The most valuable component of injury recovery is locating the breakdown in the system. If you permit the location of painful tissue to bias the evaluation of an injury, often the primary cause goes uncovered. We evaluate the patient utilizing the latest diagnostic techniques and technologies to measure postural control, reaction times, motor accuracy and neural endurance, all in a concerted effort to pinpoint specific areas of central nervous system impairment.
The ability to influence neurology is reliant on proper identification of the neural impairment and balancing the system accordingly; these components are vital to recovery and resolution. Our balancing process alters activity in the nervous system. This changes the muscles reactivity and recruitment patterns relative to speed of contraction, symmetry, and sequence of firing. When these components are working in a healthy manner, the performance of the muscular system allows for greater protection and production of force. This leads to increased performance and injury prevention.
Strengthening uncompensated movement patterns is a feature of our process that is essential to create permanency behind our repair. The contraction of muscle tissue is only beneficial when performed symmetrically with perfect posture; in an appropriate sequence; and rapidly. Outside this framework, compensatory movement is further reinforced and proper rehabilitation is not occurring. We use patented rehabilitation technology to ensure proper muscle contraction is being reinforced.
The motor cortex gains valuable stimulation through a biofeedback loop involving the foot and ankle. Through this loop our nervous system knows what type of surface we are walking on, and what muscles need to be activated or deactivated in accordance to our environment. In addition to supporting movement with power, speed and efficiency, this circuit is a major source of fuel for the brain. Concern for this anatomy during the rehabilitation process helps to support, and in some cases, completely ameliorate a patients’ symptomology.
We put a great emphasis on resolving the area of complaint and introducing self regulation quickly. Our support and treatment system is available to address both the chronic symptomatic condition as well as the acute injury. However, most of our patients return for management of a new complaint, as opposed to maintenance of constant symptoms. The ultimate goal for us is a rapid healing process which allows our patients to get back to what they are passionate about quicker than imagined.
“The human body recruits the neuromuscular system to either perform or protect, doing both tasks simultaneously are not physiologically possible. When the central nervous system favours protection over performance, compensation patterns and recurrent injuries result. Uncompensated movement and performance are always the clinical goal.”
Ottawa Performance Care Doctors