Each patient has different goals when receiving chiropractic care. Some solely want to be rid of their pain, while others are looking to increase their overall function and optimise performance. Your treatment plan will reflect both your diagnosis and, importantly, what you wish to achieve from care.
At Canberra Chiropractic, we work on the continuum of pain-movement-stability-performance.
It is important to understand what pain is - an “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.”
Pain largely acts as a preventative measure, an alarm before tissue damage occurs. It can tighten or inhibit muscles, which leads to faulty movement patterns, and eventually changes the way the brain perceives movement. For this reason, reduction of pain is particularly important in the initial phase of care. In the clinic, pain is monitored both subjectively, and objectively – using pain and disability scales, questionnaires etc. In some cases it may be necessary to use other forms of pain control, and we will happily liaise with your GP and pharmacist if any analgaesics are required.
If a tissue has actually been damaged, the brain lowers its pain threshold to protect the injured area so you don't move it too much or load it too heavily and do more damage. While recovering from injury, it is important to load the tissue appropriately so that the brain resets the pain-free capacity of the area.
In our clinic, we monitor pain both subjectively, by seeing how you feel and what changes you notice, and objectively, using pain and disability scales, questionnaires etc. In some cases, it may be necessary to use other forms of pain control, and we will readily liaise with your GP and pharmacist if analgesics are required.
Life is movement and movement is life. As soon as it is safe to do so, your chiropractor will encourage you to move the area of concern. Sometimes this will only be in certain directions, but movement is essential to recovery (see above).
Dynamic stability is achieved by feedback systems within the nervous system. The brain's response to the feedback systems generates an appropriate response in all the muscles surrounding the joint that needs to be stabilised.
Targeted exercises are needed to improve dynamic stability
Passive stability refers to the structual integrity of the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles.
Breathing is integral to stability, and ensuring optimum breathing technique is a key component of any corrective exercise program.
This component of care is generally undertaken in conjunction with your coach, trainer, exercise physiologist etc. We tailor our treatments to increase the capacity of your body to perform the activities associated with your chosen sport or activity..