chiropractic services  Santa Barbara, CA
If you are experiencing pain, we want to help! We are dedicated to helping patients regain pain-free lives. Oftentimes, people do not seek help for pain until it worsens. We want to help at the onset of symptoms, so they do not progress.

chiropractic services  Santa Barbara, CA

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic focuses on the removal of what is called a subluxation. A subluxation is when a vertebra in your spine becomes misaligned. When we make a correction to your subluxation, your spinal alignment is restored. As a result, you may experience a relief of many common symptoms such as pain or muscle spasm.

Hands-On and Instrument-Assisted Techniques

There are four primary techniques that we use in our patient care:

  •  Diversified. This hands-on technique is gentle and highly accurate.
  •  Thompson Drop. A drop piece of the adjusting table moves away, making for a low-force adjustment.
  •  Activator®. An instrument is used for osteoporotic patients, children or anyone who prefers it.

Our Soft Tissue Modalities

As a part of your care, your chiropractor may recommend any of the following soft tissue modalities based on what is most appropriate for you.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

This therapy is not only relaxing and enjoyable. It also assists the body’s healing process by flushing inflammation-causing chemicals and other toxins from the muscles, thereby reducing inflammation, relaxing tight muscles and providing pain relief for both acute and chronic conditions.

Graston.

When the soft tissues of your body are injured, this therapy can address them.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound creates heat within the soft tissues of the body through high-frequency sound waves which can penetrate below the skin’s surface much more deeply than other topical heat applications. The result is an increase in circulation to the affected area, a reduction in muscle tension and decreased pain and swelling.

Iontophoresis/Phonophoresis

This therapy delivers pain relief or anti-inflammatory medications transdermally through the use of an iontophoresis patch or with ultrasound. Some medications used with these modalities require a doctor’s prescription.

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Physical Therapy

At Bissell Clinic, you can receive physical therapy. You don’t have to be a chiropractic patient to benefit from sessions with our physical therapist. It’s our goal to return you to your independence. Physical therapy is appropriate for those with neurological, muscular and skeletal conditions, whether chronic or acute. Often, it’s used post-operatively, though it can also be used to avoid surgery.

Physical therapy isn’t just for recovering from injury. The modalities we offer can help you perform better during athletics, improve strength, flexibility and endurance, prevent injury, and overall foster a healthy body.

Developing Your Program

Your physical therapist plans a care program after an extensive evaluation of each patient and his or her medical record. Tests, observations and a thorough health history provide vital information about a patient’s strengths, weaknesses, reflexes, sensory perception, posture and gait.

Individualized care programs are designed to restore functional movement, relieve pain, promote healing and recovery and prevent additional injury. After your evaluation, our physical therapist leads you through various exercises and stretches and may also perform hands-on therapies such as tissue work and joint mobilizations or use modalities such as heat/ice, ultrasound and electrical muscle stimulation.

Specialty Physical Therapy Programs

When you want to maintain your independence, it is important to know your current functional fitness level and develop your activity plan accordingly. Our therapists are here to help you do just that.

Private Exercise Sessions

Our private workout room is equipped with a Pilates reformer, stair climber, stationary bike, free weights, fitness balls and free motion weight machines. Sessions are led by one of our physical therapists who will emphasize injury prevention and program effectiveness. Whether you’re looking to learn a few stretches, lose weight or want to make sure that you are correctly and safely performing the exercises in your existing program, you have come to the right place.

Common Conditions We Can Address

  •  Post-operative Knee, Shoulder, Ankle, – one of the most important times to seek physical therapy is after an operation. Our physical therapists work with orthopedic surgeons to restore range of motion and proper function of the structure after it has been surgically repaired or replaced.
  •  Balance/Walking Issues – Balance and gate issues can be the results of vestibular system dysfunction or a neurologic condition. This can present as dizziness, weakness in the legs, decreased walking speed, or repeated issues with falling.
  •  Rotator Cuff Injuries – Injuries to the rotator cuff include tendonitis, bursitis, and tears of the muscles or tendons. If left untreated, these conditions can progress and lead to greater pain and dysfunction. Our physical therapists can assess and treat all shoulder conditions through manual therapy and guided stretches and exercises.

