Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

Dysfunction created the condition that is causing your pain. Your muscles, tendons and bones are designed to function in a very specific manner, yet over time hectic schedules, stressful relationships and hostile and environments weaken and stress the musculoskeletal structure distorting it and blocking the flow of the nervous system creating pain.

Chiropractors can realign your musculoskeletal structure through manual manipulation but tight muscles “pull” you right back out of alignment and weak muscles allow you to “slip” back out of alignment. Orthopedic surgeons can then come along and and realign your skeletal structure through surgery, but you are still left with tight and weak muscles that still don’t function properly resulting in new problems above, below and around the surgically fixed area.

Rehabilitation is the art of Re-Aligning and Re-Balancing your musculoskeletal structure through stretches and exercises that are designed to “fix the dysfunction that is creating the condition that is causing your pain”. Physio Therapy comes in two forms; Pre-Habilitation which is engaging in stretches and exercises in an attempt to avoid manipulation and surgery and Re-Habilitation which are the same stretches and exercises you have to engage in after manipulation or surgery to regain full functionality of your musculoskeletal structure.

Stretch the tight muscles that are “pulling” you out of alignment and strengthen the weak muscles that are allowing you to “slip” out of alignment to bring balance back into the region which will in turn relieve approximately 80% of the painful conditions that you go to a chiropractor or orthopedist for, and in the worst case scenario as a last resort…an orthopedic surgeon.

So whatever problems you have: Sciatica, bulging/herniated disc, knee, hip, low back, shoulder or neck, the problem is generally caused by an imbalance between tight and weak muscles that are designed to hold those areas together in a healthy pain-free manner. It doesn’t matter whether your pain is because of an accident or has developed over time through repetitive motion issues, the painful condition you are dealing with now is because your tight, weak, sore, injured or fatigued muscles are not holding your skeletal structure in alignment which is impinging nerves that are in turn sending signals of pain up to your brain!

The following pages (under the Rehabilitation tab at the top of the page) covers the most common tightnesses and weaknesses for the areas listed, along with the stretches and exercises that bring back balance to those regions which in turn dissipates the dysfunction and brings back pain-free functional mobility to the area in question.

No stretch or exercise is too hard if you start slowly and with a smaller range of motion. All of the basic and beginner movements are less aggressive on your body than tossing and turning in you sleep or getting in and out of your car or bed. Listen to you pain threshold (not pain tolerance) because pain is like a proximity alert to a problem in your body. The closer you get to the real problem, the more intense your feeling of discomfort and pain. So as you are moving into a given stretch or exercise you want to start where there is no sensation of tightness or pain and slowly move through the motion until you feel tightness or discomfort begin to be noticeable.

On a scale of 1-10 (1 being no sensation of pain or discomfort, 10 being excruciating pain [don’t go there]) rehab is most effective in the 3-4-5 and 6 range as you experience discomfort escalating as you move into or through a movement, stretch or exercise. Between 6 and 7 is where tightness or discomfort turns into distinct pain, and rehabilitation is most effective when you stay “below” your pain threshold (and for you tough guys and gals, “no pain no gain” doesn’t count here, matter of fact it is counter productive!) Also pain threshold is NOT pain tolerance! Pain tolerance is when you feel pain and ignore it (and that’s how most of you ended up here) pain threshold is when you start to notice tightness or discomfort turning into pain.