About Soft Tissue Injuries
The primary focus at Islandwide Chiropractic, P.C. is the soft tissue component of injuries. Soft tissues are muscles, tendons, ligaments, bursae, fascia and nerves. The treatment of these structures is known as Soft Tissue Mobilization. When trauma occurs, whether it is a single event or repeated microtrauma over time, inflammation follows. Inflammation leads to scar tissue formation within the muscle, between muscles and surrounding layers of connective tissue. Scar tissue formation decreased the ability of muscles to lengthen and contract normally, which leads to decreased range of motion. Decreased range of motion within a muscle can result in faulty biomechanics. The scar tissue can cause pain and predispose you to re-injury. Additionally, pain can lead to muscle guarding in order to protect the injured area. If prolong guarding occurs the muscle can lose its normal length. The purpose of Soft Tissue Mobilization is to restore the normal texture, flexibility and function to the affected soft tissue. It includes several techniques such as Active Release Techniques (ART) and Graston Technique.