Soft Tissue Therapy

At Connected Chiropractic we use a variety of soft tissue techniques to supplement our chiropractic care. Soft tissue mobilization has been shown to help speed recovery and amplify outcomes. We use it to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, and tennis/golfer elbow are all examples of conditions which can be resolved quickly using our soft tissue techniques. All of these conditions listed have one common theme: they are often the result of overused muscles.

How does an overuse injury happen?

An overuse injury stems primarily from one or a combination of three things:
  1. Acute injuries (falls, pulls, tears, trauma, etc…)
  2. Repetitive micro-traumas or small tears (poor posture, overusing a single movement, etc…)
  3. Not getting enough oxygen to the muscles
Each of these factors causes “fascial adhesions” to form around skin, muscle, tendons, and ligaments. Think of these like little balls of glue which prevent the tissue from functioning the way it should. As normal movement becomes compromised, muscles become shorter and weaker, tendons become inflamed, and nerves become compressed. Any of these may cause pain, reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and even numbness and tingling.

What's the difference between "soft tissue mobilization" and massage?

Actually not much. The main difference is the focused nature with a direct outcome in mind. In our office we use soft tissue mobilization to amplify our results and typically focus on one area of the body. We use a variety of techniques including trigger point (nimmo and ischemic compression), pin and stretch, Petrissage, Effleurage, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), and Post-isometric relaxation (PIR).

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation

At Connected Chiropractic we utilize the method of using instruments to assist in our soft tissue treatment. This type of treatment goes by many names but at it’s core are the same principles. We use a specially designed stainless steel instrument to detect and treat areas of soft tissue inflammation. This is one of our favorite ways to treat soft tissue injuries as it’s extremely effective at speeding recovery time.

Who is a good candidate for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization?

While this method was designed for athletes and high performing people, it can be applied to almost anybody. It’s excellent for sports injuries, people involved in auto accidents, work related injuries, and injuries of daily life.

Do you think you'd benefit from our soft tissue techniques?