Bower Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic offers specialized rehabilitation services for patients suffering general orthopedic problems and sports injuries. Our philosophy is to assist (rather than interfere with) the body’s natural healing abilities in order to restore the functional movements our human body was designed to perform. The primary goal is to expedite recovery and to restore range of motion, muscular strength, endurance, neuromuscular control, and cardiorespiratory endurance by reducing inflammation and enhancing the repair processes. Special consideration is given to prevent the recurrence of injury and tissue overload by incorporating individualized home-program instructions and sport-specific exercises. The approach we use is based on our clinical judgement and years of experience.
We Specialize in the Following Chiropractic Techniques:
Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft tissues include muscles, tendons, ligaments, bursae, fascia, and nerves. The treatment of these structures is called soft tissue mobilization. When trauma occurs, whether from a single traumatic event or repeated microtrauma, inflammation follows. The inflammation leads to scar tissue formation, decreasing the ability of the muscle to lengthen and contract normally, which negatively impacts range of motion. The effect can be very specific within a muscle or can affect entire muscle groups leading to faulty biomechanics. The scar tissue can also cause pain and predispose you to re-injury.
The purpose of soft tissue mobilization is to restore normal texture, tightness, flexibility and function to the affected tissue. We utilize several techniques such as Graston Technique®, Myofascial Release, and Muscle Release Techniques.
PNF Muscle Stretching
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) muscle stretching is an advanced form of stretching technique that requires assistance to perform. PNF involves stretching a muscle or group of muscles to its end range, followed by contracting the same muscle isometrically for at least six to ten seconds, and then stretching it further to its new end range. Aside from being safe it is considered to be the fastest and most effective way to increase range of motion. PNF is commonly used to enhance both active and passive range of motion in order to improve muscular strength and coordination.
Corrective Exercises are designed to make positive changes in the way you move and focus on the underlying cause of dysfunction by targeting and correcting muscle imbalances caused by weakness. These exercises do not focus on building bulky, superficial muscles (e.g. six-pack abs). Instead, they focus on strengthening the core, stabilizing muscles of the body. Strengthening the stabilizer muscles will reinforce the joints, creating a stronger, more balanced body. Corrective exercises look very different from the typical gym exercises. Many of them involve small movements with little to no equipment and can be easily adapted for a home program.
For athletes we also design integrated sports-specific programs that will help them accomplish their sports performance goals and reduce their risk of injury. These programs may include flexibility training, cardiorespiratory training, core training, balance training, and integrated multi-planar resistance training.
Functional Movement Assessment
Functional movement is based on real-world situational biomechanics and is defined by the ability to move the body with proper muscle and joint function for efficient, pain-free movement. Functional movements take place in multi-planes of motion with the use of multiple joints which place demand on the body’s core musculature and innervation. These movements require the firing of multiple muscle groups in various positions, ranges of motion and varying intensity to achieve a common goal.
If musculoskeletal pain is present, we utilize Functional Movement Assessments to further identify and assess impairments contributing to the disability. Pain is typically a symptom of dysfunctions elsewhere in the kinetic chain. Therefore the goal of the Functional Movement Assessments is to identify the most dysfunctional movement pattern and break the pattern down to identify the underlying cause of the dysfunction.
Frequently a joint does not have the stability to maintain an adjustment. In these cases we use kinesiology tape to act like a functional brace on a joint. Unlike traditional braces and athletic tape, kinesiology tape is an elastic cotton band with an acrylic adhesive that can stretch up to 190% of its original length. As a result the pulling force will decompress the skin and muscle involved around a joint and promote blood flow, lymph drainage, and remove lactic acid.
In our clinic we use ROCKTAPE, due to its stronger adhesive it is the only kinesiology tape engineered to meet the demands of endurance athletes like runners, swimmers, and cyclists, but works for the active individual as well. Whether used for muscle repair, stability management, recovery or enhanced performance, ROCKTAPE can be a valuable component in your toolkit, and can be purchased right here in our clinic.
Sport physicals are required for all student athletes participating in Idaho school athletic programs. They are required to be performed by licensed medical professionals and serve to ensure the athlete is physically healthy enough to participate in school athletic programs. We can provide sport physicals on an individual or a group basis.
If you've been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let us know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care. Call Bower Chiropractic today to make an appointment!