Exercise Therapy: Most painful conditions respond extremely well to chiropractic care, especially in combination with Active Release Techniques®, massage therapy or Graston Technique®. Unfortunately, with difficult cases or chronic conditions when problems have been long term or recurrent, they sometimes fail to resolve fully or they recur readily regardless of the type of treatment. When this happens is usually due to well established muscular imbalances, problems with proper control of muscle function or a variety of other factors that predispose the person to a recurrence of the joint or muscle dysfunction that caused the pain.
Our specialized advanced training enables us to identify those imbalances and other problems with evidence based testing in our functional evaluation. Based on the results of that testing, we are able provide customized exercise training to correct those functional deficits. This exercise training reduces the risk of recurrence and provides tools with which people can manage their own condition without the need for specialized equipment or long term treatment.
Rehab has become quite popular in the past few years as the evidence of the benefits it provides has mounted. As a result, many provide this service with little specialized training, often utilizing a "one size fits all" approach. Therapeutic exercise prescription works best if it is individualized, based on appropriate testing, rather than cook-booked. One size does not fit all. Many therapists have their patients exercising on expensive equipment that patients no longer have access to once they are done with care. At Thompson Chiropractic, we believe that it is in the patients best interest to learn exercises that require no specialized equipment whenever possible, in order to make it easier for the patient to incorporate their exercises into a healthy lifestyle.
Effective therapeutic exercise is a crucial component of the evidence based care for any form of injury, whether it be a whiplash injury, an on-the job injury, a sports injury, an injury at home or a repetative stress or overuse injury. Exercise therapy is the mainstay of the sports injury model of care and it should be with other forms of injury as well.
The following are some of our mentors: Craig Liebensen DC, the McKenzie Institute, Professor Stuart McGill, Annie O'Connor, PT, OCS, MDT, corporate director of Musculoskeletal Practice at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Dale Buchberger, PT, DC, DACBSP® , ART®