This particular method of therapy helps stimulate muscles and tissues bringing blood and oxygen to the area to promote healing. We also utilize muscle stimulation and other therapies to relieve tightness and soreness, and improve your mobility.



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During this chiropractic therapy, electrodes are placed on the skin that send light electrical pulses to different areas of the body with the purpose of reducing inflammation, curtailing muscle spasms and relieving back pain.



The intersegmental traction (roller) table may be used in your therapy to loosen up the spine and its surrounding tissues and muscles, which prepares your body for further therapy and chiropractic treatment.


Myofascial release (MFR) is an extremely mild and gentle form of stretching the body’s fascial connective tissue. Fascia is a continuous sheet of connective tissue that extends from the top of the head to the tip of the toes without interruption. It lines and covers nearly every muscle, nerve, bone, vein, artery and organ in the body. (You may have encountered fascia in the form of the tough white membrane surrounding butchered meat.)


Following injury, inflammation, disease, surgery, whiplash, etc. the fascia scars and hardens. Pain is generally felt at the injury site, but may also be felt in areas some distance away.


Of course everyone can benefit from Myofascial Release treatments. Some common conditions often addressed include, but are not limited to:


Acute and chronic neck and back pain


Muscle cramps, spasm, or strains


Frozen joints

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

TMJ Syndrome



 Graston is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to treat various diseases.

  • What is Acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to treat various diseases.


    Developed millennia ago in China, numerous recent studies conducted by "Western" scientists in Europe and the United States have found that acupuncture is at least moderately effective in treating pain and nausea.


    For example, one of the largest studies to date on acupuncture and chronic pain — a meta-analysis of 29 well-conducted studies involving nearly 28,000 patients, conducted by doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and published in October 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine — found that acupuncture is effective for treating chronic pain and therefore is a reasonable referral option. The doctors wrote that "significant differences between true and sham acupuncture indicate that acupuncture is more than a placebo" but added that "these differences are relatively modest."

  • What does acupuncture treat?

    People use acupuncture to relieve pain and treat certain health conditions. You can use it by itself or as part of a treatment program. Studies have found promising results for the use of acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting related to pregnancy, chemotherapy, and post-surgery pain. Acupuncture also may be useful for:


    Menstrual cramps

    Myofascial pain

    Back pain

    Low back pain



    Drug addiction

    Shoulder pain




    Tennis elbow

    Disc pain


  • How does acupuncture feel?

    Insertion of slender, disposable needles goes unnoticed by some, and to others feels like a small pinch followed by a sensation of tingling, numbness, a dull ache, the movement of a warm fluid, or heaviness. The experience of acupuncture can be likened to subtle gates being opened from the outside to the inside in order to facilitate internal communication. The acupuncture needles act like keys in the locks of these gates, remaining in place for about twenty to forty minutes.

    Acupuncture is refreshing and involves lying down in a warm, comfortable, safe space and being transported to a place not unlike that of dreams. Usually deep relaxation and an elevation of spirit accompany treatment.

  • What can I expect after an acupuncture treatment?

    It is as normal to want to continue resting as it is to be immediately energized. Sometimes there is immediate relief of pain or discomfort; sometimes the acupuncture treatment effects are more evident several days later. Because acupuncture is restorative and encourages the release of tension and worry, there is usually a sense of renewal and calm.

  • Will acupuncture help me?

    Acupuncture can effectively treat acute and chronic conditions. That being said, there are miraculous cures of apparently intractable problems as well as times when recovery is beyond the scope of acupuncture in spite of dedication and persistence. Ultimately, the only way to discover whether acupuncture is helpful for you is to try it.

  • Can children be treated with acupuncture?

    Yes, children as young as six-months-old can benefit from acupressure, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine. There are special techniques for treating young children that are gentle and safe. We have had experience with many children and enjoy making them comfortable with their experience at Chinese Medicine Works. Whether acupuncture needles are used depends on the comfort and temperament of the child.

  • Can pregnant women be treated with acupuncture?

    Yes, acupuncture is effective for treating infertility, helping to avoid miscarriage, relieving morning sickness, and for other difficulties of pregnancy like edema, gestational diabetes, back or hip ache, and indigestion. Acupuncture is also effective for inducing and facilitating labor and can help correct mal-position of the fetus in the last trimester.

  • What should I do to prepare for acupuncture?

