treatments with Chiropractic
Dr. Clary uses
Functional Analysis Technique and a European Rehabilitative Method
called the Bobath Method to treat patients with Cerebral Palsy. Dr. Fred
Clary is the founder of Functional Analysis Chiropractic Technique. The
rehabilitative portion of Functional Analysis Chiropractic Technique
focuses on primitive human movement patterns and deep reflexive motor
programs. The Bobath Concept , which focuses on allowing the patient to
move as much as possible with more approbraite tone. This is an important
approach to rehabilitation in the care of patients with injuries to the
brain or spinal cord. It is named after its inventors, Berta Bobath, a
physiotherapist, and her husband Karel, a neurophysiologist.
Dr. Fred Clary’s treatment methods are based on the brain's ability to
reorganize (Neuroplasticity), which means that healthy parts of the
brain acquire and take on the functions which were previously carried
out by the injured sections of the brain. The imperative for this to
occur is reasonable support and stimulation of the patient on the part
of the patient's caretakers.
The main aim of treatment is to encourage and increase the child's
ability to move and function in as normal a way as possible. More normal
movements cannot be obtained if the child stays in a few positions and
moves in a limited or disordered way. The aim of management is to help
the child to change his abnormal postures and movements so that he or
she is able to comfortably adapt to the environment and develop a better
quality of functional skills.
patient affected with brain injury can change his or her postural
(muscle) tone. Tone is changeable, not only in relation to activity and
moods, but also in response to being handled.
The first stage towards achieving functional activity is to enable the
child with spasticity to be less stiff and the child with athetosis to
gain some control over their posture and movement. The child with
cerebral palsy also grows and develops, but his pattern of growth ,
synchronized movements and muscle firing patterns are delayed or
The brain controls all movements, so that when some part of the brain is
damaged, as in cerebral palsy, the direction of motor programs (the
patient’s movements) is disorganized resulting in inefficient and
Each case is treated individually as NO TWO Cases are exactly the same
as each individual's personality is different.
In summary, the Dr. Fred Clary’s approach states that each child and
patient has the potential for an improved life with better function. The
doctor must work with the patient by doing "what works the best". This
requires an ongoing knowledge of current scientific motor control and
neurological /rehabilitation literature, and boldness to put deficient
theories in the past.
What do our patients say about A Functional
"Thank you so much for using your "magic touch" to fix my neck. Your
adjustments allow me to avoid surgery and to continue to work - pain
free! Without your Chiropractic experience I would have to change
careers. I thank you and my family thanks you!"
Joe Schepers - Mound, MN
A Functional Life
"I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all of the great
doctors at A Functional Life for helping my family to stay healthy. You are the best
Chiropractors in all of Minnesota."
Matt Otto - Rice, Minnesota
"Thank you for educating me about how
chiropractic can help me to live a much more enjoyable lifestyle free of
aches and pains. Your seminars are the best thing I could have spent my
time on. It will help me for the rest of my life. You all are the best."
Kara N. - Woodbury, MN
"I have suffered from migraines my entire
life, until I met Dr. Fred Clary, DC that is. Dr. Clary, thank you for
relieving a lifetime of pain. I never believed in Chiropractic care
until I was introduced to you. I can now live my life free of those
terrible migraine headaches. I don't know how to begin to thank you!"
Karen K.- Excelsior, Minnesota