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Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Method?  Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Method (DNS) according to Kolar is an innovative approach to manual medicine (chiropractic) and physiotherapy which involves every component of the locomotor system (muscles, joints, discs, nerves and soft tissues). DNS stimulates movement control centers in the brain through activation of ideal inborn movement patterns. This method helps to restore the structural and postural alignment of the bodys neuro-musculo-sleletal system by invoking the Global Motor Patterns (defined lower in this post).   Is Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Method ( DNS) the only approach you use to treat in your practice? No.  Not at all.  In Fact We Primarily use Active Release Technique. But the real key to our success is our expertise and understanding of functional anatomy of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, which allows diagnosing functional disturbances and selecting a treatment procedure most suitable for each individual patient. Being trained in variety of advanced functional clinical diagnostic methods, Dr. Shepard  is able to decide which method or combination of methods fits each patient. In our experience, however we see faster and more sound results with DNS exercises in combination with Active Release Technique. We also use variety of classic physical therapy and chiropractic methods which survived the test of time. Being educated personally from Prague Rehabilitation School, Dr. Shepard also use number of unique Manual Medicine approaches derived from Europe and Australia.  Dr. Shepard is also one of the few DNS providers in US. We also treat conditions which usually respond poorly to Physical Therapy or Chiropractic. Because of the breakthrough scientific basis of DNS we often succeed where everything else fails. We believe that DNS is truly a 21st Century approach in conservative care.  Here is a list of therapeutic interventions we use in our practice: DNS , Active Release Technique, McKenzie Method, Classic Manual Therapy according to Lewit and Janda (Czech school of Manual Medicine), Vojta Therapy, Kinesiotaping, Myofascial release and Trigger point therapy. What are the Global Motor Patterns? Global Motor Patterns form the foundation of human movement. They represent the building blocks of our predetermined ability to become upright. They are activated during the postural development in the first months of a childs life, in a specific sequence from less complex to more complex. The Global Motor Patterns remains critical for the control of our posture and stability of the spine, which is the pivotal center of the entire locomotor system (movement system) for the entirety of our lives. More to come about the FAQ of DNS in the next blog post. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Shepard by using the information below. Matthew J. Shepard, DC Shepard Pain and Performance Care drshepard@bnchiro.com    

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Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic treatment and you The best way to start regaining what you’ve lost is seeking a qualified healthcare provider. Once this has been accomplished, you and your chosen pain manager (Dr. Shepard) can employ the six strategies below. Never think for a moment that this is the pain managers responsibility. You’re in control of your life take it back! Number one: why chiropractic While there are many methods to remove musculoskeletal pain, chiropractic ranks among the best forms of treatment. It is noninvasive and inexpensive. Chiropractors consistently treat all types of painful conditions. Chiropractic is a safe, and manual manipulation has been shown to reduce pain, increased awareness, and more. Number two: Am I eating inflammation Doesn’t surprise anyone that our diet plays a very important role in our health? However, it may surprise you to know that many of the foods we eat actually cause more harm than good.  This is turned the pro inflammatory diet and most Americans are on it and don’t even know of it Number three: Stability: why do I need that Your muscles need to be strong in order to lift certain objects, but did you know that certain muscles have to stabilize before that action can be performed? In walking or raising your hand, we need stability. Without stability, pain will soon follow. Number four: Exercise and stretch: fundamentals Little exercise, coupled with tight and stiff muscles leads to a deconditioned body in pain. Some exercises and forms of stretching can revive stiff joints and reduce your pain. Number five: Am I level?: Correcting skeletal inequalities It’s going to call me can be a simple anatomical difference from side to side. It could be that you were born that way. However, this inequality can predispose you to chronic muscular skeletal problems. Number six: The body is a temple Our body is made of mind, body, and spirit. To take care of all three it is unique and profoundly important realization, if we are ever to be truly well. Although by themselves, the strategy may work, but they will not complement each other as intended. To truly regain your health, a strategy must be woven together with the help of your team manager.

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Active Release Technique and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, or know what it is, you know how painful and limiting it can be. Carpal tunnel is one of the most common nerve conditions in the country, with estimates approximately 2% of the adult population in the United States suffer from the condition. Something you might not know it that soft-tissue treatments such as, Active Release Technique can help most people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome relieve pain and regain normal use of their forearms, wrists, hands, and fingers without having to have surgery. If you have noticed limited the use of your  hands and wrists, you may not need surgery to restore normal function. At Shepard Pain and Performance Care in Bloomington, IL, we help people with carpal tunnel every week. If you suffer from symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, contact us today to learn how we may be able to help. What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is what’s known as an entrapment neuropathy, which means a pinched nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve is compressed. The compressed nerve may produce pain, numbness, and if progressed long enough weakened hands. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include: ● Numbness or Tingling sensations in the hand or fingers. ● Pain that spreads from your wrist, up your arm, and to your shoulder. ● Weak hands, often displayed by a tendency to drop things.

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