Physical Medicine: Structure governs function is a school of thought that if the body does not have the correct structure, then the body will not function correctly. An assessment of postural and spinal alignment is crucial for determining that all organ systems are getting the proper nerve conduction, and blood supply. An alignment problem can produce obvious symptoms of pain, but can also be a contributing factor to other functional problems such as constipation, menstrual cramps, headaches, inflammation, immune system problems, etc.
A variety of treatments such are used to help restore structural alignment and proper function by stimulating the healing process of muscle tissue and the immune system. These treatments may include acupuncture, gentle forms of manipulations, the specific use of heat and cold, massage, Bowen therapy, hydrotherapy and therapeutic exercise. All of these treatments are designed to be non-invasive and gentle.