“Spinal manipulation,” or what is also known as a “chiropractic adjustment” is the main therapeutic treatment used by Dr. Marta Callotta at Long Beach Spine and Rehabilitation Chiropractic Health Center. Sometimes, body tissues are injured in a single traumatic event. At other times, injuries build up over time with improper or heavy lifting or repetitive stresses to posture. These kinds of misuse or overuse of muscles cause joints to become hypo mobile (restricted in movement). The injured tissues become inflamed, stiff, and painful due to the body’s physical and chemical changes. The treatment of the affected joints by manually applying a controlled force restores the mobility, creates blood flow, re-aligns, and relieves pain and muscle tightness, all of which encourage the tissues to heal themselves.
The goal of our custom tailored exercise/rehabilitation program is to bring the patient to optimal health, reduce pain, increase mobility and restore function. With proper muscle strengthening, a recurrence of symptoms can be avoided.
Soft Tissue Therapy*
Sometimes the best approach to relieving sore and/or stiff muscles is to treat the soft tissue itself with manual pressure and massage. The muscles themselves are often lengthened or shortened during the treatment with a resulting relief of pain and dysfunction.
*Massage is available all hours of operation by appointment only.
Massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pain, and often improve the birth process and even the newborn’s health. Other benefits of massage come from reducing the effects of edema and sciatic pain.
During pregnancy, edema (swelling) of the joints is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure to the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce the collection of fluids in swollen joints, which then improves the removal of tissue waste that is carried by the body’s lymph system.
Many women also experience sciatic pain in late pregnancy as the uterus begins to rest on muscles of the pelvis and lower back. Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on many muscles. A weekly or bi-weekly massage program can reduce the sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy. The benefits of regular massage can improve overall prenatal health for mother and baby.
Summary of benefits from pregnancy massage:
- Reduced back pain
- Improved circulation
- Decreased edema
- Lowered muscle tension
- Relief from headaches
- Better sleep
The practitioners at Long Beach Spine and Rehabilitation use a variety of modalities to aid in reducing pain and inflammation, accelerating healing, building muscle, and increasing the range of motion. Some of these are:
- Electrical stimulation
- Moist heat
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
IASTM is a therapy that our practitioners use to break up scar tissue and areas of restriction, all to facilitate healing. Using various stainless steel instruments as a cross-friction massage on areas of injury, we brush or rub against the grain of the scar tissue, actually causing small amounts of trauma to the affected area and resulting in temporary inflammation. This then, increases the rate and amount of blood flow, thus promoting the body’s natural healing process of the injured area.
By targeting different receptors within the skin, the application of Kinesio tape allows the body’s innate restorative processes to work at an optimum level, and contributes support and stability to muscles and joints. While the tape microscopically lifts the skin under the tape, it relieves pain and allows lymphatic drainage. The body can move naturally, while the tape provides extended soft tissue stimulation to prolong the effects of treatment.
As a Certified Sports Chiropractic Practitioner (CCSP), Dr. Marta Callotta is trained in the sub-specialty of patient care related to sports activity, with an applied focus allowing for a quicker and more specific diagnosis of problems related to intense exercise, repetitive motion, and the energies, forces and speeds involved in athletic competition.
Rehabilitation is targeted for a full and rapid return to functionality and prevention of the recurrence of injury.
- Assessment and management of sports related injury and illness
- Manual medicine techniques for the spine and extremities
- Clinical applications of exercise and physiology
- Concussion evaluation and management
- Pre-participation Sports Physicals
- Soft tissue care
- Analysis of sport specific mechanics
- Application of kinesiology tape and braces
- Sports nutrition
- Sports psychology
- Clinical measurement of athletic performance
- Management of physiological responses