by Dr. Michael Baranov, PT, October 30, 2015
If you’ve been experiencing neck, back, shoulder blade, or sciatica-like pain after long days of work, you’re not alone. Did you know that back pain the second most common ailment in the United States? This basically means at one point or another, everyone is bound to suffer from it and unless you’re lucky, it’s not always going to go away on its own. So what options do you have? You don’t necessarily have to rush to the nearest chiropractor. Have you considered getting a myofascial treatment in Ditmas Park? Some people think of soft tissue work as a spa luxury rather than a therapeutic practice. There’s more behind the relaxation aspect of therapeutic soft tissue work. Check out these three ways it helps to relieve back pain.
1.) Improvement of blood circulation: soft tissue work carries deoxygenated blood from your muscles and moves waste away from your limbs. Through this process, it can help with muscle soreness from physical activity and may help you function better.
2.) Muscle relaxation to increase range of motion: By manipulating the muscles, they loosen up which broadens flexibility. The more flexible you are, the less pain you’ll encounter performing everyday movements.
3.) Pain Gating Effects: when you stimulate the skin and underlying muscles/soft tissue, it works as a natural pain reliever. Producing sensory stimuli can override pain signals with the kneading of skin and muscles during soft tissue work. By gating or in other words, blocking the pain signals from your muscles, you have a highly effective way to manage pain.
Understanding How Soft Tissue Work Relates to the Gate Theory
According to the gate control theory, pain signals are not free to reach the brain as soon as they are generated at the injured tissues or sites. They need to encounter certain ‘neurological gates’ at the spinal cord level and these gates determine whether the pain signals should reach the brain or not. In other words, pain is perceived when the gate gives way to the pain signals and it is less intense or not at all perceived when the gate closes for the signals to pass through. This theory gives the explanation for why someone finds relief by rubbing or massaging an injured or a painful area.
Though the gate control theory cannot present the complete picture of the central system that underlies pain, it has visualized the mechanism of pain perception in a new dimension and it has paved the way for various pain management strategies.
As you can see, soft tissue work is an excellent approach to pain treatment. Since we are very close to Ditmas Park, you can find professional services to meet all of your needs such as reducing pain, improving motion, and much more. So don’t let a bad neck or back keep you from living life, engage in soft tissue work and live your life to the fullest.