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Choosing a chiropractor Little Falls MN can be downright tricky because it seems like no two chiropractors do things the same way. Or maybe you’ve never been to a chiropractor before and you’re trying to decide if chiropractic is right for you.
Well, to make this decision as painless as possible (because that is the goal, isn’t it?), here’s what to expect when you visit this chiropractor Little Falls MN at Chiro Plus Rehab.
- You’ll be greeted kindly by our Front Desk Coordinator and they’ll help you fill out any necessary paperwork.
- Your time is just as important as our, so you’ll never be rushed or feel hurried and we also do our best to be on-time so you’re not left waiting
- You’ll visit with the doctor who’ll listen to everything you have to say and ask very specific questions to determine if we can help.
- Your muscles, joints, and nerves will be assessed in order to determine the cause of your pain or health issue. X-rays may be taken.
- Many patients say that their evaluation with our doctor is one of the best they’ve ever had. After all, our motto is “leave no stone unturned.”
- The doctor will arrive at a diagnosis which will be clearly explained to you (leaving out long-winded words) and you’ll be given recommendations for your care. If x-rays were taken they’ll be shown to you and explained.
- We never use a cookie-cutter approach to our treatment. We offered individualized treatments for all of our patients. Does it take more time for us? Yes. Does it make our job a little harder? You bet. But we’re okay with that.
- We combine chiropractic adjustments, hands-on muscle work (like massage), and therapeutic exercises to help heal the muscles and the joints at the same time.
- Our rehab team is trained on the most state-of-the-art protocols to build strength and stability.
- Once the result you’re looking for is achieved, you’ll be given a clear and concise self-care program to maintain your results.
This proven method is what’s lead to us being named one of the “Top chiropractor Little Falls MN”. Something we’re proud of.
We have successfully treated many kinds of pain conditions (see “conditions” tab for more info), but it’s not because we’re so special. Not at all. We like to think it’s because we follow one very simple principle: help people be healthier.
We know what you’re thinking, “duh!” I don’t have to be a chiropractor Little Falls MN to figure that out. But you’d be surprised how many treatments available in the world of physical medicine and pain management are designed to just make the pain and not actually help you be healthier. You see, the problem with just masking pain and not getting to the underlying cause is that if the root problem isn’t taken care of the pain always comes back!
You see when you’re healthier, really what that means is that you function better. And if your muscles, nerves, and joints function better, you give your body the chance to heal which gives you the change to be pain-free.
One thing we’ve seen people get hung up on is if they have arthritis or degeneration—they think that there’s nothing to be done about that kind of pain.
Let us walk you through an eye-opening study (click HERE to read on your own). Researchers looked at thousands of MRIs of people’s joints and found that up to 36% of 20 year-olds, 52% of 30 year-olds, 68% of 40 year-olds, 80% of 50 year-olds, 88% of 60 year-olds, and 93% of 70 year-olds have degeneration.
But all of these people had one thing in common — do you know what it was? None of these people had pain! (If you don’t believe this chiropractor Little Falls MN, read the study!)
These thousands of people with all this degeneration and arthritis didn’t have pain. But how can you have arthritis and degeneration and not be in pain?
Because the structure of our joints isn’t as important as the function of our joints. Health is the state of optimal function, not the state of optimal structure, so the better you can get your muscles, joints and nerves to function, the healthier they are and the more pain-free you’ll be.
So how do we get our muscles and joints to function better?
When I’ve asked this in the past, invariably someone will raise their hand and say “exercise!” But that’s a MYTH.
Let me, a chiropractor Little Falls MN, show you why.
To do so we have to go back to 1954.This was the year Elvis Presley began his career, Roger Bannister became the first man to break the four-minute mile and schools couldn’t be segregated by race anymore.
It was starting to be noticed at about this time that children didn’t seem to be as physically healthy and developed when compared to earlier generations. So a test called the Kraus-Weber test was performed. It measured simple MOVEMENTS involving what we call a plank, core strength, lower body control, and flexibility. What they found wasn’t good: 58% of US kids failed when only 8% of European kids failed.
This report was given to President Eisenhower and it was called “The Report That Shocked the President” because it proved that the U.S. is rapidly becoming the softest nation in the world. Upon hearing the report, Eisenhower enacted regulations that would make it mandatory for exercise and fitness to be part of our education system.
Now as a chiropractor Little Falls MN, it’s made me ask where has that gotten us?
Well, 15% are physically disabled, 20% suffer from chronic pain, 80% don’t get enough physical activity, and 70% are overweight or obese.
Truth is, exercise by itself isn’t enough to keep our musculoskeletal systems functioning optimally. Medically, when we talk about exercise, we’re really talking about being fit. And fitness is really two things: locomotion–getting your body from point A to point B– and manipulation–using your body to get something else from point A to point B.
