About Dr. Simpson

Dr. Jake Simpson, Aria’s head clinic chiropractor evaluates and treats the entire musculoskeletal system rather than just the spine. Patients can be confident that they will receive an accurate diagnosis combined with an evidence based comprehensive musculoskeletal health plan based on their specific condition.

We treat neuromusculoskeletal pain and disorders, most commonly back, neck and joint pain. Through Aria’s chiropractic methods, patients are treated with a drug-free approach that is tailored specifically to their own body’s needs. The most common chiropractic procedures include but not limited to spinal manipulation, myofascial release, laser therapy, decompression and electrotherapy. At Aria we have a 100% success rate in relieving pain associated with carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, knee tendonitis, and ankle tendonitis.

Since the heart cannot handle this alone, it needs help: the smaller blood vessels propel the blood cells through their own pumping movements (vasomotion), thereby supporting the heart. Their movements also regulate the blood flow in such a way that areas with higher supply needs at a given moment are better supplied with blood than areas that happen to have a lower need.

Chiropractic manipulations work hand and hand with soft tissue treatments. Chiropractors are musculoskeletal specialist, therefore ignoring soft tissue problems would be ignoring half of the problem. Our soft tissue treatments including Graston Techniques and myofascial release techniques are designed to rid injured areas of scar tissue. Dr. Simpson can work to remedy injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, rotator cuff injuries, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, tennis elbow, headaches, and back pain which are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Whether you are an athlete, laborer, stay at home mom, or secretary, we are all prone to over-using muscles at our jobs and in our daily lives. Overuse Syndrome is a common ailment in our society. With work duties, athletic events, and daily lives etc putting repetitive stresses on the same structures we often develop this syndrome. These stresses may not be painful, but as the body compensates for long term use of an individual muscle or group of muscles it begins the process of self-preservation and the soft tissue adapts and changes over time.

As scar tissue builds up, the following may occur:

  •  Muscles become shorter and weaker
  •  Tension on tendons causes tendonitis
  • Nerves can become entrapped

Which then leads to the following:

  •  Reduced Range of Motion
  •  Loss of Strength
  •  Pain
  •  Nerves can become entrapped
  •  If a nerve is entrapped it can cause numbness and tingling in the affected area

Our body uses scar tissue extensively in the same way that tar patch repairs are added to fix small cracks in the road.  When muscles, or other tissues, are overstressed or injured, our bodies use scar tissue as a patch repair.  This is a natural part of the healing process.  However, if the source of the injury is not corrected the tissue will accumulate too much scar tissue, which then becomes a problem.  This is similar to when a road has been given too many patch repairs and is no longer smooth.

Myofascial release and the Graston Technique are not a massage, which is useful for decreasing muscle tension.  Instead, the intent is to “resurface the road.”  These techniques work out the scar tissue and helps the tissues to heal normally with long-lasting results.  It is important to state the pain, numbness, or other symptoms may not resolve if the scar tissue is not broken up as well as the source of the tension discovered.  Both of these can be accomplished by a careful exam and knowledgeable provider.

The most common procedure performed is a “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” This procedure can be manual as well as nonforce adjusting. The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility, and stimulate the Nervous System, by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury.

Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer.

Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, stimulates the Nervous System, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, improving communication to the Nervous System, and allowing tissues to heal.

The Healing Power of Low Level Laser Therapy

Theorized by Albert Einstein in 1917 and invented in 1960, lasers have proven their worth from compact disc players, to measuring the distance from the Earth to the Moon and now… healing the human body.  More and more doctors and researchers around the world have realized that therapeutic doses of laser light can have profound results in the treatment of a wide range conditions from slow healing skin ulcers to arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.  Dr. Jake Simpson utilizes the impressive Microlight ML830 laser which was the first low-level laser to be FDA approved after researchers conducted a double blind study at General Motors and Baylor college of Medicine in the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

What is Laser Therapy?

LLLT (Low level laser therapy) is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free treatment which is used for a variety of pain syndromes, injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions and pathologies.  LLLT is the application of low levels of laser light to an area of the body that has been injured.  This is not the same as high powered lasers utilized in other medical procedures that cut tissue, remove hair.

How do Lasers Work?

During a laser treatment, laser light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by your body’s cells.  Absorption of light from the cell produces an increase in cellular activity and energy to help stimulate healing.  If this is hard to grasp, think about this: Most of us along the way have taken a basic biology class in which we learned about photosynthesis in plants.  On a beautiful sunny summer day, the sun provides ample amounts of light and the plants absorb the light and this creates energy for the plants.  Without the sunlight the plants would not survive!  This is similar to how low-level laser light work… The body absorbs the laser light, and the cells increase energy production.

What Does All This Mean For You? 

For patients, that means relief from acute and chronic pains, increase speed and quality of tissue repair, reduces inflammation, decrease muscle spasm, restores function, pain relief, and increases range of motion among many more benefits.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Some patients may experience mild soreness as toxins are released and blood flow is restored.  Therapy lasers utilize power far below the levels that cause tissue damage, in fact one may argue that laser therapy is safer than sunlight.  As there are a few contraindications for utilizing the lasers, Dr. Jake Simpson will use all precautions in making sure you get safe and effective treatment.

The Microlight ML830 in the news:

New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVIII with the help of the Microlight ML830.  In the week preceding the Super Bowl, more than 10 players for the Patriots were treated with the laser for tendon and muscle injuries.

Microlight ML830 in the news

 References:  To Your Health, April 2010 and Microlight Corp.