Chiropractors are portal of entry healthcare practitioners educated in spine and musculoskeletal health. Using non-invasive, drug-free and hands-on care, Chiropractors emphasize the importance of health on the nervous system through the relationship of movement in the spine. Chiropractic is a safe and effective non-surgical option for neuromusculoskeletal conditions.
Through Chiropractic adjustments (also known as manipulations), Chiropractors address local restrictive mobility issues called subluxations within joints that may influence function and general health. Chiropractic adjustments are effective in restoring joint range of motion, and movement of connective tissue around the affected area.
Benefits of Chiropractic care:
1. Relief of spinal and other joint pain
2. Headache relief
3. Increase in mobility and decrease in body stiffness
4. Arthritic joint pain relief
5. Enhancement of tissue healing
6. Increased sense of well being and relaxation
Common conditions treated by Chiropractic care:
1. Lower back pain and stiffness
2. Neck and upper back pain and stiffness
3. Mid back pain and stiffness
4. Headaches and migraines
5. Leg and arm pain, weakness, numbness and tingling
6. Extremity (ankle, knee, hip, wrist, elbow, and shoulder) pain and dysfunction
Functional Range Release, F.R., is a soft tissue technique focusing on the assessment, localization and treatment of connective tissue and fascia with poor integrity. F.R., in combination with Functional Anatomic Palpation Systems, and Progressive Angular Isometric Loading, P.A.I.L., is a treatment system utilizing the idea the nervous system can adapt the body to specific demands when challenged. This can be beneficial for both rehabilitative care and performance in movement.
What is Functional Anatomic Palpation Systems?
Functional Anatomic Palpation Systems is an approach to assessing and targeting specific anatomic tissues. It allows practitioners to address specific structures involved in clinical conditions or movement limitations. Using F.A.P., allows the practitioner to gauge where to clinically use F.R. and P.A.I.L.
What is Progressive Angular Isometric Loading, P.A.I.L?
Progressive Angular Isometric Loading is the application of a stretching force to connective tissue and fascia over joints to influence an immediate increase in range of motion while teaching the body to develop strength over new ranges of mobility.
Benefits of F.R.R., F.A.P., and P.A.I.L:
1. Improve the nervous system’s ability to recruit contractile tissue
2. Expand functional range of motion by strengthening movement through end ranges, and by increasing mobility of joints
3. Decreasing onset of muscular inhibition and wasting occurring after injury
Kinesio taping is an elastic based taping strategy used in reducing bruising/swelling, improving connective tissue recruitment, and providing stability without restricting joint movement.
It is comfortable to wear resisting sweat and physical activity. Tape can last beyond 24 hours and can be used in water. It reduces pain over muscles and other connective tissue by lifting the skin off tissue allowing the flow of lymphatic fluid. An increase of lymphatic fluid in the area of injury can cause pain by putting pressure on pain receptors in the area.
Benefits of Kinesio taping:
1. Reduce bruising and swelling over an area of injury
2. Promote recruitment of contractile tissue for rehabilitative or performance purposes
3. Decrease pain over area of injury
What is Functional Movement Screen (F.M.S.)?
The F.M.S. is a ranking and grading system documenting movement patterns key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the F.M.S. classifies poor to excellent and painful/non-painful movements with a scoring system targeting issues. This information can be used to track/monitor progress and direct exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.
What is Selective Functional Movement Assessment (S.F.M.A.)?
The S.F.M.A. is a series of 7 full-body movement tests designed for assessing movement patterns such as bending and squatting in those with known musculoskeletal pain. As complement to an orthopedic and Chiropractic examination, it identifies impairments in the body contributing to the associated condition. It integrates concepts of posture, muscular balance and fundamental patterns of movement. It directs practitioners to addressing the most dysfunctional non-painful patterns with treatment intervention (manual therapy and therapeutic exercise) not adversely affected by pain.
Benefits of Movement Screening and Assessment:
1. Categorizes movement patterns and directs manual therapy and therapeutic interventions
2. Provides a functional baseline and monitors progress through measured performance
3. Identifies compromised movement patterns and gauges an individuals readiness to perform exercise