Techniques We Utilize That Set Us Apart From The Rest
Foundation Sport & Spine changes the way Chiropractic is done. Below are a list of some of the services we use to help our patients heal efficiently, and effectively.
There's just no substitute for good chiropractic adjustments when it comes to correcting improper bony alignment in the spine. And, while we have a plethora of techniques below to add immense value to your corrective process, this is still the "crown jewel." We need to make sure that any joint that isn't moving properly in the spine is not contributing to pressure on nerves, causing a problem wherever those nerves go, whether that's down shoulders, arm, legs, or even inside the body! We practice traditional techniques, but are also able to use gentle force when your body requires it.
Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT)
Most injuries happen for 3 reasons. Doing things in life with improper form, doing them with too much volume, and the most common is doing them with the wrong muscles! This is something that happens to an individual subconciously and is controlled by the brain. NKT is a wonderful technique designed to locate the specific neuromuscular dysfunction, and restore it, ensuring that all muscles are properly activated, and ready for action! More information about the technique can be found here: www.neurokinetictherapy.com
Active Release Techniques (ART)
ART is the "Gold Standard" of soft tissue treatment, and Dr. Porcher is the ONLY Full-Body Certified ART provider in Arlington Heights, IL, and is also certified in Complex Protocols. Through a complex movement-based system, Dr. Porcher will identify and correct muscle length-tension relationships, release entrapped nerves (when neccesary), and therby optimize joint function and eliminate pain.
More info about the technique can be found by clicking HERE.
McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis Technique (MDT)
Mechanical Diagnosis Technique (MDT), as taught by the McKenzie institute specializes in the classification of injuries to the lower back, neck, and the joints of the extremities. Using this technique, Dr. Sarah Miller will evaluate the extent of your injury, and determine the best movement or position that will promote reduction of a disc bulge, or help return you joints' proper movement.
Functional Evaluation and Rehabilitation
Patients in Phase II and III of care are evaluated using movement screens and balance testing, as well as other movement tests to determine the tailored, activity/sport-specific rehabilitation program that will be built to suit their needs.
In even the greatest athletes, there is typically some measure of a loss of the neurological ability of the muscular system to properly stabilize the body in all planes of motion, which results in incomplete healing, higher frequency of re-injury, and lack of return performance. Our sensorimotor training restores this system over time and ensures peak performance.
Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex
In some cases, we use P-DTR, an exciting new neurological technique that will help some individuals who have had a history of significant injury. This technique deals with the software of your system, rather than just the hardware, like most of our other techniques do. Sometimes, after an injury, the tissues heal, but the nervous system never fully does. With P-DTR, we can ensure that the nerves and receptors return to a normal functioning state and allow a full recovery.
Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Correction
In many cases, superficial fascia and connective tissue becomes shortened and chronically strained, leading to pain and kinetic dysfunction. Using soft tissue instruments to break up these myofascial adhesions and stimulate muscles in static positions, as well as during exercises, helps to alleviate pain and restore proper function.
Dry Needling is the "western" approach to acupuncture, and using it, we seek to initiate chemical changes in and around the tissues affected by injury and loss of blood flow through needling and needle stimulation techniques, in order to decrease pain mechanisms, and increase muscle function.
At Foundation Sport & Spine, we use cupping as an additional modality to help release myofascial adhesions, tight muscles, and to create a fluid current to and away from injured areas.