Senior Fitness Programs

Based on your goals and abilities, our programs can be customized to your specific needs. All fitness programs will enhance your longevity, health, energy and vitality.

Common Conditions We Can Address

  •  Post-operative Knee, Shoulder, Ankle, – one of the most important times to seek physical therapy is after an operation. Our physical therapists work with orthopedic surgeons to restore range of motion and proper function of the structure after it has been surgically repaired or replaced.
  •  Balance/Walking Issues – Balance and gate issues can be the results of vestibular system dysfunction or a neurologic condition. This can present as dizziness, weakness in the legs, decreased walking speed, or repeated issues with falling.
  •  Rotator Cuff Injuries – Injuries to the rotator cuff include tendonitis, bursitis, and tears of the muscles or tendons. If left untreated, these conditions can progress and lead to greater pain and dysfunction. Our physical therapists can assess and treat all shoulder conditions through manual therapy and guided stretches and exercises.

Fall Prevention and Balance Training

The exercises in this program are based on extensive research and provide results. The program improves strength, enhances static and dynamic balance, improves stability and flexibility and enhances joint range of motion. Participants reduce their risk of falling and injury and experience improved independence.

Common Conditions We Can Address

  •  Post-operative Knee, Shoulder, Ankle, – one of the most important times to seek physical therapy is after an operation. Our physical therapists work with orthopedic surgeons to restore range of motion and proper function of the structure after it has been surgically repaired or replaced.
  •  Balance/Walking Issues – Balance and gate issues can be the results of vestibular system dysfunction or a neurologic condition. This can present as dizziness, weakness in the legs, decreased walking speed, or repeated issues with falling.
  •  Rotator Cuff Injuries – Injuries to the rotator cuff include tendonitis, bursitis, and tears of the muscles or tendons. If left untreated, these conditions can progress and lead to greater pain and dysfunction. Our physical therapists can assess and treat all shoulder conditions through manual therapy and guided stretches and exercises.

Sport-Specific Training for Ageless Athletes

Whether your favorite activity is tennis, golf or bicycling, our programs will identify the imbalances of the specific muscles used in your favorite activity. Through therapies and exercises, the tight muscles will be stretched and the weak muscles will be strengthened, thereby enhancing one’s game, minimizing pain and reducing injury.

Common Conditions We Can Address

  •  Post-operative Knee, Shoulder, Ankle, – one of the most important times to seek physical therapy is after an operation. Our physical therapists work with orthopedic surgeons to restore range of motion and proper function of the structure after it has been surgically repaired or replaced.
  •  Balance/Walking Issues – Balance and gate issues can be the results of vestibular system dysfunction or a neurologic condition. This can present as dizziness, weakness in the legs, decreased walking speed, or repeated issues with falling.
  •  Rotator Cuff Injuries – Injuries to the rotator cuff include tendonitis, bursitis, and tears of the muscles or tendons. If left untreated, these conditions can progress and lead to greater pain and dysfunction. Our physical therapists can assess and treat all shoulder conditions through manual therapy and guided stretches and exercises.

Senior Fitness Testing

Your current fitness level is like a vital sign, just like your heart rate and blood pressure. Our tests assess your strengths and weaknesses and provide data that will help you select a class that meets your fitness and lifestyle goals. This test is safe and meets scientific standards for reliability and validity. It has performance norms for people ages 60 to 94.

Common Conditions We Can Address

  •  Post-operative Knee, Shoulder, Ankle, – one of the most important times to seek physical therapy is after an operation. Our physical therapists work with orthopedic surgeons to restore range of motion and proper function of the structure after it has been surgically repaired or replaced.
  •  Balance/Walking Issues – Balance and gate issues can be the results of vestibular system dysfunction or a neurologic condition. This can present as dizziness, weakness in the legs, decreased walking speed, or repeated issues with falling.
  •  Rotator Cuff Injuries – Injuries to the rotator cuff include tendonitis, bursitis, and tears of the muscles or tendons. If left untreated, these conditions can progress and lead to greater pain and dysfunction. Our physical therapists can assess and treat all shoulder conditions through manual therapy and guided stretches and exercises.
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chiropractic services  Santa Barbara, CA

Corrective Exercises

Corrective exercises are the use of bodily movements and/or postures to restore desirable changes in diseased or injured tissues. The corrective exercises are movement strategies that minimize or eliminate compensation. Corrective exercises should precede more integrated exercises, because they can cue the patient’s motor system to respond in a more desirable way and assist in removing or improving biomechanical constraints.

