The health and function of our physical Structure and Balance are the byproducts of numerous factors. These include the strength, flexibility, and endurance of our muscles and tendons, as well as the integrity of our cartilage, ligaments and bones. Most importantly, Structure and Balance can have a significant influence on our overall health and quality of life.
Key factors influencing each of the above components are nutrient levels, physical activity levels, and mechanical function
If you have an automobile with brand new tires, they will wear much faster than designed if you drive normally but have a front end out of alignment. Additionally, other mechanical components will age faster, and of course the ride of the auto will be less than completely enjoyable.
That same car properly aligned, but with tires out of balance, will experience mechanical dysfunction and premature wear and tear in only a matter of time.
Lastly, have great tires, great alignment, and very poor driving habits (excessive braking, bumping tires into curbs, driving around curves too fast), and it is only a matter of time before the structure and function of the tires and alignment are damaged, wear and tear set in, along with the unpleasant ride.
With the human body, it is basically the same. We need excellent cellular nutrition, healthy physical activities (exercise, stretching, rest), and normal mechanical function for our muscles, joints and bones to be healthy and to stay that way. Poor nutrition, injuries from accidents that are never properly cared for, improper exercise, lack of stretching, or inadequate exercise to develop and maintaining muscle strength, and it is only a matter of time before problems arise.
These problems usually arrive in the form of inflammation, pain, stiffness, abnormal joint function, or the inability to perform at the level we have in the past. If not addressed with comprehensive conservative care, these problems often lead to the use of prescription drugs (which have a long list of complications themselves), surgery (and its associated risks), or at the least, the loss of fulfilling and healthy physical activities that we can no longer enjoy and benefit from.
Dr. Dale's comprehensive approach includes a thorough analysis of the mechanical function of the muscles and joints, including a sophisticated GaitScan analysis of your feet, a dietary and nutritional analysis, and even stress level analysis.
One very important key that Dr. Dale always considers when chronic musculoskeletal pain is the primary complaint, is external causes of inflammation. He has successfully treated many individuals for chronic pain by removing dietary sources of inflammation, which can include food sensitivities or macronutrient imbalances.
Once Dr. Dale has thoroughly considered all the information, he will clarify which variables seem to be the likely cause(s) of the problem. He will then outline a plan that addresses these causative factors. Usually these Structural and Balance issues will begin to respond to our comprehensive approach, which also includes sophisticated chiropractic techniques such as muscle balancing and spinal distraction. Changes are frequently noticeable within one to three weeks and sometimes sooner, even for patients with chronic conditions. Optimizing musculoskeletal balance, reducing muscular tension patterns, and normalizing joint function, is an important key to optimal health and often is essential in relieving chronic pain patterns.
With optimal nutrition, the absence of inflammation, improved muscle and joint function, most of us can live very long and active lives, pain free and pleasure filled.