Your musculoskeletal system is the bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, and other connective tissue that allow you to have form, support, stabilize and move yourself. In other words, your musculoskeletal system is your only home and your only vehicle for participating and taking action in this world. For this reason, here at CMF, we do not take the importance of your body lightly and are committed to helping you be at your best at work, sport, and daily life. Bodily pain, injury, and dysfunction to the body is part of life. Sometimes it is caused by trauma such as a sports injury or auto accident, but more commonly, it is the daily wear and tear our bodies endure that sets off our protective mechanism. These mechanisms show up in the form of:
- “Tightness” decreased range of motion
- Altered movement and/or function
Our answer to these problems is manual and movement medicine.
Manual and Movement Medicine:
Manual and movement medicine is the art and science of diagnosing and treating your body. By assessing how you move, posture, stabilize, and produce “force” we can diagnose the problem and then provide you with physical solutions to overcome the root-cause(s) of your pain. We place the highest value on our hands-on and active-care approach because of its ability to truly move the dial in a positive direction. Our approach improves the way you move and function, normalizing musculoskeletal stressors, and improving the soft tissue’s capacity to support your body. This decreases pain, and facilitates the healing process, providing with you the best outcomes.
Acute pain is characterized by a sudden onset of pain in the body.
Common causes for this type of pain are:
- Sports injuries
- Slip and falls
- Car accidents creating whiplash
Lesser known mechanisms are:
- Repetitive stress/Overuse
- Poor posture/Postural strain
- Faulty movement patterns
The pain is usually sharp, and ranges from moderate to severe. It may resolve quickly or it can linger for a few months. It’s important to manage and treat acute pain quickly and appropriately both for the best outcomes and in order to keep it from becoming chronic.
Chronic pain is pain that continues beyond a 6 month period. It is not yet fully understood how chronic pain develops, however, some known reasons are:
- Previous injury/trauma or infection
- Unaddressed/Unresolved pain generators
- Nerve pain (neurogenic pain)
- Psychogenic pain (pain in the absence of injury or detectable tissue damage)
Chronic pain can vary in severity from mild to severe; therefore, it can range from inconvenient to completely debilitating. Its effects are both physical and emotional. Physically, it can restrict movement in the body and change movement patterns which causes further physical pain. Emotionally, it can create stress and anxiety, with feelings of hopelessness.
With both acute and chronic pain presentations, dysfunction will be present in the body. This will further contribute to pain and present as:
- Decreased range of motion
- Altered movement patterns
- Postural changes
Our manual medicine approach allows for the identification and treatment of these dysfunctions. Due to the nature and complexity of pain, not all pain cases can be completely resolved. However, addressing the physical dysfunctions that are present, creates the best outcomes, be it complete resolution or improved management.