As the name implies, the goal of physical rehabilitation is to return the body to its previous state of health or improve overall health. Although damage may be irreversible in some cases, physical rehabilitation can reverse/prevent movement limitations that interfere with many daily activities. Physical rehabilitation in chiropractic includes spinal manipulation, joint adjustments, massage, exercises, and stretching. Even when full recovery is not possible, physical rehabilitation can maximize function and help the patient learn to cope with limitations.
One of the goals of physical rehabilitation is to retrain the body to move correctly. Poor posture is endemic in American society, and sitting at a desk or in front of a computer for long hours often leads to neck and back pain. Surgery can cause physical limitations, while soft tissue injury may limit the ability to move or walk. After a fracture heals, the patient must work to regain strength and flexibility in the injured extremity. All of these conditions and many other musculoskeletal problems can be helped by physical rehabilitation.
A great addition to our rehab area, the Vibeplate is an innovative, stable, stationary vibration platform that we have patients do their exercises and stretches on. This professional tool helps increase range of motion, decrease pain and increase blood circulation.
Physical rehabilitation has two major goals. The first is to relieve pain. Spinal adjustment and massage restore proper alignment and can relieve muscle spasm or tension that causes pain. People who hurt typically adjust their posture or gait to protect the painful area; this results in a cascade of other problems as the entire musculoskeletal system is thrown out of balance. Physical rehabilitation also helps people regain mobility and function -- the second major goal. Stretching muscles, exercise and changes in body mechanics can all promote mobility.
Rehabilitation focuses on the musculoskeletal system, as does chiropractic. When disease or dysfunction in the nervous system, joints or muscles creates misalignment, pain, and increasing disability often result. Chiropractic adjustments correct the alignment problems and improve strength and balance, physical performance and functional capacity. Chiropractors also treat myofascial pain (the fascia is the dense covering over a muscle) to help decrease pain and improve motor control and strength.
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