Treating prolonged soft tissue pain with soft tissue manual therapy
Soft tissue manual therapy is a hands-on approach that is usually provided by licensed practitioners, such as a chiropractor. This medical treatment is a short-term solution to reducing pain, increasing range of motion and relaxing tense muscles. The therapy focuses on alleviating discomfort without the use of surgery or medication. If you suffer from prolonged soft tissue pain, the following information can help you return to your daily routine.
The basic goal of soft tissue manual therapy is to physically manipulate painful, swollen or injured soft tissue, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joint capsules — in an effort to stretch the muscles, increase strength and improve flexibility. Therapy is a one-on-one process during which the patients instruct the chiropractor on the source of their pain and then a specific mechanical adjustment is made. A chiropractor may assist with improving blood flow, stretching the muscles and facilitating the healing process as part of a larger conservative treatment plan. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, including:
- Sustained pressure techniques
- Deep tissue massage
- Pelvic stabilization
Risks of soft tissue manual therapy
Soft tissue manual therapy, like other forms of chiropractic work, is usually met with a degree of skepticism because questions remain about its overall effectiveness for alleviating pain in the long-term. It is important to remember that while soft tissue manual therapy may provide temporary pain relief, it does not necessarily treat the underlying cause of the pain, such as a prolapsed disc, facet disease or failed back surgery syndrome. Therefore, it is important to understand the source of your pain and to have proper expectations for treatment.
If you continue to experience neck or back pain after several weeks of soft tissue manual therapy and are searching for lasting relief, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about how one of our outpatient procedures may be able to help you rediscover your life without neck or back pain. Ask for your no-cost MRI review* today to find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.