Frequently, when we understand the etiology and physiology of our pain, we experience less of it. We also have to learn to work with our fear of contributing to ongoing pain. For those individuals with severe, chronic pain, it is important to live as normally as possible. It is unlikely that actual damage occurs in old painful areas with normal activity. Yet, often we modify our behavior and develop patterns of movement, postures, and belief systems that only feed into the pain. In some instances, it is possible to re-train the brain to decrease one’s experience of pain. This becomes the core feature in creating functional goals to manage pain and loss of function resulting in an increase in quality of life.
Myofascial release, deep tissue work, cross friction massage, scar tissue massage and trigger point release are just a few types of soft tissue mobilization. Almost everyone benefits from some form of soft tissue work. Muscles often spasm and contract during trauma or in response to insidious injury or poor posture. It is important to get them worked out and to follow through with good
Not only is it vital to regain strength, flexibility and movement after injury or illness. It is equally important to regain the subtleties of movement. Neuromuscular re-education implies a way of teaching an individual to fire the right number of neurons at the right time for the correct duration of time. It’s tricky business getting the timing, balance, and strength all coordinated. We use balance exercises, like on a ball or roller. We can also perform special
Kinesio Taping uses a flexible tape and is effective, safe and easy-to-use. Kinesio Taping works by alleviating pain and facilitating lymphatic drainage by lifting the skin. The taped portion forms small convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space. This results in pressure and irritation being removed from the neural and sensory receptors. It also stimulates the lymphatic drainage system allowing it to work more effectively. Kinesio Taping can also be used to encourage weak muscles to contract or to relax overused muscle.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a very gentle method that aims to normalize soft tissue. This method requires the participation of the patient by mildly contracting a specific group of muscles for up to 10 seconds against the therapist’s resistance. The application of MET helps to lengthen shortened muscles, increases muscle strength, and improves range of motion.
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The nervous system is a continued structure that slides and moves as we move too. Any reason such as a spinal bulging disk, swollen joints, muscle spasm and swollen compartments that interrupt the normal movement of the neural tissue will cause pain, decreased blood supply in the nerve and displacement of the protection cover of the nerve, the myelin sheath. Neural mobilization is a technique that helps bring back mobility to the neural tissue by utilizing a gentle flossing-like technique aimed at freeing up a specific compromised nerve by its surrounding structures.
Functional skill training encompasses many things. It might mean working with an individual’s gait, one’s posture at work, or one’s ability to bend and lift correctly. Frequently there is a need to return to work or sports, and a regular strength program isn’t enough. It becomes important to retrain an individual very specifically for certain tasks