The Move Well. Feel Good. Approach
At McBrearty Soft Tissue & Sport Chiropractic, we take a functional approach to discovering the exact cause of your pain and dysfunction. This approach was developed by Dr. Patrick McBrearty as the result of a mountain bike accident he experienced in 2014 that caused him to experience intense pain and limit his ability to be able move, run, or play with his children. His physical limitations caused him to do a great deal of research into how to not just repair the body, but get the body moving and functioning as well and even better than it did prior to any accident or sports injury. Being a chiropractor and soft tissue specialist, Dr. McBrearty had consistent success in getting people out of pain and creating the ability for people to move properly using the knowledge and training that he gained in chiropractic school and from other seminars that he pursued such as Active Release Techniques. But just because you have the ability to move properly, doesn’t mean that your body is programmed correctly to move with proper biomechanics. Dr. McBrearty had to meticulously retrain his body to move and stretch in ways that he hadn’t been able to, so that he could move and function at the level that surpassed where he was prior to his injury. It’s the lessons that Dr. McBrearty learned along his journey that shaped the Move Well. Feel Good. Approach to care that we use today.
The Move Well. Feel Good. Approach adopts a philosophy that consists of getting the body to move correctly with proper mechanics and posture while educating patients to give them the knowledge and tools to be able to take care of themselves. With this philosophy in mind, Dr. McBrearty combined the approaches of many other medical professions to maximize the benefits of each to achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time for his patients.
There are many moving parts when it come to moving the body. The traditional chiropractic approach focuses on making sure the joints are all able to move correctly and the nervous system is functioning optimally. The traditional soft tissue approach focuses on making sure that the muscles are loose and soft so that they can move properly and they are able to have proper blood flow to the tissues. The traditional rehabilitation approach is to strengthen the muscles to reinforce the support to the joints and provide strength and stability to the body to enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury. In addition to these highly effective approaches, Dr. McBrearty is adding one more very important approach, accessible and specific patient education. Dr. McBrearty has found that there are areas in the body that become very susceptible to become injured or painful and he refers to these areas as “Common Areas”. These are areas that Dr. McBrearty has seen his patients come in with pain and discomfort consistently over the past 15 years. Dr. McBrearty has developed a patient program to allows his patients to effectively self-treat and stretch these “Common Areas” to be able to manage pain and reduce the risk of injury. He has also developed specific guidelines to help restore proper function to these areas once the patient has been able to regain the ability to move with proper biomechanics.
The Move Well. Feel Good. Approach was developed for a simple reason. Dr. McBrearty found that when people move well, they feel good. With this simple concept in mind, Dr. McBrearty began to establish the “Common Areas” of pain that his patients consistently came in with. With this is mind, he began to map out these areas on the body and develop specific plans for how to effectively self-massage these areas. Over the past 15 years, Dr. McBrearty has been educating his patients on how to take care of themselves but his patients would occasionally return with more pain than when they left. When this occurred he would ask them what they were doing between visits and he discovered that patients were doing the wrong things or doing to much which caused their pain levels to increase. It’s for this reason, he developed very specific rules for self-massaging. Once these rules were put in place, patients rarely ever came in complaining of experiencing more pain after their visit and he was able to achieve better results in a shorter amount of time. Dr. McBrearty has done a great deal of research on what tools to use, how to use them, and what tool is the appropriate tool at the right time. The Move Well. Feel Good. Approach allows Dr. McBrearty and his staff to teach you what to do and what to use for all of the “Common Areas” of the body so that you can effectively manage your body for whatever activity level that you participate in.
In addition to educating on how to self-massage each “Common Area”, Dr. McBrearty has also established how to stretch all of the structures in each “Common Area” to make sure that they are all mobile. Movement is a key component to a healthy body. Movement increases circulation to the body and it’s tissues. The circulation of the body is a key component to the body. Circulation allows the body to bring in the oxygen and nutrients into the tissue and flush out the toxins and waste. A body with good circulation is able to repair, rebuild, and recover while a body without good circulation is stagnant and painful. The key to a quick and fast recovery is to create a quality environment for the body and it’s tissues to heal. Proper stretching is a key component to creating a quality environment within the body.
Training the body to move properly is another vital component to the Move Well. Feel Good. Approach to care. When a person becomes injured, their body will figure out how to move around the pain which causes the body to create compensatory patterns of movement. This will cause other structures to do jobs that they were not designed for. Over time these structures will become tired, fatigued and painful. These are the structures that Dr. McBrearty usually has to treat first when his patients come in for treatment. Once these structures have been treated and they are no longer painful, the root cause of the problem arises and is addressed to provide lasting results.
The Move Well. Feel Good. Approach allows our doctors to quickly and effectively treat a large scope of issues that include:
Low back pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Osgood Schlatter’s Disease
And many other sports injuries and soft tissue injuries