Chiropractic rehabilitation is a conservative approach to the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, including back, neck pain, and other non-spinal ailments. The goal of chiropractic is to restore proper function to the muscles, joints and nervous system, in order to reduce your pain and prevent it from recurring.
The Spinal Adjustment
The chiropractic spinal adjustment represents the cornerstone of the chiropractic treatment. Spinal adjustment or spinal manipulation is the process of applying a quick but gentle pressure to subluxated vertebrae in a corrective manner. The adjustments very often provide immediate relief from discomfort, and increase one’s sense of well being. Research has shown that 93% of whiplash patients improve with chiropractic care (International Journal of the Care of the Injured).
Active Release Technique
The active release technique (ART) developed by Dr. Leahy, a chiropractor, is a highly successful hands-on approach to injuries involving muscles, tendons, fascia, nerves, and the surrounding soft tissues. The goal of ART is to restore optimal texture, motion, and function of the soft tissue and release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels. This is accomplished through the removal of adhesions or fibrosis in the soft tissues via the application of specific protocols. Adhesions can occur as a result of acute injury, repetitive motion, and constant pressure or tension. ART eliminates the pain and dysfunction associated with these adhesions.
Because the majority of injuries sustained in automobile collisions such as whiplash are soft tissue in nature, ART can be a very effective modality.