Dr. Pridemore uses a variety of Chiropractic techniques to accommodate a variety of patient's complaints and conditions:

This is a specific chiropractic technique and is a variation of the Diversified technique that utilizes manipulation/adjustment by hand that usually results in joint cavitation. X-ray analysis, palpation, and temperature gradient studies may be used in clinical decision-making (i.e., what segment(s) to manipulate/adjust).

This is a widely used type of chiropractic manipulation/ adjustment that includes most of the procedures taught at chiropractic schools. This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients. The Diversified manipulation/adjustment entails a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic manipulation/adjustment). As the name implies, the Diversified Technique can be used to treat many of the joints in the body.

This is a hand-held, spring-loaded instrument-based manipulation/adjustment protocol. Instead of the manipulating/adjusting forces being delivered by hand, force is generated with the small appliance that delivers a lighter, but quicker, thrust than can be delivered by hand. Activator can be used as a primary treatment protocol for all patients or a selective method for patients who may not desire manual manipulation/adjustment or where manual manipulation/adjustment may be contraindicated.

This is a specific chiropractic method and is a variation of the Diversified technique that uses a special table with several segments called drop pieces. These segments can be cocked up a fraction of an inch, so when the thrust is delivered, the table will drop this fraction of an inch. The drop pieces assist the thrust while minimizing the force used for the manipulation/ adjustment. Cavitation of the joint may or may not occur.

This is the application of chiropractic manipulation/adjustment to joints other than those of the spine, i.e., shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand/finger, hip, knee, ankle/foot/toe. Examples of conditions treated by extremity manipulation/ adjustment: carpal tunnel syndrome, gait, or posture-related problems.

Common complaints that Dr. Pridemore sees in the office include;
Low back pain
Neck pain
Headaches/Migraine headaches
Sinus Problems
Leg pain/numbness
Shoulder and arm pain/numbness
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Degenerative Disc Disease/Osteoarthrisis
Otitis Media/Middle Ear infections

What is Intersegmental Traction?
It is a way of inducing passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints and increasing joint mobility.

How does Intersegmental Traction work?

The patient lies face up on a bench table which has roller-type cams beneath its surface. These rollers can slowly travel the length of the spine, stretching spinal joints

What does Intersegmental Traction feel like?

Most patients find this form of treatment to be relaxing and very helpful. The gentle rolling action is restful, while exercising the spine without effort.Why is

Intersegmental Traction used?

Since spinal discs do not have a direct blood supply, they get their nutrients from the movement of the fluids surrounding spinal joints. Fixations or joint adhesions prevent this natural circulation and can cause disc thinning and degeneration. Intersegmental traction helps increase ans restore necessary elasticity and motion to the spine.

Patient Benefits

Comfortable and relaxing
Increased spinal joint mobility
Improves circulation of spinal fluids

What is Ultrasound?
It is a therapeutic treatment using high-frequency sound waves administered in the region of soft tissue injuries.

How does Ultrasound work?

Sound vibrations, as fast as a million times per second, penetrate the tissues deep in the body, creating a heat response. these vibrations and heat help to break down and disperse unhealthy calcium and other abnormal tissue accumulations.

What does Ultrasound feel like?

The gel or lotion used to conduct the sound waves is at room temperature and may momentarily feel cool to the skin when initially applied. Most patients feel nothing, or pleasant and relaxing sensation below the surface of the skin.

Why is Ultrasound used?

Ultrasound treatment can usually be administered directly to the are of complaint, penetrating deep into the body. The rise in temperature, increases blood flow, relaxes muscle spasms, massages damages tissues, and speed the healing process.

Patient Benefits

Highly effective in treating calcium deposition
Stimulates healing without irritation
Speeds metabolism and improves blood flow
Reduces nerve root irritation

What is Massage?
Massage is a term describing a variety of techniques using the hands, mechanical or electrical apparatus to stimulate or soothe soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes.

How does Massage work?
Massage works by kneading and stroking muscle to relax them, and uses friction to stimulate soft tissues. This therapy can increase blood and lymph circulation while breaking up scar tissue between muscle fibers.

What does Massage feel like?
Therapeutic massage and its effects vary with each individual. Clothing is usually removed from the area treated and the patient should be relaxed and comfortable. A lubricating oil or powder is used to reduce friction during the circular stroking and compression of soft tissue.

Why is Massage used?
Massage is useful in many conditions in which body relaxation, the reduction of swelling and muscle mobilization is desired. Massage can be helpful in overcoming the swelling and pooling of fluids at the site of a recent injury or trauma.

Patient Benefits
Enhances joint and muscle functions
Improves circulation>
Increases metabolism

What is Electrical Muscle Stimulation?
It is a special form of electrical current that is administered at the site of soft tissue injury, especially muscle, for the blocking of pain.

