Our first order of business is to make sure that your problem is not something life threatening. We will perform a thorough exam to make sure you do not have any tumors, fractures, aneurysm, active stroke, or organ pathology.
Next, we start to look at your body functionally. This basically means that we investigate the way your body moves and positions itself. Biomechanical problems (bio + mechanical = the machinery of your body) always boil down to two things. You don’t position yourself in the right place and you don’t move right. These things always occur together. Imagine a hinge on a door. Those hinges are designed to fit into each other and move in a certain way. If they don’t fit together flush and become bent out of place, then every time you open and close the door this will create stress and friction in the hinges and even in the door. Maybe the door won’t latch. Maybe the door scrapes the doorway. Maybe the hinges make a grinding sound. All of these things are really just a symptom of the hinges being dysfunctional. Your body is the same way. Muscle imbalances, bad posture, repetitive trauma, or injury can all result in this sort of dysfunction. This can result in pain symptoms occurring in other places. A runner who has limited ankle movement can get shin splints from the muscles fighting the limited range of motion. A person who has had whiplash can have arm pain from a pinched nerve. A shoulder injury can cause neck pain and headaches. Looking down at your phone all day can cause you to have spasms in your low back. The point is that the problem is not always where the pain is, and you need a detective to figure out what is really at the root of the problem.
Once we identify your biomechanical problem, we create a plan to resolve it. The goal is of course to get you out of pain. Unfortunately many chiropractors stop there and the problem returns later meaning that you will also keep returning. At Tulsa Chiropractic Rehab, we want to teach you and train your body to eliminate the underlying dysfunction. This way, you will not be dependent on us to constantly come in and receive treatment week after week. It takes time changing some things in your life and doing the rehab program both here and at home, but a little work on your end means better results, less trips to the chiropractor, and more money in your pocket in the long haul.