Frequently Asked Questions
I’m healthy and active. Why do I need a Functional Movement Assessment?
A biomechanical analysis such as a Functional Movement Assessment (FMA) identifies faulty movement patterns resulting from muscle imbalances, muscle or joint restrictions, or muscle weakness. Faulty movement patterns can result in pain, decreased performance, and overuse syndromes. Quite frequently, altered mechanics may not be evident during normal activities, but will become symptomatic during athletic activity as the muscle or soft-tissue begins to fatigue, placing the body into a biomechanically incorrect position. Utilizing these assessment tools provides a visual indicator as to the source of a problem or a potential problem.
What kind of sports & sport movements can be improved through more efficient biomechanics?
- Hockey: stride, shooting, balance, ability to accelerate/decelerate quickly
- Swimming: Swim stroke, spinal/pelvic rotation
- Baseball: Swing bat, catch, ability to accelerate/decelerate quickly
- Basketball: Shoot ball, running, ability to accelerate/decelerate quickly
- Running: Gait, pelvic stability
- Football: Cutting, jumping, throwing, catching, ability to accelerate/decelerate quickly
- Golf: Swing club, spinal/pelvic rotation
- Soccer: Kicking, ability to accelerate/decelerate quickly
- Ultimate Frisbee: Cutting, throwing, jumping, ability to accelerate/decelerate quickly
What are the most common injuries that occur due to poor biomechanics that can be reduced with a FMS?
- Sprained ankles
- IT Band Syndrome
- Tight Hamstrings
- Low Back Pain
- Hip Pain
- Achilles Tendinosis
- Shin Splints
- Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
- Midback pain
- ACL/MCL tears
What Insurance Do You Accept?
Over the last few years there have been a lot of changes with Insurance coverage and benefits. Accelerate Chiropractic & Rehab (ACR) has fought to keep pace with all the insurance companies’ changes including processing of claims, rules for reimbursement, care allowed, provider rules, payment rates and patient visits allowed, all of which are controlled by insurance companies. These mandated changes are costly and force Accelerate Chiropractic & Rehab to spend more time and resources on compliance with insurance rules rather than patient care. Because of these changes it is in the best interest of ACR to update the current practice to a more dynamic, patient based practice that switches the focus of ACR from working with insurance companies to that of providing the highest quality health care to our patients. We will continue to accept Health Saving Accounts (HSA’s), Flex Spending Accounts (FSA’s) and Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA’s). Our new insurance policy is simple: all patients will simply pay for their treatment at the time of service. Each patient will be supplied an itemized receipt that they may submit to their insurance company for reimbursements directly. Should the patient be due a reimbursement from the insurance company, the insurance company will send a check directly to the patient rather than ACR. Please call us at (320) 774-1646 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
- Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
- Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
What is Active Release Technique (ART)?
ART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system movement protocol that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Headaches, back pain, sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, scatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. The conditions all have one thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
What is an ART treatment like?
Every ART session is actually 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 ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.
How long does an appointment take?
An initial exam/treatment with one of the chiropractors takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Subsequent treatments typically take 15 - 30 minutes.
What should I bring to a new appointment?
- Previous X-rays, MRI’s, CT’s, lab reports, etc. you may have.
- Loose fitting athletic shorts and shirt that allow you to move comfortably. There is a place for you to change.
- Make sure you have completed your paperwork (sent to you via e-mail) at least 24 hours prior to your first appointment.
- A desire to better understand your body and the motivation to improve its function!
Do you provide traditional Chiropractic?
We provide evidence-based chiropractic care, including joint manipulation as it relates to joint dysfunction. We treat patients young and old. Doctor Erika is certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association to treat infants as young as a day old and has gone through advanced training to handle mature spines (55+) as well.
Can someone from Accelerate Chiropractic & Rehab speak at my event?
Sure, we come to events regularly, nearly every weekend, and speak. Please contact our office to schedule a time to discuss the needs of your event with one of our providers.