We take a functional approach to chiropractic care at Peridot Wellness, but what exactly does this mean? It means that we look at your problem from a functional lens to get to the root cause of your problem. We take into account your personal needs and what your health goals are. It is not a one size fits all model. Some injuries are acute and some chronic. Some have a clear mechanism and some are the result of dysfunctional movement patterns or poor posture. Some people want to return to their previous physical activity pain free, some people want to avoid injuries, some want to get stronger and be able to achieve things they haven't before. The same injury shouldn't be treated the same way in different people.
For example: If you have pain in your lower back, we will look at what is happening in the whole body. How the ankle and foot move, what is happening at the knee and hip, even how your shoulders and neck move. We see things as interconnected and often the site of pain only describes WHAT and not WHY. In order to address the issue and prevent it from returning over and over again, we need to address the WHY.
This is also influenced by HOW you move. Dysfunctional movement patterns are often the cause of pain and injury. These are things we may not realize we are doing over and over again (with our gait or training regime). At Peridot Wellness we address all of this, teach you about what is happening in your body and empower you to help heal yourself.
Chiropractic care is predominately a manual based practice. Manual care practice uses the hands to help manually make changes in the body. We use different manual care techniques to address issues with the fascia, muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves and circulatory system (including the lymphatics).
Your fascia is the interwoven connective tissue networking within the body. It encloses our muscles, organs, becomes ligaments and runs throughout the body. It is absolutely fascinating. It also has contractile properties, which can cause tension, pain and postural dysfunction.
The muscles are more prone to strain, tearing and trigger points. Addressing specific muscle issues requires different manual care techniques to effectively treat these problems.
Our joints have different functions (mobility/stability), different compositions (synovial vs fibrous etc), and different articulations. Overall they require some degree of stability and some degree of mobility. With manual care we often are addressing mobility issues. We use gentle mobilizations and gentle adjustments when necessary. The adjustment is the "crack" chiropractors are known for. That pop you hear is pressure being released from the joint. The adjustment isn't the end all and often is not incorporated in the treatment sessions. We only suggest it if your issue is caused by pain and inflammation within the joint and that we think it would provide some relief.
Our lymphatic system does not have a manual pump and therefore requires movement (manual or exercise) to help with circulation. Manual care can also help with inflammation (either acute or chronic).
Most of our chiropractic treatments include acupuncture.
Acupuncture is an ancient Eastern medical technique that is has recently become popular in Western medicine. In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is a technique used for balancing the flow of energy /life force (chi or qi). Our chi (qi) flows through specific pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners aim to re-balance your energy flow.
Acupuncture from a Western standpoint uses these same points, but describes and implements the technique based on our understanding of anatomy and physiology. It is a translation of language. Treatments aim to improving the conduction of nerve impulses, boost circulation, release tension, and promote healing at the cellular level.
Acupuncture is a fantastic technique to help address physical injuries, reduce the sensation pain, balance and calm the nervous system and promote deep healing simultaneously.
Passive care can only take you so far. Typically, early on in injury management there is more passive care than active care, but the goal is to transition to a treatment plan predominantly based on active care.
What does this mean? In the beginning we physically help to heal what is going on (with manual care, acupuncture, taping etc) but in order for that to stick we need to retrain poor movement patterns/movement dysfunction. This includes stabilizing the joints by activating the stabilizing muscles and strengthening the supporting muscles. It includes moving the joints through their full range of motion to help with mobility and stretching for tissue extensibility. It also involves training muscle fibers that have weakened or are not firing to fire and relax muscles that are overactive and are compensating for areas that are not functioning optimally.
We will often give you some homework to do as part of your treatment plan. However, what we provide as a take home is limited as we believe that doing one or two exercises properly is much better than doing several incorrectly. We highly recommend when you are ready for more active care, to book a movement session with us (either chiropractic rehab or athletic therapy) so that we can watch you move and correct and dysfunction.
Kinesiotaping can be a great way to assist in the early stages of injury management. Kinesiotape is stretchy 4 way tape that is breathable, waterproof and moves with you. It can provide stability, without compromising too much mobility. It can also be used to help with inflammation and lymphatic flow. It is great in the early stages of sprains, strains, and contussions.
x-ray imaging referral
It is in your chiropractors scope of practice to assess conditions related to the spine, nervous system and joints in order to diagnose, treat and prevent dysfunction or disorders arising from the structure or functions of the above.
Your intake form, health history, and physical examination provide most of the information we need to effectively come to a working diagnosis, without additional testing. There are however certain cases in which we cannot rule in or out pathology without information provided with imaging (x-ray, ultrasound and MRI). Therefore, if indicated (particularly with acute trauma) your chiropractor is able to and may request x-ray imaging. If this is the case, we can refer you to a facility conveniently located nearby.