By Dr. Michael Cerami
On my last blog we talked about the why of what we do. Today we’ll explore the what of our approach.
Chiropractors have always been known for some sort of “biomechanical” treatment when working with patients. Proper balance improves motion and function. Proper alignment reduces inflammation and takes stress off the muscles, tendons and ligaments. The average person assumes that the treatment is limited to the back or spine and yes in the early days of the profession that was mostly true. As we became more and more proficient on spinal correction, there also came a need for adjusting the extremities. Medical research indicates that proper alignment of any joint in the body can actually decrease the sensation of pain, globally. http://saltlakerunningco.com/energy-medicine-part-2-joints-proprioception-and-pain/
(Side note: extremities are just a fancy word for the shoulders, knees, feet, hands and parts that are not connected directly to the spine.)
The other main reason I work on biomechanical alignment is to remove any neurological interference along the spinal cord causing subluxations in the body. These energy zappers can reduce your overall health and reduce your ability to respond to the stressors of life.
So now let me explain how we find and correct the biomechanical distortions or misalignments in your body. On your initial examination we’ll check spinal alignment (top to bottom), pelvic rotation (front and back as well as side-to-side), leg length discrepancy, and Sacral Iliac positioning. We then work our way down through the knees, feet up to the shoulder, elbow, and hands if necessary. I’ll make note of anything unbalanced and plan to make corrections over the first 2 weeks with a specific plan based on functional and symptomatic priorities. Adjusting these areas is very straightforward and painless. I can use manual work with my hands, or one of a couple of very specific instruments that use a measured predetermined force to make the correction.
It’s hard to underestimate the value and results these adjustments provide. Personal and professional experience have shown me time and time again that a very slight misalignment can wreak havoc with the patient’s ability to use the joint properly. It can also have a cascading effect on other surrounding joints and soft tissues causing pain and inflammation sometimes so bad the patient thinks they have broken a bone.
Correcting biomechanical alignment is primary for patient symptomatic relief and restoring proper function to keep problems from returning. We have developed techniques that get the job done quickly, painlessly and have long lasting results.
Next month: Functional assessment and treatment for soft tissue injuries