When we go to the gym and use the machines, go to Bone Builders, go for a walk, go to water aerobics, some other kind of class it’s more about how far you move, how much you move, and how long you can move for (fitness) and not about how WELL you move. Which is what a chiropractor Little Falls MN would focus on.
And to be clear when you have a well-functioning muscle and joints you move WELL.
It might seem like I’m splitting hairs, but this chiropractor Little Falls MN is not. If you exercise joints that don’t move well you’re going to get injured.
The proof is that I see that literally every week in my practice. One case comes to mind where this middle-aged gal, very fit, does all the good things, runs, cross country skis, bikes, and does those things for years. Then out-of-the-blue she wakes up one morning with the most severe and debilitating sciatica I’ve ever seen. She’s sitting in my exam room and she’s crying. Partly because the pain she’s in and partly because she doesn’t understand how something like this could happen to someone so fit.
So, how would a chiropractor Little Falls MN get our muscles and joints to function better?
When you think of someone who moves well, what do you think of? Well, it’s usually two things: the person is mobile, meaning that they have an easy and full ROM and they’re stable, meaning they’re sure footed, balanced, and coordinated.
Let this chiropractor Little Falls MN explain something, the reason why we have the ability to be two things at once is because you have two types of joints in your body: ones that are designed to give you mobility and joints that are designed to give you stability.
One of the biggest Pain Myths is what we call the: The One Bad Joint Myth: “I’ve got a bad neck.” “I’ve got a bad shoulder.” “I’ve got a bad hip.” Or “I’ve got a bad lower back.” Is what we hear our patients say.
The truth is you don’t have a bad joint, you’ve got a bad chain of joints.
Take the lower back. When it goes bad it becomes unstable making your muscles to tighten up and cartilage to breakdown. Now, the moment this happens your mid back and you hip lose mobility. So you can treat the lower back and it might feel better, but if the loss of mobility in the mid back and hips aren’t cleared up AT THE SAME TIME, it’s like you got four bad tires but you’re only changing one… There’s still a problem.
This is so important but so overlooked that I’ve developed a 21-point Pain Trackdown Assessment that we have all of our patients go through which checks your entire chain of joints and reveals the weakest links, no matter where they are. I don’t think this is even on the radar of other clinics or chiropractor Little Falls MN.
And I hope you see the potential in this. You might actually have a really bad joint that does need to be looked at by a chiropractor Little Falls MN. Maybe your rotator cuff is just shot and there isn’t anything more that can be done to that one joint, but the good news is that you can go up the chain and stabilize your shoulder blade and make sure your mid back is as mobile. That would be very smart because what are you doing? Your focusing on getting your chain of joints to function better — you’re not surrendering to the pain — you’re working on being healthier and that will help you more pain-free.
That’s why we combine chiropractic adjustments with hands-on muscle therapy to improve your mobility. But what about your stability? How do you get your muscles to actually hold everything in place?
First know that stability isn’t about strength or endurance. It’s about coordination, and balance. You don’t need STRONG muscles for that… you need SMART muscles which can be developed with the help from a chiropractor Little Falls MN.
You have a specialized part of your nervous system that detects the alignment and movement of your joints. Here’s how it works: Nerves tell your brain what your joints and muscles are doing and then your brain tells your joints how to keep doing that by sending signals back through the nerves.
The better and faster this relay system. The more stable you are.
Now, this relay system is established in our first 21 months. This is the time when your brain figures out your body. And as your body develops your brain gets more information. And it follows a very predictable well documented progression. Control of neck, crawl, rolling, kneeling, standing, single leg stance. Once we go through this, we’re able to do 10 fundamental movements. And being able to do THESE movements is the very definition of being stable.
But here’s the thing: we lose these patterns as we grow older. Why? It’s because we simply don’t move well enough anymore. It doesn’t take me a chiropractor Little Falls MN to tell you that we’re the most sedentary humans ever. So it’s thought that our modern environment, while we’re more connected electronically to everything and everyone else, our brain-body connection is being lost. And we’re losing our stability.
If we can’t move our joints well, our nerves don’t fire properly and the brain doesn’t quite get how the joints are moving — and so the muscles start making mistakes. We lose our stability. We lose our mobility. Which means we’re not functioning optimally and we’re not healthy. And eventually we’ll be in pain.
I don’t know many of you. I don’t know what pains ail you. Despite that, I know there is one thing that’s true about you, because it’s true about me as a chiropractor Little Falls MN, and it’s true about everyone here: we were meant to grow strong and age gracefully, the key to expressing this level of health is in how well we move.
The fact we’re born this way is amazing. I believe God has put incredible wisdom in our bodies, but we have to learn to listen to it and even more to trust what we’re hearing.
The secret to be pain-free IS to focus on being healthier and that… ladies and gentlemen… is no myth.