Common sports injuries can cause the soft tissues in our bodies to tighten and contract to protect our skeletons from damage. The contractions of these tissues can cause misalignment of the spinal column, subluxed vertebrae, and more. Eventually, these soft tissues may develop scar tissue.
Left untreated, these injuries can result in a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, back pain and generalized discomfort. At Meek Chiropractic in Springfield MO, we use a variety of techniques to re-align the vertebrae, heal scar tissue and restore the body to its optimal state.
Myofascial Release Technique
This technique originally developed by athletes uses instruments to detect and treat scar tissue from healed injuries. This is helpful because scar tissue limits range of movement while also causing pain. The patient's original injury may have healed, but scar tissue prevents the patient from feeling truly well.
With Myofascial Release, instruments are used to comb the areas of injury until the scar tissue is detected. Then the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue. These tools increase blood flow and cellular activity in the affected areas, facilitating true healing and eliminating old scar tissue.
ART (Active Release Technique)
How do overuse conditions occur?
- acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
- accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold lasers are instruments used to aim beams of light into the injured parts of the body. These beams of light can penetrate the layers of the body up to 5 centimeters. The affected areas of the body absorb the light and a process much like photosynthesis begins. The cells convert the light into energy, allowing the injured area to return to a more normal state. This technique can reduce inflammation and pain while decreasing the time it takes for an injured part of the body to heal.
With this method, a special type of body tape (known as Kinesio Tex Tape) is applied to areas of the body in order to affect change. Kinesio tape is designed to mimic the weight and pressure of the body's own skin.
When applied to the body, Kinesio tape pulls on the layers of skin, creating space between the muscle and the dermis for the purposes of relieving pressure on the lymph channels. This is done to increase drainage to the affected areas, and also change the signals that the nerves in the affected area send to the brain. This can reduce pain, increase range of motion and facilitate the healing of the affected area.
Kinesio tape is also believed to reduce muscle fatigue, increase muscle performance and improve the quality of muscle contraction. Kinesio Tex Tape also increases the mobility of the joints and improves joint alignment.
Treating Sports Injuries The Right Way
Meek Chiropractic in Springfield MO is proud to be one of the leading facilities in the Springfield area for treating sports injuries. We use all the latest techniques and equipment for healing persistent and painful conditions. For more information, contact us at 417-887-0340 to set up an appointment.