By: Dr. Carolyn McNeill
If you have an injury, it means that you have sustained a certain degree of tissue damage. The majority of pain we see in the clinical setting originates from the muscles. Approximately 85% of back pain and over 50% of chronic headaches and neck pain come from the muscles.
A big part of my practice revolves around working on these injuries. When the pain is coming from the muscles, the tendons or the ligaments, we call it a soft tissue injury. Soft tissue injury results in a decreased capacity for tissues to slide past one another and this leads to movement dysfunction and resulting compensation patterns.
When treating soft tissues I am feeling for abnormal tension between the layers of tissues and trying to alter and release that tension to improve their ability to slide past one another. You can think of it like teasing out a cotton ball.
The goal of soft tissue treatment is relative tissue motion. It is easiest to feel and appreciate these abnormalities with the use of movement, so we are usually working through some ranges of motion while working on the tissue.
Tissue, no matter the type, requires time to heal. And lasting change comes from repetitive stimuli. The reality of our body’s tissue is that it is slowly beginning to break down and become disorganized from daily stressors and wear and tear. Treatment and movement will help slow down that process and keep you healthy. To help foster healthy, resilient, good quality tissue, we try to ensure optimal healing over time.
If you have any further questions about soft tissue therapy or would like to book an appointment, call the clinic (613)454-1239 or book online at www.ocsiclinic.ca