    It is best if people are neither hungry nor have a full stomach before having an acupuncture treatment. It is best, although not necessary, not to have pain medication, sedatives, or stimulants like coffee or nicotine for treatment to be most effective. It is also best not to engage in heavy exercise two hours before or after an acupuncture treatment, and to abstain from alcohol on the day of treatment.

    Loose, comfortable clothing that provides easy access to torso, arms and legs is most desirable. Many people think that they should not schedule an acupuncture treatment when they are sick with a cold or flu, but this is actually a good time to come, since acupuncture and herbal remedies can help speed recovery.

    How many acupuncture treatments are necessary?

  • How many acupuncture treatments are necessary?

    Depending on how long a problem has existed, there is a

    proportional period of time required to correct it. For acute and more superficial problems, perhaps only one treatment is necessary. For one that has been in place for decades, it will take a relatively longer period of time to alter the entrenched pattern of imbalance. Because there is often a struggle between the need for change and the desire to maintain that which is familiar and stable, treatment outcomes are difficult to predict. Everyone wishes for a cure without change, for recovery without effort.

    According to studies by research scientist Bruce Pomeranz, the beneficial effects of acupuncture are cumulative: a greater effect is achieved with frequent acupuncture treatments of proper duration over the course of an extended period of time. Often people experience some benefit quickly, even though the ultimate results may require a more lengthy series of treatments. Many people come once a week or every other week until they reach a point at which a sustainable level of benefit is realized. As symptoms improve, fewer visits are required, individual progress

    being the yardstick.

  • How much does it cost?

    A typical examination and consultation costs $100.00. That includes two visits of acupuncture. The cost of treatment depends on the conditions we treat. It can range anywhere from $40 to $150 a treatment. Prices may very based on treated conditions. Please contact our clinic for further questions.



  • Auto Accidents

    If you or someone you know has ever been involved in an auto accident and sustained an injury, it is very important to get evaluated by someone who is trained in the detection and correction of soft tissue injuries.  Have you ever noticed an ache or pain after being involved in a car wreck but it did not hurt for 2-3 days?  This is the classical result of a soft tissue injury.  Once a strain is put on a muscle tendon or ligament, the body responds in 3 different phases.

  • Muscle Spasm

    If you suffer from muscle spasms, you know that they can be at the very least annoying and severe ones can be very painful. Muscle spasms are involuntary muscle contractions that cause your muscle to shorten. When you are experiencing a muscle spasm you will feel a tightness or cramping sensation. Muscle spasms can occur all over you body but the most commonly occur in the neck, legs (hamstrings, quadriceps), arms and back.

    If you are experiencing a low intensity cramping in the muscle, or a twitch or tick in the muscle, it could very likely be a muscle spasm. Other common symptoms include severe pain in the muscle, tightening of the muscle, a sudden sharp unpleasant sensation in the muscle or even muscle fatigue.

    A chiropractic adjustment is the most common treatment that chiropractors use. An adjustment allows you spine and joints to restore normal motion which in turn leads to reduced pain and a decrease in muscle spasms.

    Soft tissue manipulation is another common technique used when treating muscle spasms. Treatment can include therapeutic stretching and massage therapy. These types of treatments help to reduce fluid, reduce scar tissue and provide relief for muscle spasms.

  • Disc Lesions

    Although some refer to this condition as a “slipped”, “ruptured” or “blown” disc, usually, it is not known what caused the disc to herniate. Repetitive stresses, overuse, repetitive motion, poor posture, trauma, degenerative processes, and “wear and tear” of life are all know contributors to herniated discs. Normally, a spinal disc is basically a “cushion” between two vertebra in the spine that acts as a “shock absorber”. It is made up of a gel like center (nucleus pulposus) surrounded by fibrous tissues that wraps around the nucleus to give it its strength. The disc is made up of 80% fluid, with the other 20% being cartilage and collagen. It is a pressurized, dynamic structure that receives its nutrients and blood supply from the surrounding tissue through a pumping effect that occurs during motion of the joint segments. Weaknesses or tears in the outer fibers of the disc allow the contents of gel-like center to try to escape (similar to a bubble in the side wall of a tire would allow for a weakness in the tire). When a disc herniates, bulges or ruptures and presses on spinal nerves, it causes great back and/or neck, arm, leg pain, sometimes so intense that it disables the victim.

  • What is a slipped disc?

