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Chiropractic Techniques

A Treatment Tailored to You

Chiropractic Doctors such as Dr. Fellows employs a variety of techniques to help aid your body in its healing.  These techniques range in purpose as well, including relaxing muscles, restoring joint mobility, affecting muscle balance or improving circulation.  The following are a few of the treatment methods Family Wellness & Chiropractic of Huntersville, NC may use to aid in your recovery.

Massage Therapy

Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various massage therapy techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle tension, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, and promote relaxation and well-being.

Massage therapy has a long history in cultures around the world. Today, people use many different types of massage therapy for a variety of health-related purposes. In the United States, massage therapy is often considered part of complementary and alternative medicine.


Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization or IASTM is a new therapy method which enables clinicians to efficiently locate and treat people with soft tissue dysfunction. The technique itself evolved from Traditional Chinese Medicine called Gua Sha[1]. However Gua Sha was not used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, instead it was originally used along the meridians of the body to move the bad chi out through the skin.[include link to good historical record of practice – but don’t reference here]  IASTM is performed with ergonomically designed instruments that detect and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, and scar tissue. Adhesions and micro scar tissue formation associated with muscle injuries, can lead to problems such as muscle contracture, and pain. With IASTM, a skilled practitioner can correct these issues even in cases of long standing pain.

IASTM is a treatment protocol that is rapidly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and efficiency while remaining non-invasive.

Conditions for which IASTM is commonly used:

Medial Epicondylitis Lateral Epicondylitis Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Patellar Tendinitis Plantar Fascitis
Achilles Tendinitis DeQuervain’s Syndrome Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
Musculoskeletal Imbalances Ligament Sprains Muscle Strains
Trigger Finger IT Band Syndrome

Active Release Techniques

Another effective method of assisting muscle rehab and healing is Active Release Technique or ART. ART is used by numerous “hands-on” practitioners, such as chiropractors, physical therapists, and licensed athletic and physical trainers for improving muscle flexibility and to increase joint range of motion, which reduces the impact of injuries.

Active Release Techniques can help with the acute pain associated with sports injuries and the small tears and oxygen deprivation which can occur in the muscles of athletes. It also leads to increased circulation, pain reduction and reduced fatigue, which are all linked to the correct use of this therapy.