Each patient has different goals when undergoing 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 your diagnosis, and most importantly what you wish to achieve from care.
At Canberra Chiropractic we work on PAIN – MOBILITY – STABILITY – PERFORMANCE continuum.
It is important to understand what pain is. Pain is an “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.”
Pain can tighten or inhibit muscles, drive faulty movement patterns, and change the way the brain perceives movement. As such, timely reduction of pain is of high importance in the initial phases 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.
Pain largely acts as a preventative measure – ideally it acts an alarm before tissue damage occurs. When tissue has been damaged its load capacity is reduced and as a result, the pain threshold drops to protect the injured area. While recovering from injury, it is important to appropriately load the tissue, so that the brain resets the pain-free capacity of the area.
Life is movement and movement is life. The quality of your movement is reflected in the quality of your life (and vice-versa). As soon as it is safe to do so, your chiropractor will encourage you to move the area of concern. Sometimes it 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 a key component of stability, and 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.