At the Dr. Matthew Nardone Chiropractic, we feel out rehabilitation program is what sets us apart from other health care providers in the area. Many chiropractors provide manipulation, but do not address the muscular imbalance, weakness and ligament damage. Other physical therapists address the muscular and ligament damage, but do not deal with the nerve compression created by surrounding joint dysfunction.
Our approach encompasses the whole neuro-musculoskeletal system. We provide a gentle chiropractic manipulation to improve joint function and motion. This also helps to relieve pressure (also known as a pinched nerve). At the same time, we begin the rehabilitation program.
Our program is completely different from the traditional physical therapy. Most physical therapists focus on strengthening. While we feel this is very important, a few goals need to be attained before this stage can begin.
Those goals are:
1. Full pain-Free Range of Motion
This will be accomplished with simple range of motion exercises. Pain is a direct result of decreased range of motion in a joint. When a joint is not moving properly it creates abnormal stress on the joint and surrounding muscles and ligaments. This creates micro tearing and inflammation which will register as pain. You can take anti-inflammatory medicines but they do not address what is causing the inflammation in the first place. If you are doing strengthening exercises to an area of decreased motion it just solidifies that motion.
Muscles are prone to two things: being tight and being weak. Most of your tight muscles overpower your weak muscle. So you must stretch the tight muscles before you strengthen the weak. We also incorporate a flexband protocol which is used by many professional and college sport teams.
Once we achieve full pain-free range of motion and improve flexibility, we can now strengthen the weak muscle.
The scientific definition of this is "the unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself. In humans, these stimuli are detected by nerves within the body itself, as well as by the semicircular canals of the inner ear."
In other words, proprioception is the coordination of our nervous system and the function of our joints.