I like to look at the body as a whole unit. When you have an ache or pain there is more going on than you think! That is why I follow a five step process to determine the best approach to care. Those steps are as follows:
- Functional Assessment
- Muscular Assessment
- Skeletal Assessment
- Motor Control Functioning
- Rehabilitative Exercises
The first step in assessing your problem is by performing a functional assessment. The functional assessment is a series of seven movements that allows me to see what exactly isn’t working properly. It allows me to look for areas of instability so that we can work towards preventing a future injury.
Next we check the bony structure of the body. Making sure the body is in alignment will allow for the most stable foundation for your body to heal. As a chiropractor I work not only with the spine, but also with the joints in the arms and legs.
The next step in stabilizing and strengthening the body is through a muscular assessment. Utilizing the Advanced Muscle Integration Technique (AMIT) I am able to pinpoint the exact muscles that are causing your problems. Injury usually happens when a muscle or group of muscles are “turned off” or inhibited. Through this approach we find and “turn on” those muscles again!
Motor control is how well your muscles respond to what your brain is telling it. Many times when a muscle becomes inhibited it doesn’t get the entire message from the brain and so doesn’t fully move in it’s complete range of motion. To help the muscle and muscle group regain that functionality a pattern assist is sometimes required. This is why I apply Rock Tape to my patients because it serves as a pattern assist and strengthens the connection between your brain and the muscles to which it is trying to communicate.
Once we have made sure the skeleton is in perfect alignment, the muscles are working, and that the brain and body are properly speaking to each other, we are ready to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. To do that we perform simple rehabilitative exercises.
When you are injured or nearing injury these little nerve endings called proprioceptors are not firing properly. Proprioceptors are responsible for sensing where your body is in space and time. So if your brain can’t tell where your body is, it is likely going to be injured. To overcome this problem we perform rehabilitative exercises to strengthen the proprioceptors of the body.