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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    

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4 Best Ways to Choose a Chiropractor

Of course I would love for everyone to choose Dr. Shepard as their chiropractor of choice, but in case our office does not fit well with you, here are some tips for choosing a great chiropractor: 1. Have you seen any type of advertisement for the chiropractic office you’re considering? The more advertisements you see, the better! This could include television, radio, Facebook, snail mail, Twitter, e-mail (basically any type of visual/audio advertisement or seeing them out at community events could also count). Answering this question will provide insight into whether a particular chiropractor is a go-getter, hard-working type of person (these chiropractors often work harder than most to give patients the very best care), or the answer might hint that they are somewhat more lazy and lax in their approach to business (and often in serving their patients). 2. Stop by a chiropractic office to receive information on their services. This is a great way to judge a chiropractic office. Pay particular attention to how the office is kept. Is it clean? Cluttered? In a scary building? Are there burnt-out light bulbs? Chipping paint on the walls? What is the office staff wearing? Jeans?! Do they greet you with a smile when you enter? Do they greet you at all? Do they look panicked or rushed? This may seem like a very judgmental way to choose a chiropractor, but I would want you to go to a chiropractor that cares about the details. If the chiropractor cares about the little details of the office, they are more likely to care about the little details concerning you. 3. Is it a “wellness” chiropractic office? Okay, I might get into a bit of trouble for this one, but here it goes. “Wellness” chiropractic clinics generally prefer that patients keep coming back to them for the rest of their lives (usually once a month at least after initial symptoms are resolved – sometimes referred to as a maintenance program or a wellness program). Now don’t get me wrong, some people really DO need to continue coming in every month to keep up with their care, and the majority of chiropractors probably believe that it would help everyone to come in monthly. However, if you are the type of person who is only looking to get out of immediate pain and then discontinue care, I would not recommend going to a chiropractic clinic with the word “wellness” in the title. Remember, wellness = long-term care in the chiropractic community. 4. The absolutely BEST way to choose a chiropractor is to ask those around you. Who is your friend or family member going to? What do they like/dislike about their chiropractor? Do they rave about their chiropractor or speak about them with the same passion as household chores? It is very likely that if your friend or family member really likes their chiropractor, you will too. Of course, it would be even better to go with the opinion of someone you highly regard (maybe […]

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Shepard Pain and Performance Care
2309 E Empire Street Suite 400 Bloomington, IL 61704
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Dr. Shepard provides on-site active release treatments for Bloomington IL and surrounding area companies. If you are a manager or owner of a company looking to decrease your recordable number of workers compensation claims. Contact Dr. Shepard today!

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