How does Electrical Muscle Stimulation work?
Small amounts of electrical current are induced into the tissues for the purpose of reducing swelling. This techniques is also widely used in strengthening muscle and reducing painful symptoms.

What does Electrical Muscle Stimulation feel like?
Patient generally feel a slight tingling sensation at first, sometime described as a buzzing sensation. As the time passes the body will accommodate (get use to it) to the sensation, and the setting might need to be adjusted over the course of the 10-20 minute treatment, for maximum healing effect.

Why is Electrical Muscle Stimulation used?
Electrical Muscle Stimulation has been used as an effective form of pain relief. It is recommended in cases in which pain is accompanied by swelling and inflammation.

Have you ever wondered why you grab a hold of your thumb/hand foot when you smash, bang or hurt it? The reason why is because there are two pathways from your body to the brain, one for touch sensations and one for pain. The touch signals travel around 300 miles per hour, while pain signal travel around 175 miles per hour. When you touch the painful area the sensation of the touch is getting to your brain faster than the pain signal, therefore your are reducing the pain. As we age, the mechanical side is believed to slow down slightly, while there is not much change in the pain's pathway speed, this is one of the reason people "feel their age", because more pain signals are reaching the brain or why a 2 year old can fall flat on his/her face and get-up and run off with out a complaint. (Their sensation pathways are working on overdrive, so none or very little pain is making it to the brain)

Patient Benefits
Reduces pain sensations
Helps to decease swelling
Promotes general muscle tone
Speeds the healing process

What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is a term that describes the application of ice, cold towels, ice massage, ice baths, and compresses to reduce the temperature of tissues and directly on or below the surface of the skin.

How does Cryotherapy work?
Surface cooling constricts blood vessels, numbs painful area and helps to relax muscle spasms. Cold temperatures reduce nerve transmission of painful symptoms and provides temporary relief.

What does Cryotherapy feel like?
Ice is most often used to manage acute (NEW) injuries or recent eruptions of chronic conditions. Cooling affected tissues is effective in reducing and preventing post-traumatic swelling. Local cooling should be applied several times a day during the initial stages of an injury.(consult your doctor) When ice is applied to the skin, most people will feel a the following progression of symptoms: Coldness --> Ache --> Burning --> Tingling --> Numbness. Treatment times are usually 10-20 minutes or until the treated area is numb.

Why is Cryotherapy used?
Cryotherapy is inexpensive, readily available , and easy way to reduce local swelling of inflamed tissues, without the side affects of most anti-inflammatory medicines.

Patient Benefits
Helps to reduce swelling and inflammation
Numbs affected area to reduce pain
reduces muscle spasms
Inexpensive and can be self-applied
Help to limit the initial damage after an injury, making over all healing time reduce

What is Diathermy?
It is a form of shortwave electro-magnetic energy used to raise the temperature of certain soft tissues below the surface of the skin.

How does Diathermy work?
Unlike a heat lamp, diathermy energy field passes through the softer tissues near the surface of the body, turning into heat when reaching the more dense tissues below the surface. This increases blood circulation and can help speed the healing process.

What does Diathermy feel like?
It should feel pleasantly warm, but not too hot. If treatment makes an area uncomfortably warm or you feel pressure, tell the therapist or doctor immediately.

Why is Diathermy used?
Diathermy is an effective form of adjunctive therapy. It relaxes muscles and connective tissues (ligament & tendons). It can help increase range of motion, reduce muscle spasms and cramping and makes movement and stretching less painful. Diathermy is also used to treat pelvic infections and sinusitis.

Patient Benefits
Can help the healing process
Stimulates white blood cell production--BOOSTS YOUR IMMUNITY!!
Dilates blood vessels for improves circulation
Increases metabolism and waste removal
Helps to prevent adhesions and scar tissue

What is superficial heat?
Hot packs, warm moist towels, heating pads, water bottles and infrared lamps are often used to help raise the temperature of the soft tissues directly below the surface of the skin.

How does Superficial Heat work?
Heat applies to the surface of the skin enlarges blood vessels below the surface, relaxing tissues and can temporarily relieve painful symptoms. Increasing circulation and relaxing muscles is helpful before and/or after chiropractic adjustments, exercises and other treatments.

When should Superficial Heat be used?
Heat is usually recommended for the relaxation of tissues in spasm and temporary relief of the symptoms associated with chronic pain and muscle tightness

Why is Superficial Heat used?
Using heat to calm tissues suffering from long term spasm or irritation is an easy way yo increase flexibility, range of motion, ans promote increased circulation to speed the healing process

Patient Benefits
Helps increase blood circulation
Relaxes muscle tension
Reduces joint stiffness
Prepares tissues for rehabilitation
Widely available and inexpensive