Almost everyone during the course of their lives have lived through the miserable experience of “pulling a muscle.” These injuries can be both highly painful and incapacitating. Pulled muscles have a tendency to take a long time to heal and are easily re-injured. Few people realize that what is commonly referred to as a pulled muscle is usually a stretched or torn bundles of fascia. Fascia is the membranous sleeve or sheath that tightly surrounds a very small bundle of muscle and larger groupings of muscles as well as blood vessels and nerves. Fascia is debatably the single most pain-sensitive tissue in the body. Fascia is the thin, cellophane-like, clear yellow membrane, wrapped tightly around muscles and some other internal structures. If you have ever cut into the muscle meat of a pot roast and to a lesser extent a chicken leg than you have observed fascia.

If we were to look at fascia under a microscope, we would see that it is made up of tiny fibers that essentially run parallel to each other, and being highly lubricated they slide back and forth giving tissues supportive strength and their incredible amount of flexibility during movement. Normally-functioning fascial membranes also tend to be flat and smooth like a piece of paper.

However, once fascia is injured (stretched, pulled, torn, etc.), the microscopic fibers are disrupted. This injury or disruption to the fascia causes the once healthy and parallel oriented fibers to become partially replaced with fibers that are laid down in a chaotic or haphazard arrangement. This reparative process leads to structurally weaker materials and a greater propensity to re-injury leading to more scar tissue, hyper-reinnervation, denervation supersensitivity and at times adverse patterns in neurospinal learning. Meaning that some of the origin of pain is actually being generated within the spinal cord itself. OUCH!

Hence millions of people suffer with chronic pain syndromes and often times when they visit their doctors, tests are often run and unfortunately the findings are quite often negative. Patients are often told by their doctors that they can't find any reason cause for their pain patterns, or "It looks like it's in your head" or "Have you been feeling depressed lately?" Their conditions are very often treated by their doctors with various medications masking the problem without dealing with the underlying cause. This only leads to chronic pain and loss of function invariably leading to degenerative disc disease and degenerative arthritis. Yes, imbalance in muscular strength and flexibility, as it acts on the joint(s) can lead to degenerative changes in the joints.


So how do we address these chronic pain cycles? We utilize spinal and extremity manipulations to break the afferent pain signals received and the efferent muscle spasm signals sent (motor Nerve information) from the body to the brain and the brain to the body. We use low level laser therapy to accelerate healing of soft tissues and greatly diminish the pain patterns. A Graston like tissue remodeling technique is used and followed by brisk movements and carefully measured specificity home exercises to allow for proper alignment of newly generated fibers to be laid down along the normal and natural contour of the fascia. Give us a call.