Soft Tissue Manipulation

The majority of our patients who are treated for musculoskeletal pain are treated using osteopathic soft-tissue manipulative techniques.  These modalities can include:

- Strain-Counterstrain

- Muscle Energy

- Myofascial Release

- Craniosacral Technique

Which technique is applied depends on the nature and location of the underlying problem. Pain does not exist in isolation.  Your treatments are directed not only to the areas where you are experiencing your pain, but also treat the collateral regions which may be contributing to your pain.

Treatment sessions usually begin at the patient´s head and traverses down to their feet.

Muscle Physiology and Bio-Mechanics

The reason for this treatment is that when an individual for example, injures their back, they will intuitively respond to the back pain by limiting certain motions that causes them to worsen the back pain.  This involves reeducating themselves as to how they need to walk, sit, bend, twist, lift, turn, and attempt to sleep with the least amount of pain.

At the microscopic level, injury involves the tearing of actin and myosin fibers.  During the healing process, which can take several weeks to months, the swelling from the injury is reabsorbed, and the microscopic muscle fibers that had been damaged, attempt to grow back to their previous un-injured condition.  Unfortunately, these fibers do not regain their previous flexibility and cause local stiffness and decreased range of motion of the muscle that was injured.  The result is a stiff and shortened muscle.  The injured muscle will remain in this stiff and shortened state forever, unless it is released of its injury pattern.  That is why, for the majority of the population, we become stiffer and have ever-decreasing muscular range of motion, the older we get.  Muscular injury is cumulative from the time we are born to the time we die.

Muscles that are injured, tight, and stiff will always send a pain signal to the brain each time an attempt is made to stretch (lengthen) it.  It will, however, release its spasm when it is appropriately tightened.  This modality has been referred to in the past as "unwinding" the muscle.  It is a very effective, but little used, muscular injury treatment.  It is the mainstay of treatment within the practice of Balance in Life, P.C.

For more information on the use and benefits of Soft Tissue Manipulation, contact us.