HOW WE TREAT

REACH Rehab + Chiropractic Performance Center, providing chiropractic services to active professionals in Plymouth and the western suburbs of Detroit, has a broad range of effective treatment to help heal injuries and conditions and improve performance.

Chiropractic manipulation is used to release restricted joints in both the spine and the extremities.

Chiropractic Adjustments, Motion Palpation Joints often become restricted due to poor posture, improper bio-mechanics, and/or injury. A joint that is restricted leads to excessive motion in nearby joints. This excessive motion leads to degeneration of the joint. Therefore, restoring movement and function in all joints is a preventative procedure for future degeneration and dysfunction as well as golf injuries.

For those patients that prefer a lighter manipulation, we also provide mobilization to the joints to help restore movement and function. This is a low-velocity manual technique that does not provide the audible release (cracking/popping sound).

Dr. Burr uses manipulation and mobilizations as taught by the Motion Palpation Institute, a bio-mechanically sound and evidence-based chiropractic manipulation technique.

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Without a full range of motion and proper use of joints, our backs, necks and joints become stiff and less mobile, leading to pain, greater loss of movement and dysfunction. The McKenzie method is a standardized assessment tool, defining and classifying movement problems and recommending appropriate treatment.

MDT helps to treat conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, herniated discs, radiating leg pain, arm pain/numbness, and sciatica. MDT is also effective at classifying and treating joints of the extremities such as elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, and even the TMJ (jaw).

One of the key components of this method is patient education. This method utilizes education to train the patient on proper posture and ergonomics and provides the patient with exercises to treat their own pain. It is directed toward patient self-treatment methods, therefore making the patient less reliant on the doctor for relief of their symptoms.

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Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is derived from a technique pioneered by Drs. Vaclav Vojta, a Czechoslovakian neurologist, and Pavel Kolar, PhD, PT. Dr. Vojta developed a unique therapy that was originally intended to treat children with cerebral palsy. Since its inception in the 1960s, it has grown and expanded and is now indicated for a variety of conditions in both the child and the adult.

Prof. Pavel Kolar further evolved and expanded this technique to make it more dynamic and to yield faster results. The purpose of the technique is to promote proper activation and coordination of the neuromuscular system. This has yielded amazing success in treating pain syndromes as well as various neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, scoliosis, and stroke cases. While DNS is routinely used in Europe, it has only recently started to gain popularity in the United States.

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Soft tissue techniques are used when a muscle, tendon, or ligament is overly tight, painful, or does not function properly.

ART is a movement-based manual therapy technique that addresses muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. It involves breaking up adhesions in the soft tissues by having the patient go through various motions while the doctor applies a very specific pressure to the area being treated. It has been proven to be highly effective in treating many repetitive overuse injuries such as IT band syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, shin splints and even headaches.

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Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is an advanced manual technique where the therapist is able to effectively address myofacial or soft tissue dysfunctions (i.e. tight, stringy muscles) with the assistance of a contoured instrument.

The instruments give clinicians a mechanical advantage by reducing stress on the hands, magnifying abnormalities (e.g. restrictions, scars, adhesions), and focusing forces through a small area with less friction than using the thumb or fingers.

The goal of treatment is to stimulate an inflammatory healing response – increasing blood flow and stimulating collagen production promotes adequate remodeling and healing of soft tissue structures. Ultimately, reducing overall treatment time and allowing faster recovery.

Functional Rehabilitation consists of a variety of corrective and performance exercises with the goal of improving your movement and function in everyday living. Exercises are custom-tailored based upon the findings of your movement screen.

Once movement dysfunction(s) have been identified from our thorough evaluation and movement assessment, a custom-tailored corrective and performance exercise program will be implemented with the goal of returning the patient/client to their regular activities of daily living while maintaining a pain-free state.

When a particular muscle is not doing its job correctly (inhibition), other structures have to pick up the slack causing them to become over-stressed. This is called altered motor control and can be due many factors including frequent sitting, sedentary lifestyle, poor postural habits and previous injury. This causes undue tension in aforementioned over-stressed muscles, ultimately leading to pain and injury. Corrective exercises are designed to curb altered motor control by stimulating the inhibited muscle(s) in functional patterns which translates to more efficient movement in sport and everyday activities; thus, increasing performance while decreasing the risk for injury.

RockTape is a special kind of kinesiology tape that is used by practitioners to treat injuries, reinforce posture corrections, and improve sports performance. The stretch is used to promote healing as well as reinforce posture correction and proper muscle activation.

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Functional Movement Systems is a company with a mission to help people move better and then move often.

The system promotes collaboration between performance and rehabilitation professionals through the use of two tools – the Functional Movement Screen™ and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment™. Both tools evaluate movement but are separated by a clear distinct marker. That marker is pain. If movement produces pain, the individual would be sent through SFMA. If pain is not present, then the FMS is the appropriate tool.

Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function.

Functional Movement ScreenBy screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness. The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns. Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.

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