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Low Level Laser

Low level laser is an effective, penetrating monochromatic and polarized light that has been proven to be effective for cellular regeneration. Low level laser penetrates deeply due to a coherent light force which consists of photons all traveling in the same direction and at the same wavelength to restore abnormal cellular function. The laser stimulates ATP production, increases collagen synthesis, stimulation of DNA formation, increases neurotransmitters (serotonin), increases tissue regeneration to accelerate muscle, nerve, cartilage, bone and scar healing. Over 1,500 published studies have confirmed the efficacy of low-level laser therapy.

Traction

Cervical traction is a technique to provide pain relief and improved motion in the neck. Traction gently distracts the neck and opens the space between the cervical vertebrae, which alleviates the pressure on the affected discs and nerve roots or irritated spinal joints. Between the bones of your spine are intervertebral discs which act as shock absorbers. When a disc injury occurs, a disc can bulge and put pressure on a nerve within the spine. Cervical traction is extremely effective at taking the pressure off this injury and assists in having the disc retract and heal properly. This form of cervical treatment is very beneficial for patients with arthritis and degenerative disc disease, as it assists in promoting mobility and hydrating the discs.

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Shoulder Pain Diminished

When I first went to Dr. Tara I could barely raise my right arm to even shake someone’s hand due to severe frozen shoulder syndrome. I was in constant shoulder pain, I couldn’t sleep and I was in emotional despair. I had tried cortisone injections and seen another chiropractor, but was no better. Dr. Tara was very friendly and optimistic she could help. Within one month of treatment, the pain was drastically diminished, the use of my arm was greatly increased and hope was restored. Prior to Dr. Tara, I could not play guitar, work was difficult and driving was beyond difficult. Now, I’m back to 100% functionality and normal life. Thank you so much Dr. Tara! -Todd G.

Achilles Tendonitis

I consulted Dr. Tara for Achilles tendonitis. I had seen an orthopedic surgeon, a podiatrist and done physical therapy. I was ready to schedule for surgery. I was dismayed, hurting and hopeless. My wife is a patient of Dr. Tara’s and suggested that I see her. Dr. Tara was professional, caring, compassionate and very proficient. I started treatment in January and the by the summer, I was 90% better. Today, I have no pain, 100% mobility, and don’t give my tendon another thought. In January, I couldn’t walk, now I exercise, do prolonged standing, and have complete use of my right Achilles tendon thanks to Dr. Tara! -George C.

Chronic Pain? Try Chiropractic

Koff Chiropractic Clinic is a remarkable hidden gem. I am forever indebted to Dr. Tara Koff (one of the two doctors there) for her unwavering support, compassion, patience and dedication to helping me find out what the mysterious cause of my pain was. Before finding Koff Chiropractic Clinic, I had been suffering with severe chronic pain in my left shoulder for over a year and a half. I had been to over 6 orthapaedists, 2 neurologists, 2 family practice primary care doctors, various other chiropractors and a peripheral nerve specialist. I had endured shoulder arthroscopy labral debridement surgery, cortizone shots, physical therapy, juice detoxes, medical massages and more – to no success. I showed up to my appointment in tears to meet with Dr. Tara Koff, I was completely disillusioned and so much in pain that I was severely depressed and likely would have contemplated suicide if the pain kept at the rate it was at. Dr. Koff sat down and listened to my story for an hour and showed true empathy and compassion. She immediately began ART (active release technology) therapy on me, instructed me to immobilize my left arm and shoulder in a sling and whenever not in a sling (shower etc) to squeeze my shoulder blades back (relieving pressure on my AC joint) and suggested that I go back to the orthapaedist to get an MRI ordered. All the previous MRIs had shown pretty much nothing but I was willing to give it a shot. After three weeks of seeing her once a week (to do ART, cool laser and acupressure) and having my arm in the sling, carefully protected, the pain is gone and I am able to finally sleep through the night again. My arm is out of the sling now and I still have no pain. Also, the MRI came back and as soon as she received the report she called me to explain the findings. She has also been accessible via e-mail for me which was critical when I had really bad days with the pain and needed to get in touch with her directly.The MRI found a bone spur and type two (deformed) acromion bone, together causing shoulder impingement syndrome (or also known as sub-acromial impingement). With continued treatment with her and a gradual return to motion and baby step strengthening exercises for the left shoulder, I will be free from the impingement syndrome. I cannot stress how important Dr. Tara Koff has been for restoring my sanity and my life. She is truly an angel (and I’m not a religious person) and I could not be more grateful. No, no one paid me to write this. If you have any chronic pain, I highly encourage you to try this out. – Elizabeth W.

Celebrate Wellness – Feet and Ankles

Foot injuries and ankle problems are very common… and very painful. What can a chiropractor do to help? What can you do to help yourself? Here are some facts and tips, courtesy of the Virginia Chiropractic Association.

There are 26 major bones in each foot. The bones are held together by ligaments and moved and controlled by tendons that attach muscles to other bones of the foot, ankle, and leg. Sensation (feeling) and movement are controlled by nerves that originate in the lower back (L4, L5, and S1 nerve roots), travel down the sciatic trunk, and become the tibial and common peroneal nerves before branching into local motor and sensory nerves. A rich blood supply feeds all of these tissues.

When you stand, walk, run, or jump, the foot adapts to control the movement and absorb shock. Walking requires adaptation to body weight, and running or jumping requires adaptation to somewhere between 2.51 and 4.62 times body weight. Poor adaptation to those forces can lead to anything from an evening of achy feet, to more serious conditions like plantar fascitis (inflammation of the tissues under the foot), stress fractures in the foot and ankle… even knee and back pain. What happens in the foot translates upwards via the “kinetic chain” — in other words, if your feet hit the ground lightly and with good control, then your knees, hips, and spine will have a gentler “ride.” On the contrary, poor foot and ankle mechanics — or overwhelmed or arthritic feet and ankles — will fail to soften impact, allowing it to transfer jarringly upwards. Read more