The Role of Chiropractic is to Improve Adaptive Range
In musculoskeletal health the term "Adaptive Range" or "Functional Capacity" is sometimes used. This concept represents the varying degrees of physical performance an individual can endure without injury, or the extent their body can adapt to the environment.
It is a good way of representing how chiropractic reverses movement dysfunction and improves physical health.
Low Adaptive Range
A very narrow adaptive range means that even light exercise or doing light manual work can lead to injury or pain.
When a patient presents like this the aim of chiropractic is to destress the area that is injured and induce a healing response to the damaged tissue.
Reduced Adaptive Range
Owing to life-style and work stresses an individuals functional capabilities are reduced. This means recurrent injuries and pain syndromes.
A clinical picture will be created from the presenting symptoms and an assessment of how well the individual performs basic functional movements.
Moderate to Good Adaptive Range
Individual should be able to perform all everyday tasks and some more advanced movement patterns such as running without risk of injury. Movements that are more difficult may still cause issues.
Chiropractic should further the functional capacity of the individual by looking at a wider range of functional movements. Focus is usually placed on mobility exercises in troublesome areas.
An Excellent Adaptive Range
The body is unphased by a wide variety of physical stresses. This is essential in those people who want to participate in high performance athletics.
Chiropractic session will focus on complicated movements with the desire to help fine tune any areas needing worked on. Mobility exercises and advanced movement patterns may be prescribed along side advice on nutrition.