There are approximately 640 skeletal muscles in the human body. We can assist you in the treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue.
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
Fibromyalgia is a complex musculoskeletal disorder that can be accompanied with fatigue and sleep disturbances, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals (Mayoclinic). Fibromyalgia and chronic pain is a complex problem and needs a multi-faceted approach. These conditions need to be assessed and explained on an individual basis, as each person is different. The physiotherapeutic approach to chronic pain involves education, manual therapy, lifestyle changes, cognitive behavioral therapy, exercise prescription, maintenance therapy and working in a multi-disciplinary team.
There are different types of headaches. Physiotherapists work mainly with tension type headaches, migraines and cervicogenic headaches. Cervicogenic headaches are the result of pain that originates from the cervical spine or upper part of the neck. This can be due to a dysfunction at the first four vertebrae and an assessment can help with clear identification. Tension type headaches are mainly linked to high stress levels and the muscles in the neck and shoulders. Migraines are at times associated with tension or cervicogenic headaches and physiotherapy can help to manage flare-ups. Poor posture and previous injury can contribute to headaches.
Prevention is better than cure! This well known saying is part of our approach to postural conditions. Posture can be negatively affected at work, school or while participating in sport. Correcting posture, once there is a dysfunction/pain, is a priority, but postural assessment and education should be done with all individuals. Treating scoliosis is also part of postural correction.
Advice: when trying to correct your posture use the cue of, ‘Grow tall from the base of your head, lengthen out of your stomach, gently lift the breast bone upwards, relax your shoulders, and activate your core. Remember shoulder blade positioning relates to your core.
Soft Tissue Dysfunction
The whole body is made up of connective tissue. We are able to stand up straight or move due to connective tissue that works with muscle, ligaments, joints and nerves. Adaptions or imbalances of this soft tissue due to posture, injuries or compensation can be called a dysfunction. Myofascial release, dry needling, muscle energy techniques and muscle retraining are used as treatment for soft tissue dysfunction.