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Shockwave Therapy

Introducing Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy – a revolutionary shockwave therapy for chronic pain. This noninvasive alternative to medications and injections is free from side effects. It’s been successfully used all over Europe for more than 30 years.

Shockwave Therapy is 100 times stronger than regular ultrasound therapy. Shockwave Therapy, also know as Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy, is specifically designed to target adhesions, scar tissue, and calcifications that have built up in the body’s connective tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia.

These build ups occur as the result of repetitive overuse of a certain body part or an acute injury resulting in a strain or sprain. The Shockwave uses a compressed soundwave to break up the adhesions, which will increase a patient’s mobility and decrease their pain. Most overuse injuries occur near the joints, where these soft tissues have their attachment points, including shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and ankles. The injuries listed below are just some of the inflammatory conditions that Shockwave therapy can treat.

When an injured area is addressed, you can experience a quicker recovery. Shockwave Therapy alleviates pain, improves mobility and boasts a high success rate.

Bursitis

Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa sac, which are fluid filled sacs located inside of our joints all over the body. Bursitis can form near the hip, called “trochanteric bursitis”, and is the result of an overly tight Iliotibial Band (IT Band) that rubs over the sac causing it to become inflamed and painful. Bursitis is also commonly seen in the shoulders due to repetitive overhead movements, or in the knees which can result from running, hiking, or prolonged walking on uneven surfaces.

Shoulder Tendinitis

Different from shoulder bursitis, shoulder tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendons surrounding your shoulder joint, known as the “AC” or acromioclavicular joint. This usually occurs in people who engage in sports with lots of upper body movement, including swimming, yoga, and HIIT exercises. Over time, the repetitive irritation of these tendons causes the body to lay down adhesions which inevitably restrict movement and increase pain.

Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow

Known respectively as Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis, these conditions affect the inside or outside aspect of the elbow and are defined by the presence of inflammation in the connective tissues surrounding the epicondyle. This condition was named Golfer’s and Tennis elbow because both sports require repetitive movements of the forearms and are seen commonly in these types of athletes. Pain is most noticeable with pulling, gripping, and twisting movements.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common conditions that we treat with Shockwave at Bissell Clinic. Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation and subsequent formation of adhesions within the connective tissue in the bottom of the foot, called fascia. This can be caused by walking in shoes without proper arch support and due to unaddressed biomechanical imbalances in the knees or hips that cause a patient to favor one aspect of the foot more than they should. We see this commonly in runners and hikers, and pain is usually worse when barefoot and first thing in the morning.

Your Shockwave Therapy Sessions

One session takes 10-20 minutes to complete. Typically, you will receive a series of 7 sessions administered twice weekly. If you are in acute pain, you may see improvement after a single session.

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Spinal Decompression  Santa Barbara, CA

Spinal Decompression

Do you have a herniated disc, multiple herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome or any other type of spinal problem? Is your doctor suggesting surgery, pain management or physical therapy? Perhaps you have tried chiropractic or other avenues and didn’t find relief.

Visit Bissell Clinic and try out spinal decompression therapy. It’s effective and noninvasive while being affordable and less risky than surgery.

Benefit From Our Leading Technology

Designed by a team of physicians and NASA engineers, this cutting-edge therapy has given our patients relief when other therapies have failed. We have been utilizing spinal decompression for years to address herniated and bulging discs in the neck and low back. It is also helpful for facet syndrome, degenerative disc disease and muscle spasms.

Spinal decompression therapy does not just alleviate the pain associated with these conditions. It targets the source of the pain and speeds up the healing process to provide long-term relief.

What to Expect

Your comfort is our top priority. Our team wants your visits to be enjoyable and successful. Each session is brief and administered while you’re fully clothed. Most patients undergoing this therapy report improvements and a reduction in their pain after only a few sessions.

Spinal decompression therapy gently stretches the spine, relieving pressure from the discs, joints and muscular tissues, while enhancing your body’s natural healing process. The gentle distractive forces of the Titron® DTS improve blood flow and boost nutrient exchange to the injured area.

