At LifeQuest Physical Medicine and Rehab, we take great pride in providing the finest integrated care to each and every patient. We have included information below about the different services offered in our Chandler integrated office, but please call us at (480) 659-2000 if you have any questions!
We provide advanced spinal correction and chiropractic adjustments utilizing "state of the art" chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic care have chiropractors been able to provide the level of help and expertise that is available today. Many of the newest chiropractic techniques are actually safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. As a chiropractor who cares about utilizing the most advanced chiropractic techniques, Dr. Craig Scharf has years of training, expertise and experience in helping patients get pain relief for back pain, neck pain, headaches and other related conditions originating from the spine. Chiropractic care under a trained professional can even be used to prevent injuries and help you achieve total health or wellness.
Pediatric Chiropractic Care
Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even natural birthing methods can stress an infant's spine and developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints such as: colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and chronic infections can often be traced to the nerve system stress. As the infant grows, learning to hold up the head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic. As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities like skating or riding a bike, small yet significant spinal misalignments may occur. If neglected, the injuries during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious problems later in life. This is why developing good spinal care at a young age is so important.
At LifeQuest Physical Medicine and Rehab, we teach our patients how to perform special "blueprint" exercises which can help strengthen and correct the irregularities in their body which may be causing pain. Many of these corrective exercises can actually be performed in the comfort of your own home to help improve the effectiveness of your chiropractic care and spinal correction plan. In addition to skeletal misalignment, you may be experiencing pain that is caused by muscles and connective tissues which are out of their proper place. Other types of pain such as back pain, neck pain and headaches are caused by muscles and tissues that are being used improperly, causing injuries over time. In each case, targeted corrective exercises and stretches from our experienced chiropractor will help you feel good while also helping your body achieve balance and health.
Spinal Decompression is a non surgical treatment option that can help relieve pressure on one or many pinched nerves (neural impingement) of the spinal column. At LifeQuest Physical Medicine and Rehab we use the DOC decompression table. Spinal decompression can be used to treat conditions that result in chronic back pain such as disc bulge, disc herniation, sciatica, spinal stenosis, isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis.
Kinesiology taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body's natural healing process. It also provides support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion. Kinesiology taping prolongs the benefits of manual therapy administered within our clinic by providing extended soft tissue manipulation. There are many brands of kinesiology tape but in our office we recommend and utilize RockTape. RockTape is latex-free and wearable for days at a time. It is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.
Many of our patients come to see our chiropractor to address a specific pain symptom such as back pain, neck pain or headaches. While our chiropractor will address each patient's specific condition with chiropractic care, we often find it helpful to "coach" our patients towards achieving a healthier lifestyle. For example, there may be certain activities that you should avoid or do differently to prevent yourself from unintentionally aggravating your particular health challenges. The goal of including lifestyle advice with a chiropractic care plan is to help each and every patient achieve the fulfilling and happy lifestyle they deserve, one that is full of the activities that are enjoyed most. We recognize that every single one of our patients is a whole person, and we use our expertise to help them reach total health and wellness.
What does nutrition have to do with chiropractic care? The goal of chiropractic care is to help patients achieve total health and balance with their body, and as part of that goal we provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices. Nutritional counseling by our experienced chiropractic health professionals can assist a patient on their return to optimal health. Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? Do you know how these supplements and vitamins interact with one another? At our integrated office, we can provide each patient with a structured nutritional program that is based on their individual needs.
Massage therapy does more than make you feel good, it can actually help your body achieve balance and health. Massage therapy offers a natural treatment approach which actually relieves musculoskeletal pain for many patients. Our integrated office provides specific massage and muscular therapy that is complimentary to their chiropractic care. Each massage therapy plan is tailored to meet the patient's unique pain condition or injury. The benefits of massage therapy may include the increase of blood circulation, a localized reduction in swelling and the relaxation of muscles. Massage has been known to relieve muscle pain and spasms, increase a patient's range of motion, while also aiding in a patient's recovery. Some investigative studies have even indicated that a single session of massage may help boost your immune system!
Spinal & Postural Screenings
There is a saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Your spinal health is no exception. Posture and spinal screenings by a trained and experienced chiropractor such as Dr. Craig Scharf can help reveal important health information, unlocking the door to improved health and well-being. In order to help the Chandler community, we provide screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment. Contact us today at (480) 659-2000 to arrange a screening at your event or workplace.
Custom Foot Orthotics
Orthotics are a great way to help with issues related to walking and alignment. Some of these include but are not limited to knee, foot and lower back pain. The need for orthotics is often related to an issue with the natural functioning of the foot. Orthotics will often help to realign the bones within the foot and ankle and therefore take pressure of other parts of the body such as the back, neck, shoulders and hips. In addition, orthotics will help with distributing your weight properly and take further pressure off of toes, bunions and other parts of the foot.
Orthotics are really for anyone with an issue or discomfort relating to walking or imbalances in the body that are known to cause related pain. The great benefit of orthotics is that they can be worn on a daily basis and be utilized during most activities to take further stress of the body.
