Spinal disorders involved limitations of function related to pain. As such, the goal of care is to restore function while eliminating or reducing pain and intolerance to activity. By establishing a partnership in care between manipulation (passive care) and exercise (active care) comfort and function can be restored.
It’s important to keep in mind that reducing or eliminating pain isn’t the only task of the chiropractor, it’s also important to get to the underlying cause of pain. A functional assessment refers to looking for indicators that point to the locations where joints and tissues may be under duress and overworked by dysfunction or muscle imbalances. With a functional assessment, the chiropractor can complement manipulation with active rehabilitation exercises for the best outcomes of care.