At Clearwater Hand & Foot Chiropractic Clinic, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic care to our patients. This includes taking a whole-body approach. While many chiropractors only address the spine, Dr. Sullivan takes time to address the entire body.
In addition to obtaining a bachelor's degree, chiropractic physicians must complete a rigorous doctoral program similar to that of medical doctors. As such, Dr. Sullivan has trained extensively in anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and palpation. This allows Dr. Sullivan to readily detect dysfunctions and interferences that may be occurring throughout the body. Dr. Sullivan is skilled at assessing bones, joints, muscles, as well as the nervous system. Her primary goal is to find the root of the problem so that patients' issues resolve and do not recur.
Chiropractic adjustments are the most common treatment used by chiropractors. Dr. Sullivan performs adjustments by using her hands to get stuck bones moving again. Doing so restores motion, reduces tension, eliminates nervous system interference, and can alleviate pain. Dr. Sullivan primarily utilizes Diversified, Thompson, and Flexion-Distraction techniques, as well as extremity adjusting (feet, knees, wrists, shoulders, etc.) For patients who dislike standard adjustments or cannot handle them due to their condition, instrument adjusting (Activator) is available in our clinic as an alternative. You may or may not hear a "cracking" sound during your adjustment. That noise is actually just gas releasing within the joint capsule -- similar to cracking your knuckles. Adjustments are safe, effective, non-invasive, and can be performed on nearly any joint in the body -- not just the spine.
We teach our patients special exercises to help strengthen and correct their own unique problems. These exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your chiropractic adjustments. Muscles and connective tissues can be both a cause and an effect of skeletal misalignment. Therefore, it is important to address the muscles, in addition to the bones. Specific exercises and stretches can help improve posture, relieve tension, provide support to injured areas, and keep your body working in harmony.
If you have ever injured yourself, you owe it to your body to try out Neurokinetic Therapy®. When injuries occur—regardless of their magnitude—the body establishes compensation patterns. These compensation patterns become a blueprint in your brain, and until that blueprint is rewritten, you will retain those compensation patterns. Neurokinetic Therapy® is a unique protocol that addresses and corrects soft tissue dysfunctions. Dr. Sullivan is a Certified Neurokinetic Therapy® Practitioner.
Nutritional Counseling & Lifestyle Recommendations
Do you know what foods and supplements may naturally help to decrease inflammation and relieve pain? Do you know what activities you should be avoiding or performing in order to enhance your return to optimal health? We can provide structured lifestyle and nutritional advice based on your individual needs. Our goal is to help our patients live a fulfilling, pain-free and happy life full of the activities they enjoy most. Helping our patients achieve true health and wellness is a collaborative effort between our professionals and our patients.
Soft Tissue Treatment & Elastic Taping
Our office provides specific muscular therapy and myofascial release treatment that is tailored to meet each patient's condition and injury. Both manual and instrument-assisted myofascial release therapy offer a natural, conservative treatment approach that relieves musculoskeletal pain for many patients. The benefits of soft tissue treatment may include increasing blood circulation, reducing swelling, relaxing muscles, relieving muscle pain and spasms, and aiding in overall recovery and range of motion. In addition, elastic taping may be administered post-treatment to help support new or old injuries.