Every day, our muscles and joints work together with our brains to move our bodies! Due to a variety of possible causes, joints in our spine or extremities can become restricted in certain ranges of motion. When these joints do not move optimally, this triad between the muscular system, the skeletal system (bones and joints), and the central nervous system, does not work as cohesively or efficiently as it could. This then has the potential to lead to dysfunction, causing pain. Through expertise in the skills of functional assessment and palpation, these regions of hypomobility (lack of movement) are identified. Then, the chiropractic adjustment is used to restore movement to the joint(s), allowing for an increased function in the movement of our bodies as a whole!
Soft Tissue Treatment
Without our bones, there would be nothing for our muscles to attach to. BUT, without our muscles there would be no movement! The skeletal system and muscular system are two peas in a pod when it comes to movement of the human body. If there is a dysfunction of the joint system somewhere, there is likely a coexisting dysfunction of the muscular system, because they work together. Because of this, the prognosis of a treatment for a musculoskeletal condition can often be improved by incorporating some form of soft tissue treatment. These forms of treatment aid in not only pain reduction, but also improved function. The number of soft tissue treatments is lengthy, but the main ones utilized in Valdosta Spine & Sport Chiropractic are Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Myofascial Release (MRT), Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), and mechanical massage.
A man once said: “[Resistance training] is the closest thing that we have to a fountain of youth.” If we take this idea and apply it to the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, we now have a solution to the complex questions surrounding the transition from injury healing to injury prevention, and even performance enhancement. Injuries—often accompanied by pain—occur because some part of our body was too weak to handle the load that was placed on it. By utilizing corrective exercises both in office and in the form of home care recommendations, we are able to make the weak things stronger, thereby healing the current injuries and helping to prevent future ones. Something that is strong is not easily broken. When rehab is combined with the appropriate chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue treatment, we develop a clinical plan that manifests itself in clear results.