Notes from Jason Fidler, D.C.: Moving Smart and Increasing Performance
If the word “chiropractor” conjures for you images of the sedentary back cracking, once a week for the rest of your life, it’s because you haven’t met me. I am a chiropractor whose focus is on fixing biomechanics (the way you move), particularly in those who experience physical pain above and beyond the Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) associated with workout recovery. The benefits of a chiropractor are not just for those with back pain, but for anyone that has experienced a sports-related injury.
What differentiates me from typical chiropractors and physical therapists is my integration of Selective Functional Movement Assessment. The SFMA is a diagnostic tool that measures fundamental patterns of movement, such as squatting, bending, overhead positions, etc., in those with musculoskeletal pain. The screening teases out where you are not moving well and directs appropriate treatment towards that region. It is highly effective because it addresses the root of the problem: lack of mobility and/or dysfunctional motor patterns. Thus, I can craft the best personal treatment plan for each patient. Nothing here is cookie cutter. Because 90 percent of the treatment plan is reaching the right diagnosis, I’ll look at your life holistically: where and how you work, your at-rest posture, and everything in between.
So what will treatments look like? The first appointment lasts about an hour, and gives me the chance to take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam. Follow-up visits are normally 20-40 minutes. If we are dealing with a mobility issue, then the treatment is geared towards removing locked-up joints and tissues with gentle adjustments and manual therapies, and enhanced instruction on using mobility protocols you associate with active recovery class and MobilityWOD. When some people think of chiropractors, they think of bone popping and back pain, but motor control issues are different. Corrective exercises are utilized to restore functional movement patterns. After all appointments, you are given a report along with a set of home instructions, often supplemented with pictures and/or video, detailing how to perform the exercises.
One of the great things about working out of CFSBK is that I can communicate with the coaches to co-manage your treatment. The quality of coaching at this CrossFit box is topnotch. Our coaches offer excellent instruction to help improve your performance, remove inefficiencies, and provide other helpful recommendations. What they can’t do is provide a diagnosis—something that falls within the scope of an orthopedist, physical therapist, or chiropractor. Should you present with something beyond the scope of my expertise, I can refer you to someone in my network of high-level practitioners (massage therapist, running coach, physiatrist, to name a few). After receiving a working diagnosis, you will spend less time in the doctor’s office and more in the gym, correcting the issue under supervision of an informed coach.
Remember: while some chiropractors want to see you endlessly, I work to see you less and teach you how to take care of your body. By unraveling subtle dysfunctions in how you move throughout the day, we will get you better and returned to play as fast as possible.
Visit me in CFSBK’s annex space during my office hours (by appointment only), on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 4-8pm and Saturday 1-4pm. Schedule an appointment at FidlerDC [at] gmail.com, or by calling 718.858.4360. Find more information, as well as rates and insurance, at MovementEqualsLife.com.
Let’s move better, and work this pain away!
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