Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic is a gentle method of therapy which focuses on the spine and other joints of the body. The ultimate goal of chiropractic care is to restore normal spinal or joint motion. When normal motion is established all of the structures around the joint are relaxed. Abnormal joint motion creates tension on the surrounding structures like muscles, ligaments and nerves. This can then create stiffness, pain, and dysfunction. Our gentle method of chiropractic care is painless and very effective in helping people relieve pain and stiffness. Many patients feel a relief of symptoms after one treatment.
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Physical Therapy Modalities

We use it at very specific intervals of physical therapy modalities to help achieve and maintain optimal muscle and joint function. These modalities benefits patients by:

• Relieving Pain
• Reducing Stress
• Improving Joint Flexibility
• AlleviatinMassage therapy is a very popular form g Sinus Congestion
• Speeding the Healing of Muscle and Ligament Injuries

Radiology

If X-Rays, CT-Scans, MRIs or any other diagnostic tests are found to be necessary to ascertain effective treatment, we can make sure the proper studies are performed. We refer our patients to state of the art facilities for testing so we can be assured the patient is getting the best possible care.

Our Services

Post-Isometric Relaxation Stretching

Tight shoulder muscles, chest muscles, quads and hamstring muscles are common in people who have headaches, neck stiffness, and back pain. Normal stretching is very important, but therapeutic stretching—like post-isometric relaxation stretching—helps establish more flexibility than regular stretching alone. We help the patient by stretching specific muscles in a controlled manner—a technique that uses the latest concepts in physical medicine.

Myofascial Release Therapy

Typically, chiropractic adjustments for the spine can instantly relax tight, stiff muscles. Occasionally, patients may still have residual muscular tension. Myofascial release therapy—also called "trigger point therapy"—is used in our clinic to help relax or release tight muscles. This therapy is extremely effective, and like chiropractic adjustments, it can instantly relieve tight, stiff muscles.

Sports Injury Rehabilitation

Dr. Acierno has been rehabbing patients for over twenty years.  His patients have included Olympic athletes (divers, swimmers & track and field), professional & colligate football players, soccer players, baseball and hockey athletes. Dr. Acierno has become a first contact for athletic injuries in many of the surrounding school districts including North Allegheny, Seneca Valley and Shaler Townships to name a few. Dr. Acierno believes the athletes are unique cases and often these athletes need more than just the particular injury rehabilitated.  This is why we have a network of facilities we refer to such as Orthopedic doctors and personal trainers when needed.  We are often chosen first due to our “small steps” approach which often rehabilitates athletes faster and stronger than anyone.

Cold Laser Therapy
Chiropractic Adjustments
Sports Injury Rehabilitation
Physical Therapy Modalities
Myofascial Release Therapy
Post-Isometric Relaxation Stretching
Exercise Therapy
Nutrition
Radiology


Nutrition

Maintaining a healthy diet and weight contributes to good spine health and freedom from chronic pain. We can design a nutritional program for you that gets you to the proper weight and maintains it over time. Minimize your risk of developing serious illness such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. For those who can benefit from it, we proudly offer quality supplements and meal replacement plans that can aid in good nutrition and weight loss.

Exercise Therapy

Consistent motion is vital for spinal health. Muscles are the supporting structures that move and stabilize the spine. If the muscles are weak, this can predispose a person to injury or prevent full recovery from an accident. We focus on specific strengthening and conditioning exercises that stimulate the weak muscles around the spine. We take the time with each patient to plan and manage an exercise program that effectively addresses problem areas.


Cold Laser Therapy

Lasers are concentrated beams of light with electromagnetic radiation. Lasers can have their intensity levels modulated. High intensity lasers can drill holes inside thick steel. Lasers are typically monochromatic, with red being used for therapy. Fortunately for laser therapy, the intensity is dialed down to provide people healing properties that lead to pain relief.

Cell Reaction
The low level laser therapy works because of how cells react to it. Lasers are fired between 5 and 500 milliwatts; most surgical applications utilize 300 milliwatts of power. When lasers are applied to cells, it is called photo-biostimulation. Cells seemingly "talk" to each other more via laser therapy. Lasers transmit photons about 3 inches deep into the skin. Mitochondria in the skin membranes absorb the laser's red light, which causes an increase of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production. Increased ATP means healthier cells.

Photo-biostimulation also initiates some cell functions that promote healing. Collagen production, enzyme production and cell growth increase. With the collagen level increases, damaged skin cells become less prevalent, preventing scar tissue from forming.

Pain Relief
In addition to stimulating cell growth, pain relief is a major benefit of low-level laser therapy. Lasers also have an anti-inflammatory property that reduces tissue swelling. When the cells are stimulated, they also promote vascular activity, which cycles more immune cells to damaged areas. There is also nerve stimulation for people who have numbness.