    A slipped disc is more or less a herniated or ruptured disc. The disc is a shock absorbing pad that sits between the vertebra. The spinal joint loses its proper alignment and mobility and often the disc can torque right, left or straight back. This is what often causes back pain, but can also cause radicular pain. (Leg pain and/or numbness;  arm and hand pain or numbness).


    A bulging disc is a disc that has “slipped “only a little bit. Treatment is often a lot more successful when chiropractic adjustments are initiated in the bulge phase of the disc.


    Other common terms include a deranged disc, which is a herniated disc, a ruptured disc, prolapsed disc, torn disc, protruded disc, etc. They all virtually mean the same thing.


    When a spinal segment involving a bad disc is not treated appropriately (spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and medication), then the disc can often begin to degenerate. This results in a thinning of the intervertebral disc and many times is referred to as “spinal arthritis.”

  • Can chiropractors treat a slipped disc?

    Absolutely! It’s important to realize that a disc does not just slip. A protruding disc is a secondary condition that starts primarily from a spinal subluxation. Dr. Cate corrects spinal subluxations by restoring the proper alignment and mobility of the spinal joints, when this is done, the disc often reabsorbs. This has been proven time and time again using before treatment and after treatment MRI’s.


    Out of all the physicians in the United States, chiropractic physicians treat more protruding discs than all other physicians combined. There's an old school saying that, “If you have a slipped disc you should not see a chiropractor." There is nothing further from the truth! Dr. Cate receives hundreds of referrals a year from medical physicians, orthopedic surgeons, and neurosurgeons for patients that have herniated discs. The Texas Back Institute compiled data after studying thousands of patients diagnosed with herniated discs. They determined that the most effective, long-lasting, conservative care was the use of nsaids and spinal manipulation. They recommend chiropractic care prior to considering surgery.

  • What are the symptoms of a slipped disc?

    A common symptom can obviously be just neck and/or back pain, however the majority of symptoms that prompt the concern for a herniated disc is neck, arm, and hand pain or numbness. It can also include low back, leg, and foot pain or numbness. These symptoms that present as pain going down the arm, hand, leg, and foot are called “dicogenic radiculitis”

    or radicular pain.


    Dr. Cate has treated thousands of patients with disc derangement with an associated radicular component and has completely restored them to a pain-free environment. Patients with this condition are often treated and released with follow-up visits three to four times a year to make sure the problem doesn't come back. Unfortunately, if a disc herniates too far, chiropractic care can be unsuccessful and surgical intervention may be necessary. A discectomy (partial disc removal) and/or a spinal fusion may be indicated.


    Dr. Cate has worked hand-in-hand with orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons in Tulsa and the surrounding areas for over 25 years and will refer you to one if the situation is warranted.

  • Headaches

    Numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating tension headaches, especially headaches that originate in the neck.


    A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that "spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than commonly prescribed medications." These findings support an earlier study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that found spinal manipulative therapy to be very effective for treating tension headaches. This study also found that those who stopped chiropractic treatment after four weeks continued to experience a sustained benefit in contrast to those patients who received pain medication.


    Each patients case is different and requires a thorough evaluation before a proper course of chiropractic care. However, in most cases of tension headaches, significant improvement is accomplished through manipulation of the upper two cervical vertebrae, coupled with adjustments to the junction between the cervical and thoracic spine. This is also helpful in most cases of migraine headaches, as long as food and lifestyle triggers are avoided as well.

  • Carpal Tunnel

    The Carpal tunnel is a band of ligaments and small bones in your wrist. Painful symptoms can result when nerves are compressed by the nerve “tunnel” collapsing. Many people are surprised to learn that the cause of their wrist problems may be caused by functional or “dysfunctional” changes to one or more joints of the neck shoulder elbow or wrist. Along with physical therapy, chiropractic care is known to have positive results in relieving carpal tunnel symptoms, find out before resorting to more drastic treatments such as surgery!

  • Migraines

    Chiropractors believe that some migraines originate in the spine. Often a misalignment of the vertebrae, or subluxation, can irritate the nerves that travel the length of the spine to the brain. This misalignment makes a person more prone to chemical imbalances in the brain. Some researchers say that realigning the vertebrae—a chiropractor's specialty—relieves the pressure against inflamed nerves and can in turn relieve the headaches

  • Sciatica

    When you think of sciatica, especially if you’ve ever experienced its debilitating pain, strong leg pain comes to mind.  But, as with most conditions, there is a range of symptoms, and more than one cause of sciatica.  The symptoms can range from localized pain in one or both buttock regions to excruciating pain all the way down the back of the leg to the foot. Sciatica is an irritation of the sciatic nerve, the longest and biggest nerve in the body – extending from the lower back all the way down to your toes. If the cause is structural a chiropractic adjustment can provide relief.


