What is the difference between Cryo and PBM?

Cryotherapy uses “cold stress,” which refers to the body’s adaptive response to cold, in order to reduce inflammation throughout the entire system. This works in a way that is similar to applying an ice pack to a sprained ankle: the arteries in the region constrict, and inflammation in the injured tissues is attenuated. Whole body cryotherapy triggers a body-wide anti-inflammatory response, which can be very beneficial to injured tissues as well as degenerative (arthritic) tissues. PBM is unique as a therapy as it actually facilitates healing and repair of injured or inflamed tissues, including cartilage, ligaments, tendons, skin, bones, brain, and bursa.

Which therapy should I use?

The answer depends on your needs. If you are a fitness enthusiast or endurance athlete, you may use cryotherapy to reduce inflammation after very heavy workouts or endurance events. You may also use PBM to enhance muscle performance (the American Olympic Team uses it daily for this effect). If you have a chronic inflammatory disease such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, etc. you can “put out the fire” with cryotherapy and then switch to PBM to facilitate healing of the tissues.

How long are the therapy appointments?

Whole body cryotherapy lasts a maximum of three minutes. PBM therapy is typically applied over a twenty-minute session.

What is the difference between the ARRC and NovoThor full body photobiomodulation (PBM) pods?

The ARRC pod is a little longer and broader and therefore is often more comfortable for people who require the extra space. It also includes two additional wavelengths which can be more beneficial to the skin. It still consists of the two wavelengths that are used in the NovoThor which have a greater depth of penetration into the body, but it is less intense (and less bright) which means that those individuals who are extra sensitive to the effects of the bright light and warm temperature of the NovoThor often find it easier to tolerate.

The NovoThor pod functions at a higher intensity and therefore will usually achieve faster relief from pain and dysfunction in joints/tissues that are deeper, such as hips, spinal discs, and brain.

How often can I use the therapies?

Cryotherapy is typically done on a daily basis until symptoms abate and maximum improvements are reached. In most cases, this will occur between 2-6 weeks. Many people will, however, use cryotherapy once in a while as needed to reduce inflammation or the symptoms associated with it.

PBM is most effective when used 2-3 times per week for at least four weeks, then just occasionally to maintain results (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.). If acute injuries are being treated, it is ideal to use the PBM pod daily for the first week.

What do I have to do to become a new practice member?

Just contact the clinic and request a new patient intake form. Complete the form and return it to the clinic and the staff will schedule you with the first available doctor. You may also request a specific doctor if you prefer, but be prepared to wait a little longer for your first appointment. All potential patients are required to attend a brief introductory meeting before the first consultation and treatment. At this short meeting, one of the doctors will describe and explain each therapy we offer in the clinic, and answer any questions associated with them.

What are the office hours?

Cryotherapy and PBM therapy are open for appointments from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday - Thursday, and from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm Friday.

The doctors see patients from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday - Thursday.

How old does a person have to be to receive the first chiropractic treatment?

There are no age restrictions for chiropractic care. It is worth noting that the doctors at our clinic do not employ manual manipulation when dealing with infants and young children. They utilize safe and straightforward soft tissue procedures as well as instruments designed to generate gentle impulses for the purpose of neurological stimulation to muscles, ligaments, and joints, when doing so is appropriate and necessary. Individuals at an advanced age with osteoporosis are also treated using gentle techniques that pose no risk of injury.

What can chiropractic treatment help with?

Issues related to muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints are very often treated safely and effectively with chiropractic care.  The most common symptoms are neck pain, back pain, sciatica, headaches, frozen shoulder, shoulder pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, and bursitis. 

Can I get massages and adjustments while I am pregnant?

Yes, and many people do so to relieve the aches and pains commonly associated with pregnancy. 

Why do I have to get adjusted so many times when I first begin treating?

This is not always the case.  Many people need only a few treatments to achieve full improvement and recovery.  However, others have chronic conditions that have been developing over many years, and in such an instance the therapy must be rehabilitative in nature.  This rehab approach requires anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to complete.  This is true of any physical therapy and rehabilitation, regardless of the techniques used. 

What do I wear when receiving Chiropractic, Photobiomodulation, Cryotherapy or Massage?

Chiropractic treatment is most comfortable to undergo while dressed for athletics or exercise.  However, it is not necessary to be dressed that way.  Many people are dressed in business attire or regular casual clothing when they arrive for chiropractic care.  If specific attire is required in an individual case, the doctor will advise the patient.

PBM requires only protective goggles, identical to those worn in tanning beds.  While there is no ultraviolet radiation exposure during PBM therapy, the glasses are still necessary to protect the eyes from the brightness of the light. 

When undergoing Cryotherapy, you will be required to wear warm gloves and slippers.  Underwear is needed for men, and optional for women. 

During massage therapy, it is most common for clients to disrobe to the level of their undergarments.  As is customary with most massage therapy, a sheet and cover are also provided in order to maintain privacy for each client. 

Do I have to be a chiropractic patient to receive cryotherapy and/or Photobiomodulation?

No, you do not have to receive chiropractic care in order to utilize the other therapies in our clinic. 

Why Chiropractic Thrives

  • Effective. Because the nervous system controls every part of your body, and chiropractic care restores nervous system integrity, chiropractic care helps a wide range of health care problems.
  • Natural. Simply put, chiropractic care doesn't add chemicals to your body. And it doesn't remove parts. Instead, chiropractic care seeks to restore proper control and regulation of your body so health can return, naturally.
  • Safe. Chiropractic care is so safe, even newborns get adjusted to correct the spinal trauma from the birth process!
  • No side effects. The only "side effects" are positive ones like better balance, more energy, increased vitality and improved coordination. Smart choice. It makes sense to correct the underlying cause rather than numb the body with drugs.

If you know someone who you think we could help, please send them our way, or at least share these reasons why chiropractic care makes sense.

Are my medical records kept private and confidential?

Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff are bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. Ordinarily we will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.