Chiropractic Therapy and Rehabilitation
Chiropractic adjustments focus on the motion of bones. Remember the other main component of the musculoskeletal system? Correct . . . muscles. Muscles are often the culprits that cause your bones to become fixated again. Rather than just continue to adjust you as you become fixated, I prefer to retrain your muscles to prevent future fixation. This is what I mean by “retrain”. Your body is an amazing organism that learns from and adapts to the environment in which you live. When you injure yourself and do not immediately seek care, which is often the case since some injuries are so minor that go unnoticed, your body eventually gets used to the injured state. This could mean getting used to muscles that are too tight on one side of the bone, which pull the bone away from where it should sit. This could also mean tight muscles preventing any motion in the joint. After my adjustment, the tight muscles just pull the bone away from the correct position, causing it to become fixated again. We need to retrain the muscles to stay in the pre-injured state to prevent fixation, thus reducing your need for future chiropractic care. This is where therapy and rehabilitation come in.
I have many different therapies available in the office. They generally fall into two categories: passive and active. Passive means that you do not take an active part in the therapy, or you are lying down or sitting during the therapy. Some examples of passive therapies are electrical stimulation, ultrasound, mechanical traction, acupuncture, massage, and therapeutic exercise or muscle work. Active means that you do take an active part in the therapy, or you are stretching, exercising, or resisting tension on a certain muscle group during the therapy. This generally encompasses therapy that I will help you with during your appointment, such as deep muscle work, stretching, and exercises to strengthen weak muscles.