Posttraumatic Rehabilitation: The Rationale of Rehabilitative Therapy
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This is Chapter 1 from RC’s best-selling book:
“Chiropractic Posttraumatic Rehabilitation”
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Chapter 1: The Rationale of Rehabilitative TherapyPreface
For many centuries, therapeutic rehabilitation was a product of personal experience passed on from clinician to clinician. In the last 20 years, however, it has become an applied science. In its application, of course, much empiricism remains that can be called an intuitive art –and this is true for all forms of professional health care.
The word trauma means more than the injuries so common with falls, accidents, and collision sports. Taber* defines it as “A physical injury or wound often caused by an external force or violence” or “an emotional or psychologic shock that may produce disordered feelings or behavior.” This is an extremely narrow definition for trauma can also be caused by intrinsic forces as seen in common strain. In addition to its cause being extrinsic or intrinsic, with a physical and emotional aspect, it also can be the result of either a strong overt force or repetitive microforces. This latter factor, so important in treating a unique patient’s specific pathophysiology, is too often neglected outside the chiropractic profession. (more…)