Muscular injury and soft tissue Chiropractic treatments

Overuse or injury to the muscles and ligaments is a common condition both in sports and occupational situations. Myofascial release is a very effective Chiropractic technique that addresses the changes that occur in muscles and ligaments as a result of overuse or injury.
Minor injuries to the soft tissues are due to mild overuse or overstretching. More severe injuries result in swelling (effusion), pain and loss of function. Tearing of muscles can result in bleeding which is associated with later adhesion formation or thickening of tendons and ligaments (tendinosis). Usually injury to the muscles causes a stiffening on the muscles while at rest. Muscle pain is usually relieved by movement but the movement can aggrevate the underlying cause which includes scar tissue in the muscle. Myofascial fibrositis is an established clinical syndrome in which the muscles undergo a cycle of scar tissue formation and inflammation. Myofascial fibrsitis is a condition in which the muscles fail to heal completely following an injury. In some individuals unmanaged cases of myofascial fibrosis may cause difficulty moving the joints and tender nodules in the muscles. Often stiffness in the muscles after rest is common in myofascial fibrositis.
Trigger points are tender areas the result from muscular injury. Myofascial release techniques are a specialized Chiropractic technique that seeks to treat trigger points and fibrositis in the muscles and ligaments.
Trigger points also may refer pain into other areas of the body. Fibromyalgia is another condition closely linked to myofascial fibrositis.
The trigger points associated with fibromylagia/myofascial fibrositis may be treated by a variety of means. Myofascial release techniques (a Chiropractic technique) combine active movement of a muscle with targeted pressure designed to treat a trigger point. Trigger point therapy is pressing with the hands or an instrument to treat the trigger point.
Acupuncture treatment which combines traditional acupuncture needles with electric current is often highly effective in treatment of trigger points.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is on back and neck pain as well with a special emphasis on treatment of soft tissue conditons. Acupuncture is also offered at Etter Chiropractic and is highly effective in treating many muscular conditions. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice serves Olathe, Lenexa, and Overland Park, Kansas.

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I help people through chiropractic care and acupuncture.
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