Services

Chiropractic

We are committed to our patient’s health and we understand the importance of determining the cause of their condition. Many sports-related injuries and chronic conditions are complex in nature and require a comprehensive approach. Your initial appointment consists of a 60-90-minute evaluation to gather information about your current and past medical history, perform a physical exam, and refer for any necessary imaging or diagnostic tests. Your physical exam includes a postural assessment, gait analysis, biomechanical assessment, neuromuscular evaluation, muscle strength testing, muscle length testing, and joint mobility testing.

Based on the comprehensive data gathered, we recommend treatment only if we can provide you with the best possible outcome, otherwise we make a referral to another health care professional. In fact, we work closely with many of the Kalispell, MT top specialists and often co-manage patients.

Your 30-45-minute follow-up appointments include: soft tissue mobilization, muscle stretching, physical therapy, and therapeutic modalities, in addition to joint mobilization and manipulation. To allow for a natural transition toward independence, the patient will assume an active role in their treatment by participating in an individualized home exercise program.

This comprehensive approach not only allows for faster resolution of pain, but provides the patient with long-term benefits, not just symptomatic relief.

Rehabilitation

The philosophy behind our Rehabilitation program is to assist the natural healing processes of the body. The course of therapy chosen by the sports medicine physician is determined using their knowledge of the healing process to guide, direct, and stimulate the function and integrity of the injured tissue. The primary goal is to positively influence the inflammation and repair processes in order to expedite recovery and to restore range of motion, muscular strength and endurance, neuromuscular control, and cardiorespiratory endurance. Special consideration is given to prevent the reoccurrence of injury and tissue overload by incorporating individualized home-program instruction and sport-specific exercises


Treatment Procedures

Soft Tissue Mobilization

The primary focus at Stillwater Spine & Sports Center is the soft tissue component of injuries. Soft tissues are: muscles, tendons, ligaments, bursae, fascia, and nerves. The treatment of these structures is known as soft tissue mobilization. When trauma occurs, whether it is a single traumatic event or repeated microtrauma, inflammation follows. The inflammation leads to scar tissue formation within the muscle and between the muscles and the other layers of connective tissue. This scar tissue formation decreases the ability of the muscle to lengthen and contract normally, which leads to a decrease in range of motion. This effect can be very specific within a muscle or can affect the muscle groups very broadly leading to faulty biomechanics that are dysfunctional and inefficient. The scar tissue can also cause pain and can predispose you to re-injury. Additionally, pain can lead to muscle guarding in order to protect the injured area, if prolonged guarding occurs the muscle can loose it’s normal length. The purpose of soft tissue mobilization is to restore the normal texture, tightness, flexibility, and function to the affected tissue. It includes several techniques such as transverse friction massage, myofascial release and neurofascial release.

Transverse Friction Massage (TFM)

Scar tissue forms when inflammation is present after an injury. The presence of scar tissue often leads to a significant loss of function. Transverse friction massage (TFM) involves deep pressure with specifically directed movement in order to remodel scar tissue allowing the soft tissue to become more flexible, pliable, and more functional.

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Myofascial / Neurofascial Release

Fascia is a tough connective tissue that surrounds most structures in the body. It functions to provide support, protection, and improves shock absorption. Myofascial release focuses on removing fascial adhesions acquired during injuries by using gentle sustained pressure applied in a specific direction. Myofascial release is beneficial for the treatment of chronic pain, peripheral nerve entrapments, and various other injuries.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Muscle Stretching

PNF stretching is an advanced form of flexibility training and is considered to be the fastest and most effective way to increase static flexibility. Overall, PNF flexibility training reduces post workout soreness, decreases musculoskeletal injury, increases range of motion, and improves muscular strength and coordination.

Joint Manipulation

Joint manipulation is a passive musculoskeletal procedure performed by the doctor to create a stretch to the joint. The effects of joint manipulation include relief from musculoskeletal pain, a shorter recovery time from sprains, an increase in range of motion, and positive influences on the nervous system.


Functional Training Program

Who Do We Train?

At Stillwater we train a range of clients, from beginner, intermediate or collegiate level athletes, to anyone who wants to start an exercise program. We will design programs for those who are trying to lose a few pounds or for those training for a competitive triathlon, or any other physical activity.

