Dr. Bruns is board certified in Chiropractic Medicine by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NCBE). The examination process of the NCBE requires that each candidate demonstrate special skill and expertise in the areas of general diagnosis, diagnostic studies, chiropractic techniques, rehabilitation and supportive modalities. Additionally, Dr. Bruns has passed examinations and licensure in the states of Maine, Oregon, and New York.
Dr. Bruns is a 2015 graduate of the University of Western States Chiropractic School in Portland, Oregon. He did his internship with Volunteers of America in Portland, Oregon and spent his first year in practice at a traumatic injury facility there. He then joined a practice in Portland, Maine that specialized in sports medicine and rehabilitation exercises.
In addition to his Doctorate in Chiropractic from the University of Western States, Dr. Bruns has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Maine and a B.S. in Human Biology from the University of Western States. Dr. Bruns is also a member of the Maine Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Bruns joined New England Sport and Spine in 2018. He provides gentle Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment using joint mobilizations, diversified, sacral occipital, drop-table, and activator techniques. Dr. Bruns also employs a variety of muscle work techniques including instrument assisted massage, active release technique and therapeutic cupping. Additional therapeutic approaches include progressive rehabilitation exercises, electric stimulation current, kinesiology taping, and therapeutic ultrasound.
Dr. Bruns is a native of Bangor, Maine and the son of a Chiropractor and massage therapist that still practice out of his childhood home. He enjoys skiing, weight lifting and being in the great outdoors. He is passionate about helping others achieve and maintain active and healthy lifestyles with the best evidenced-based medicine available.
ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE:
Active Release Technique (ART) is a soft tissue movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
Cupping therapy is used as a soft tissue mobility technique. The pressure from the suctions cups can be used to break adhesions in soft tissues, desensitize superficial nerves and promote fluid exchange. The cupping creates a vacuum beneath your skin that helps to draw inflammatory fluids out of the tissues below. Our form of cupping does not involve open flames or cuts to the skin. We use a gentle suction cups to create tension on the skin as we mobilize the underlying tissues.
INSTRUMENT ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION:
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is performed with ergonomically designed instruments that detect and treat fascial restrictions, encourage rapid localization and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration.
INTERFERENTIAL CURRENT THERAPY:
Interferential current therapy is an effective therapy option used by many physiotherapy clinics to relieve pain and accelerate the self-healing process, getting your body back to a healthy, pain-free state. The high frequency signals of an IFC penetrate through the skin into deeper lying muscle tissues.
Electrodes are placed on your skin around the injured body part. The Interferential Current device then transmits electrical impulses in minute quantities through your skin. Underlying tissue and nerves are stimulated which begins the healing properties. These impulses are not painful in the least. In fact, patients describe the sensation as a minor prickle on their skin. Frequencies produced by the IFC have been proven to stimulate endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. This can help to create a self-healing process without the need to for medications. This form of therapy is also extremely useful in reducing pain, inflammation, curing edema, and spasms.
Ultrasound is a therapy in which the ultrasound technique is used for treating chronic pain and various kinds of disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and acute injuries. Ultrasound therapy makes use of ultrasound waves in order to target problems that are present deep inside the body without breaking the skin’s surface.
Ultrasound is used for therapeutic purposes in such a way that the high-frequency sound waves reach the affected area and relieve the pain without side effect. Ultrasound therapy can be an ideal way to effectively treat musculoskeletal injuries, joint pains, soft tissue injuries, bone fractures and restricted range of movements that occur at a depth of 1cm to 5cm underneath the skin.
High frequency ultrasound waves penetrate deep inside the skin and target the affected area that cannot be reached by other methods such as manual therapy. When ultrasound therapy is applied to the skin, the therapist makes use of coupling gel in order to reduce the friction on the surface of the skin. The basis of the ultrasound therapy is to restore normal blood flow at the affected area, relax the muscles and trigger the self healing process.
Kinesiology tape or “k-tape” is a latex-free cotton strip with a sticky adhesive that holds it in place. It’s designed to mimic human skin, with a wave-like pattern similar to fingerprints that allow for airflow. K-tape is also waterproof, so it can be worn while swimming.
K-tape is worn on many different parts of the body for many therapeutic reasons such as pain relief, performance enhancement, and injury prevention. Because k-tape is elastic and thin, it can be worn without binding or restrict your movement.
Since pain sensors lie between the first and second layers of your skin, applying the tape lifts the first layer slightly to create space for increased blood flow and decreased pain, as well as inflammation. It also provides support and stability for joints or muscles, holding muscles in place (according to how the tape is used), while still allowing a full range of motion and circulation in the area.
K-tape can be a useful tool for anyone with musculoskeletal and athletic injuries, as well as inflammatory conditions. Taping methods are helping more and more patients with muscle strains or weakness, ligament sprains, joint instability misalignment, poor posture, shin splints, tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, lymphedema, recovering fractures and more.
CHIROPRACTIC MANIPULATIVE THERAPY (CMT):
High Velocity-Low Amplitude (HVLA)
In this technique, the physician uses his or her hands to find joints that are not moving as well as or symmetrically with other joints. He or she then engages the barrier to motion in the joint and uses a quick but short thrust to overcome that barrier. Often, a popping noise will ensue as motion is restored to the joint.
Sacral Occipital Technique
To adjust the bottom of the spine (sacrum/pelvis area), chiropractic physicians use pelvic blocks. These blocks are wedge shape and are placed under the patient's hips. The blocks serve as a fulcrum to allow the body to do the adjustment, rather than a thrust from the chiropractic physician. The top of the spine is analyzed based off of muscle fibers located on the occiput bone (bottom of the skull).
The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a small handheld spring-loaded instrument which delivers a controlled and reproducible impulse to the spine. These impulses provide gentle, focal force to mobilize a restricted joints range of motion. It also works well to reduce muscle spasms by providing a quick stretch stimulus to trigger point fibers. This technique is often utilized as an alternative to the traditional chiropractic manipulation.
Drop Table Adjusting
Drop table adjusting uses a precision adjusting table with a weighing mechanism which adds only enough tension to hold the patient in the "up" position before the thrust is given. This allows for a low force mobilization of a joint without twisting the spine.