Services & Techniques

Spokane Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic supports patients through a variety of services that work together to target, resolve, and support injured areas.  By developing a personalized treatment plan, we can work with you as you continue your daily activities, combining these services to provide relief and promote long-term healing.  Both athletes and non-athletes alike find that this multi-faceted approach gets them faster results that inhibit their activities as little as possible.

Chiropractic – The art and science of chiropractic medicine has long been used to treat injuries and promote healthful living.  At Spokane Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic, we employ both this long-standing tradition with the latest advances in the field.  Through the use of multiple techniques, as well as ongoing support and lifestyle changes, patients can find the relief and healing that allows them to get back to the activities that they love.

Spinal Manipulation

Spinal Manipulation – The most commonly performed aspect of chiropractic is the treatment of tissue injury, which can be caused by a single traumatic event—such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses—such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time.  These types of injury cause physical and chemical changes within the tissues that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function.

Dr. Brian Mather and his staff often treat these conditions through spinal manipulation, also called “chiropractic adjustment.”  By applying a controlled force to joints that have become hypo-mobile (restricted in movement), movement and function can be restored.  In addition to increasing mobility and function, spinal manipulation relieves back pain and other health concerns and can reduce muscle spasm.

At Spokane Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic, we offer several methods and styles of spinal manipulation to address patients’ differing needs.

Diversified Technique

Diversified technique is the most commonly used adjustment technique by our doctors.  Like many chiropractic manipulative techniques, Diversified is characterized by a high velocity low amplitude thrust. Diversified is differentiated from other techniques in that its objective is to restore proper movement and alignment of spine and joint dysfunction. The diversified technique remains the principal system taught at a majority of chiropractic colleges.

Drop Piece Technique

Drop piece technique is a style of manipulation that utilizes a specially designed table to perform the adjustment.  A section of the table slightly elevates to hold the area to be adjusted in an elevated position until a light thrust is applied. This often can be an alternative to diversified technique, and can be slightly gentler for the patient.

Activator Method

Activator Method  uses the Activator Adjusting Instrument instead of manual adjustments to give consistent mechanical low-force, high-speed clicks to the body. This is a good alternative, when gentler adjustments are required or requested.

Cox© Technic

Cox®Technic Flexion Distraction and Decompression Spinal Manipulation is a patient-focused technique in which the doctor uses specific, hands-on contact while the patient lies prone on the instrument.  The chiropractor is able to treat many types of back pain and other issues by focusing on one vertebral motion segment at a time.  This reduces pressure in the discs, allowing them to shrink and apply less pressure on the affected nerves.  This chiropractic technique is used in the treatment of herniated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, arm pain, neck pain, degenerative arthritis, and many other conditions.

Extremity Adjusting

The doctors at Spokane Chiropractic & Sports Injury clinic are all trained in extremity adjusting.  This is simply manipulating restricted joints in an extremity.  Ankles, hips, wrists and shoulders to name a few.  Your doctor will determine the best method in treating these areas when indicated.

Posture Stabilization

Posture Stabilization is a series of adjustments, and rehabilitative exercises given to help restore normal postures.  This often is a key component to long lasting results.

Motion Palpation

Motion Palpation is a technique used to determine where the spine needs to be adjusted.  The doctor will manually apply motion to the joints to determine what is mobile an what is restricted.  This functional approach is critical in assessing where the patients primary joint issues reside.  This often gives us the information needed to avoid taking unnecessary x-rays of our patients.

Soft Tissue Work

Soft Tissue Work – A variety of soft tissue techniques go beyond manipulating the spine in order to provide relief and healing for more than just back pain.  Adjustments do their part in restoring function, but soft tissue work is often a vital component in supporting and promoting long-term healing, as well as strength and endurance.  By making soft tissue work a part of a patient’s treatment plan, we can speed the healing process and significantly increase the duration of the positive results.  At Spokane Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic, we combine the methods and techniques that will be most beneficial for each individual patient.

Therapeutic Massage

Massage is used in a variety of situations in order to improve mobility, relieve pain, and support rehabilitation.  There are a number of techniques that can be used, and the professionals of Spokane Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic employ those that are targeted to a patient’s specific needs and treatment plan.

Kinesio Taping® Method

The Kinesio Taping® Method is a technique that we use to help patients facilitate their bodies’ own natural healing processes.  Without restricting range of motion, taping provides support and stability to injured muscles and joints.  Used for orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological, and other medical conditions, The Kinesio® Taping Method alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and extends the benefits of chiropractic and massage.

ART® Active Release Technique

Professionals at Spokane Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic utilize this soft tissue technique for patients who will benefit from its patented treatment method.  It can quickly and completely resolve various conditions by using movement and massage to rehabilitate overused muscles and other soft tissues.  Some of the conditions ART® is most effective for include headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, and tennis elbow.

