Medical Massage/Manual Therapies
In addition to skeletal postural/misalignment, you may be experiencing the pain associated with improperly functioning muscles and connective tissues, most often caused by tissue adhesions or muscle spasms. Not only do these types of adhesions cause issues such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and fatigue, if not addressed can lead to more serious problems or chronic injuries over time – often due to abnormal repetitive motion.
Soft tissue mobilization comprises treatments that include myofascial release, trigger point release, neuromuscular/deep tissue release, medical massage, and many types of stretching. These types of therapies focus on decreasing pain and swelling, increasing joint and soft tissue mobility, increasing flexibility, and increasing performance.
Flexibility is the degree of elongation a muscle can be passively moved prior to encountering resistance. Joint flexibility, or range of motion, is affected by the amount of flexibility of muscles that cross the joint. By improving flexibility, the amount of stress on a specific joint is reduced which is why stretching is an important manual therapy procedure used at Allied Healthcare.
Increasing flexibility is accomplished through various manual stretching procedures. Static stretching involves moving a muscle until resistance is encountered and holding the position for a period of time. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching involves a combination of gentle contraction followed by a period of stretching. Dynamic stretching incorporates short repetitive stretch cycles and is sometimes used when patients are unable to tolerate static stretching.