Services - Chiropractic Care

There are many different chiropractic techniques for treating problems of the spine and extremities. Dr. O’Hara is well versed in these techniques and tailors her treatment based on the patient’s individual needs and preferences. Some adjustments are done with the doctor’s hands, which require pre-stretching of the muscles to treat the affected areas. These techniques relax the muscles and release pressure from the joints. Other adjustments are more passive and involve the use of special blocks placed under the pelvis to use the patient’s body weight and breathing to balance the spine and improve posture. Other techniques use a special instrument to gently adjust the joints without stretching the surrounding tissues. All chiropractic techniques are done with the intention of restoring normal motion and alignment of the restricted joints and in the case of the spinal joints, relieve irritation to the nervous system.

Additional Services


Ultrasound therapy uses high-frequency sound waves (too high for human ears to hear) that are transferred to your body through a probe. The sound waves travel deep into injured tissues causing microscopic vibrations in the deep tissue molecules, increasing heat and friction. The warming effect encourages healing in the soft tissues by increasing the metabolism at the level of the tissue cells.

Electrotherapeutic devices come in different forms such as Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), Interferential (IF) and Microcurrent Stimulation (MC). What they all have in common is the application of small electrical currents to the surface of the body to affect the tissues beneath the surface. The type of electrical stimulation used depends on the target tissue – for example EMS specifically targets the muscles while IF penetrates deeper to the level of the joints and discs. Dr. O’Hara uses all four types of Electrotherapy in her practice to relieve muscle tension, reduce pain, encourage blood flow and enhance healing.

Soft Tissue or Manual Therapy
Soft Tissue Therapy is designed to help people with functional problems and/or pain in their muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues. Injury, postural distortion, stress and inactivity all contribute to contracture or tightness of the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Manual therapy is the use of the practitioner’s hands to promote flexibility and mobility of these tissues to relieve pain and improve posture. Dr. O’Hara has studied many different manual therapy techniques and uses them when appropriate in her treatments.

Hot/Cold Therapy
Cryotherapy is defined as the use of cold temperature as a form of treatment for an injury. Cold temperature applications have four main effects on surface body tissues including pain relief, muscle relaxation, blood vessel alterations, and connective tissue effects. Cold therapy is used to decrease swelling and inflammation in injured tissues.

As with cold therapy, heat therapy also has four main effects: pain relief, muscle relaxation, blood vessel alterations, and connective tissue relaxation. Heat increases blood flow to the affected regions to encourage healing as well as promoting relaxation.

Rehabilitative Exercises
Exercise plays a crucial role in the process of healing and recovering from injury. Rehab exercises differ from just “working out” in that they are prescribed by a trained practitioner for specific strengthening and stretching of dysfunctional muscles, improving balance and improving movement patterns. Dr. O’Hara specializes in “low-tech” rehab exercises, which do not require the use of expensive equipment to perform.

Intersegmental Traction
Intersegmental Traction is a comfortable way of inducing passive motion into the spine for stretching spinal joints thereby increasing mobility.

Cervical Traction/Postural Retraining
The cervical traction used in our office carefully lifts, separates, and mobilizes the neck joints. It produces a warm relaxed feeling throughout the neck and upper back while gently encouraging normal alignment of the upper spine.

Paraffin Wax Therapy
This therapy introduces deep heat into the smaller joints of the hands, wrists, feet, and ankles allowing relaxation, pain relief and increased mobility of these areas.

Kinesio-taping is a taping technique that is based on the body's own natural movement patterns. Specialized tape is placed over injured joints and muscles to give support and stability without compromising circulation and range of motion. Kinesio-taping promotes pain relief and strengthening through natural motion.

Dry Needling
Dry needling is a treatment to restore proper function to abnormally behaving muscles. Muscles that are “knotted up” or have tight bands can produce pain either locally or send pain signals to other parts of the body. These lesions in the muscles can also produce abnormal movement patterns and diminish blood flow to the muscle causing weakness as well. Dry needling is an injection of a very thin solid sterile needle such as that used by acupuncturists into the abnormal muscle tissue to induce relaxation and the return of normal circulation to the weakened area. Dry needling is very comfortable and does not cause pain. Most patients notice an immediate difference in their symptoms and report feeling very relaxed during their therapy. Dry needling is an advanced technique that requires special certification. Dr. O’Hara is one of the first chiropractors in the state to become certified.

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