Are chiropractors all about joints? A joint is the place where bones come together. A joint is primarily soft tissue; and the soft tissue determines how that joint moves and functions. Soft tissue is all tissue not hardened by ossification or calcification, thus excluding your bones and teeth. Almost everything else in your body falls under the umbrella of soft tissue.
What makes the soft tissues of the human body so amazing is how well they adapt to change. When you sit still it adapts, when you move it adapts and when we injure it, again it adapts. Soft tissues can deform; they change shape, and then return to their previous shape.
My job is to help you stimulate the soft tissues to regenerate after injury. There are many ways to influence the healing of soft tissues. The primary focus should always be providing the tissue with the correct nutrition, rest to movement ratio, and hydration. Hydration is one of the key factors in taking tissue through the healing process successfully, but drinking more water is not enough. Dehydrated, stiff tissue will not heal properly, period.
There are many therapies that can effectively help soft tissue to function optimally and recover from injury. I specialize in non-invasive treatments that focus on stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal. This field has evolved in the last several years, allowing me to truly help you regenerate injured areas.
Active Release Technique (ART) is a very specific hands on technique which focuses on releasing adhesions in soft tissues that have stopped functioning correctly resulting in pain and dysfunction.
Myofascial decompression (MFD) uses suction (negative pressure applied to the skin) to change tissue tension, increase the blood flow and nutrient exchange to the tissue. The suction to the skin and superficial tissues can decrease pain by providing improved mobility and desensitizing superficial nerves.
I am fortunate to have had seven years of experience with pulse wave. The Piezowave2 is a machine which provides focused extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT, or SWT). The machine produces low energy pulse waves which are passed into the tissue and stimulate the cells responsible for healing. There is an amazing amount of good research on this method. The pressure created by the waves increases circulation which helps the tissue regenerate and heal. You will experience both short term and long term reductions of pain, and increase in mobility and function.
Do you have chronic pain issues which have not resolved in a timely manner, or have failed previous treatment? Call me. You may be a good candidate for specific soft tissue therapy. Be prepared to do your part, your movement is critical for healing.