One size does not fit all. Your needs are unique and your treatment should be too. Dr. Matt’s customized approach will involve a combination of the following five techniques, tailored for your needs:
- Chiropractic Adjustments
- Graston Technique
- McKenzie Method
- Activity-specific Movement Evaluation
- Corrective Exercise
Often termed a manipulation or mobilization, this is what you think of when you hear ‘chiropractor.’ Manipulation of joints, both of the spine and the extremities, reduce pain and improve range of motion. People are sometimes nervous about the “crack” of a joint, however Dr. Matt has various techniques at his disposal to match the type of mobilization that will work best for you.
This addresses the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and other components of the movement system. These tissues have many stresses placed upon them and it is common for some part of the soft tissue system to become painful. Dr. Matt is a certified Graston Technique provider, which is an advanced myofascial release technique that works particularly well with scars, both old and new.
The McKenzie Method uniquely emphasizes education and active patient movement in the management of their condition. This results in decreased pain, restored function and independence, and a reduced length of care. The ultimate goal of the McKenzie approach is to empower patients- put you in control of your pain.
Activity-specific Movement Evaluation
The movement requirements for golf are different than that of running. Cycling requires different coordination when compared to volleyball. Fishing relative to bowling. No matter what activity it is, even bending over to tie your shoelaces, there is a level of coordination required. The more specific the activity, the more specific the coordination needs to be. Often it is a lack of coordination that leads to injury. By evaluating some of the requirements for whatever activity you want to do, we can find areas that you should be working on to a) reduce pain from an injury that’s already there or b) prevent an injury from occurring in the first place.
This is the part that is most important because it is what puts you in charge of your dysfunction. You are with you more than anyone else, so it is crucial for there to be exercises in place that can continuously enhance your movement. Think of it as a prescription but without the medication. By having you do some simple home exercises that address the connection between brain and body, we can progress through your care quicker and get you back to doing the things you love.