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Posted on 10-08-2010

As a chiropractic neurologist and athlete, Dr. Ed Jennings has been able to provide a unique and valuable service to many amateur and professional athletes.  
Recent advances in the brain-based model of health have expanded our understanding of the intricate interaction of joints, muscles and the central neurological reflexes that govern balance, coordination, and muscular control.  

When an individual suffers a sprain or strain, the soft tissue elements will commonly heal with fibrous scar tissue, which is less elastic and weaker than healthy tissue, leaving the joint vulnerable to further damage.  The trauma to the joint, along with the fibrous scar tissue, can compromise the joints biomechanics.  This altered biomechanical integrity can  result in a negative sequence of events leading to altered sensory input from the receptors in the joints and muscles.  In turn, aberrant sensory input can alter the brain's ability to coordinate muscles; it can also cause inhibition of certain muscle groups. This condition is called reflexogenic weakness

The typical treatment of rest, ice, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication is not always the best remedy. Physical therapeutic modalities like ultrasound and muscle stimulation can be helpful. However the mechanism controlling the muscular activity needs to be addressed and not merely the site of the tissue damage. Scar tissue, or adhesions, will develop whether you do the right thing or the wrong thing.

Reflexogenic weakness usually involves the muscle groups whose primary function is the stabilization of joints.  This may present locally to the injured joint; however, due to the nature of how the left and right hemispheres (halves) of the brain coordinate muscles on each side of the body, individuals commonly develop reflexogenic weakness throughout muscle groups on one side of the body.  Thousands of athletes throughout the world have greatly benefited from having these patterns addressed; however, many individuals remain short of optimum performance because such weaknesses are unidentified.

When an individual has reflexogenic weakness, endless hours of physical therapy or rehabilitation can provide only minimal benefit. At Jennings Chiropractic Neurology Clinic, we have an in-depth understanding of the functional aspects of the brain and its control over the musculoskeletal system, so we can examine an individual and identify their specific patterns of strengths and weaknesses.  These patterns can be very successfully treated with directed, appropriate manipulation, neuromuscular reeducation (NMR), vestibular and neuromuscular exercises, and light stimulation.

NMR, neuromuscular reeducation, is a specific deep tissue techniques that Dr. Jennings specializes in. NMR is a hands on approach to the evaluation, and structural and functional treatment of the human body and its injuries. Specifically it addresses the fibrotic adhesions that can develop from acute or chronic injuries that most all people experience.

How long does it take?  The brain receives and conveys information to and from joints and muscles within milliseconds; therefore, many reflex centers may be reset to function appropriately within minutes of treatment.  Then the doctor can prescribe appropriate stimulation and a rehabilitation program specific to the individual needs to help increase the efficiency of the correct patterns of control.

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