As the Team Chiropractor for the Dallas Cowboys, I have addressed many different sports injuries of the soft tissue. I specialize in the treatment of soft tissue problems in muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
- 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.
A soft tissue being overworked causes the overuse aspect of many injuries. But the big question is WHY is it being overworked?
Many times one structure is forced to work too hard because another muscle/ligament/tendon else isn’t! We find what the underlying problem is and fix it at the source.
I am trained in feeling soft tissue adhesions and manually removing them. Even if you have been stretched or adjusted many times you may need a more specific approach like Myofascial Release or Soft Tissue Release will help.
This is the same treatment used by professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL and professional triathletes. It keeps them training at a high level and can prevent/fix injuries fast.
When receiving care at my facility in Arlington, patients should expect a hands-on experience. I can feel muscular tension and scar tissue, which I correct by applying a generous amount of tension in combination with a specific movement of the patient’s body. Scar tissue is the main cause of pain in majority of the injuries I see. Each session consists of a mini re-evaluation of the symptoms as well a treatment.
I can feel abnormal textures in the muscles and use my specific techniques to remove them. This treatment process takes about 10-15 minutes (give or take depending on the condition) and it is usually followed with another therapy modality or movement re-educating exercises targeted at keeping results longer. Many different types of injuries can be completely resolved after about 8-10 treatments, as opposed to the 25 or 30 treatments required at other traditional treatment offices.
What are the benefits of my treatment?
- Pain Relief – I can provide pain relief that other approaches don’t.
- Fast Relief – Patients are often impressed by the quick results I can deliver. Of course, it depends on the severity of the injury, as well as the length of time the injury has existed.
- Non-Invasive - What attracts so many professional athletes and weekend warriors to this kind of treatment is the quick results obtained without surgery.
- Improved Performance - Performance of any task — from golfing to typing to running — can be improved significantly. Restoring proper muscle function and movement enables the body to perform at its most efficient level. Adhesions create drag and tension which means more energy and effort are required to accomplish a desired movement. Improved muscle function also means improved reaction times. This allows the body to do what you ask of it when you need it.
- Post-Surgery Healing – this treatment can help speed up the healing process of post surgical wounds by breaking up the scar tissue and realigning it along the plane line of movement of the normal healthy tissue. Any time you make an incision in the body you create scarring. This treatment decreases scarring and improves range of motion and joint function, while reducing pain.