WHAT WE TREAT

REACH Rehab + Chiropractic Performance Center, providing chiropractic services to active professionals in Plymouth and the western suburbs of Detroit, treats a number of injuries and conditions that include, but are not limited to:

A medical diagnosis for a musculoskeletal complaint is a description of what you may have but, even if accurate, doesn’t necessarily identify the true source of the problem nor how to correct it. We successfully treat a variety of musculoskeletal complaints/symptoms regardless of the previous diagnosis.

Just because you were given a label of a medical diagnosis doesn’t mean you have to live with it!

Based on the findings of our thorough assessment, if we determine we cannot help you, we will refer to the appropriate professional.

  • Adhesive Capsulitis or “Frozen Shoulder”
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Disc Herniation or “Slipped Disc”
  • Disc Bulge
  • Degenerative Joint/Disc Disease
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Impingement Syndromes
  • Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome
  • Lateral/Medial Epicondylitis or “Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow”
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Torticollis
  • TMJ (Jaw) Dysfunction

Back pain is the most common complaint we treat. More than 80 percent of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. For many, the effect of back pain is an everyday battle which immensely impacts quality of life. The pain we feel — whether in the back, the hip(s), or down the leg(s) — is the body’s request for change, not an indication something is broken, needing to be “fixed.” By taking the time to understand the problem and how it behaves, we can apply the right tool for the job — only then can we achieve a solution.

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  • What it is
  • What it isn’t
  • Common Causes
  • Common Treatments
  • What you can do about it

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Neck pain is the second most common complaint we treat. Most neck pain is overwhelmingly the result of poor postural habits and lifting strategies. The pain we feel — whether in the neck, the shoulder(s), or down the arm(s) — is the body’s request for change, not an indication something is broken, needing to be “fixed.” By taking the time to understand the problem and how it behaves, we can apply the right tool for the job — only then can we achieve a solution.

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  • What it is
  • What it isn’t
  • Common Causes
  • Common Treatments
  • What you can do about it

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Shoulder pain is the third most common complaint we treat. Though the pain is felt in the shoulder girdle region, more times than not, the cause is not of the shoulder itself, or there’s a secondary contributor to the problem! The pain we feel is the body’s request for change, not an indication something is broken, needing to be “fixed.” By taking the time to understand the problem and how it behaves, we can apply the right tool for the job — only then can we achieve a solution.

You will learn:

  • What it is
  • What it isn’t
  • Common Causes
  • Common Treatments
  • What you can do about it

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The knee does what the foot will allow and the hip cannot control. What this means is that non-traumatic knee pain is often not an underlying knee problem. You can have a hurt knee, and there may be an issue within the knee joint that needs to be addressed, but finding why there’s a knee problem in the first place is most important in regard to returning to optimal function.

The knee is a hinge joint (think door hinge) that mostly goes forward and back with a little side-to-side and twisting motions. These movements in excess are prevented by ligaments, such as the ACL, but ultimately controlled by your muscles.

Relatively recent knee issues are often resolved by applying a McKenzie Method (MDT) strategy: repetitive end-range loading of the knee in a specific direction. REACH tackles the underlying cause by retraining dynamic control of the knee with corrective exercise and DNS global rehabilitation.

If you have had a nagging knee problem that you can’t seem to curb, it’s important to find the appropriate solution. The last thing you want to do is have it treated with drugs or surgery when it could have been resolved conservatively, or let it go to the point where you need surgical intervention.

If you develop an excruciating heel pain that makes your first step in the morning unbearable, chances are you have developed what would be called, “plantar fasciitis.” However, plantar fasciitis (PF) only describes the symptoms of inflammation and pain on the bottom of the foot. From where is it occurring?

A common misconception is that it’s particularly common in runners and people who wear shoes lacking support — not untrue but a misguided generalization.

We find that what most would call PF is not a problem with the plantar fascia, rather dysfunction elsewhere in the kinetic chain causing overloading of the plantar fascia. We have helped alleviate PF symptoms by treating the back, hips, and lower leg, while never treating the foot at all.

If you have PF-like symptoms and no one has looked past the foot, step on the brake and get a full functional assessment before you press the gas pedal for cortisone shots, surgery, or purchasing expensive orthotics! We will identify the source of the symptoms, then take you through various rehab exercises that will help you recover quickly while significantly reducing the risk of reoccurrence.

According to the World Health Organization, 50 to 75% of people have had a headache in the last year. Not only are headaches common, an inconvenience, and uncomfortable, but they can be debilitating. Negatively impacting a normal lifestyle, headaches can diminish production, performance, and mood; and escalate irritability, stress, and absence of daily activity.

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  • What it is
  • What it isn’t
  • Common Causes
  • Common Treatments
  • What you can do about it

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There are many contributing factors to jaw (TMJ) pain including blunt trauma, teeth clenching/grinding, gum chewing, bite misalignment, and congenital abnormalities. Structural defects causing misalignment should always be a consideration, and that can be evaluated by a specialized dentist or physician.

The most common form of jaw pain is of myofascial basis, which originates from muscles, tendons and ligaments. The cause is most commonly because of poor function of the jaw muscles, which is influenced by habits, posture, stress, and neck tension. There is a close association between jaw (TMJ) pain and dysfunction of the cervical spine and neck muscles.

The TMJ can be difficult to treat because the problematic structures lay inside the mouth. A comprehensive treatment plan of manual treatment of the neck and jaw with accompanying postural strategies and lifestyle recommendations can be an effective solution. A referral to a specialist can be made if an intra-oral orthotic or split is warranted to correct a malalignment or mitigate the effects of night-time teeth grinding.

Painful injuries and conditions like pulled hamstrings, tight hip flexors, and cramping calves happen all the time. Your first reaction may be to want to stretch the muscles and then try to strengthen them. However, muscles that react like this are sometimes sending a signal that they are being asked to do too much. Simply stretching and strengthening this imbalance is strengthening a dysfunction.

The body is the ultimate cheating machine. The brain’s first priority is to direct the muscles towards completing a task, regardless if it causing harm down the line. A thorough examination will reveal where the body is being over and under-utilized.

When a muscle strain ensues it is best to rest and let the body heal itself; however, this does not address why the strain happened in the first place, especially if it’s happened before. The REACH approach to muscle strain is to retrain how to use your body – employing functional rehabilitation – to ultimately take the load off of overused muscles.

If you understand when and how your body compensates, then learn how to correct it, you will not suffer from excessive tightness and reoccurring strains. Ultimately, this opens the door to optimizing performance and reducing the risk for injury.

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