Laying the foundation
Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
First and most importantly, we first seek to find an accurate diagnosis, or a clinical reason for your discomfort. This is the bedrock from which all clinical decisions are made. Each type of tissue and type of injury requires a specialized treatment approach. This will determine whether or not you have a condition that needs extra tests like x-rays to be performed.
Are you a good fit for our treatment?
Secondly, we make sure you will benefit from the treatment we provide, and if not we can help you find the appropriate provider that can solve your problem. We find that our patients are relieved to know we can help them navigate their way to recovery with adequate referrals to a specialist who can treat them.
Step 1: Getting moving in again, pain free
After the diagnosis is made our first step is to re-establish proper range of motion. This is achieved in our office by utilizing state of the art techniques such as Active Release Technique and Manual Adhesion Release. We also can utilize supportive therapies such as massage therapy and ultrasound or electric muscle stimulation.
Step 2: Getting strength back in the injured area
After range of motion is improved, building up strength in the injured tissue is vital. Without restoration of strength, you are very likely to re-injure the area the next time you use the injured area. This can be done with very specialized home exercise that the doctors have selected for your specific diagnosis.
Step 3: Getting back to work and play
Finally we work to bring the injured joint back to 'performance' level. It needs to work well with the surrounding joints, so we make sure it can perform well in whole body activities, like work or your sport. This involves a guided re-introduction to the workplace or sport.
Putting pain behind you is never an easy task, but we are here to help you from "soup to nuts"!