Monday, June 15, 2015

Medical Services Offered at ACN

            A joint injection (intra-articular injection) is a procedure used in the treatment of inflammatory joint conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendonitis, bursitis and occasionally osteoarthritis. A hypodermic needle is injected into the affected joint where it delivers a dose of any one of many anti-inflammatory agents, the most common of which are corticosteroids. Hyaluronic acid, because of its high viscosity, is sometimes used to replace bursa fluids. The technique may be used to also withdraw excess fluid from the joint.

            Diagnostic ultrasound, also known as Medical sonography (ultrasonography) is an ultrasound-based diagnostic medical imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs, to capture their size, structure and any pathological lesions with real time tomographic images. Our Vienna and Ashburn area team uses this successfully to help many of our patients understand the extent of their condition.

            Ultrasound has been used by radiologists and sonographers to image the human body for at least 50 years and has become one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine. The technology is relatively inexpensive and portable, especially when compared with other techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). As currently applied in the medical field, properly performed ultrasound poses no known risks to the patient. Sonography is generally described as a "safe test" because it does not use mutagenic ionizing radiation, which can pose hazards such as chromosome breakage and cancer development. However, ultrasonic energy has two potential physiological effects: it enhances inflammatory response; and it can heat soft tissue.

            Ultrasound energy produces a mechanical pressure wave through soft tissue. This pressure wave may cause microscopic bubbles in living tissues and distortion of the cell membrane, influencing ion fluxes and intracellular activity. When ultrasound enters the body, it causes molecular friction and heats the tissues slightly. This effect is typically very minor as normal tissue perfusion dissipates most of the heat.

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Services and Techniques

At ACN Wellness of Vienna and Ashburn we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic wellness care to our patients. Below is a sampling of the different chiropractic services we offer in our Vienna and Ashburn offices:

Corrective Exercises: We spend time with each of our patients to teach them special exercises designed to help strengthen and remedy their specific problem. In addition to skeletal misalignment, muscles and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use. Specific exercises and stretches can help your body stay in balance and in health. These exercises can be performed at your leisure in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction by as much as 30-40%.

Lifestyle Advice: We take pride in coaching our patients on which activities they should avoid or do differently to avoid aggravating their particular health challenge. We strive to help each and every patient achieve a happy lifestyle, full of the activities they enjoy most.

Nutritional Counseling: Knowing which foods and nutritional supplements are best for your body can provide a structured nutritional program which is based on your needs. We provide specific recommendations on healthy food choices as well as nutritional supplements to ease our patient's return to optimal health.

Spinal & Postural Screenings:  Spinal and posture screenings can reveal important health information and open the door to beginning to feel your best. ACN Wellness goes the extra mile by providing screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment. If you would like us to set up a screening at your mall, event, fair or office, email us today.

Massage Therapy: Massage therapy is defined as the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body. Massage therapy has a number of documented clinical benefits, including reduced anxiety, improved pulmonary function in young asthma patients, reduced psycho-emotional distress in persons suffering from chronic inflammatory bowel disease, increased weight and improved motor development in premature infants, and may even enhance immune system functioning.

            Medical conditions that can be improved by the use of massage therapy are: allergies, anxiety and stress, arthritis, asthma and bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries, chronic and temporary pain, circulatory problems, depression, digestive disorders, tension headache, insomnia, myofascial pain, sports injuries, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.