    There are three main causes of sciatica:


    1.Because the sciatic nerve originates in the low back, one cause is impingement or pressure on one of the nerves forming (or contributing to) the sciatic nerve.  Such nerve impingement can be from a malpositioned bone in your lower back or from a bulging disc.


    2. A second location where the sciatic nerve can be irritated is in the pelvis at the sacroiliac joint.  If you have ever fallen on your hip or pelvis; if you have ever broken a leg bone or had a major foot, ankle, knee or hip joint injury or surgery; if you have a muscle imbalance from performing a particular sport or activity – you may have a rotated pelvis which stresses a sacroiliac joint, and from there the sciatic nerve that runs right in front of it.


    3. The third location where pressure can be put on the sciatic nerve is in the buttocks.  There are many muscles located there and the sciatic nerve passes underneath these muscles- at least they are supposed to.  In some unlucky people the sciatic nerve passes through a muscle called the piriformis muscle.  So, if it contracts, it can actually pinch or ‘scissor’ the sciatic nerve.  Simple actions such as pressing on the gas pedal while driving, can cause this muscle to contract thereby pressing on the

    sciatic nerve.


    Chiropractic care can give results with sciatica not only because we realign the spine and pelvis but chiropractors such as Dr. Cate can do myofascial work to relieve muscles like the piriformis mentioned above.

  • Scoliosis

    Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Everyone’s spine naturally curves a tiny bit. But people with scoliosis have a spine that curves too much. The spine might look like the letter "C" or "S.


    Scoliosis affects 5 to 7 million people in the United States. More than a half million visits are made to doctors’ offices each year for evaluation and treatment of scoliosis. Although scoliosis can begin at any age, it most often develops in adolescents between the ages of 10 and 15. Girls are more commonly affected than boys. Because scoliosis can be inherited, children whose parents or siblings are affected by it should definitely be evaluated by a trained professional.


    There are generally three treatment options for scoliosis—careful observation, bracing, and surgery. Careful observation is the most common “treatment,” as most mild scoliosis do not progress and cause few, if any, physical problems.

  • Whiplash

    In its simplest form, whiplash is the sudden acceleration / deceleration of the head and neck. Although most people associate whiplash with neck strain and pain resulting from a high velocity car accident, whiplash injury pain can manifest itself in many ways from many different types of collisions. This is why it is critical to have Doctor Cate properly exam and diagnose a patients particular set of circumstances.


    It is common to experience some sort of pain or discomfort immediately after sustaining a whiplash injury while others begin experiencing symptoms day or weeks later. Some people suffer from hidden injuries that don't manifest until many weeks later. Normally these injuries involve the ligaments in the neck and require a proper exam to diagnose the extent of the injury before permanent degeneration sets in. Symptoms of whiplash injury include but are not limited to:

    Neck Pain & Stiffness


    Muscle Aches and Pains


    Headaches, Nausea & Dizziness


    Upper Back & Shoulder Pain


    Tingling / Burning Sensations

    If you have been injured in an accident and are experiencing the symptoms above you may have whiplash. Come in and visit Dr. Cate for a complete exam and diagnosis and we will setup a whiplash treatment program specific to your symptoms.

  • Pinched Nerves

    A pinched nerve can be one of the most painful symptoms someone can experience.  It normally occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues — such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons.  If the function of a nerve is disrupted, symptoms including numbness, tingling, burning, shooting pain, and weakness can happen.


    Also, poor posture can be the culprit to a pinched nerve due to a poor night’s sleep, long durations of sitting, such as driving or at a computer, or lifting heavy objects, such as weights or children, or even reaching above the head can be the cause of a pinched or compressed nerve.  People tend to wait until the pain diminishes, but damage remains while precipitating reoccurrence of pain until proper care is given.


    Common medical treatment for a pinched nerve is the use of NSAIDS to help decrease pain, although this treatment helps the patient temporarily feel better, it doesn’t cure the cause of the issue.



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