Jarring movements of small stabilizing muscles may cause soft tissue injuries. These small muscles fine-tune movement that muscles such as glutes, hamstrings, and quads are too large to perform. When injured, these small muscles can be a source of hypersensitivity and musculoskeletal imbalances. A postural analysis helps determine the skeletal structure, soft integrity, neurological control, and the underlying causes of distortions which occur as a result of muscular dysfunction.
Chiropractic treatment is indispensable for the injuries of soft tissues. A chiropractor treats the cause of the symptoms so that they do not relapse. Injured soft tissue cannot be treated with muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and pain relievers alone. Passive motion to increase joint mobility relaxes muscles naturally allowing rehabilitation in a pain-free setting.
Soft tissue injuries or sprains of the neck and back are commonly treated by chiropractors. Chiropractic care offers quite a unique approach to these injured soft tissues by reestablishing joint function.
Muscles around the vertebral column are attached to the vertebral joints. Thereby, when the tissue gets pulled, there is an occurrence of spinal misalignment. This misalignment leads to a reduction in motion and causes pain in the muscles. When the spine is aligned, soft tissue structures get returned to their non-pulled state, and this leads to quicker healing time.
The multiple therapies used by chiropractors can heal the injury through spinal and extremity adjustments. Some of those therapies are electric muscle stimulation which helps in speeding up the healing time by reducing the inflammation and increasing the blood flow to the affected area.
Chiropractors also give their patients exercise protocols and equipment like thera-bands (stretchy exercise bands) which increases the range of motion and helps in decreasing the injury time. Patients who rigorously follow the chiropractor’s instructions and exercise plans will find they are back to normal quickly.
When soft tissue injuries are present, chiropractic treatment should be the first consideration, along with medications. To schedule a consultation with a chiropractor, contact Preston Chiropractic and Acupuncture at 919-238-5040.