My approach to therapeutic bodywork is known as ‘Myofascial Chiropractic’. It differs from most other Chiropractors in that the ‘cracking’ of the joints is no longer needed. Instead, the bones are moved slowly and methodically back to where they belong, and then held there until the body accepts the new alignment. This method was taught to me by a Doctor in California, who was a Chiropractor, Osteopath, and Medical Doctor. At the time we met, he was retired and I was his only student. This method takes more time, but it’s worth taking the time, because the bones stay in place longer, the relief is usually quicker, and the patient doesn’t have to be seen as often.
What I’m doing when I move your bones is considered to be passive exercise. It’s a way of moving your joints that you by yourself cannot do. You can move your neck, but I can move one specific bone in your neck. After I’ve moved your bones, I’ll show you how to properly exercise in order to keep them where they belong.
Proper exercise includes both strengthening and lengthening. Weak muscles need to be strengthened, and shortened muscles need to be lengthened. There has to be a proper balance between the two, or your body won’t be able to efficiently move the way you need it to.
To either strengthen a muscle which is already strong, or lengthen a muscle which is already long, will eventually cause injury to the joint involved. So it is just as hurtful to the body to do an exercise it doesn’t need, as it is not to perform an exercise it does need.
The safest way to exercise is first to get examined in order to find out which muscles need what type of exercise. Don’t just exercise for the sake of exercise. In the long run, you’ll do yourself more damage than good.