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Chiropractor Glenn Mellusi at ProActiveCare has a respected reputation in treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the impact of these disorders on your general health.

The bulk of his patients are seeking relief from lower back pain and as a result, that has been the area of his concentration in recent years.

 He takes a drug-free, hands-on approach to chiropractic therapy which starts with a thorough examination of our patients followed by diagnosis and treatment. The latter generally includes a series of therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises executed in our clinic and accompanied by a home exercise program, and lifestyle counseling to build a foundation to ensure the problem does not reoccur.

In the cases of most of our patients, chiropractic care is the primary treatment they will receive. In cases of multiple injuries, however, we may also be working with your physician or other health care providers to complement a treatment package by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects of the injuries.

In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, chiropractic was designated the largest, most regulated and best recognized of the complementary medical professions. A Complementary and Alternative Medicine survey showed recently that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group and patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is very high. In the past two decades, patient use of chiropractic in the United States has tripled.

The skills and practices of chiropractors who use manipulation and adjustment of the spine as a treatment can be traced back to ancient China, Greece and Egypt.

 

 

Treating Back Pain - An overwhelming number of our patients at ProActiveCare are seeking relief from back and neck pain, and that is consistent with nation-wide statistics that show 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability throughout the world, in fact and the second most common reason driving patients to seek doctor’s appointments (upper respiratory infections are first).

In the case of treatment for back pain, doctors of chiropractic have led the way in the last century with their use of manipulation. In recent times, others are embracing this technique for its effectiveness. Because the back is a detailed structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles, it is easily injured by spraining ligaments, straining muscles, rupturing disks and irritating joins. You can sustain injury during vigorous sporting activities or accidents, or even through the simple movements of ordinary life like bending down to pick a baby out of a crib or pick up a piece of paper that has fallen from your desk. Back pain can also result from other ailments like kidney stones, blood clots or bone loss through osteoporosis. The Journal of the American Medical Association suggested recently in an article that patients look at chiropractic care as an option for low back pain sufferers before considering any kind of surgery.

 

Spinal Decompression Therapy – Sometimes referred to as a kind of computerized traction, Spinal Decompression Therapy is a means of producing a negative gravity at the disc level. This acts as a sort of suction on the disc material, causing discs that are protruding or have moved out of line to be pulled back into place, and away from the nerve. The advanced system used at ProActiveCare allows us to use upwards of 50 different table positions to decompress the disc and increase its chances of being returned to its normal position. This treatment is particularly effective in the treatment of degenerative disc disease, sciatica, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, tingling or numbness in the arms or legs and spondylosis. You will likely need at least five sessions before you experience significant relief and at that point, a reassessment is conducted to determine further courses of treatment. In most circumstances, pre and post therapy exercises such as core strengthening and stretching are needed in combination with the therapy.

 

Spinal Manipulation - Also known as chiropractic adjustment, spinal manipulation is another common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic. It is designed to restore the mobility of the joints by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of injury. Such injuries could be the result of a single event such as a fall or a motor vehicle accident, or they could be sustained over a longer period of time, the result of the repetitive strain of sitting with poor spinal posture or consistently improperly lifting heavy objects, for example. In either circumstance, the tissues have become injured and inflammation, pain, and diminished range of motion result. We use manipulation to restore mobility, alleviate the pain and tight muscles and allow the tissues to heal naturally. The patient normally experiences no discomfort from the manipulation, although in the day following they may have mild soreness similar to that accompanying certain kinds of exercise. As a general rule, spinal manipulation is accompanied by a prescribed home exercise program, patient education, and in some cases, other measures of support such as back support or orthotics.

Why Chiropractic Services are so effective – Our approach to chiropractic care at ProActiveCare is so effective because of the effectiveness of our therapy and our deep-rooted belief that our bodies have their own restorative capabilities to heal, which will do their job if we can just tap into them.