The Montana Center - Chiropractic
The goals of chiropractic care are to improve joint mobility, increase joint stability and ultimately remove irritation to the nervous system around the involved joint. This is accomplished through the use of several different adjusting techniques and soft tissue treatments done by Lon Savik, DC. This means alleviation of symptoms and an increase in quality of life for our patients.

The basic concepts of chiropractic can be described as:
  • The body has a powerful self-healing ability.
  • The body’s structure and function are closely related. This relationship affects health.
  • Chiropractic therapy is given with the goals of normalizing this relationship between structure and assisting the body as it heals.
Conditions commonly treated include:
  • Back and neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Sports injuries and repetitive strain
  • Headaches
  • Pain related to spinal degeneration
  • Vertebral disc injuries

Functional Movement Screen

Dr. Savik uses the functional movement screen (FMS) as a tool to evaluate seven fundamental movement patterns. The FMS is not intended to diagnose orthopedic problems but rather to demonstrate opportunities for improved movement in individuals. The screen is designed to place an individual in positions where movement deficits become noticeable if appropriate stability and mobility are not used.

An exercise program can be designed around the deficiencies observed during the FMS. Retesting is then done to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. If no improvement occurs, the exercise program will then be modified to identify the most effective program for the individual. The patient that does improve will move on to more challenging exercises to enhance performance.

What is a chiropractic treatment?

Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the skeletal system and how the body functions. Most of the focus is on the spine, although there are many techniques and treatment approaches. Chiropractors perform adjustments of the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems to help the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Does chiropractic care help with pain?

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, a 2011 review of 26 clinical trials compared the effectiveness of different treatments that included chiropractic care for chronic low-back pain. The authors concluded that spinal manipulation is as effective as other interventions for reducing pain and improving function. Another review from 2010 compared various manual therapies that included chiropractic care. The review found strong evidence that spinal manipulation is effective for chronic low-back pain.