Muscle release technique treatments are hands-on methods that allow your chiropractic practitioner to assess and manage a variety of different soft tissue injuries associated with sports injuries. When speaking of soft tissue, we are referring to muscles, tendons, fascia, and nerves are the primary focus. The various types of soft tissue sport injuries that respond well to chiropractic care include, repetitive strains, adhesion, tissue hypoxia, and nearby joint dysfunction.
What are adhesions and how do they affect how your body moves?
Adhesions, also known as scar tissue, are thickened areas of soft tissue that may result from acute trauma, repetitive motions, or constant tension.
These areas of adhesions are deposited to help protect and repair our bodies from further damage or to strengthen area which are under high levels of stress.
If adhesions become attached to muscles, they can decrease the muscles ability to function properly. If attached to nerves, they can cause abnormal sensations of numbness, tingling, or pain.
If adhesions become left untreated, the overall integrity of the soft tissue will become weakened leading to further damage to the tissue and ultimately cumulative injuries and scar tissue.
Conditions that are commonly treated with manual release techniques as part of a chiropractic treatment plan: low back pain, neck pain, rotator cuff tendonitis, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, golfers and tennis elbow, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, and more
How is it done:
-The practitioner will locate the adhesion (scar tissue) and hyperactive/tight muscles
– Using a specific contact the areas of increased tension will be addressed
-The tissue will be taken from a shortened positioned to a fully lengthen position while tension is maintained along the lines of the tissue.
What should I expect during my sports injuries treatment program?
–Reproduction of the symptoms is a common following the first couple of treatment
-Areas that have ben treated typically can be very sensitive following a treatment and therefor sensitive to pressure
-Some treatments may be slightly uncomfortable and may result in mild soreness, that resolves in 24 hours.
-Symptoms typically resolve in the first 3 treatments