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:

More than 80 percent of Americans experience back and neck pain at some point and the results can seriously impact your quality of life. While a standard recommended treatment is medication and rest, which can help, it does not treat the underlying cause. When the problem is not resolved with this method, you can succumb to prolonged drug use to deal with the pain, and that can turn into a slippery slope and create more problems.

Our approach isn’t just to fix the problem. We go as far as to coach you to a long-term solution. We do this by utilizing a blend of manual therapy to take the edge off the pain, followed by cutting-edge science-based physical rehabilitation to address and correct the reason the problem occurred in the first place.

To ensure your improvements are lasting, we combine all of that with a home exercise program.

From our experience, this comprehensive approach is not only best practice, but it allows for rapid recovery in an average of five to seven visits. Our goal is to not only help you to feel better but also to function better in the sports of your choice and your activities of daily living.

In many cases, even in patients who have been dealing for pain for months, improvement and relief can be experienced in as little as a few visits. Some problems take longer to resolve.

REACH initiates treatment for back and neck pain by utilizing the Mckenzie Method (MDT), exploring simple movements in repetition that improve or worsen your symptoms and functional baselines (i.e. walking, stepping, lifting, reaching, bending, muscle strength). Once these movements are discovered you’re on your way to controlling your pain yourself, not needing your chiropractor on a repetitive basis. We also employ chiropractic manipulation as a means to enhance and hasten the process. If your problem is something we are unable to treat, the McKenzie assessment will tell us this within the first few visits, and then we recommend the next best course of action to find you a solution.

Many people associate chiropractic care with back pain, but there is plenty of evidence to suggest that chiropractic combined with manual therapy and corrective exercise is a highly effective treatment for many types of headaches (e.g. tension, cervicogenic, migraine).

It all comes down to proper diagnosis. Headaches that are caused by tension, trigger points, and muscle imbalance respond well to our treatments. At your initial appointment, we’ll conduct a detailed and thorough examination to determine if we can help you with your type of headache. If we determine you are a good candidate for care we will recommend a short-term treatment plan, beginning treatment that day.

REACH initiates treatment for headaches by utilizing the Mckenzie Method (MDT). Backed by research and our experience, headaches symptoms can be managed, even resolved, by performing simple movements at home. Chiropractic adjustments are quite powerful at treating headaches, so are often used to hasten recovery. Ultimately, you will learn how to treat yourself, so you do not have to depend on your chiropractor whenever you have headache symptoms.

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.

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.

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.

The shoulder is a common area of injury and complaint, for a good reason. The ball of the hip sits in a deep socket, whereas the shoulder is more like a golf ball on a tee! There’s only one bone-on-bone connection from the shoulder to the trunk, so the shoulder relies on the co-coordination of multiple muscles to control movement.

First and foremost, it’s important to be sure shoulder pain is not derived from the neck as nerves from the neck send information to the shoulder!

After a thorough examination and assessment have identified a true shoulder issue, we seek to restore balance to the musculature, so they are working optimally to move the shoulder in concert.

In some cases, there is significant structural changes, i.e. tearing, boney growths, that limit recovery. If we believe you have these changes, posing a problem, we refer to other professionals in the community to make sure you get the right and best care possible.

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