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How Pain Changes Motor Patterns (And How to Fix Them)

Pain alters your patients’ motor patterns. Pain ruins the coordination of their stabilizing muscles, increases stresses and loads on the spine and increases the chance of re-injury and worsening injury.

Adjustments along with some balance training can help repair your patients’ motor patterns and increase their rate of recovery.

Adjustments break up adhesions, increase joint ROM, and force muscles surrounding the joint to relax. Add in some balancing or stability exercise, and information from joint mechanoreceptors, muscle spindles and golgi tendon organs will bombard the brain with proprioceptive info. This will increase their rate of recovery and also work to promote proper movement patterns.




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