Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Therapy

Evaluating and treating injuries, illnesses, and disability

One of the most important aspects of any treatment program is rehabilitation therapy. Even if you are not having any pain currently our goal in our office is to rehabilitate normal structure and function of the spine. We can see you on a regular basis and adjust your subluxations, but we take what we do further. At Inspire Chiropractic and Wellness, we focus on rehabilitating normal spinal curvatures and improving normal posture with a combination of stretching, strength training, and tractioning of the spine to enhance the underlying structure and function of the spine in order to make you stronger as you progress toward true wellness.

In addition to the spine, Dr. Dan Wilson also focuses on proper biomechanics and rehabilitation of the other areas of the spine included but not limited to, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles.

Chiropractic Rehabilitation After an Injury

In the rehabilitation sequence developed by physical therapists, all injuries must go through a progressing order to maximize healing.

1. We must treat the acute symptoms and manage the inflammation present with the injury.

We do this by utilizing the RICE protocol of rest, ice, compression of the affected joint, and elevation of the joint above the heart to reduce the amount of blood flow to the tissue to minimize swelling. It is important to note that swelling is important for healing however. Blood flow to the injured tissue is what provides nutrition to the injury to help it heal so do this under the supervision of your healthcare provider.

2. The joint in question must be PROPERLY MOBILIZED AND ALL FIXATED SEGMENTS MUST BE FREELY MOVING.

Many times this step gets missed. Think of your ankle. If the pain and soft tissue heals, however the bones in the ankle are not freely moving or aligned, do you think the strength and function will return to normal? Probably not. This is why chiropractic in our office focuses on properly mobilizing the fixated segments post injury in order to maximize the healing of your injuries.

3. Following mobilization we need to stretch any tight muscles that may result post injury.

Once the joints are properly mobilized the muscles and ligaments around the joint may still be very tight. We need to fully reach normal range of motion of the joint so that the joint may heal properly and also to prevent any other joints of the body from compensating for any improper mobility.

4.Moving to the next level in the sequence of rehabilitation requires increasing speed of the contraction of the musculature surrounding the affected tissues.

5. Improving proper muscle control and strength will provide full healing to joints that are affected with your injury.

You must go through all phases of healing in order to return to your post injury ability. Chiropractic care is integral for rehabilitating the spine but also the other joints of the body. If you have been dealing with issues for years following injury you are probably suffering from a long term failure to rehabilitate from an injury.

Call our office today to see how we can help you return to the level of health you once had. If we can not help you we will refer you to one of our many

Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury sustained to the cervical spine, or the neck, that can be extremely painful and lead to many serious long term problems and symptoms. Whiplash is trauma sustained to the neck where the head and neck are forcefully moved back and forth, like a cracking of a whip. Many times this injury is associated with automobile accidents, but whiplash can result from many traumas. Riding horses, collisions in sports, or even physical abuse can result in a whiplash type injury.

 

The common signs or symptoms that you may experience with a whiplash injury include neck pain or stiffness, headaches, and whiplash can also lead to neurological issues including pain or numbness and tingling down the arms.

 

Many times patients will be given a cocktail of medication in order to deal with the pain, muscle spasms, and inflammation that can occur due to a whiplash injury. However, while these medications address the symptoms of whiplash many times there can be underlying structural or neurological issues that arise from whiplash.

 

In a normal person the neck should be lordotic, or have a C-shaped curve open to the back of the body. During a whiplash trauma, many times this curvature can straigthen or even reverse. Multiple whiplash injuries can result in a more destabilizing condition causing an S-curvature to persist. While pain may not be immediate with a change in curvature there can be long lasting structural, muscular, and nuerological implications to an injury such as this.

 

Studies are now showing that the damage caused by a whiplash injury may not be evident for 7-10 years following the accident. A loss of a normal cervical curve can lead to early onset degeneration or arthritis in the spine as well as postural changes that can lead to lots of pain and aggrivation down the road. A loss of a normal cervical curvature will also lead to something referred to as anterior head translation, where your head starts creeping out in front of you causing you to start slouching forward. According to an article in a 2002 issue of the American Journal of Chiropractic, “Clinically, anterior head translation (AHT) has been shown to be a common postural displacement, with a conservative estimate being 66 percent of the patient population”1. This anterior head translation can cause severe increases in the amount of load that the spine itself and the supporting musculature would need to hold your head up on a daily basis. No wonder you feel so tired half way through the day!

 

If you let this issue go it can set you up for severe issues down the road. We utilize the most cutting edge techniques in our office to restore normal structure of the spine but also to address and muscle or soft tissue injury that you may have sustained in your accident.  Make sure you come on in to get checked out to see how chiropractic can help you not only feel better after an accident, but restore you back to optimal health!

 

 

  1. Griegel-Morris P, Larson K, Mueller-Klaus K, Oatis CA. Incidence of common postural abnormalities in the cervical, shoulder, and thoracic regions and their association with pain in two age groups of healthy subjects. Phys Ther 1992;72:425-431.
Whiplash Treatment
Many times patients will be given a cocktail of medication in order to deal with the pain, muscle spasms, and inflammation that can occur due to a whiplash injury. However, while these medications address the symptoms of whiplash many times there can be underlying structural or neurological issues that arise from whiplash.
Sciatic Relief
Due to the specific nature of sciatic symptoms it is important to be evaluated to see what the best form of treatment is for your situation. Many times chiropractic care is the least invasive, most effective and cost effective treatment for the issue. A thorough consultation and evaluation is necessary to determine the best treatment options for you.
Frozen shoulder treatment
Although the onset of the injury can be slow, with treatment in our office we can get you back to your activities quickly. Our office utilizes techniques to break up the scar tissue in the shoulder and start the process of rehabilitating normal mobility in the shoulder so that symptoms of pain and decreased movement start to get better fast.

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