Functional Rehabilitation is a strong component of our treatment at Carolina Active Health Chiropractic.  We believe that in order to get the best, long term results, complimenting our other treatment methods with rehabilitation provides the best outcome.  We focus on corrective exercises, looking at the way you move and your overall posture.  Your body is an amazing healing machine, but often times these injuries leave "baggage" in the way we move, even after the tissue has healed.  This can lead to improper mechanics and function.  Muscle imbalances lead to poor movement.  Poor movement leads to injuries.  By giving patients proper exercises to treat the dysfunction, proper movement can be restored which will lead to pain relief and improved performance and prevention of future injuries.  At Carolina Active Health Chiropractic, we look at movement patterns and muscle firing in addition to traditional rehabilitation methods to provide the best solution for you.  Our goal is to not only provide a cure for the injury you have today, but to help reduce future injuries from occurring.

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Functional Range Conditioning

Additionally, Dr. Nelson is trained in Functional Range Conditioning (FRC).  FRC is a technique that improves mobility, joint strength, and overall body control through a full range of motion.  What good are range of motion gains without proper motor control needed afterward?  

Functional Range Conditioning, or FRC®, is a trademarked system of mobility and joint control training, which, unlike many current systems, is based in scientific principals and research.

Mobility, defined as the extent of controllable flexibility across articulations (flexibility plus strength), refers to the amount of USABLE motion that one possesses.

In any particular articulation there exists both a passive, as well as an active range of motion. The passive range refers to the angles that are only attainable through passive means (ie. The application of passive, external force). The term ‘flexibility’ has historically been synonymous with this concept and has been the focus of many athletes, trainers, therapists, sports medicine practitioners, and society as a whole. Reasons for this goal have historically included injury prevention, improving athletic performance, retarding the affects of aging, and developing long ‘athletic-looking’ bodies. However as with most physical exercise activities, stretching and flexibility training has long fallen into the realm of ‘gym science,’ while the true science has failed to be recognized. This has lead to the creation of flexibility training programs, which have been largely ineffective, misguided, dangerous…and that have failed to realize any of the desired goals.

Active ranges of motion are those ranges that are attainable through the application of active internal (muscular) force simulated by nervous system activity. It is these active ranges that can bestow the aforementioned benefits of injury prevention, improved performance (athletic and non-athletic), and lasting articular health.

Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®) utilizes the latest advancements in scientific knowledge, combined with tried and tested training methods to increase ones active, useable ranges of motion by simultaneously improving articular mobility, strength/resilience, and neurological control.

In essence, this invaluable, and innovative training system improves the ability to control, and move ones own body.


McKenzie Diagnostic Techniques

Carolina Active Health Chiropractic also utilizes McKenzie Diagnostic Techniques (MDT).  Dr. Nelson is trained in MDT.

The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is an internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. It has been widely used all over the world for more than 30 years.

MDT clinicians are trained to assess and diagnose all areas of the musculoskeletal system. That means that if a problem exists in or around the spine, joint or muscle, an MDT evaluation may be appropriate.

MDT is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is trusted and used by clinicians and patients all over the world for back, neck and extremity problems. This approach continues to be one of the most researched physical therapy based methods available.

A key feature is the initial assessment - a safe and reliable way to reach an accurate diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan. Expensive tests such as MRI’s are often unnecessary.  Certified MDT clinicians are able to rapidly determine whether the method will be effective for each patient.

In its truest sense, MDT is a comprehensive approach based on sound principles and fundamentals that, when fully understood and followed, is very successful.