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The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of 7 full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting in those with known musculoskeletal pain. When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of the movement pattern, the clinician has the opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability. This concept, known as Regional Interdependence, is the hallmark of the SFMA.
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.
Active Release Technique® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system. Every ART session is a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. These treatment protocols, over 500 specific moves, are unique to Active Release Techniques.
A chiropractic adjustment places specific motion into a specific joint to restore the normal motion which has been lost. A diversified manual chiropractic adjustment is a quick 'stretch' that occurs in the capsule surrounding the joint, causing the joint to gap slightly resulting in a cavitation (gas exchange) and improved motion. We also use drop table assisted adjustments as well as arthrostim (a vibratory percussive device) with motion to improve the motion that has been lost in the specific spinal and extremity joint dysfuctions.
Kinesio Tape® is a flexible cotton material with a latex-free adhesive backing. Depending on the application it can be used to support structures, facilitate soft tissues or inhibit soft tissues. A correct biomechanical evaluation of the joint complex (joint, joint capsule, tendons and muscles) is vital to successful treatment with Kinesio Tape. Kinesio Taping begins with a thorough assessment of the injuries soft tissues. The tape can be applied to promote lymphatic drainage to acute injuries, inhibit overworked structures and stimulate weakened structures. The overall goal of Kinesio Taping is to enhance the natural healing process along the patient to maintain their normal activities. For athletes, this means they can actually stimulate healing while they continue to play.
Dr. McNally offers more than the typical chiropractor in that she is certified in, and uses soft tissue approaches like ART - Active Release Technique, Graston Technique and Kinesiotaping. I can personally vouch for the effectiveness of these approaches as she has treated me on numerous occasions with excellent results. Of course she performs traditional chiropractic adjustments as well. I find the combination of soft tissue approaches and traditional chiropractic care to be extremely beneficial to individuals with musculoskeletal pain. I am happy to recommend her services to patients, family & friends!
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