What is physical medicine, you may ask? Physical medicine is a broader term used to describe techniques and modalities intended to affect the structure and physiology of (in this case) a person, thus their condition of health, through the manipulation of body tissues.
As a chiropractic physician based practice, RAD|clinic uses a variety of chiropractic adjusting techniques to improve the function of the body's spinal and extremity joints, as well as the associated proprioceptive system. The proprioceptive system is a network of nerve receptors that sense all things mechanical that are going on in their specific region of sensory scope. They assess things like angular acceleration, tissue stretch & tension, pressure, and relational movement. This information is then delivered to the brain for use in determining where the body and its constituent parts are in space and how they are relating / interacting with each other, as well as the world at large. Optimizing this information delivery to the brain allows for more appropriate (more stable, more accurate, more powerful, less painful) motor output.
The soft tissue component of the musical-skeletal system provides strength, stability, and locomotion to the skeleton and these components are not overlooked. Through injury; the repetitive stresses of poor movement patterns, poor posture, or being sedentary, the soft tissues carry much the burden of an ailing body. These muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia undergo changes based on these stresses placed upon them. The resulting asymmetries in length / tension relationships, adhesions, and altered movement pattern dynamics show up as tightness, weakness, and very often pain.
To address these issues, we use a variety of techniques such as manual myofascial release, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM / Graston), and targeted stretching protocols.
Hopefully, you can see why RAD|clinic makes it a point to address both classes of tissue of the musical-skeletal system in our physical medicine protocols.