Musculoskeletal injuries and pain can have complex symptom presentations with multiple factors spanning physiology, anatomy and psychology. One modality or therapeutic technique is often marginally effective in treating many injuries because of these multiple factors; chronic pain being one of the most complicated and challenging client populations I work with. Successful treatment of sports injuries involves an understanding of the sport environment, training program, equipment and biomechanics of the particular sport. Often sports injuries are the result of “movement impairments”, or dysfunctional movement patterns. Patterns that either lead to injury or are adaptive due to compensation because of injury.
Every injured client presents with a unique story and history. Helping them get better means knowing where they’ve been, where are they now and where they want to go in terms of level of functionality. My goal is to transition every injured client from an injured/rehab status to someone proactively managing their condition through a commitment to working on wellness and fitness. Keeping the focus on functionality and fitness is the sports medicine model of injury treatment that I’ve found to be extremely successful.
The right tool for the job
Therapeutic techniques and treatment modalities are like tools in a tool box. The effectiveness of a particular tool depends on knowing when and how to use the right tool for a certain job or task. As much as I like tools, the goal is to do a job well done in a timely manner; the tool is a means to that end.
- Neuromuscular Therapy
- Muscle Energy Technique
- Myofascial Release
- Massage Therapy
- Active Isolated Stretching
The movement education component of my work I developed over years of treating injuries, integrating manual therapy with movement, exercise and functional anatomy. In my blog post I write about the process of integration and sense of disconnection one can feel due to the injury process. The movement education component of the therapeutic work can be subtle and profound since it focuses on the physical and perceptual sense of the self.