Changing Patterns of Movement Thru Rehab

     When a joint starts to wear down, it effects the whole body. A deteriorating knee causes the hip to drop, which gives the spine an unlevel base and so the imbalance works its way all the way up. As degeneration progresses, the body slowly develops new patterns of movement while adapting to the pain and different range of motion from the bad joint. The altered gait from a limp causes the brain to create new neural pathways as it adapts to the changes. Over time, muscles and ligaments stretch, strain, overwork and eventually deteriorate as they also adapt to the structural imbalance, further compounding the problem.

     This is why rehab is so important when trying to recover from an injured or damaged joint. Not only do the muscles and ligaments need to be trained and balanced, but so does the brain. Traditional physical therapy that only focuses on the injured body part often fails to re-train the new movement pattern and results are short-lived. The best rehabilitation programs address both the muscular component and brain pathways by incorporating functional movements while strengthening muscles and ligaments at the same time. The most effective rehab programs take months of practicing the numerous repetitions required to reprogram the new balanced patterns of movement into the brain’s neural network.

     At Solutions, we see the best results using a comprehensive rehabilitation program for both our chiropractic and regenerative medicine patients. This means we seek out and fix imbalances in the whole body, even if the patient only has one joint involved. This is to address and help counteract all the other structural compensations that have occurred while adapting to the bad joint. The minimal program is 12 weeks, however some patients take even longer to establish the new healthier movement patterns in the brain. Our therapy consists of many functional movements tailored specifically for each patient. Regular assessments are performed to chart progress and determine the next target of weakness.  

Author
Dr. Dan Levesque, DC Dr. Levesque has practiced chiropractic in Abingdon, VA for the last 25 years. After experiencing amazing success with regenerative medicine himself, he came to work for Solutions Integrated Medicine. He is highly committed to further studying this science for the purpose of helping more patients feel better, become healthier and avoid surgery.

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