Maintenance Care and Myofascial Release
In chiropractic care, there is a stringent emphasis placed on the concept of maintenance. Once an individual comes to a chiropractic care clinic in hopes of receiving treatment for a given musculoskeletal condition, they are provided with a series of different treatment interventions in order to bring about more positive musculoskeletal outcomes and improved quality of life. However, once that individual leaves the chiropractic clinic, he or she is not simply cured. In order to continue to strive towards optimal musculoskeletal health, we need to maintain our regiment of treatment and care for our bodies.
Maintenance often involves staying committed to a treatment regimen, and ensuring that we are doing everything in our power to improve musculoskeletal health on a consistent basis. Maintenance is especially important if we are recovering from an injury, regardless of how significant that injury may be. This involves regular visits to the chiropractor, moving through an exercise regiment on our own at home, keeping up with good diet and exercise habits, and anything else that is included into our individual care pathway developed between ourselves and our chiropractors.
It is often common for chiropractic patients to leave the chiropractor’s office after an adjustment, and return to the clinic soon after with complaints of the same problem they were originally seen for. The main goal of chiropractic care is to improve, not to stagnate. When a chiropractor sends a patient home after an adjustment, there is usually some sort of protocol that the patient is responsible for following on their own. If this protocol is not followed, then it is quite likely that a return visit to the chiropractor will be in the cards much sooner than if the patient had maintained their regiment on their own.
Myofascial release is one of the more common adjustments that require a pattern of maintenance following the adjustment itself. The fascia is the thin, elastic connective tissue that is found encasing many of our muscles throughout the body. This soft tissue can tighten up, become inflamed, and even incur infection depending on the patient in which it is occurring. Myofascial release is often enacted to loosen up these tissues. If the patient is not making an effort to keep up with self-administered myofascial release at home, then the results can be grim.
In order to ensure that we are doing everything that we can for our musculoskeletal health and for our bodies overall, we need to guarantee a degree of maintenance. Without specific attention to our body’s needs, it is easy for our musculoskeletal health to fall through the cracks.