Therapeutic Exercise- Once a patient starts to feel better our job isn’t always done. In order for patients to remain symptom free it may be necessary to re-train and strengthen affected soft tissue. We work with patients one-on-one to help strengthen, stabilize, and improve muscle endurance so that patients can remain pain free.
Posture- Poor posture plagues society today. That may be due to the fact that many jobs require prolonged sitting with arms extended while typing, or looking down constantly while we are playing on our smart phones, or it may be due to other abnormal stresses at work or at home. Poor posture is defined as when our spine or extremities are positioned in abnormal positions, in which the curves are emphasized and this results in the vertebrae, joints, and muscles being in stressful positions. This prolonged poor positioning results in a buildup of pressure on these tissues.
Painful conditions associated with poor posture are very common. Most people have some firsthand knowledge of these problems. Low back pain is the most frequent complaint but research shows neck, shoulder and arm pain has become increasingly widespread as a result of postural dysfunction.
Core- Strength, stability, flexibility and endurance of the body’s core providing a solid foundation for whole body strength. Abdominals get all the credit for protecting t he back and being the foundation of strength, but they are only a small part of what makes up the core. In fact, it is weak and unbalanced core muscles that are linked to low back pain. Weak core muscles result in a loss of the appropriate lumbar curve and a swayback posture. Stronger, balanced core muscles help maintain appropriate posture and reduce strain on the spine.
An Active Therapeutic Movement (ATM) based treatment is a combined clinician/patient effort to manage and control acute and chronic low back pain. Significant results of lowered pain level, improved range of motion, general feeling, and functional goals are achieved in a short 10 minute session.
Home Exercise and Stretching- As much as we at Raab Chiropractic wish we could fix you without any outside help, it’s not always possible. Chiropractic alone may not be the cure-all. Most times recovery from an injury requires homework. Your appointment here makes up a very small portion of the day, so the other portion of the day you need to be conscious of the things you are doing and be active in caring for your body. Dr. Matt may assign you to do home stretching, exercise, icing or heating, or possibly drinking large amounts of water to aid in the healing process.