Soft tissue damage is a common injury for individuals of all ages, especially if the person exercises or participates in physical activities regularly. Unfortunately, it can hinder a person's performance during athletic activities and can even reduce a person's quality of life. However, an Altamonte Springs FL chiropractor offers patients in the region a solution for soft tissue damage healing and pain relief.
What is Soft Tissue Injury?
Your skeletal system is comprised of both soft and hard components. The soft tissue consists of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that aid in movement. A person may sprain, strain or bruise the tissue. A sprain is an injury to the ligament, which is the tissue that connects two bones to form the joint. A sprain occurs when the fibers in the tissue tear or stretch. A strain occurs when the muscles or tendons tear or stretch. In some cases, the tissue just becomes inflamed or swollen as a result of repetitive motion.
The healing time of soft tissue injuries varies based on the injury and severity of it. Some patients heal within days while it takes others months to recover fully. Even after the recovery process, patients may still experience pain and discomfort in the area for years to come.
Chiropractic Approach to Soft Tissue Injuries
Initially, we advise our patients on how to reduce pain and inflammation through rest and hot/cold therapy. The Hot and cold therapy uses different temperatures to soothe muscles and relieve inflammation. Next, we begin exercise therapy that gradually increases in difficulty as your condition heals. The exercises promote healing and reduce pain. By moving the injured area, you start to regain flexion and strength in that region.
We might recommend massage therapy. This particular treatment targets the soft tissue at and around where the injury is. The massage reaches the muscles and other soft tissue and helps reduce swelling. The massage will also loosen the muscles, so you can begin your therapy sooner. Massage therapy enhances your blood flow, so more nutrients that are needed for healing reach the area and quicker.
Lifestyle changes are another aspect of chiropractic treatment for soft tissue injuries. We advise patients on changes they can make that will optimize their recovery. For instance, we recommend changing habits that put excess pressure on the injury. In particular, ergonomic changes will reduce some of the pain you have because these changes take pressure off of the area. We might also recommend nutrition changes that help with your recovery. Weight loss may reduce pressure on the hurt area. We'll even recommend ways to prevent injuries in the future.
Ultrasound therapy is another way we help with soft tissue injury recovery. This therapy uses sound waves that send vibrations to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, which reduce pain and promote healing.
Get Soft Tissue Treatment with Our Altamonte Springs Chiropractor
Reduce pain and promote a natural recovery with chiropractic care supplied by Beyond Chiropractic, serving Altamonte Springs FL and the surrounding area, by contacting (407) 261-1001 to schedule an appointment.