Dr. Gilliard provides individualized treatment plans using manual techniques and modalities to decrease pain, improve mobility, and restore function quickly.
Chiropractic therapy is a hands-on, non-surgical intervention often consisting of joint manipulation or mobilization, soft tissue therapy, exercise, modality use, and education. Dr. Gilliard develops individualized treatment plans for his patients based on their unique presentation, using multiple forms of intervention to generate the best patient outcomes possible.
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used as a method of treatment for centuries, but in modern practice is just beginning to be recognized as a beneficial addition to chiropractic therapy. Dr. Gilliard uses fine, solid, sterile acupuncture needles to stimulate tissue healing, blood perfusion, reduce pain, and restore muscle activation. Depending on your presentation, he may also include electrical input — termed electroacupuncture — to enhance clinical effect.
Soft Tissue Release
Soft Tissue Release is a manual soft tissue technique used to relax tight muscles, improve functional mobility, and decrease pain. It is similar to other hands-on treatment methods, combining myofascial release, therapeutic massage, and active assisted stretching to provide fast, comfortable, and lasting pain relief and performance restoration.
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Exercise prescription often plays a significant role in restoring function, improving mobility, and decreasing pain. This active component of care (things you do for yourself) compliments the delivery of passive care (things your chiropractor does for you) extremely well, and when both types of care are being delivered, patient outcomes are improved significantly.
Postural, Performance, or Athletic Taping
Taping is often used as a temporary support, proprioceptive reminder, or postural cue. It can be applied in a variety of conditions, and may be effective when used in conjunction with other therapies. Athletic taping is typically single-use, and applied immediately before sport participation. Kinesiotape however, can sometimes be applied for 3-5 days at a time.
Referral for Advanced Imaging
In some cases, a patient’s history and physical examination may not distinguish a clear diagnosis, and gathering more information becomes necessary. When this occurs, referral for advanced imaging (such as an x-ray, ultrasound, or MRI) may be advised, and/or communication with your family medical doctor becomes necessary.
Occasionally, Dr. Gilliard may recommend over the counter or custom orthotics as a form of treatment for foot and/or lower limb discomfort. Each patient’s case is unique, however some people find orthotics and supports provide relief from these types of complaints, and when used along-side other clinical interventions can be very effective.