As a Sports Chiropractor, I believe that my education, both during and after school, has taught me to be a Movement Specialist; someone who can evaluate and diagnose both movement dysfunction and serious musculoskeletal conditions. This is a far cry from the Chiropractor who consistently relies on chiropractic manipulation (adjustments) as the sole answer to every situation. Does chiropractic manipulation play a part in the treatment plan for many of my patients? Absolutely! However, that is only a small piece of the puzzle.
This is where the evaluation of movement patterns becomes a critical component of treatment. By taking the time to perform an in-depth assessment initially, we can apply a direct and often simple solution. Without this, we are shooting in the dark. This is one of the aspects that truly distinguishes a sports chiro from the others; time spent with patients. The changes we can achieve by treating both the symptoms and the dysfunction, are far beyond what can be achieved by passive treatment alone. It is my strong belief that manual treatment, corrective exercise, and strength training must work together to optimize results. Without working the continuum of this spectrum, results tend to be temporary and less significant. The goal of treatment should be to achieve a permanent change in both symptoms and function and return each person to what they love.
Be sure to look for the next blog post where I will be discussing how Chiropractic Manipulation is worked into a treatment plan at Active Performance Chiropractic!