South Hills Spine and Extremity Center

South Hills Spine and Extremity Center is proud to be serving the South Hills community of Pittsburgh, PA.

Our Services

We utilize all of the hands on chiropractic techniques that you are familiar with.  In addition we also have many alternative treatments to focus on the individual need of each patient:

Flexion/Distraction (spinal decompression)

Flexion/distraction is a chiropractic technique that utilizes a special table in order to decompress the spine.  It is a gentle technique that can be used to treat an array of musculo-skeletal problems including disc herniation, spinal stenosis, sciatica, spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, nerve root compression, and more!  It is a safe treatment that is an effective alternative to some surgical cases.

Chiropractic Adjusting Tool

This is a small hand-held instrument that creates an impulse to restricted spinal segments.  It is a low-force alternative to manual manipulation but delivers enough power to move joints and relieve pain!  It is perfect for those patients that don’t like the “crack” associated with the standard adjustment.

Low-Level Laser Therapy

All cells in your body have receptors for light.  Just like a plant, cells can utilize this light energy to trigger chemical reactions.  Low-level laser works on the premise that your body’s cells can accept a specific wavelength of light and change it into ATP or energy.  This energy is used to stimulate tissue repair, growth, and healing.  After all, the more energy that is available, the more efficiently your cells can operate, thus speeding up the healing rate of injuries, improving the blood’s immune response, and increasing oxygen delivery to your cells.  Some common problems that can be addressed include: carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, bursitis, sprains, strains, TMJ, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, back and neck pain, sciatica, and more!!

Graston Technique, Myofascial Release Technique, and Niel-Asher Technique

Chiropractic manipulations help to increase the mobility of restricted joints. However, joint restrictions are often related to repetitive activities associated with occupation or hobbies. These activities also stimulate the production of connective tissues in overused muscle groups. Connective tissue fibers prevent muscles from reaching their normal resting length and lead to the production of uncomfortable trigger points or “knots.”

Graston technique utilizes stainless steel tools that, when rubbed over the surface of the muscle, break up connective tissue fibers without causing injury to the skin. Myofascial Release Technique is a form of assisted stretch in which your doctor stabilizes regions of restricted muscle as the muscle is stretched. Both techniques effectively increase the resting length of muscles and decrease pain associated with repetitive activities.

 Neil-Asher Technique (NAT) uses a specific and unique sequence of manipulations and pressure points to the shoulder joints and soft-tissues to significantly reduce the duration of frozen shoulder and produce greater mobility/function of the shoulder after recovery from frozen shoulder.    

Webster Technique

Beginning in the first trimester of pregnancy, the body produces increased levels of a hormone called relaxin. The function of relaxin is to make delivery easier by softening the connective tissue that supports the bones of the pelvis. Softening of the connective tissues in the pelvis may allow for the sacrum, the base of the spine and one of the anchors for the uterus, to become slightly displaced. This leads to low back discomfort and places a torsion strain on the uterus. Movement of the child in the womb may become restricted if the torsion is too great, and the child may be forced to remain in the breech position.

Gentle chiropractic manipulations and specific muscle stretches are effective methods for reducing back discomfort during pregnancy. Additionally, the manipulations and stretches outlined in the Webster Technique help to reduce torsion of the uterus which assists the child in turning during the third trimester and may prevent the occurrence of a breech birth.