Orthotics can often be prescribed by your chiropractor and can last well over a year in most cases. This is a great investment into your overall health and well being via a biomechanical standpoint.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
EMS is mainly used to prevent, or reduce, muscle atrophy. Atrophy is the weakening and loss of muscle tone, which is usually experienced after surgeries or injuries. EMS helps by increasing blood flow to muscles, increasing range of motion, increasing muscle strength, as well as enhancing muscle endurance. EMS has pain management attributes in helping muscle related pain, such as spastic muscle, sore muscles, or tight muscles.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
TENS units are mainly used for nerve related pain conditions. TENS units work by sending stimulating pulses across the surface of the skin and along the nerve strands. The stimulating pulses help prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. TENS units also help stimulate your body to produce higher levels of Endorphins, which are your bodies own natural painkillers.
Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS)
PENS therapy combines the features of acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). PENS is performed with needle electrodes that are placed in close proximity to the painful area to stimulate peripheral sensory nerves in the soft tissue.
Headache and Migraine Relief
We provide our headache and migraine patients with a revolutionary treatment protocol that provides lasting pain relief. The MiRx Protocol is a treatment program designed to cure headaches, facial pain and head pain. The protocol is made up of two parts. The first stage of treatment stops the reaction of the nervous system and alleviates the headache pain. This is referred to as the medical component. The second stage of the MiRx Protocol treats and rehabilitates the underlying condition, which is the physical component. These two combined can effectively eliminate the conditions causing your headache or face pain. These two components work together to provide long-term headache relief.
Knee Rejuvenation Program™
The Knee Rejuvenation Program™ is a multi-faceted, natural approach, which can give you long lasting results. Our team that consists of Chiropractic, Physical Rehab, Physician Assistant and Massage Therapists have an integrated approach that combines:
1. Life style management
2. Individualized Physical Rehab and Massage Therapy to help you gain strength and mobility.
3. Knee Lubrication Injections with FDA approved natural Hyaluronic Acid to ease movement and eliminate pain.
After an evaluation by our team, you will receive an individualized treatment plan, which involves an FDA approved treatment for knee pain: a natural lubricant, Hyaluronic Acid, injection into the knee.
Trigger Point Injection (TPI)
Our chiropractor or Physician's Assistant will first diagnose the root cause of your muscular pain and determine if it is being caused by a trigger point or points. Once the trigger point (or points) have been located, we will use a very thin needle to break up muscle tissue and fascia and then inject a local anesthetic (to numb and trick the muscle to relax). Treatment only takes a few minutes and several trigger points can be injected during the same appointment. Patients who have experienced our trigger point injections report immediate pain relief and are usually able to resume normal activities because the trigger points relax and stop hurting.
Once our chiropractor or Physician Assistant have diagnosed the root cause of muscular pain and determine if it is being caused by a trigger point or points our Physician Assistant will insert very thin needles into the trigger point (s). This will help break up muscle tissue and fascia allowing the muscles to relax and stop hurting.
Food Sensitivity Testing
The Immuno Bloodprint has been helping people "Eat Well, Feel Well and Live Well" for years. This simple, affordable blood test can help identify food intolerances or hidden food allergies that may be the cause of chronic conditions such as arthritis, attention deficit (and hyperactivity) disorders, autism, chronic fatigue, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches, otitis media and more.
Biotek is a blood test that can identify possible food allergy and intolerance. Food specific IgA and IgG have been utilized in research settings as a tool for a guided elimination diet in patients with food-related complaints. IgA and IgG antibodies are indicators of antigen exposure and are not directly indicative of allergic disease. IgE antibodies are indicators of allergic disease, and Biotek's standard, curve based method for our semi-quantitative allergen-specific IgE ELISA & quantitative chem illuminescence follows World Health Organization standards. These standards increase immunoassay sensitivity again a broad range of allergen concentrations, allowing for the detection of minute levels of IgE antibodies in a serum specimen for accurate assay performance. This respect for global standards and attention to detail guarantees the highest quality antibody testing for patients.
Medical Weight Loss
Our physician guided medical weight loss program is designed to help you lose weight in a safe environment. Our program includes: lipotropic B12 injections (also known as slim shots), custom pro-biotic, customer fat burner, prescription weight loss medication, and weekly weigh in's and BMI checks. We also include a discounted gym membership and free training sessions so you can get maximum results. Additional add-on's available such as meal replacement shakes that come in a variety of delicious flavors!
Micronutrient testing is a blood test that analyzes how well the body utilizes over 30 vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Knowing what vitamins and minerals are deficient in your body could help with many conditions such as: fatigue, weight management, inflammation and many more. The simple test could change your everyday lifestyle.
Custom & Extremity Bracing
Many patients have daily aches and pains that they accustom to everyday life. Our combination of custom and extremity bracing is sleek and can be worn throughout the day to help alleviate these pains. We offer many different braces to help areas such as: upper back, lower back, neck, hips, knees and wrist.
BabyBrace® is a medical grade device available by prescription only, which is designed to offer your back comfort and support during the stresses of pregnancy. A majority of pregnant women report experiencing back pain at some point during their pregnancy. BabyBrace® addresses this painful issue by correcting the bio-mechanical deficiency, thus reducing symptoms.