By Dr. Michael Cerami
Early in my career I honestly didn’t put much emphasis on soft-tissue work because I was getting good results with adjustments only. As the years passed I noticed patients were becoming a bit more demanding in their desire to feel better faster. (This is probably true for most things in our world; at first we’re happy with dial-up Internet then 10 years later we can’t wait 2 seconds for a new web page to load!). In the past, I may have recommended more adjustments to solve the problem; and that worked, but it took an additional 4-6 weeks of care. The two other things that changed were that I experienced a few injuries personally and I became impatient with the recovery time and I also re-connected with some old colleagues that were working with professional athletes. (If you want the full expression of impatient, try working for a pro athlete when his or her career is on the line. In these situations as a physician, you either step up to solve the problem so they can play on Sunday or step off because if you can’t “fix” them they’re already looking for someone that can.)
As I integrated these pieces into the practice, I began to see faster improvement with patients. I was also able to solve personal injuries on myself much faster which allowed me to get back to training. To this day, some of the most powerful experiences I’ve had in life have been using some of the protocols we employ at the office. I have literally been blown away by the healing capacity of the body when the right approach is applied at the right time. The improvement can occur almost immediately.
Many of you know that most of the patients we see today need some sort of musculo-skeletal correction. This encompasses everything from the traditional chiropractic spinal misalignment (subluxation) to extremity adjustments of the knees, feet, shoulders etc. We currently take care of the soft tissue issues that are almost always present in an injury or chronic problem. It has become very clear that the muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding a joint problem need to be addressed to:
- Heal the injury faster
- Provide stability to the area
- Prevent the area from being re-injured
Our practice today revolves around 3 main treatment objectives:
- Bio-mechanical correction
- Soft Tissue treatment
- Muscle Activation
- Releasing the tissue tension in fascia, tendons and ligaments
- Providing rehab instructions after the pain is resolved
- Non-Invasive pain treatment (reducing inflammation)
- In-office therapy (Microcurrent)
- At home supplementation
The protocols and therapies we use at the office today speeds up the entire healing process in my estimation by about 60%. This means that instead of 3-4 months to fix a problem we can usually get 40-60% improvement in 2-4 weeks of care.
I am going to dedicate the next few blog posts to describing each of the 3 treatment protocols we use and go into detail about what exactly we do and use to treat your pain and injuries. We hope that with a better understanding of what we do and why we do it, you’ll become more knowledgeable and in making health decisions for your family and be better able to refer colleagues and friends to our practice if their needs resonate with our philosophy, goals and treatments.