How well and how much you move says a lot about how you feel and function. Not only that, how you move can also help us predict your risk for future injury! By analyzing functional movements such as squatting or jumping/landing, we can have much better insight as to your risk for future injury, or helping narrow down the cause of your movement dysfunction.
Manipulation | Mobilization
Sometimes joints do not move as well as they can – we can these “dysfunctional” joints.
What does a “dysfunctional” joint feel like? It can feel different for different people. Often times, a dysfunctional joint will not have a full range of motion. This can often be felt like a pinching-sensation on the closing angle of the joint. When clinically appropriate, providing a quick thrust or an oscillating motion into the dysfunction can help the joint move better. A joint that moves well is a healthy joint.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Our soft tissues (muscle, ligament, tendons) may exhibit aberrant tension. This aberrant tension may sometimes promote pain and achiness, or movement dysfunctions.
What causes aberrant tension? There are many different things that can cause this: poor posture, incorrect exercise, injury, overtraining, not moving enough, neurological factors, etc.
The goal with Soft Tissue Therapy is to revert the aberrant tension to a normal state. In turn, this will promote tissue healing, reduce pain and improve movement and function.
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture uses a science-based approach to treatment. Acupuncture needles are inserted into very specific area of the body and can be stimulated with an electric current (termed electroacupuncture), which will elicit muscular contractions. Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is an effective method to help relieve pain and modulate aberrant activity within the nervous system.
Does electroacupuncture hurt? Painless needling technique is used which decreases the chances of pain being felt when inserting the needles. The muscular contractions are a novel sensation if you are not used to them, but they are non-painful.
Do the needles NEED to be stimulated? No, they do not. However, you can think of the stimulation as a turbo in your car engine compared to a vehicle without one. Both vehicles will get you to your destination, but you will get there quicker with the turbo.