Rehabilitation & Chiropractic Care:
Chiropractic Rehabilitation is a new paradigm that has evolved to bridge the gap between passive modalities and the proper utilization of active rehabilitation procedures. It is imperative for chiropractors to have additional training in rehabilitation techniques for this evolution to occur. The progression also involves a revised philosophy. The chiropractor must be a musculoskeletal specialist, with expert skills in manipulation as well as the knowledge and ability to shift from passive to active care, while elevating the bio-behavioral component of musculoskeletal illness. This new paradigm allows chiropractors to evaluate and treat neuro-musculoskeletal conditions by addressing the three major components which are altered after an injury: 1) soft tissue; 2) biomechanical function of the affected joint; and 3) patient psychosocial response.
Chiropractic Rehabilitation allows the practitioner to provide appropriate passive pain relief during all phases of recovery. It links functional restoration with chiropractic adjustive techniques, while encouraging proper tissue healing -- promoting quicker and more enduring results. The paradigm is fueled by the emergence of insurance companies and other third party payers who focus on procedure, duration and cost effective protocols for treatment outcomes.
Reference: James A. Ropicky, D.C., D.A.C.R.B., American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board http://www.acrb.org/