Soft Tissue Injuries
Myofascial Disruption Therapy
Research is starting to show that the current theory of treatment for soft tissue injuries is flawed. When I speak of soft tissue injuries I’m referring to any type of injury to muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
These injuries can occur in an acute (traumatic) nature such as sprains, strains and tears. Chronic (old) injuries and pain come about from an accumulation of repetitive injury, lack of proper treatment or no treatment at all. The accumulation of scar tissue will produce pain and limit motion. This causes a cascading effect to the other muscles that are related to the injured area. When one muscle begins to break down, the other muscles begins to compensate or "pick up the slack" for the damaged muscle. Once this occurs, these muscles become overloaded and undue stress accumulates and the soft tissue will begin to breakdown as well.
Most people think swelling and inflammation is the major problem with soft tissue injuries and the culprit of pain. While swelling is a problem, new research is showing it is only a small portion of the problem. Disrupted and injured fascia is now taking the forefront as the main pain generator.
Soft tissue injury can be a vague term, so let’s identify what a few are:
- Ankle sprain
- Muscle pull
- Tendonitis (ie. tennis elbow and golfers elbow)
- Rotator cuff injuries
As most people who have suffered a soft tissue injury may know, the most popular treatments are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), ice and electrical muscle stimulation.
With lack of better treatment, researchers began a review of the literature concerning treatment of soft tissue injuries. They uncovered information that has been around since the early portion of the 1940's. They took this information from varied sources and developed a revolutionary soft tissue treatment model. The premise that most if not all pain is due to disrupted fascia.
Fascia has been called the packing material of the body. Fascia is a 'saran wrap' type of tissue that covers just about everything inside the human body. It covers bone, muscle, tendon, ligament and organs (see figure 1).
The muscle for example is made up of tiny long spaghetti like fibers called myofibrils. These myofibrils together make up the muscle. Each one of these myofibrils is covered with fascia. The muscle itself is covered in fascia along with the tendon that attaches itself to the bone.
As you can see above, the 'white' in between these fibers is fascia we are talking about (see figure 2).
Once this fascia becomes disrupted it will begin to affect the performance of the muscle, the joint and surrounding area. It will affect it by producing pain, swelling, loss of motion, loss of strength and loss of proprioception (balance and body awareness).
Figure 3 (illustration of the tendon junction)
The fascia can disrupt in several ways. One way the fascia can disrupt is by microscopically separating itself from the bone (Figure 3). The Tendons attach muscle to bone. The tendon attaches itself onto the bone with tiny microscopic fibers. Through injury, traumatic or repetitive, these fibers can separate from the bone. This separation can cause tremendous amount of pain and restriction to the area.
Another way the fascia can disrupt is similar to opening a zip lock back. The fascia fibers separate along a vertical line traveling along the length of the muscle (Figure 4). This can happen when a muscle is overloaded, exceeding its capacity.
Figure 4 (Microscopic view of a fascia disruption)
The unique thing about this treatment is that once these disruptions have been corrected the treatment is complete. That is to say, the pain goes away, the motion is restored, and you can return to normal activity without worry about re-injuring that area.
What is MyoFascial Disruption Technique (MFDT)
MyoFascial Disruption Technique (MFDT) is a hands-on approach to treating soft tissue injuries. MFDT recognizes that most, if not all, soft tissue injuries are a result of a separation or a disruption of the fascia. The fascia can separate at the origin or insertion of a tendon or ligament. The fascia can separate within the muscle in a band like separation. It can ‘wrinkle’ like a shirt pulled out from your hamper. It can ‘un-coil’ in the extremities like a twisted slinky toy.
Once these disruptions have been corrected pain immediately resolves, range of motion is restored and strength increases.
What it isn't...
MyoFascial Disruption Technique isn’t
- Active Release
- Muscle Energy Technique
- Neuromuscular Reeducation
- Trigger Point Therapy
This treatment has clinically shown to relieve pain 95% faster than conventional treatment.
What this treatment works for:
- Tendonitis (acute & chronic)
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains (pulls)
- Muscle Tears
- Tendon Sprains
|SUCCESSFUL ACUTE (NEW) TREATMENTS
|Torn Rotator Cuff Injuries
||Medial Collateral Sprains
||Hand & Finger Sprains
|Low Back Pain
||Leg Pain & Numbness
|All Muscle Strains
||All Joint Sprains
|SUCCESSFUL CHRONIC (OLD) INJURIES TREATED
|Reoccurring Ankle Sprains
||Osgood Schlatter's Disease
|Chronic Groin Pulls
||Reoccurring Hamstring Pulls
||Chronic Knee Pain
|Chronic Low Back Pain
||Rotator Cuff Injury
|Rotator Cuff Syndrome