Spinal Alignment Therapy

Spinal Alignment Therapy TM  is a treatment technique designed to improve overall function. Ability to participate in activities that are meaningful to our patients by reducing neck and low back pain resulting from muscle imbalance and pain, postural dysfunction, and gait imbalance.

The spine makes up the center of the skeleton, Essentially the spine is the foundation of the skeletal system. Projecting from this are the essential appendages for human function;  specifically, legs, and arms. While is true that a diseased spine often limits the ability for arms and legs to function optimally, limiting the reach and walking. On the other hand impairments in sitting and standing posture often affect spinal alignment.

Spinal Alignment Therapy TM was designed to correct spine impairments and pain by addressing 4 components;  posture, muscle imbalance, and pain, spine range of motion and trunk and core muscle strength.

Posture 

Poor posture results from repetitive and/or prolonged static faulty posture. Repetitive posture like lifting, pulling and carrying if performed without regard for proper body mechanics often result in muscle tightness and development of “knots” in muscle. Also, maintaining faulty positions for prolonged periods as seen in sporting and certain occupations often result in muscle strain that will result in pain.

Muscle Imbalance

Muscles work antagonistically. In other words, all muscle have another muscle or group of muscles that perform the exact opposite function. For example, while the biceps muscle flexes the elbow, the triceps group of muscles performs the opposite function;  straightening or extending the elbow. The same relationships exist in muscles of the spine.

Spine Range of Motion

The spine moves in all directional planes. That said, the cervical spine exhibits the most range of motion.  The thoracic spine is the most rigid;  while the lumbar spine exhibits moderate movement. Because the lumbar and cervical spines are more mobile than the thoracic spine, pain, and injuries of the low back (lumbar spine),  and neck (cervical spine) is more common. The low back is particularly susceptible to injury because it is the base of the spine; therefore, it carries the weight of the upper body while. In addition, the low back serves as the junction for the pelvis and hips;  because of this, it is susceptible to dysfunction at the hips and pelvis. Because of the intricate relationships between the hip joints, the pelvis, and spine, it is imperative that any meaningful rehabilitation addresses the distribution of forces across the hip joint, the stability of the pelvis during movement and low back pain.