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The Importance of Soft Tissue Work in Combination with Chiropractic

The combination of chiropractic and deep tissue can aid in injury prevention, management, and recovery.

spine-2.jpgAs chiropractors, we can adjust you all day, but if they do not treat the surrounding musculature the chances for that restriction re-occurring is far greater.  Treating the surrounding soft tissue adaptation in crucial for a full recovery.  By treating both we here at Brown Squared Chiropractic, are making sure that the root of the problem is surely being addressed.  Because of this multidimensional approach you are (a) going to get better faster and (b) stay better longer.

You see, adjusting the spine restores proper alignment and function to the individual spinal joints and surrounding structures.  This not only allows for full range of motion on a greater scale of the entire body, but also restores the normal nerve transmission and healing potential.  On the other hand, the soft tissue therapy administered works to reduce adhesions and trigger points in both the muscle and  fascia, which increases blood flow to the area.  This new blood flow actually allows for any toxins that have built up in the area to be flushed out, bringing in new oxygen and nutrients required for healing.  Now you see how the healing process is therefore accelerated meaning that you get better faster just by aiding the body in its natural processes!  Now you really can get back to doing the things you love!

Note:  If you are an athlete this allows you to train again sooner & more efficiently.  Actually a lot of top professional athletes will not only get treated before competition as a “tune-up” in an effort to place their bodies in a state of peak efficiency, but also make sure that they are treated following competition in order to enhance the recuperative process after the stress of their particular event allowing them to get back in the game!  Also be sure to check out our Performance Line to get you functioning at the top of your game.

Pain is Never Normal!

The first thing that I want to emphasize  here is that Pain is NEVER Normal!

Human nature tends to take over in our lives causing us to keep going and moving forward even when our bodies are telling us that its had enough.  There is always more work that has to be done right?  But answer me this is it really going anywhere?  A common misconception that many athletes face is that more is better and pushing through the pain proves mental toughness or is even going to get them to accomplish their goals quicker.  The true difference between two high-caliber athletes is that the athlete that remains the healthiest throughout the season is the one who’s going to end up on top.  Come on now… even common sense tells us that operating at 100% is better.  Right?

When we say that Pain is never normal we are not talking about delayed onset muscle soreness that follows a tough work out or vigorous physical activity.  That’s a good thing if you are training to improve your physical health.  Ways that you can differentiate from the pain we’re talking about is if you are experiencing any one of the following:

  • Pain that lasts longer than 2-3 days.
  • Pain that is re-occurring with pain-free intervals (comes and goes).
  • Pain that is sharp, stabbing, or burning in quality.
  • Pain that is accompanied by any form of numbness & tingling, pins & needles, or loss of sensation.

Lack of Pain doesn’t necessarily mean that you are well.  It is a scientific fact that only 10% of painful stimuli actually reaches your brain.  That means that 90% of all the issues that your body may be facing never even register and you are totally unaware there is even a problem.  That is how amazing our bodies are at adapting to the everyday stresses that we place on them!  But hold on because even though you are in the dark about the issue your body knows exactly whats going on.   So much so that the actual pain threshold or the amount of pain that your body can tolerate is actually lowered with each aggravating moment.  This means that by the time you are experiencing the pain there may already be a significant amount of damage.  That is why you hear those silly stories about people just bending over to pick up something or simply getting up out of a chair or off the couch and totally throwing there back out.  Sounds familiar i know!

Pain is truly your body’s way of telling you that it can not take it anymore!  You see most people don’t seek care until they are aware that there is a problem.  So let’s be realistic… Why not tackle the issue before the suffering begins?  And athletes just think how much more effective you can be at your game during training and performance if you take care of the other 90% of the problem before the damage is done.