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DrHammLR

Dear Patients,

I enjoy and have a strong passion for what I do. I truly care about people and helping them overcome their pain limitations and returning to their normal activities is extremely gratifying to me. I always like meeting and working with new people. Every person’s condition is different and figuring out what needs to be done to fix them is always an enjoyable challenge to me.

I would like to briefly explain how I am different than other healthcare providers that treat similar musculoskeletal conditions as I do. Most of these conditions, whether it is neck or back pain, a rotator cuff issue, knee pain, arthritis or plantar fasciitis, usually have the same underlying cause. They are caused by poor posture and dysfunctional movement. Both of these eventually develop in us all as a result of the multiple falls, injuries and painful episodes we endure throughout our lifetime.

When you experience pain from an injury, your body has to make compensations in the way you move so you do not cause further pain or injury to the involved tissues. These compensations are the result of your nervous system “rewiring” itself to alter your muscle coordination, posture and movement. Changing the way you normally move is a good short term strategy to allow healing to take place. However, after the injury heals, the altered movement often becomes “hardwired” in your nervous system and now becomes dysfunctional. It no longer has a beneficial effect and now becomes detrimental to your entire body. Muscles no longer activate and contract in a coordinated manner. Bones and joints no longer stay in alignment when you are moving or standing still (poor posture). This repetitive, dysfunctional “shifting” of joint alignment over time leads to the common “wear and tear” conditions that plague many of us, including arthritis, tendinitis, herniated discs, etc. The bottom line is pain and injuries lead to bad posture and bad (movement) mechanics. This is what causes painful conditions to surface years later for no apparent reason.

Many people with musculoskeletal conditions that affect their muscles, joints, tendons, nerves, etc. receive all kinds of treatment to alleviate their symptoms. They might include anti-inflammatory drugs, injections, or electrical therapies, just to name a few. Although they may provide some relief, they never fix the posture and movement problem.

What needs to happen to fix these problems is a neurological “reset.” For the computer geek, the nervous system needs “rebooting,” just like a computer that is no longer working properly. It is not as simple as turning something off and turning it back on again, but the unique assessment I do to determine where your bad mechanics are and what treatment and exercises need to be done to fix it are pretty simple and straightforward most of the time.

In summary, what makes me different is I understand that bad posture and bad movement are the cause of most problems. I also know that if you want to restore normal posture and movement to resolve musculoskeletal conditions, you have to make a PERMANENT change in the nervous system. There are many ways I do this and if you would like more information, you can learn more about my treatment approach.

I look forward to the opportunity to helping you achieve the level of function and activity you desire.

 

Yours in Health,

Dr. Ryan Hamm

 

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