Chiropractic Services

Chiropractic is a health care profession where chiropractors have expert knowledge in spinal and musculoskeletal health.

Dr. Sam Hanna is our Evidenced-Based Chiropractor at Physiohaus. Our chiropractor provides diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for mobility dysfunctions of the spinal and peripheral joints, muscles and nervous system.

Using hands-on techniques, Dr. Hanna determines the cause of your problem, and tailors treatment to help you address your symptoms and develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific goals. From here, he will choose from a variety of treatment techniques, which may include:

  • Active Release Therapy
  • Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
  • Dry Needling
  • Exercise Therapy
  • SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment)
  • Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)
  • Fascial Movement Taping
  • Manual or Manipulative Therapy


Modern (Evidenced-Based) vs. Traditional Chiropractic

Traditionally, for the past 100 years or so, chiropractors have been known to focus solely on the spine and only use spinal manipulation to treat their patients. However, in recent years chiropractors have been taught a more evidence-informed approach. Evidenced-Based Chiropractic is grounded in critically examining the latest emerging research, and integrating that knowledge into clinical decisions relating to diagnosis and treatment.

Evidenced-Based Chiropractic doesn’t focus solely on the spine and does not solely use spinal manipulation as a treatment tool.


What is Active Release Therapy?

Active Release Therapy is a form of soft tissue therapy developed by Dr. P. Michael Leahy. This manual approach helps release tight muscles and trigger points, greatly reducing joint stress and muscular pain while increasing range of motion.

In many cases, overused muscles or repetitive stress can cause headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems and tennis elbow. These conditions can be treated using ART techniques.


Contemporary (Neurofunctional) Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be effective as a solitary treatment or as an adjunct to other therapeutic interventions.

Acupuncture is a therapy that involves inserting very fine, sterile needles creating a healing effect.

Contemporary acupuncture helps to modulate the nervous system, calming and stimulating the nerves, increases blood flow, decreases muscle tension and helps the body release natural painkilling chemicals.

Dr. Hanna is completing his certified contemporary medical acupuncture program and includes dry-needling into his acupuncture practice.


What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling, also known as Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), involves inserting very small, solid acupuncture needles into the skin, muscles or ligaments to create a response in the body.

It is commonly used to help address muscle tightness or tension, persistent connective tissue irritation, swelling or pain. Dry needling targets specific myofascial or muscle “trigger points”.

When addressing muscle tightness, the needle is inserted into the tight bands of the muscle belly often referred to as a trigger point. This causes the muscle to contract momentarily, known as a “twitch response”. The tight muscle then relaxes more effectively producing a reduction in pain and tension.


Increase Mobility with Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)

Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) is a scientific movement-based system developed by world-renowned musculoskeletal expert Andreo Spina. Many top athletes are incorporating FRC into their training regimen.

FRC creates and expands your usable range of motion in a controlled manner increasing your “True” mobility. Flexibility, which is achieved passively through stretching, can create potentially uncontrolled ranges of motion which could lead to injury and decrease performance.

Dr. Hanna uses the principles of Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) with his athletic and sport-specific patients.



Training & Strengthening

Once you’ve recovered from your injury, you also have the option to continue seeing our chiropractors for performance-based, goal oriented training, which may include training for mobility, strength, agility, or conditioning. By using his certifications as a Conditioning Specialist, Dr. Hanna brings a variety of qualifications to his treatment approach.

If you are having difficulty returning to your workouts following an injury, your treatment can focus on returning to safe and effective weight lifting, cross fit, or high intensity interval workouts. Our goal is to help you reach that next level to become healthier, stronger and perform better.


CHIROPRACTOR FAQs


What should I expect at my first visit?

Prior to your first appointment, you will be sent a Welcome email with a link to our online Intake & Consent Form. We ask that you take a moment to fill this out prior to your visit – if you’re unable to access the form, just come 15 minutes early and our friendly office staff will assist you.

Your first visit will be a 60-minute assessment. We suggest you dress in comfortable clothing and bring shorts and a t-shirt.

Your treating chiropractor will collect a detailed history of your current complaints your relevant health history. A focused exam will follow, and treatment options will be discussed.


Will I have to commit to a weekly maintenance program or sign up for a package?

No.

If there is an Injury:

People can sustain or encounter many different injuries. People heal at different rates, and choose to get help at many different stages of healing. People also have many outside factors or other complicating conditions that may affect their healing or progress. Because of this, you may need one treatment or multiple treatments. Therefore, having you sign-up in advanced for many treatments or months at a time, does not make sense, as healing rates will vary from person to person. When you present with an injury, we will monitor and re-assess the injury frequently to make sure progress is being made.

Maintenance Care:

Evidenced-Based Chiropractic seeks to find the cause of your pain or dysfunction and correct it. It is NOT based off a theory of keeping your spine aligned or the removal of subluxations. Once you pain or dysfunction has resolved, you may choose to come in for treatments to make sure things are healthy or “to keep things moving”. These “maintenance” treatments are just like any other treatment, and your chiropractor will go through many tests to see where you are at as far as your function, mobility, movement, strength etc. and suggest exercises or treatments to help get you to that next level.


Will my neck be adjusted?

No.

Our chiropractor only uses spinal manipulation for your neck, or any other area of your spine, if thought that it may help your condition and most often combines many other treatments with it. Meaning just because you have a back injury or neck injury, does not mean that your chiropractor is going to manipulate your back or neck. Only after an examination and deciding if it may benefit you, and your consent is given, that it may then be performed. It will not be done just for maintenance care purposes, or on an ongoing basis. In most cases, alternative treatment is suggested depending on the condition or injury.

Many neck issues are due to weakness, motor control or hypermobility issues. If this is the case, treatment may focus on strengthening and retraining your neck’s movement. Resolving these underlying issues will lead to fixing the condition for the long term.


Do I need a referral?

No.

Although we have many patients who are referred through their medical doctors, you do not need a referral to see a Chiropractor.


What is the cost?

Your first visit will be a 1-hour assessment and costs $90. You will also receive treatment during this first visit.

Visit the Rates page for a full list of our services and costs.


Is Chiropractic care covered by my benefits?

Most extended health benefit plans include chiropractic coverage – if you’re not sure, call your insurer. Physiohaus also provides direct billing to most major insurance companies.


Book Your Appointment Today

If you’ve tried other therapies but relief is short lived, consider seeing see a chiropractor at Physiohaus for an assessment. Consultations are always free, and questions are always welcome. Book online or call 519-204-4445.

Dr. Sam Hanna
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