Graston© Techinque

The Graston Technique utilizes a series of stainless steel instruments that are used to detect and treat soft tissue that is inflamed or made up of scar tissue.  These specially designed instruments allow the clinician to locate injured tissue, as well as to treat them specifically and effectively.

Myofascial Release

By introducing sustained pressure to myofasial restrictions, this technique relieves pain and restores a patient’s mobility.  Whether from poor posture, injury, or other contributing factors, the fascial system of the body becomes compromised, leading to back pain and a decreased range of motion.  Spokane Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic uses this technique to restore the system and improve patients’ ability to withstand a variety of stressors and strains.

Trigger Point Therapy

Irritable points in skeletal muscle can cause a variety of discomforts, but at that point and in other areas of the body.  Trigger point therapy allows patients to find relief as doctors locate and treat the irritation, which may present as a module or band in the muscle.  Trigger points can cause pain and can even activate other trigger points, called satellites, along neural pathway.  Treating the key trigger point can resolve discomfort cause by it and its satellites.

Supplements

Supplements – A thorough understanding of the human body allows our professionals to understand what each patient needs in regards to his or her own treatment and recovery.  Certain dietary supplements may be recommended as a method for encouraging successful healing and ongoing health.

Pain Relieving/Analgesic Products

Pain Relieving/Analgesic Products – At Spokane Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic, we believe in giving our patients hope, and one of the biggest hopes is for relief from pain.  In addition to possible long-term goals for rehabilitation, we are also able to offer patients pain relief in various forms.  We focus on topical and analgesic forms of pain management, rather than medications that affect the entire system.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation – The final phase of care within Spokane Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic involves more intensive training.  At this point, the muscles and joints are rehabilitated to their optimal levels of strength and endurance.  Prevention of recurrence of symptoms or injury is the ultimate objective in the care received at Spokane Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic, and rehabilitation plays an important role in meeting this goal.

NRT/FAST

Through more than 15 years of clinical experience, continuing education, and communication with patients, Dr. Mather has developed a uniquely effective approach to chiropractic. 

Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Technique using Functional Activation and Stability Training (NRT/FAST) combines a number of chiropractic techniques in order to address links within the body that contribute to pain.  Functional screening tests allow us to determine which areas of the body are inhibited so that we can retrain them.  The result is stabilization of the injured area, which allow for faster healing and longer-lasting results.

Spinal Stabilization Exercises

Spinal Stabilization Exercises – As a part of treatment, many patients benefit from the use of spinal stabilization exercises.  In addition to treating through adjustments and soft tissue work, we help patients engage in a variety of exercises that support these approaches.  By engaging in these exercises, patients are able to lengthen the outcome of their treatment.

Stretches and Exercises

Stretches and Exercises – At Spokane Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic, we educate our patients on how to use a variety of stretches and other exercises to improve the positive effects of their treatment.  In addition, learning these skills decreases the likelihood of re-injury.

Ergonomic Assessment

Ergonomic Assessment – In an effort to speed healing, lengthen results, and prevent re-injury, Spokane Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic goes beyond in-office treatments.  Instead, we are prepared to offer advice and suggestions on lifestyle changes that can make an impact in the ongoing physical performance of our patients.  One approach to this is to offer ergonomic assessments of a patient’s home or work environment so that he or she can determine what factors can be implemented to support optimal function. 

Nutritional Advice

Nutritional Advice – Because the body is a system, one aspect of its function is dependent upon others.  Dr. Brian Mather and the staff at Spokane Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic work with patients to implement healthy nutritional choices that can continue to improve overall health and improve physical performance while supporting their chiropractic and soft tissue treatment plans.

Rehabilitation Products

We offer many products that help our patients not only get better, but stay better. Prevention of recurrence of symptoms or injury is the ultimate objective in the care received at Spokane Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic. Some of the products we sell to help accomplish this goal include:

  1. ALINE Insoles: The World’s Most Advanced Insoletm  The ALINE system is the only insole that lets your body perform at it's optimum level, reducing wear and tear on your body for years to come.
  2. Gym Ball:  Inflatable balls used to strengthen muscles to improve core strength, posture and help prevent back pain.
  3. Resistance Bands: Bands to help improve flexibility, range of motion and strength through specific exercises given by your doctor.
  4. Chiro-Ice Packs: Our packs can be used for either hot or cold therapy.
  5. Foam Rollers: For all our therapeutic exercises, core strength, stability and postural alignment.
  6. Biofreeze: Provides temporary relief from minor aches and pains of sore muscles and joints associated with simple backache, arthritis, bruises, strains and sprains.
  7. Braces: Back, knee elbow and rib straps and braces can provide temporary stability and pain relief during an acute phase of care.