The following is a compilation of how trauma effects soft tissues and when left untreated, you can expect to experience many occurences on the list below:
- collagen is now laid down in multi directional patterns aka scar tissue;
- superficial/deep fascia is damaged and shortened or lengthened in areas which restrict movement;
- muscles tighten up as a reflex to guard surrounding area;
- neural drive is increased to opposing muscles;
- surrounding musculature begin to work harder to create/stabilize movement;
- blood flow is compromised to area sustained by injury;
- muscles shorten and create hyper-toned chains of fascial trains;
- joints above and below stiffen up to protect the area by limiting movement;
- joint dexterity is lost due to mechanoreceptor de-stimulation again, to protect the area from further injuries;
- sensory perception may be skewed;
- referred pain to other areas of the body;
- development of secondary and tertiary conditions unbeknownst to the affected person;
- flexibility is affected;
- mobility is affected.
I hear it all the time:
“Years ago I sprained my ankle and I couldn’t walk for days but, it got better after a few weeks.”
” I never got it looked at because I eventually got to 100% except, when it gets cold my feet freeze and my ankle feels like its freshly rolled again.”
This doesn’t sound like 100% resolved to me. In fact, it screams that this wasn’t taken care of properly. There are several steps to take to recover from an injury: manual therapy interventions, joint mobility/strengthening, muscular strengthening, fascial lengthening, muscle activation techniques, and proprioception are some of the issues that must be addressed to begin feeling 100%.
If an MSK (Musculoskeletal) injury had occurred sometime in your life and wasn’t taken care of properly, now is the time to get behind why you maybe experiencing chronic pain.
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