Benefits of Functional Exercise:

• Reduces risk of injury through improved balance and coordination
• Increases efficiency and ease of daily activities
• Improves quality of life
• Enhances athletic performance

Our Mission At Stillwater

We strive to reduce the risk of injury, improve athletic and recreational performance, and enhance the quality of life of our clients by providing safe, effective and enjoyable exercise programs specific to the needs of each individual.

What to Expect During a Training Session

During your first training session we will help you set specific exercise goals to get you started with an appropriate exercise program. You will also be given a health fitness assessment, which provides baseline data for measuring your progress over time. The health fitness assessment consists of:

  • Body composition analysis
  • Resting heart rate
  • Resting blood pressure
  • Muscular strength
  • Balance/coordination
  • Current fitness level

During the second session we will show you how to perform a variety of muli-joint exercises. These exercises will focus on balance, core stability, strength, endurance, and coordination to help you reach your fitness goals. At Stillwater we emphasize the importance of engaging in a life-long exercise program. We will teach a variety of exercises to be practiced at home or at your personal gym so you can reach and maintain optimal potential for a lifetime.

Our Facility

We offer state of the art exercise equipment in a quiet, intimate setting where you can focus on your athletic performance without the many distractions of a public gym. Our Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists give you there undivided attention, explaining the importance of each specific exercise, which muscles are being targeted, and how to correctly perform each exercise for the greatest benefit.

About Our Program

We at Stillwater Spine and Sports Center have developed individualized exercise programs consisting of a variety of functional exercises to improve the quality of life, increase your ability to perform activities of daily living, and decrease the risk of injury. Individual patients are given a customized program designed specifically for their needs.

Our team of Chiropractic Physicians and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists are professional, compassionate, and dedicated to maximizing the quality of life of our patients. Program sessions can be scheduled during regular office hours Monday through Friday. We also offer after business hours and Saturday training sessions if you can’t make regular hours. To schedule a training session and to learn more about our programs and training prices and packages please call 406-756-7634. We would be glad to give you a tour of our facility before you schedule a training session.

We look forward to meeting with you and are excited to help you implement a lifestyle change that will optimize your health and wellness. There is not time like the present to begin your personal commitment to health and well-being!


Preventing and Managing Osteoporosis Program

What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist, although any bone can be affected.

How Do I Know If I Have Osteoporosis?

Unfortunately, you may not know you have osteoporosis because the signs and symptoms are not physically noticeable. The only way to know if you have Osteoporosis or low bone mineral density is to get a bone mineral density test.

Risk Factors

Some risk factors for osteoporosis are inherent in our being: gender, age, body type, ethnicity, and family history. Other risk factors can be managed with healthy lifestyle choices.

The following are risk factors from the National Osteoporosis Foundation: Being female, family history, certain race/ethnicities, low sex hormones, alcohol abuse, inactive lifestyle, being small/thin, certain medications, older age, certain diseases and medical conditions, history of broken bones, dietary habits and smoking.

Prevention

The exciting news is that a combination of exercise, dietary changes, supplements, and physician prescribed medications, can help to maintain or increase bone density and stop the progression of osteoporosis.

Building strong bones early in life is an important factor in preventing osteoporosis since 85-95% of adult bone mass is acquired by age 18 in girls and 20 in boys.

It is also important to get the daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D, engage in weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercise, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol use, have a bone density test and take medication when appropriate.

About Our Osteoporosis Program

We at Stillwater Spine and Sports Center have developed individualized exercise programs consisting of weight-bearing exercises that are critical to increasing bone mass, along with balance and posture exercises to decrease the risk of falls. Individual patients are given a customized program designed specifically for their needs. Program sessions can be scheduled during regular office hours Monday through Friday. We also offer after business hours and Saturday training sessions if you can’t make regular hours. To schedule a training session and to learn more about our programs and training prices and packages please call 406-756-7634. We would be glad to give you a tour of our facility before you schedule a training session. We look forward to meeting with you and are excited to implement a program to optimize your bone health.

*The information in this brochure is substantiated by the National Osteoporosis Foundation* www.nof.org