Friday, September 29, 2017

Alleviating Back Pain with Chiropractic Care

Back pain is something that many people suffer from in their life. It can stem from a vigorous workout, lifting something heavy, or as a result of sleeping in a wrong position. When the pain in your back is due to a strained muscle, it will usually heal on its own in a couple of days with rest. However, if your pain lingers or if it is a result of a spinal disc injury, the condition may be more troublesome. Spinal disc injuries are quite common and can be really painful. They can become thin or herniated due to things, like arthritis and other degenerative diseases and affect your overall spinal health. If this is the case, it means that it’s time to visit Locke Chiropractic Clinic.
Finding the exact source of your back pain can be difficult and symptoms include:
·         Cramping
·         Muscle spasm
·         Buttock pain
·         Stiffness
·         Back pain
·         Spine sensitivity to pressure and touch
·         Prolonged inactivity causes pain
·         Pain lasts longer and gets worse
Depending on the cause and severity of your back pain, Dr. Nicholas Locke at Locke Chiropractic Clinic may recommend a spinal adjustment and spinal manipulation of your vertebrae to alleviate your symptoms. An adjustment refers to Dr. Nicholas Locke  applying manipulation with their hands to vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. The objective of this treatment is to reduce the subluxation with the goals of increasing range of motion, reducing nerve irritability and improving overall function. As a result, this enables you to get back to living your life without having to rely on painkillers.
If you are struggling with back pain, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn about services we provide at the office, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicholas Locke at Locke Chiropractic Clinic in Tualatin, OR, call 503-620-6480.

Sports Injuries and Treatment

Some of the most common types of sports injuries include sprains, strains, and tears to the muscles, the ligaments (which connect bones and cartilage, form joints, and support organs), and the tendons (which connect muscles to bone). Other common injuries include dislocated joints and fractured bones, including vertebrae. Fortunately, Dr. Nicholas Locke of Locke Chiropractic Clinic specializes in treating sports injuries and can help you get back to your peak performance.

The first rule for a sports injury is to not “play through the pain.” If you have pain from a particular movement or activity you should always stop what you’re doing and seek medical treatment. Doctors of Chiropractic, such as Dr. Nicholas Locke, have specific training in evaluating and treating the ailments of athletes. Once the injury has been diagnosed, Dr. Nicholas Locke will utilize all available therapeutic methods, as well as video analysis, to help get you back in the game.

If you’ve recently been injured while playing or training for sports, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn about services we provide at the office, visit To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicholas Locke at Locke Chiropractic in Tualatin, OR, call 503-620-6480.

Treating Whiplash

Experiencing a car accident is a tough situation on a number of levels and most of us tend to worry about our automobile before we take care of ourselves. What most of us don’t realize however is that our body in a way is like a car and sometimes it needs to be fine-tuned to perform the way it was designed. While no one ever wants to be in an auto accident, it is important to know how to proceed with injuries should you ever be involved in one. At Locke Chiropractic, Dr. Nicholas Locke, DC, CCSP can discuss an individualized treatment plan depending on where the injury occurs.

One of the most common injuries to occur from a car accident is the damaging effect of whiplash. Whiplash occurs when a sudden, jarring movement of the head is sustained backward, forward, or even to the side. Whiplash destabilizes the spine and can cause blurred vision, neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, arm pain, and low back pain. Since chiropractors study the care of bones, muscles, nerves and connective tissue, they are crucial to visit after an accident occurs. Early care and treatment mean fully recovering. If left untreated, auto injuries can lead to other serious health problems. Depending on the problem area, Dr. Nicholas Locke, DC, CCSP may recommend spinal adjustments and manipulation, massage therapy, electric muscle stimulation or therapeutic ultrasound.

If you’ve recently been injured in an auto accident, put yourself first by giving us a call. To learn about the services we provide to our patients, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicholas Locke, DC, CCSP in Tualatin, OR, call 503-620-6480.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ultrasound Therapy

At Locke Chiropractic, we utilize ultrasound therapy – the use of sound waves above the range of human hearing – to treat injuries related to joints and muscle spasms. While it may share the same name, this type of ultrasound is not the same that expectant mothers use to learn the gender of their child. Instead, this ultrasound creates small sound waves that in effect vibrate and massage soft tissues and muscle.

With ultrasound therapy, sound waves create deep heat therapy that is applied to the soft tissues and joints to minimize muscle pain and movement dysfunction. The treatments themselves may help reduce stiffness, swelling, pain, increase circulation and promote pain-free movement all around. The heat combined with the overall features of ultrasound help to start the healing process at the most basic cellular level, speeding up your road to recovery.

If you think you may benefit from a chiropractic ultrasound, please give us a call. To learn about ultrasound therapy as well as other services we provide, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Locke of Locke Chiropractic in Tualatin, OR, call 503-620-6480.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cold Laser Therapy

Back and neck pain can be debilitating and can cause a great deal of stress for your everyday life. There are many treatment options for individuals suffering from pain including cold laser therapy. A qualified professional such as Dr. Nick Locke with Locke Chiropractic in Tualatin, Oregon can help you to get the most relief possible for your condition.

Cold Laser Therapy Could Help You
Cold laser therapy is the use of lasers that do not emit heat and that can target pain. The light can be used to reduce swelling and to help the body generate healing in very specific locations. Because of the nature of the laser treatment, the exact location you want to find relief in can be pinpointed and treated. The process does not typically provide full immediate relief. There will likely be several sessions on a regular basis to get the results that you are looking for. The procedure is non-invasive and takes only a short amount of time during each session. Combining the laser treatment with other options such as manual manipulation and adjustments can give you the pain-free existence you seek.

Don’t wait and deal with the pain any longer. Contact our professionals to talk about how cold laser therapy works and how it might benefit you. Call us today at 503-620-6480 to learn more and to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you find peace and relief in your back and neck injuries. You don’t have to suffer any longer with the pain and loss of range of motion.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Scoliosis is known as a disorder, which causes an abnormal curve of the backbone or spine. The spine should have normal curves when looking at it from the side, but it should also appear straight from the front as well. This disorder is found twice as much in girls, rather than in boys. It is typically seen at any age. However, it tends to be more common over the age of 10.

Risk Factors

Age is certainly one of the biggest risk factors. Those around 9-15 years of age can be at risk. Scoliosis is hereditary, so having a family member with the disease heightens the risk. It's not as common in boys, but by having a family member with the disease, it makes them just as much susceptible to the disease as girls.

Common Symptoms

The main symptom of scoliosis is having an abnormal curve of the spine. This is most noticed by a family member or a friend. The change in the curve of the spine could progress slowly, but then it can turn severe. It is sometimes found during school physicals. This disease can make someone's head appear to be off center, and it can also make shoulders appear to be higher than the other side. A severe case of scoliosis could make it harder for the lungs and the heart to work efficiently, which could lead to chest pain and shortness of breath.

X-rays are useful when it comes to examination of scoliosis. By using an X-ray, the doctor can tell how severe the scoliosis is and which treatment option may be best.

If you feel you may be suffering from scoliosis or if you would like more information, contact Tualatin Chiropractic at (503) 620-6480 or visit