Rehabilitation

At Northwest Indiana Chiropractic Health, we know that pain and many other negative symptoms happen for a reason.  We believe the most common reason is the result of improper movement and poor biomechanics.

Once the evaluation is performed, our Chiropractic Physicians will recommend various treatments and exercises to be performed to help restore proper movement and biomechanics and reset the wiring in your brain causing these faulty movements and mechanics.  These recommendations are designed to incorporate task and context specific practice in areas meaningful to each patient, with an overall goal of functional independence.  Meaning, exercises that relate to a person’s job or recreational activities will be included in treatment so that people can return to their lives without wondering if they are going to re-injure themselves.

The three main goals of functional rehabilitation are improved stability, better mobility and enhanced motor control (coordination).  These concepts can be applied across the entire human body from the head and neck down to the feet and toes.  Better mobility, stability and motor control with the brain, muscle and joints will decrease injuries and improve performance.

Techniques and Concepts

DEVELOPMENTAL KINESIOLOGY

In simple terms, this is the science of studying the development of motor patterns (ex:  crawling, squatting, walking, jumping, etc) that occur after birth and learning to change and fix any improper motor patterns that occur over the course of childhood or adulthood.  NWIC applies the principles of Development Kinesiology in practice to speed recovery, improve performance, promote prevention and to help people move and feel better. For more information on Developmental Kinesiology, please refer to the Prague School of Rehabilitation's website by clicking here!

GRIP Approach

"GRIP Approach is a comprehensive rehabilitative system that offers a global (full-body) perspective."  The acronym stands for Global Rehabilitation & Injury Prevention.  GRIP defines the connection between seemingly disparate elements of human physiology and movement and how to interpret these elements for improved clinical outcomes.  GRIP incorporates the neurodevelopmental movements of developmental kinesiology (Vojta, Janda, Kolar), current fascia research (Stecco, Schleip, Vleeming), and modern pain science (Moesley, Butler) into a workable, exciting and highly effective rehabilitative approach.  We outline Functional Range of Motion (fROM) and demonstrate how to achieve it with the fewest steps and maintain it for performance.  For more information on GRIP Approach, please refer to their website by clicking here!

MCKENZIE TECHNIQUE

The McKenzie Method is a comprehensive approach to the spine and extremities used by practitioners and patients all over the world that involves the 3 steps of assessment, treatment and prevention.  Unique to the McKenzie Method is a comprehensive and logical step-by-step process to assess a patient’s problem quickly as well as determine possible treatment options at the very same time.  Research has shown the initial McKenzie assessment procedures to be as reliable as costly diagnostic imaging (ex:  X-rays, MRIs) to determine the source of the problem and quickly identify responders and non-responders.  Treatment prescribes a series of individualized exercises performed by the patient, emphasizing active involvement by the patient. This active involvement minimizes the number of visits to the clinic and begins teaching patients how to self-treat their present and future problems.  By implementing this self-care regime regularly and modifying behaviors, patients can begin to minimize the risk of recurrence as well as rapidly manage problems themselves when they occur. For more information on McKenzie Method, please refer to their website by clicking here!

KINESIOTAPING

Kinesiology tape is used by practitioners and people throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance. While the use of this tape is often recognized through professional and Olympic athletes such as Serena Williams and Kerri Walsh, the reality is that kinesiology tape is effective for the treatment of a wide variety of problems. Taping can also improve performance in sports by improving form and decreasing fatigue through better blood flow and muscle balance.  Kinesiology tape can be used for:

  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Jumper’s Knee (Patellofemoral Syndrome)
  • IT Band Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)
  • Rotator Cuff Problems
  • Muscle pulls (Groin, Hamstring, etc)
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Postural Correction
  • Pain associated with pregnancy
  • And more…

TEMPOROMANDIBULAR  (JAW) DYSFUNCTIONS (TMJ AND/OR TMD)

Research shows that the jaw is the most common place for trigger points (knots and/or tender spots) in the entire body. Research also shows that approximately 50% of neck pain and headaches originate in the jaw.  Combine these two facts and you have what NWIC calls the “missing link” in many people’s recoveries.  We are versed in various evaluation and treatment methods for the Temporomandibular Joint and surrounding tissues and his treatments often complement current therapies and procedures provided by other practitioners such as Dentists and Oral Surgeons. Signs and Symptoms that your jaw may be a problem include:

  • Tooth wear (especially seeing the pulp)
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pulpitis
  • Tooth mobility
  • Masticatory muscle pain (pain with opening and closing of the mouth) and stiffness
  • TM joint, ear or neck pain
  • Headache
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Clicking, popping or grating in the jaw during opening or closing of the mouth
  • A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofascial Research recommend that someone suffering from a Temporomandibular disorder “look for a health care provider who understands musculoskeletal disorders (affecting muscle, bone and joints) and who is trained in treating pain conditions. For more information on Temporomandibular Disorders, please schedule an appointment today!

Flat Foot Rehabilitation

We can correct your arch!  Why is this important?  Pes Planus, commonly referred to as flat feet, can significantly increase some people’s chance for injury and early degeneration in the body. Pes Planus can cause or play a part in the following conditions:

  • Shin Splints (Anterior and Posterior)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Arthritis
  • Repetitive Ankle Sprains
  • And more…

Many people will use orthotics (custom or over-the-counter) or inserts thinking that this will fix the problem.  Orthotics are often a “band-aid” approach that will help the feet function better until they can function independently on their own.  Many people will spend thousands of dollars on orthotics over the course of their life because their feet depend on the orthotics to be able to function normally. For more information on how to fix your Pes Planus, please schedule an appointment today!