Our unique Chronic Pain protocols bring unprecedented results!
Below is an explanation of chronic pain, the conditions we treat, and how we treat them.
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Our methods for evaluating and treating chronic pain are unique in that we are combining neuroscience, physical therapy, biotechnology, and pain management techniques. Comprehensive physical rehabilitation and neuroscience meet to effectively treat a range of common orthopedic conditions including:
Our systems have developed to address body and brain together, and therefore they’re used to rehabilitate those who’ve suffered serious injuries including:
- Brain Injury
- Concussion, mTBI, and stroke
- Instability and frequent falling
- Traumatic injuries involving body and brain systems
Most patients experiencing pain for longer than 3-6 weeks end up in the classification of having a chronic condition. Pain that lasts for years after surgeries or traumatic injuries need an intervention that takes into account the brain and nervous system. The reason is that the brain adapts to pain and compensates all forms of movement to correct for, or brace, for the pain. Chronic Pain is an ever increasing problem that has a wide variety of symptoms and many different causes. For many, our approach to complex cases brings the pain relief they’ve been searching for.
Our team is highly trained to confidently approach the rehabilitation for multiple regions of the body, and in multiple patient populations ranging from elite performance athletes, to highly complex/unstable pain syndromes.
How is this treatment unique from traditional physical therapy or chiropractic?
Most of our techniques are directed at certain nerves in the body and limbs, called the peripheral nervous system. Additionally, the brain and spinal cord need specifically directed treatments to create changes in the nervous system for long term stability. You would recognize some of our modalities if you’ve experienced any form of physical therapy or chiropractic manipulation previously, however the treatments that are the key to healing complex pain syndromes come from our background in Clinical Neuroscience. Applying state of the art biotechnology allows us to treat more accurately and efficiently, also our objective assessments track the fine details of your progress.Why do we compensate for chronic pain?
Chronic conditions cause the body to move differently than if you did not experience a painful condition.
We all have a “Central Balance Point” that should position our head and eyes directly over our most stable platform, the ankles, knees, and Pelvis. This balance point is what gives us stability and balance to move and shift directions.
If we were to shift the balance because it’s painful to move one shoulder, for example, then we have a neck, shoulder, arm, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot that compensate for that distortion.
In fact, there are 3 different systems in our bodies that calculate our Central Balance Point every single time we stand, walk, run, play sports, or shift from one direction to another:
- The Somatosensory and Motor System – Don’t worry about being able to pronounce this system. This gives you the map of your body and the environment in which it’s moving. It’s responsible for helping us keep our balance when our knees are bending or our toes are pushing off the ground as we move.
- The Vestibular System – This system is in charge of communicating about balance with our inner ear. It keeps track of 3 different elements of how we’re moving: the manner in which we’re moving, how fast we’re going, and which direction we’re going.
- The Visual System – Our eyes play an important role in our balance and stability as well, because our vision helps us stabilize. By closing our eyes during balance testing, we are able to see how well the other 2 systems are working!
Through the process of receiving feedback from each of these three systems, our brains analyze the information and create a plan for helping us feel stable and balanced.
If feedback from muscle and joints do not match the brains perception of space and its movement within it, a distortion will occur.
But if one of these systems aren’t functioning properly, our Central Balance Point is off and we experience pain due to overuse of specific muscles and joints that are affected.What type of treatment is best for Chronic Pain?
No one person has the same exact cause of pain, and each case has its own unique complexities. We need to discover your specific problems with movement or stability, then develop a treatment plan that meets your specific needs. Sometimes this takes several visits where you’re visit includes:
An assessment of visual systems, balance, movement, and neurological function are the most important and trackable assessments that help to guide your treatment.
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