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Art of the 3-N-1 approach at Be Well Chiropractic is prepping the area for an adjustment. Depending on what is necessary that day, for that patient, they may utilize myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, trigger point, ART, muscle shortening techniques, ligament holds, PNF stretching, or passive stretching.
Below are some definitions from Wikipedia and expanded explanations from Dr. Janelle M. Farris, DC:
Myofascial release: treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in the muscles. (The fascial part involves the thin ligament that covers all muscles and is what ‘makes’ scar tissue.) Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Fascia supports and protects these structures. The theory is that the soft tissue can become restricted due to psychogenic disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and diminished blood flow. (Soft tissue mobilization and manipulation utilize this technique. Likewise, foam rolling at home breaks up this fascia to muscle junction.)
Neuromuscular therapy is a form of deep tissue massage. The neuromuscular junction is the area where the ends of the nerve fibers meet the muscle. This is where the chemical reaction happens that makes the muscle work. The nerve must tell the muscle to move through these reactions. Think about it. A new york strip is a cow’s muscle flexor for their leg…sitting on your plate. In the cow, connected to the nervous system, it works. Not connected, dead, dumb, and delicious!
The way the body overrides pain through movement can be described in this way. If you have a whole pie (cross section of a nerve), a quarter of it would be pain receptors. The other 2/3 are soft touch, deep touch, hot/cold, and movement! When these areas are activated they override the pain. In fact, the good fibers are big A fibers and the pain is little C fibers. Movement is a neurologically correct way to decrease pain. This is why chiropractic adjustments are so effective. They retrain the body to self-regulate.
Trigger points: are described as hyperirritable spots in the fascia. They feel like palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. The theory is unexplained pain radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas. They have been mapped for referral pain patterns, which means if you work in one area, the pain dissolves in another.
Active release technique: began 30 years ago with Dr. Michael Leahy. He was working on elite athletes as a way to treat soft tissue disorders so they could get back to peak performance as quickly as possible. He actually studied engineering before becoming a chiropractor and combined the theories. Dr. Janelle feels this is actually brilliant. The body is a biomechanical structure and works a certain way. It is not an opinion. It is literally on a lever system and has a cause and effect system. Knowing the body allows a chiropractor to adjust and mobilize it correctly so that it works well by itself! In my opinion, ART works best in the last 10% of the muscle’s healing needs. Meaning, it needs to me mostly healed and then getting that last optimal 10% for a full healing.
Muscle shortening techniques: An opposite theory, Dr. Janelle learned from Dr. Tim Brown (see Intelliskin). When you bring the fibers together, they actually relax, contract, and you can break them up in this position. This keeps an injury from being strained while also being worked on. It is a less painful technique and is very helpful in acute injuries where inflammation and pain are at a high.
Ligaments hold (see basic technique). Ligaments hold bone to bone. They should be released and held, not stretched. An overstretched ligament is actually a sprain.
PNF stretching technique: is used to facilitate the relaxation of muscles to gain range of motion. This method uses an isometric contraction rather than an isotonic (static) one. The limb is placed in pain-free motion and the contraction is sustained. Passive stretching would be utilized for severe injuries when the patient is in too much pain to help the stretch.
The doctors feel a thorough approach to the body will help have a complete adjustment and the fastest healing.
REVIEWS FROM PATIENTS
“(My experience) has been amazing and I have formed a wonderful relationship with both doctors. They continue to research how to show me more exercises and treatment plans to help strengthen my body.”
“My body has adjusted better as time has gone by and feels very flexible and strong doing long days at work.”
“I’ve gotten a lot better and have learned how to take care of my own body with stretches and exercises Dr. Janelle has given me specifically for my body type.”
“I would recommend not just seeing a chiropractor, but seeing Dr. Janelle. She’s knowledgeable and thorough and will give you the best plan to bring you into a healthier lifestyle”
“I loaded up on Tylenol and other pain medications and tried getting frequent massages, which only provided temporary relief. I was always in pain and stiff.”
“I absolutely love this office and staff. Dr. Greg gave me a great program of treatments and exercises (and) I started to feel relief after the very first session.”
“Chiropractic should be in one’s priority list, just as taking vitamins and eating healthy. A must try, as you may not know how much better you can feel. Depending on the issue, I strongly feel chiropractic care is important to feeling healthy and staying active.”
“I was kind of scared of the adjustments but I figured chiropractic care was the only medical care that could “fix” the problem. Dr. Hutti was very kind and good about explaining what was going on in a clear way that was easy to understand for an average person with no medical background.”
“(Dr. Hutti) recommended continued adjustments to re-align the vertebrae, daily exercises to keep movement and to strengthen my muscles, to hold vertebrae in the correct position.”
“I am so thankful for their knowledge and help!”
Anna starting coming to Be Well Chiropractic with lung complications due to cystic fibrosis. She was having middle back pain mainly due to coughing. She has “always been a huge fan of chiropractic care when it comes to keeping (her) immune system at its strongest.”
“Dr. Janelle has been a huge factor and partner in my health. When your body is aligned right it can heal itself so much easier. I think chiropractic care is crucial to my health and quality of life.”
Since seeing Dr. Janelle her “breathing has become much easier and more free.”
“I am better now than when I first came. I continue to get/feel better with every visit. I am learning things that I believe will allow me to stay healthy for a very long time.”
“I find that going to Dr. Greg was very helpful. I tried everything else (and) nothing seemed to help. My headaches are gone. I would recommend trying Dr. Greg. It does work.”
Her first impression of chiropractic, this office, and the doctor was that “Dr. Janelle has a holistic approach that will have long-term benefits.” She was “very impressed with her knowledge and her approach.”
Since seeing Dr. Janelle, Lauren has gained back her range of motion in her neck and back. The numbness in her leg has gone away, the pain in her rib has lessened, and she no longer has headaches.
“I would recommend improving your lifestyle habits such as diet, physical activity, and chiropractic care.”
“I feel that this is a life-changing practice and that (chiropractic) is necessary for a healthy life.”
“(I) feel so much better and the pain is practically gone.”