Common conditions we treat that benefit from this therapy:
Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, Plantar Fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly with a combination of the soft tissue techniques employed by Dr. Wood.
What is it?
Soft tissue therapies are designed to rid injured areas of scar tissue. We usually think of scar tissue as only being seen after an injury to the skin, however our body uses scar tissue extensively in the way that tar patch repairs are added to fix small cracks in the road. When muscles or other tissues are overstressed or injured, our bodies use scar tissue as a patch repair. This is a natural part of the healing process, however if the cause of the injury is not alleviated properly the muscle will accumulate too much scar tissue and then become a problem. This is similar to when a road has been overly patched and becomes unsmooth.
How does it work?
At Arizona Sports Chiropractic we have four different soft tissue therapies:
ART (Active Release Technique and Myofascial Release) ART is useful for decreasing muscle tension. Instead, the intent is to “resurface the road.” This technique works out the scar tissue and helps the muscle heal normally with long-lasting results.
Graston and IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation): Graston is similar to ART, but with the use of a tool to work out the scar tissue to promote healthy healing of the muscle.
Cupping: A technique that penetrates into the deeper reservoirs of muscle tissue to relieve inflammation created by stagnation. As tissue layers release heat, congestion caused by toxic waste is liquefied and brought to the surface of the body where small blood capillaries and the lymph system carry away cellular waste. When there is less inflammation/heat within the tissue, it becomes more receptive to fluids (less dehydration), oxygenated blood flow and other nutrients. Separation of tissue in this manner can be a catalyst for change as the body begins to eliminate chronic congestion and lymph becomes more fluid.
Voo-Doo Flossing: A technique that helps break up intramuscular build-up to allow for greater mobility and blood supply to an area. By squeezing the muscle into a tight wrap, then forcing it through a full rang of motion (ROM), friction between muscle fibers helps break up fuzz, scar tissue, and lactic acid in those tiny places that foam rolling and lacrosse ball techniques cannot address.