One of things our patients are sometimes often most surprised by is that chiropractors offer more than just manipulations, adjustments, and alignments. It is extremely important to use a combination of chiropractic treatment and rehabilitative exercise. This method gives the best results and successful outcomes for patients. It helps with back pain, neck pain and other joint or muscle pain. Scientific data, literature, and evidence researched over the last few years have proven this method works.
So, what does it mean to combine chiropractic care and rehabilitative exercises? And why is that more beneficial than doing one without the other? Let us explain.
When a patient comes in with an injury or area of pain, a chiropractor’s goal is to ensure they are able to provide pain relief. But it is also just as important to correct any imbalances or misalignments. They need to strengthen the area of injury so that they can prevent further pain or reinjury. This is where a combined approach to treatment comes in.
Chiropractic treatment can include joint mobilization, active release therapy, IATSM, cupping, dry needling and various other techniques. The goal is to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, correct alignment and reduce overall pain.
The best part of chiropractic treatment is that these techniques can be used to treat a variety of issues. Chiropractic treatments are not limited to certain injuries. Common injuries or areas of pain that use these types of treatments include (but are not limited to) car accident injuries, such as neck and shoulder injuries, whiplash, and concussion management. Also, pre- and post-natal care, and common athlete injuries such as hamstring, elbow, and shoulder-related injuries. Chiropractic treatments are also great for helping relieve pain from job-related injuries. This includes slips and falls or neck and spine injuries related to sitting at a desk all day. Lastly, chiropractic treatments are great for treating persisting pain from surgery or other medical procedures. Chiropractic treatments can treat conditions such as TMJ, chronic headaches and more.
Natural and Holistic Approach
As you can see, one of the biggest benefits of chiropractic treatments is how versatile they are in treating a variety of injuries or sources of pain. Even better, they provide a natural and holistic approach. This ensures that they do not cause further harm or negative side effects.
Did you know that 78% of Americans now prefer a non-pharmacologic approach to managing physical pain? This country has seen the devastating impact opioids have had and continue to have on our society in the last few years. Never let a doctor prescribe you a medication for something that can and should be treated naturally. By choosing a natural, holistic approach to care, you will not only benefit by becoming pain free, but you will know that you got to the root cause of the issue and didn’t just mask the pain with medication. A natural approach is not only safer but can actually be quicker in the end. It’s definitely worth it!
Now that we’ve covered why chiropractic treatments are so beneficial let’s talk about why they’re even better when combined with rehabilitative exercise.
A combination of chiropractic treatment and rehabilitative exercise will not only provide pain relief but will allow a patient to sustain their results. The goal of including rehab exercises into a treatment plan is to improve the strength, flexibility and mobility of the muscles associated with and surrounding the areas of pain. By doing this, you are helping prevent further injury or recurring injury from happening again. As mentioned before, the goal is to always find the root cause of the issue, but not only identifying it, but working to correct it.
At Kaizo Health, we firmly believe in our patients being active participants in their recovery. We believe this is essential in helping them achieve and sustain the results they want.
One of the ways we do this is through our research-based program, Rehab 360. Rehab 360 uses progressive foundational movements to decrease movement intolerances and reduce pain. This program isn’t just about reducing symptoms. It’s about putting in the work and training your body to correct the intolerance. This helps the patient not only be pain-free for now, but pain-free for the long-term. Rehab 360 allows a doctor to determine which type of treatment is most likely to have a lasting impact on the patient and their area of pain. This program works because it uses a logical progression of exercises based on treatment goals. Rehab 360 is highly individualized to each patient and their specific needs.
As much as we love our patients, it is always our goal to provide them with the treatments and resources they need so that they DO NOT have to keep coming back to see us. We consider ourselves successful when we have done our job correctly. This means our patients discharged for the long haul. Of course, we are always here when new injuries occur. Take our partners, the Maryland Bobcats for example. As hard as we work to keep these athletes on the field using our combined approach, especially to prevent injury, being professional soccer athletes is always going to come with new injuries and we are always here to help.
For more information about our Rehab 360 program, check out our blog post here.
Our doctors treat each patient individually. Treatment is not one-size fits all. Each patient is thoroughly assessed during their initial visit and a plan is formulated based on that patient’s individual areas of pain/injury, tolerances, past injury/treatment and overall goals. This treatment plan always includes a combination of chiropractic treatment and rehabilitative exercise.
Get Treated at Kaizo Health
Our goal at Kaizo Health is to always get you back to feeling 100%. Not only will our doctors provide treatment to help you be pain-free, but we also have a dedicated team that will work with you and your insurance to make sure you get the most from your benefits so that you can experience relief for as little cost to you as possible. If you are ready to experience relief from the pain, make an appointment to see us now.
At Kaizo Health, our world-class team of chiropractors in Rockville, MD; Landover, MD; Fort Washington, MD; and Fairfax, VA, practices an evidence-based approach combining chiropractic care and guided, individualized rehabilitative exercises prescription. We provide the treatment and resources you need to recover your health and strength as best-in-class, state-of-the-art chiropractors. We are here to help! In the meantime, make sure that you check out our blog for more information on the chiropractic field, as well as our free virtual self-assessment chiropractic web app here.