WHAT DR. KATE TREATS

  • Muscle Adhesions/Trigger Points
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Tennis Elbow
  • TMJ
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Knee Injuries
  • Ankle Injuries 
  • Pre and Post-natal issues
  • Pediatrics

CHIROPRACTIC

Diversified adjusting is the standard manipulation people think of when they go to chiropractor.  It is the "cracking." This helps to increase range of motion, increase proprioception, release endorphins (reducing pain), and relieve pressure off the nerves.

 

I frequently use diversified in the office, but each patient brings a unique set of circumstances with them and for some people this is not the best clinical fit for them.  I also offer instrument assisted adjusting with an activator.  It is an easy, gentle way of adjusting that allows me to mobilize the joints with minimal force.  This works wonderfully for patients with contraindications to adjusting, osteoporotic patients, elderly, or patients who are simply uncomfortable with "cracking." I use Drop Technique as well, which allows you to use the table to help aid in the adjustment.  

FLEXION/DISTRACTION TECHNIQUE

Flexion/distraction is a technique that is a non-invasive and effective means of treating low back pain and more specifically disc herniations, bulges, and spinal stenosis; and it also stretches the musculature.  Flexion/distraction uses a specialized table. The patient is placed face down, and then the table is moved into flexion to create negative pressure in the disc. This is necessary to allow for the disc bulge/herniation to regress so as to help restore proper joint function, reduce inflammation and pain, and allow for better movement patterns. The table can also be placed in extension for the lower back which helps with McKenzie protocol.  

I was certified in Webster Technique in the fall of 2015 and have been using it on pregnant patients ever since.  It is a technique that helps with optimal alignment of the pelvis and gives the baby the proper amount of room for best movement and development.  It uses the Drop Technique and is very gentle.  The table in the office is also able to accommodate pregnant patients to lie face down for treatment.  Chiropractic is helpful during pregnancy not just with the Webster Technique which has been thought to help babies position head down.  I treat a lot of patients in pregnancy that are suffering from headaches due to stress, shifting biomechanics from the change in weight distribution and ligament laxity.  I also give a lot of exercises to do at home for patients that help with optimal pelvic alignment and core engagement that is vital for the big task of delivering  a baby!

ART - Active Release Technique

Every ART® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. I use my 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. There are over 500 specific treatment protocols that allow providers to identify and correct the specific problem affecting an individual patient. These protocols are taught in a series of courses. I am certified in Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, Spine, and Nerve Entrapment. I have been certified since 2005.

For more information on ART please visit www.activerelease.com.

KINESIOTAPE

The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body's natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time.  Dr. Kate typically uses Rock Tape in the office, which is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, the tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin.  This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas. Find out more about taping methods from www.kinesiotaping.com or www.rocktape.com.

 YOGA

Dr. Kate has been a yoga enthusiast since 2009.  She recently completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training program.  It encompassed 6 months at Yoga Flow in Pittsburgh.  It was a rewarding experience and helped grow her practice.  The style of yoga she is trained in is Vinyasa Flow, which is a generic term that blends multiple disciplines of yoga.  Vinyasa means "synchronizing active movement with breath." This form of Yoga focuses on warming up our bodies while moving through flowing poses. I have had the pleasure of teaching classes and doing a few workshops in Grove City at Broad St. Yoga. I enjoy both vinyasa and ashtanga classes and love the challenge they present for me.  

Most people assume yoga is only used to increase flexibility.  While this is a phenomenal benefit of a dedicated yoga practice, it is not what yoga solely accomplishes. Yoga can be incredibly strength building.  You do not have to be flexible or strong to start yoga.  That is why you start.  It is a continual journey.  Yoga is what you make of it.  People seek out yoga for a multitude of reasons; increase flexibility, gain strength, enhance physical fitness or to relieve stress.  Your yoga practice can be a way to balance your other physical pursuits or daily stressors.

I typically give every patient that walks through my door certain “exercises” to do which usually include at least a few yoga poses.  Symmetry in the body and movement are the keys to health and yoga helps us achieve that.

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