A non-invasive treatment, outpatient procedure for
the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
generally used prior to surgical intervention and is often an alternative to
surgery. By reducing adhesions and scar tissue that occurs as a result of
injury, normal movement can be re-establishing. The manipulation under
anesthesia increases mobility of the joint.
Manipulation under anesthesia, or twilight sedation, has been performed since
the late 1930's. It is not new and is not experimental. many years
ago the osteopathic doctors used to perform MUA and it was more of an
in-hospital procedure. The patient was put to sleep with sodium pentothal
and the procedure lasted anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour.
Obviously their procedure was quite taxing on the body, and the patient usually
was very sore afterwards, kept in the hospital for two to three days.
Today, with the highly sophisticated skills of the chiropractic physician, and
the newer short acting sedative hypnotic medications, we are able to take
patients into the operative area in both hospitals and ambulatory surgical
centers to do wonders for chronic musculoskeletal pain.
The procedure is now done in small increments over
two to three days and the patient goes home and to the office the same day.
The medications are so mild that much of the standard concerns for anesthesia
are non-existent. The anesthesia is administered by certified
anesthesiologists. This is called conscious sedation because the patient
is simply in a state of relaxation. This is the reason that the procedure
works so well. It is also why we can't get this procedure completed in the
standard office environment.
HOW IS STRESS EFFECTING YOU?
The majority of health problems
experienced in your lifetime will be caused by or aggravated by stress.
Common stress-related ailments are headaches, muscle tension, digestive
distress, insomnia, fatigue, and various pains of unknown origin. Stress
can be physical, chemical, or emotional in origin. Examples are
falls, strains, improper sleep or diet, excessive sugar or
preservatives, and emotional strain. These stresses can adversely
effect your health. During stressful situations, your body
produces enough adrenaline to get through the situation.
Adrenaline causes your heart to beat faster which increases your blood
flow. Your digestive abilities decrease while your muscles tighten
in preparation to fight. Excessive stress can cause muscle
weakness and imbalance, spinal misalignments and nerve impingements.
This can hinder your body's ability to function and produce adrenaline. The easiest way to handle stress is to
exercise regularly, avoid high sugar and high fat foods, have a positive
attitude, and get chiropractic adjustments regularly to keep your
nervous system in shape.