Therapy sessions typically last less than 30 minutes. Most patients feel pain relief with as few as 6-10 sessions. It is essential to remember, however, that pain subsiding does not infer that your discs and spine are healed, so patients must stick with the protocol prescribed by their practitioners to achieve the full value.

Discogenic pain

Discs lie between each of the spinal vertebrae and allow our spines to move and absorb shock. Discogenic pain refers to neck and back pain caused by the inflammation or damage to the discs. Decompression therapy alleviates pressure on discs and creates a physiological response call “inhibition” which promotes blood flow and healing.

Nerve pain

Nerve impingement can result in tingling, buzzing, numbness, severe pain and even loss of motor function. The impingement can be caused by something mechanical such as a facet joint being misaligned, disc related conditions, or degenerative changes that cause narrowing of the exiting nerve routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does spinal decompression hurt?

Many patients report feeling like they are reversing the weight of the world and giving their back a stretch that no other movement or position could provide. In other words, our patients enjoy the therapy and never have anything to say about it hurting-most find it relaxing and comfortable.

Who can benefit from spinal decompression?

Decompression is beneficial for anyone that suffers from a compressed or tight low back, often the result of long hours sitting at a desk, high impact activities such as running, and lower body exercises involving weights. These patients can use decompression therapeutically to counteract the stress caused by their activities, or preventatively to keep their spinal health in order and avoid future injury. Our doctors commonly refer to it as “spinal hygiene”, meaning it should be used regularly by all patients to maintain good health.

If I have a bulging or herniated disc, can I receive this therapy?

For those suffering from more acute back pain because of bulging or herniated discs and who are looking to avoid surgery, decompression can help by relieving pain and healing the spine through the process of “imbibition”. Over the course of the 15-minute treatment, the machine alternates between pulling the patient to their maximum poundage and then slowly releasing back to their minimum poundage, repeating this process multiple times. The continuous, accordion-like movement creates a physiological reaction that is unique to the spine, known as imbibition. During imbibition, the jelly-like substance that our discs are comprised of is reabsorbed, thus allowing the spine to heal itself from bulges or herniations. The process also increases the amount of synovial fluid and blood flow to the affected area of the spine, which is necessary for healing as the spine is avascular, meaning it does not have its own direct bloody supply. The increase in fluids and nutrients will decrease inflammation and supply the spine with the necessary nutrients required for regrowth.

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Custom Orthotics  Santa Barbara, CA

Custom Orthotics

Are your feet getting the support they need? At Bissell Clinic, our orthotics are custom-made, semi-rigid orthotic devices that fit inside your footwear. The aim of wearing them is to decrease pain, improve biomechanical deficits and reduce overuse injuries by enhancing lower limb alignment.

Poor alignment of the foot and ankle can have negative impacts on the knees, hips and even spine. With improved alignment and better biomechanics, pain is often reduced in many areas.

Fitting You for Your Orthotics

Our highly skilled physical therapist, Karen Still, will perform a thorough physical evaluation and gait analysis to determine your orthotic needs. Plaster casts of each foot held in proper alignment are molded and sent to an off-site laboratory for fabrication. Within just a couple of weeks, durable custom orthotics are delivered and fitted with any necessary modifications for maximum benefit for years to come.

Orthotics are most effective when worn in conjunction with a customized physical therapy plan and are covered by most insurance policies.

Foot Pain

Some conditions that cause foot pain include tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and arthritis. In many cases, the patient is suffering from an underlying biomechanical issue that is causing an uneven distribution of weight and stress on the surrounding soft tissues. Custom orthotics are designed to each individual patients’ anatomy and work to correct these biomechanical imbalances.

Leg length discrepancy

Another cause of low back pain and foot pain is due to a difference in leg lengths. Custom orthotics or a heel lift insert measured to the individual’s needs can help even this discrepancy which will provide relief from pain and prevent further degeneration.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition categorized by inflammation of the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot called “fascia”. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by biomechanical issues in the foot and ankle which put extra stress on the arch to propel a patient’s gate.

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Nutritional Consultations  Santa Barbara, CA

Nutritional Consultations

Here at Bissell Clinic we want to help you on your journey towards health and wellness. Our goal is to help you achieve total health and balance with your body. In order to achieve that goal, we are here to offer specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to help you maintain a healthy weight.

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