Soft tissue injuries both chronic and acute account for the majority of complaints we see in practice. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, bursae and other structures can be irritated or injured.
The fascia is connective tissue that traverses the whole body as networks of straps and slings. They provide structural bracing to the soft tissues and proprioceptive feedback to the central nervous system. Interestingly, the fascial planes are near identical to the acupuncture meridians and have been the focus of most eastern treatment philosophies for thousands of years.
Many conditions affect the soft tissues and especially autoimmune diseases.
Chronic soft tissue conditions include bursitis, tendinitis & tendinopathy, rotator cuff syndrome, ITB syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome and many more. Trigger points, fibrous build up and other scar tissue as well as changes to muscles and tendons load the local tissue and extend tension into the kinetic chains and fascia planes. Postural tone has a huge impact of soft tissue tension.
Strapping and bracing provide support and enable healing. Myofascial release techniques, stretching, acupuncture and instrument assisted soft tissue release techniques are aimed at reducing tension.
Chiropractic and Osteopathic procedures aimed at releasing, mobilising, manipulating and re-aligning the body can have a profound effect on the soft tissue system. Movement based approaches can reduce tension and promote ideal motor patterns.
The best approach is the one that works for you. Practitioners with a broad skill set are more likely to problem solve and resolve the issue.