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Chiropractic Care services offered in Portland, OR

Chiropractic care involves spinal adjustments that restore balance to your musculoskeletal system to relieve pain. At Optimal Health in the Buckman neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, chiropractic expert Terry Ycasas, DC, and the team use the latest and most effective chiropractic adjustment techniques, including the Torque Release Technique®. To find out if you can benefit from chiropractic care, call Optimal Health or book an appointment online today. 

Chiropractic Care Q & A

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care can help relieve various musculoskeletal aches and pains and other ailments. Chiropractors work on your body by adjusting and manipulating the spine. 

This is based on the principle that many forms of pain stem from a spinal imbalance and that spinal imbalances cause imbalance throughout your body. The Optimal Health team can also adjust to various joints experiencing pain or immobility. 

When you first come to Optimal Health for chiropractic care, the team asks about your symptoms. They take a detailed medical history and perform some simple tests to assess your pain and function. They also examine your tongue and skin tone for signs of illness or imbalance. 

Who can benefit from chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care benefits various pain types, ailments, degenerative conditions, and injuries. There are multiple reasons why you might need chiropractic adjustments as part of your treatment, and the team develops a plan that’s suitable for your exact diagnosis. 

You might benefit from chiropractic care if you experience:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain 
  • Whiplash 
  • Joint pain and arthritis
  • Disc degeneration and herniated discs
  • Headaches and migraines

The team might encourage you to try other options if you have severe osteoporosis, spinal cancer, or any other conditions that could compromise your chiropractic adjustments. 

What does chiropractic care involve?

Optimal Health offers personalized chiropractic adjustments for various painful conditions. The team also works with you by providing nutritional information and offering Traditional Chinese medicine treatments to supplement your care. 

There are many techniques in chiropractic care that the team can use. Some adjustments are mobilizing treatments, meaning they manipulate your spine or joints in a careful, measured manner. The team stretches your joints and increases their range of motion.

Other chiropractic techniques are spinal or manual manipulations, which involve sudden, high-velocity adjustments. 

The team at Optimal Health frequently uses the Torque Release Technique®, which involves adjustments to the spine from a relaxed and neutral position. They also provide spinal decompression therapy to gently stretch your spine and remove pressure from nerve roots in the spine. 


Torque Release Technique (TRT)

TRT is an adjusting technique that addresses neurological imbalances. The technique involves using an instrument to make specific adjustments to correct subluxations (misalignments of the spine) and improve nerve frequency.

Arthrostim Instrument

The ArthroStim Instrument is a machine that delivers 12 - 14 incremental thrusts per second making it stronger and faster than a typical single thrust adjustment. The tool is ideal for patients who prefer a gentler approach to traditional chiropractic adjustments.

Interferential Current Therapy (IFC)

IFC is a form of electrical muscle stimulation used to treat acute and chronic pain from trauma, injury, or surgery. It relieves pain, increases blood flow, and reduces inflammation and swelling. IFC is different from a TENS unit in that TENS delivers low-frequency current across the surface of the skin whereas IFC delivers a higher frequency current that penetrates deeper into the tissue.

High-Voltage Ultrasound (HV/US)

HV/US combines high-voltage electrical stimulation with ultrasound therapy to promote faster and more efficient treatment for pain relief. It decreases musculoskeletal pain and muscle spasms, increases local circulation, increases/maintains joint range of motion, and is an effective treatment modality in treating trigger points.

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

IASTM is based on the principles of cross-friction massage. Dr. Terry uses stainless steel tools that have been designed to specifically detect and effectively treat injured areas with soft tissue build up or chronic inflammation. IASTM is used to perform muscle mobilization by breaking down fascial restriction, scar tissue, and adhesions in the muscle fascia. The benefits of IASTM includes faster pain relief, improved mobility, and quicker recovery.

High Frequency Oscillation Tool

The high frequency oscillation tool combines high frequency with magnetic therapy to create a powerful myofascial release therapy instrument. It is an effective tool to release tension, balance tissue and muscle mechanics, and improve range of motion due to trauma, posture, or inflammation.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy uses focused light to stimulate cells and trigger cellular metabolism. In effect, it accelerates the body's natural healing processes and aids in a myriad of problems, including decreasing pain, inflammation, and edema. Additionally, it stimulates muscle and connective tissue repair.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

CST is a gentle hands-on technique used to relieve tension in the central nervous system to promote a sense of well-being by boosting health and immunity. CST uses less than 5 grams of pressure to release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the central nervous system as well as other systems, such as digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and musculoskeletal.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Trigger Point Release

Dr. Terry uses trigger point therapy to help soften and release the muscles surrounding the TMJ to reduce pain.


To find out more about chiropractic care and its benefits, call Optimal Health or book an appointment online today.