As chiropractic neurologists, Dr. Sergio Azzolino and his associates have been able to provide a unique and valuable service to many professional and amateur 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.
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 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 Azzolino Chiropractic Neurology & Integrative Wellness, 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 his specific patterns of strengths and weaknesses. These patterns can be very successfully treated with directed, appropriate manipulation; neuromuscular exercises; and vestibular and light stimulation.
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 doctors can prescribe appropriate stimulation and a rehabilitation program specific to individual needs to help increase the efficiency of the correct patterns of control.
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Dr. Sergio F. Azzolino is an internationally renowned clinician who has been serving his profession and patients from around the world since 1995. In 2012…