It’s all in how you move.
Dr. Reed Neubaum opened his Evolution Spine & Wellness chiropractic office at 336 Main St. in early April, and since has stretched and massaged muscle, gently manipulated and mobilized joints to help patients move better and with less pain.
Dr. Neubaum has spent much of his life studying movement, first as a wrestler at Quince Orchard High School where he was team captain for two years, then at Shippensburg University focused on exercise science, and later at New York Chiropractic College where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. These days, Dr. Neubaum, who grew up in Quince Orchard Valley off Longdraft Road, continues to wrestle and was assistant wrestling coach this year for the QO team.
In his practice, Dr. Neubaum “focuses on movement. … I’m looking for global movement patterns—what might be limited in motion, what might be causing your pain.”
But perhaps more importantly, Dr. Neubaum said, he also focuses on “preventing injury. … Fixing movement pattern before it’s a problem, that’s really what I want.”
His dual goals are to bring patients “out of pain and to prevent pain. This increases your performance.”
With new patients, Dr. Neubaum uses the FMS or Functional Movement Screen. “You get a score on seven movements, and this identifies where treatment priorities should be.”
The first visit typically takes about an hour. “I also need to rule out that nothing else is going wrong—rule out any serious things,” he said. “I take a full medical history.”
He then formulates a treatment plan. This may involve hands-on treatment like stretches, focused massage, myofascial release (hands or instrument)—all with the goal of lengthening muscles or breaking adhesions—or motion palpation, joint mobilization and chiropractic manipulation for restricted or locked-up joints.
“I tackle first mobility problems,” he said. “I figure out what’s causing tight muscles or that joint that’s stuck. I could lengthen the muscle, get adhesions out of the way. … I create a customized treatment plan depending on what’s causing this.”
Dr. Neubaum said patients can expect to see improvement after five or six visits, and some patients experience relief after just one week of treatment.
Recognizing that “all pain can be boiled down to inflammation at some level,” Dr. Neubaum also recommends dietary supplements and works with a whole foods source out in Michigan. “Minor changes to nutrition can fix this (inflammation).”
Dr. Neubaum said that he sees himself as “a means to an end. … I’m here to help you move in the right direction.” His treatment approach emphasizes home-care and self-care strategies so that patients can continue to look after themselves.
“You want to stay on top of the problem before it gets too painful,” he said.
Evolution Spine & Wellness is located above Foundry Fitness at 336 Main St. Dr. Neubaum can be reached at (301) 828-8229 or firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, visit www.evolutionspineandwellness.com.