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Hands On Healing, located in Montgomery, Alabama, employs a multidisciplinary treatment approach for pain relief and recovery from injury.
Modern healthcare encompasses a wide array of methodologies and practices, each with its areas of expertise and approaches to treatment.
It can be difficult for the average person to navigate this labyrinth of professionals and fully grasp what path to follow when seeking help for something that troubles them. There’s no debating that the advice of a qualified physician is the best case scenario when first examining a condition, since some cases could be life threatening if not properly treated.
However, if you receive a clean bill of health and the physician has no real direction on treatment options, what direction should you take?
At this point your options for treatment and therapy become almost limitless, and that can be a bit daunting.
The short and simple reply to all of these questions is that no single therapy has all the answers!
The reason we’re discussing this topic is that the professional you work with is the individual you should be able to rely on for their expertise.
Be it your doctor, your physical therapist, your chiropractor, your massage therapist, or your yoga instructor, these individuals (and others) make up what is today the industry of modern healthcare, and are often the most informed on what current practices are available and what direction should lead you on a path of improvement.
Most medical professionals today have a very different outlook on treatment than in earlier years, often encouraging patients to seek therapy before their conditions worsen or become debilitating. In turn most of the public has now turned to treatments like chiropractic care, massage therapy, and physical therapy to get help before trying more invasive treatments like surgery.
So is one therapy or method going to get results faster than another?
As stated earlier, no one therapy has all the answers.
Results come from the combination of all techniques being applied to improve someone’s particular condition. Each of us develops our own patterns of movement, have our own genetic building blocks, suffer our own injuries, and heal differently depending on a myriad of factors.
Trying to place one method above others for its supposed benefits provides nothing for the client, except to hinder their potential improvement.
You might imagine that we would bring this subject to light because we’ve dealt with the discussion before.
A client may ask something like, “Will the work you’re doing interfere with a chiropractic adjustment?”
Or “Will the chiropractor (or physical therapist) interfere with what you’ve been able to help me with?”
In most cases, almost every therapy is quite complimentary of each other.
There are circumstances where it’s best that certain therapies be combined in certain orders, such as receiving massage and soft-tissue release before a chiropractic adjustment so as to not overly irritate the adjustment after it’s in place, but most therapies today work really well together when applied correctly and appropriately.
This brings us back to a very important point, the therapist or medical professional you work with should be informed not only about what therapies and treatments you’re receiving, but also about what other methods may continue to provide you with improvement.
If during the course of treatment there is no improvement, or the improvement you’ve experienced begins to stagnate, it may be time to ask whether other options/therapies should be pursued alongside the work that you are already receiving.
Combining therapy methods and treatments can often times yield results and changes that no single method could achieve on its own. In turn, you as the patient/client are taking a proactive approach to your own health, as well as forming a strong healthcare team around your needs.