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REHAB

Welcome to the beginning of your healing journey. At my rehab center, our standard of care involves evaluating, treating, and rehabilitating the entire body as a functional whole using Applied Functional Science.

Applied Functional Science (AFS) is a unique approach that combines physical, biological, and behavioral sciences to treat patients holistically. It focuses on understanding how everyday forces impact biomechanics and aims to identify and address the underlying causes of injuries and dysfunction.

Applied Functional Science practitioners consider the interconnectedness of the neuromuscular-skeletal system and recognize that movement patterns are influenced by various factors, including lifestyle, environment, and individual differences.

Consider a meniscus tear in the knee; it might seem like an isolated injury at first glance. However, during recovery, it's crucial to recognize how this injury affects other areas, such as the hip, feet, thoracic spine, and shoulders. From a chain reaction perspective, isolating the injured knee from the body's interconnected resources for healing doesn't make sense. Furthermore, the knee's susceptibility to injury is heightened when there are asymptomatic limitations or impairments in the foot and hip.

A targeted, integrated approach facilitates more comprehensive healing by viewing the healing body's 'part' as a piece of a broader recovery puzzle rather than an isolated issue. This approach also enables the identification and treatment of dysfunction and compensations in other body areas, reducing the risk of future injuries.

ASSESSMENT

Begin your path to improved health with our 90-minute Video Analysis Assessment. Utilizing cutting-edge technology such as the 3-dimensional Movement and Analysis Performance System (3DMAPS), we thoroughly evaluate your body's functionality. Our comprehensive assessment focuses on identifying weaknesses in strength, limitations in flexibility, restrictions in mobility, and imbalances in posture and balance. Through a multi-faceted approach, we uncover the underlying causes of your injury to facilitate effective treatment.

Our assessment process aligns with two key scientific principles:

  1. Interconnectedness of Body Systems: Recognizing that muscles and joints influence distant areas beyond mere adjacency, we view the body as a Chain Reaction system.

  2. Movement Complexity Across Three Planes: Understanding that movement occurs simultaneously in three dimensions (sagittal, frontal, and transverse), we uncover subtle nuances in joint function and muscle coordination.

To uncover any existing causes and compensations within your body, our detailed assessment utilizing the 3DMAPS system will measure various aspects, including:

• 66 Tri-Plane Joint Motions       

• Biomechanics of Primary Body Complexes       

• Mobility Analysis Movements       

• 6 Vital Transformational Zones       

• Stability Analysis Movements       

• 6 Chain Reactions®       

• Three-Dimensional Interaction of Joints, Muscles, and Proprioceptors       

• Range of Motion / Shape of Analysis Movements       

• Control of Motion / Quality      

When addressing pain and dysfunction, it's crucial to distinguish between causes and compensations. The body's ability to adapt and compensate for injuries often leads to broader movement issues over time. Viewing movements holistically, rather than in isolation, is key to effective treatment. For example, a hip labral tear can affect other areas like the knees, feet, and spine. By treating the body as a whole, we can promote comprehensive healing and prevent future injuries.

 

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TREATMENT

Safe and effective rehabilitative movement prescription goes beyond simply prescribing movements; it requires understanding how the body responds to them.

After assessing your condition, we provide personalized rehabilitation and training sessions. Our team, experts in Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, and Applied Functional Science®, identifies the root causes of pain and underlying dysfunctions. By integrating these principles with neuromusculoskeletal Chain Reaction™ biomechanics, we offer targeted strategies for effective decision-making. With our tailored approach, you can achieve measurable and lasting results without guesswork.

  1. Key Principles of Applied Functional Science®:

    • Holistic Approach: Applied Functional Science considers the whole person, not just isolated body parts or symptoms.

    • Root Cause Focus: Instead of merely treating symptoms, Applied Functional Science aims to address the root causes of pain and dysfunction.

    • Authentic Movement: Applied Functional Science leverages movements that mimic real-life activities, ensuring relevance and authenticity.

    • Three Planes of Motion: Practitioners work in all three planes of motion (sagittal, frontal, and transverse) to enhance functional outcomes.

    • Integrated Systems: Applied Functional Science recognizes the interconnection of various body systems and their impact on movement.

It's insufficient to assume that a specific movement will enhance mobility. We consider your movement threshold—the point at which you can perform a movement without resorting to compensatory actions. Understanding the range, angle, and speed of movement is crucial for navigating this threshold safely. We gradually increase demands while staying within this threshold to ensure positive responses and avoid discomfort.

Identifying the threshold of success, where a movement yields positive results without pain or compensation, is crucial. We modify movements based on individual responses, reshaping neurological pathways to reinforce favorable movement patterns and make optimal movement more sustainable.

Additionally, home programs are vital for sustaining the healing process. You'll receive tailored programs and guidance on injury prevention strategies. It's essential to ensure that your current activities don't predispose you to future injuries. Upon completing your treatment, you'll depart with a personalized plan for continued success.

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