Before we get started with defining exactly what Physiotherapy Care is, its methodology, the scientific research backing its efficacy, and how it can help you, we should first look at several key concepts that are indicative of all BG ‘Pain and Dysfunction’ practitioners, regardless of their professional status – Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, Osteopath.
Key Point 1
All of our BG ‘Pain and Dysfunction’ practitioners consult at the ‘Pain and Dysfunction’ level of the Performance Pyramid.
The figure above represents the organ/gland symptom referral patterns of the body. As you can see, when organs are unhealthy, inflamed, or not functioning properly on a physiological level, they can communicate this to us by creating specific symptoms.
We may perceive this organ message as nerve-like pain, headaches, migraines, muscular tightness/pain or even joint pain. When this occurs, it would be inappropriate for our ‘Pain and Dysfunction’ practitioners to treat you. As such you may be referred to our Integrative Health Practitioners (IHP) to assess you on a deeper level.
Pain is a very poor indicator of underlying disease processes!
Once you have booked a consultation with a pain and dysfunction practitioner, you will receive a ‘Welcome Email’ that includes a section related to your current and previous health history.
The main reason for obtaining this information from you is so that our practitioners can evaluate your overall health status and ensure that the cause of your problem is neuro-musculoskeletal in nature and that your body’s ability to heal is not being limited by poor health status.
A healthy body heals faster!
Is your ‘pain generator’ from a source that our pain and dysfunction practitioners can influence? The last thing we want to do is chase symptoms around your body and avoid the true cause of the problem.
Possible Neuro-Musculoskeletal Pain Generators
|Possible Neuro-Musculoskeletal Pain Generators
|Central nervous system
The 10 systems of the human body
Through the nervous system and endocrine (hormonal) system, all of the systems of the body can communicate with each other. The old adage, ‘everything in the body is connected’ certainly holds true!
Key Point 2
All of our BG ‘Pain and Dysfunction’ practitioners consult in accordance with The Body Genius Method.
The Body Genius Method
The first step in the process is for our practitioners to evaluate your ‘Intake Forms’ to gain a better understanding of why you would like to see us, what your ‘Good Outcome’ is, to evaluate your health status, and to have the opportunity to ask further questions if needed.
The next step is a comprehensive, full body assessment of your nerves, muscles, joints and other soft tissues. This information allows us to create a summary table highlighting your specific challenges and is used to establish the treatment plan.
Treatment by our practitioners will be aimed specifically at improving movement at specific joints within your body. We use the term ‘dysfunction’ to represent lack of movement at one or more joints within the body.
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By increasing movement within your body, our practitioners can be confident that they are applying the right treatments and having a positive affect in your brain and on your body.
Once all of your movement patterns have been restored and you’re pain-free you will be deemed as ‘clinically clear.’
Clinically Clear = Pain and Dysfunction Free
Decades of clinical experience have allowed us to determine that clinically clear and functionally clear are not the same thing. For example, a client may demonstrate normal ankle, knee, hip, back, neck and shoulder movement by the end of their treatment plan, and yet not be able to perform an overhead squat or lunge test.
It’s for this reason that clinically clear is not enough. We must progress to the next stage of the BG Method – Functional Risk Assessment.
Clinically Clear ≠ Functionally Clear
The functional risk assessment is a detailed movement analysis that leads to a risk profile being created. In other words, how likely are you to sustain an injury if you return to sport or activity? It’s through proper testing that our practitioners are able to pick up on movement faults that may be predispose you to injury or pain.
This type of functional testing is objective (measureable) and can be used to reflect ‘true’ progress in a return to sport or activity program. With this information, our practitioners can provide precise corrective exercises that will improve your movement patterns and lower your injury risk.
With the stresses and strains of the modern world, your body will require regular ‘tune-ups’ to keep it functioning at its best and symptom free.
Your practitioner will therefore recommend that you have regular check-ups at defined intervals throughout the year. Clients with more demanding jobs, lifestyles or activities/sport will likely need to be seen more frequently.