TREATING PAIN WITH MOVEMENT
What to Expect
I believe in facilitating a multifaceted model of treatment with a strong focus on patient education and agency—taking into account how beliefs, attitudes, and experiences work together to create a dramatic impact on their pain experience, and providing both strategies and rehabilitative tools that patients can carry forward with them to provide confidence and power over their injury.
My treatment approach can be broken down into three pillars: Neurological desensitization, passive therapy, and active therapy.
During the initial one hour visit our first goal is to find an intervention that will immediately improve the pain experience of the patient. By utilizing a variety of approaches such as McKenzie technique, neurodynamics, Dermal Traction Method, and various other complementary treatments, I will frequently see patients’ reported pain levels drop significantly within the first visit.
Along with pain, patients suffering from musculoskeletal dysfunction generally display overuse of certain regions of the body in their movements, characterized by muscular hypertonicity and joint stiffness. It is critical to address these dysfunctions with a mix of both active and passive muscle therapy and chiropractic adjustments to allow these areas of the body to relax, releasing tension and restoring movement.
Finally, I incorporate rehabilitative exercises that encourage the body to utilize superior movement strategies in place of those painful compensatory patterns. All aspects of this approach can be expected within the first visit, however each patients’ experience will differ--resulting in a personalized treatment plan deemed most appropriate for each individual.
Together, this approach aims to educate the patient regarding their pain, relieve tension and improve mobility, provide personalized strategies to allow patients to access new, pain free ways to remain active, and give the patient confidence over their injury to continue to do the things they love, and move past their pain.