Active Release Therapy
Using Active Release Therapy, Dr. Darding treats overused muscles with a patented massage technique to restore range of motion and strength. She uses her hands to determine the level of tightness and range of motion in muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and then guides the patient through gentle movements as she massages tense areas.
Active release chiropractic therapy is beneficial to patients who have.
- Acute conditions such as pulls and tears
- An accumulation of small tears
- Muscles that are not getting enough oxygen
How does an overuse injury affect my body?
When you injure yourself, your body produces scar tissue in the affected area which binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. When scar tissue builds up, it causes muscles to become shorter and weaker, tendons to become tense, and nerves to become trapped. All of this results in loss of strength and reduced range of motion. Trapped nerves may also cause feelings of numbness, weakness, and pain. The active release technique works out scar tissue and releases nerve tension, and helps many people with back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, and shoulder pain.
Myofascial Release (MFR) Therapy
Many patients seek help at Darding Chiropractic after they’ve either lost function following an injury or have experienced ongoing back, shoulder, wrist, or hip pain resulting from repetitive movements. Often, the pain causes muscular shortness and tightness and restricts motion. Sometimes we refer to this as myofascial pain syndrome, and it happens because pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) causes pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. This is called referred pain.
To help patients with such discomfort, Dr. Darding uses a safe and very effective hands-on technique called Myofascial Release Therapy. She applies gentle sustained pressure into Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Some conditions treated by the myofascial release technique include TMJ disorder, fibromyalgia and migraine headaches.
How do I know if I have myofascial pain syndrome?
Patients with this syndrome usually have the same complaints. Symptoms include:
- A sense of excessive pressure on muscles or joints that produces pain.
- Favoring or overusing one hip or shoulder over the other. This happens because tight tissues restrict motion and pull the body out of alignment.
- Pain in any part or parts of the body, including the head or back.