures.
If you have never undergone a Myofascial Release procedure before, you might wonder what will be done. There is no need to panic any way, since it is a minor therapy intervention meant to alleviate any pain that could be as a result of fascia muscle pain and restriction. Here is what you can expect if you visit a standard therapist for your myofascial pain treatment.
- The therapist might have to interview you about what you think the cause of the pain could be. They may also palpitate the affected area to identify the particular fascia that needs to be massaged and given due attention during the procedure.
- A standard treatment should last anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, but should not last longer than that as that may lead to soreness and fatigue.
- You may experience considerable relief, but if the case is severe, you may need to go for another session or two in the subsequent days.
- The treatment does not require the use of any equipment and creams or gels. The therapist will only need their hands to manipulate and apply slight pressure to the trigger points and affected muscles.
Chiropractic care is not just for adults. In fact, more and more parents are seeing the many benefits of their children seeing a chiropractor every single day. Some of the benefits are improved sleep, improved behavior and attitude, and improved immune system function. Children encounter many physical stresses in their life that you may not realize. These stresses can cause your child’s spine to have issues in growth and development.
It is important to understand that often times where the pain presents is not the area that needs to be treated. The pain may be due to that area compensating and being over-worked from another area not pulling its weight. Our rehabilitation program includes strength, flexibility and agility training as well as training focused on coordination of body parts and motion to prepare the individual to return to full participation.
Here at A to Z Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, we offer a conservative approach to treating pregnant women. Our prenatal care is gentle and safe. We aim to alleviate the stress and strains of pregnancy while improving comfort for both the mother and baby. We understand the physical changes that come with pregnancy, and we offer relief without using any drugs.
Worker’s compensation is a form of insurance that replaces lost wages and pays for medical and chiropractic care for people injured on the job. It typically covers a number of injuries that can happen to nearly any worker. These injuries may occur as a result of a slip and fall accident, tripping over a hazard or on an unsafe surface, or falling off a ladder. For some workers, workers’ compensation will cover injuries that happen while the worker is driving or traveling as part of his or her work duties.
Musculoskeletal disorders affect a person’s muscles, bones, joints and connective tissue, such as tendons and ligaments.
A number of musculoskeletal disorders can keep a worker off the job, including:
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries
- Headaches and migraines
Diagnostic Ultrasound Scans at A to Z Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Identify Inflammation & Areas of Pain with Diagnostic Ultrasound Scans
At A to Z Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, we use Diagnostic Ultrasound scans to identify areas of pain and inflammation to aid in patient care. Considered to be a more popular and safer option than a traditional x-ray, musculoskeletal scans look at muscles, ligaments, tendons, and soft tissue within the body, in real time, and can help to offer an answer to discomfort patients may be experiencing.
When people here the word “ultrasound”, they often associate it with pregnancy. What many do not know is that diagnostic ultrasound scans can be performed for a number of other uses. Diagnostic ultrasound scans are used to determine consistency, shape, size and any abnormalities when it comes to the viewing area. An ultrasound may also be done if you are experiencing swelling, pain or other symptoms in spots that require looking internally. Ultrasounds can help diagnose the following:
Tendon tears or tendinitis
Muscle tears, masses or fluid collections
Ligament sprains or tears
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Inflammation or fluid (effusions) within the bursae and joints
Benign and malignant soft tissue tumors
Foreign bodies in the soft tissues (such as glass or splinters)
Dislocations of the hip in infants
Common areas diagnosed include hand, wrist, knee, ankle, shoulder, hip
and elbow. Ultrasound scans can be extremely useful following sports
injuries as well.
How the diagnostic ultrasound scan works:
Once you are sitting or laying down, a lubricating jelly will be applied to the viewing area’s skin. This jelly not only helps transmit the sound waves from the probe but it prevents friction between the probe and your skin. The probe then sends high-frequency sound waves through your body. These waves cannot be heard by the human ear as they are at an extremely high frequency. The waves travel until they reach more dense objects. As the waves hit these objects, they echo back and are reflected into a computer. These echos create a picture that can be viewed and examined.
Diagnostic ultrasound scans contain no radiation, so these procedures are safe for everyone. Scans are typically taken every few weeks to check on the progress through the treatment phase for each patient.
Diagnostic ultrasound scans at A to Z Chiropractic and Physical Therapy
Our state-of-the-art chiropractic and rehabilitation center is equipped with the latest in health care technology. Our doctors are specially trained to help patients recover from pain and injury without surgery or the use of harmful medications. We are located in Crystal Lake, IL.
When you are ready to start your path to optimal health and wellness, call to request your appointment: (847) 987.5085 or contact us to request an appointment online. We gladly accept insurance and have a new patient special for those without insurance coverage or high deductibles!