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Functional Rehabilitation

How a Chiropractor in Crofton can Rehab Re-occurring Injuries?

Crofton, Maryland has many great people, parks, activities and sport opportunities and this can create a reoccurring injury scenario.  As a Chiropractor in Crofton, Maryland I see this directly.  Too often great people with great intentions try to heal themselves from minor and major injuries or accidents.  The risk that is taken from trying to rehabilitate oneself or a loved one is that improper techniques and procedures can actually worsen the condition:

  • Extend the time it takes to rehab
  • Worsen the injury
  • Dependency on medication
  • Addiction
  • Increase the area and degree of injury

As a Chiropractor seeing patients in Crofton Maryland and as a friend and family member I too often hear some version of “This old sports injury never went away…”  This can be deceiving as the injury itself may have been minor however the steps that were taken to “rehab and recover” may have been training the body to compensate for the injury with improper movement and over time that means that the body is leaving the weak point, while pulling muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons and NERVES out of alignment in a repetitive fashion to compensate for the injury.  This allows the root cause to continue and the surrounding body parts to continue to build out of alignment.  The good news – In so many cases this can be corrected.  If you have that nagging old sports injury do not continue in live a painful life, Come in to see your Chiropractor in Crofton and live a higher quality of Life.

Another interesting phrase I hear in the Crofton chiropractic office and throughout the community is  “As long as I take these pills it goes away…”  The part that really hits home is the “it goes away” part of that phrase.  We all know that the drugs do not make the injury go away but it does mask the pain for a time.  Even this can be the contributing factor to making things worse as we ignore the root of the injury, pain or ache.  When we over medicate the injury is still there and nerve signals are still being sent however those signals are being over ridden by pain killers.  Again this is creates a condition where patients “live” with the condition, increase drug usage and sometimes even addiction.

Functional Rehabilitation in Crofton MD

The goal of our functional rehabilitation program is to return your body to healthy movement patterns. Your health is a result of your habits, and how you move is the greatest impacting habit of all when it comes to the health and longevity of your spine, back, neck, and shoulders. Our program developed as chiropractors in Crofton, Maryland is far more than stretching a tight region, strengthening an injured body part, or utilizing electric stimulation or ultrasound for a sore spot. Our protocol restores you to your optimal functioning capacity for the task at hand. Work, family, sport, or your favorite passion, it does not matter, we prepare you properly and effectively. This is what sets our Crofton, Maryland and the greater areas of Bowie, Odenton, and Gambrills office apart and has provided our patients with long lasting results rather than simple temporary pain relief. Our goal for every patient is “Live a Higher Quality of Life” and this is one of the key components to achieving this goal.

What exactly is functional rehabilitation? A few of the highlights include:

  1. Activates muscles and utilizes the related nerve supply that were previously inhibited due to an injury. This is the most common problem associated with any injured body part. Correcting this is important to avoid re-injury.
  2. Restores full active range of motion, which is motion under your own power. This is much more important than passive range of motion, which is from a stretch. The degree of range of motion from your own muscle contraction is what determines wear and tear on your body.
  3. Trains the body to use the correct muscle sequence for movement. Old and new injuries, repetitive motion, and extended sitting all lead to muscle firing patterns that are out of proper sequence.

What exactly is functional rehabilitation?

Most of us have had some minor injuries throughout our life – even Chiropractors in Crofton! In our youth, activities like learning sports, hiking, camping, learning to ride a bike, or even as simple as playing with friends in the yard can create a minor or even major injury. Youth is a great thing and the body is extremely flexible and durable. Our rehabilitation and recovery can be as simple as a restful night sleep and a kiss from mom! However, when injuries are more severe and as we age our rehabilitation becomes more complex. Bones become more brittle, muscles, tendons, ligaments all seem to take a little more time to “recover.” We learn that our old ways of a mother’s care and a night’s sleep will not bring us back to a fully rehabilitated state. We see that when rest and recovery, compression, ice bags and pain medication does not effectively remedy and restore we need a little help.

However, when injuries are more severe and as we age our rehabilitation becomes more complex. Bones become more brittle, muscles, tendons, ligaments all seem to take a little more time to “recover.” We learn that our old ways of a mother’s care and a night’s sleep will not bring us back to a fully rehabilitated state. We see that when rest and recovery, compression, ice bags and pain medication does not effectively remedy and restore we need a little help.