Soft tissues are muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and fascia. They can become injured for different reasons including an acute episode as well as repetitive or cumulative trauma. Whether the tissues are recovering from an acute injury or under constant demand from repetition they respond in similar ways, they lay down scar tissue. This is our body’s way of repairing and healing itself.
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The shoulder is designed to be mobile. It is a ball and socket joint, which allows for a wide range of movements. A lack of this motion or faulty movement can develop into pain or injury. Many people with shoulder issues are surprised when they learn that many conditions, including rotator cuff injuries, can be treated conservatively.
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We can think of pain occurring in two different ways, acute and chronic. Pain can be categorized as acute if it’s related to a specific episode. That could include a trip or a fall, an injury on the field during a game or practice, or a car accident. These may result in pain right away or after several hours. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is pain or symptoms that have lasted over a longer period of time. Continue reading “Acute vs. Chronic Pain” »
When someone experiences elbow pain it will usually be felt around the bony prominence on the inside or outside of the elbow, with the outside being much more common. Those bony prominences are where forearm muscles attach and are known as epicondyles. Epicondylitis or Epicondylosis are the condition names mostly associated with elbow pain. More familiar names are Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow, but elbow pain is not limited to just these sports. Weightlifters, musicians, and those that spend a lot of time on a keyboard often experience elbow pain.
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Compared to most, the physical health of endurance athletes is superior. However they are at risk for injury Let’s face it, as intense as training can be, it can take a toll on the body. Predominantly the soft tissues will take a beating. So what actually happens to soft tissues during training and what can be done to reduce the risk of a related injury?
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Manual therapy is hands on treatment for joints and soft tissues with the goal of restoring normal function. Methods categorized as manual therapy include joint manipulation and myofascial treatment such as Active Release Techniques, just to name a couple.
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