Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Are You Experiencing Soft Tissue Dysfunction?
Your muscles are made up of many small, thin fibers that contract on command, working together to mobilize your muscle groups. These muscles are attached to your bones by connective tissues called tendons, enabling them to move your body parts. Your bones are then connected by tougher bands of connective tissue called ligaments, for added stability. Your ligaments are covered by yet another connective tissue called fascia. All of these connective tissues can be referred to as “soft tissues.”
Your soft tissues do a lot of work throughout the day, and because of this, it is possible for them to become damaged from trauma or overuse.
Fortunately, our Boca Raton, FL physical therapists are highly trained in treating soft tissue dysfunction, so you can get back to living your normal life comfortably. Contact us today to learn more.
What’s causing my soft tissue dysfunction?
Soft tissues help in mobilizing your joints and giving your body the strength it needs to perform tasks. Your soft tissues provide you with the ability to do many things; however, they also limit you from pushing yourself too far – even if that’s your intention. These can be damaged by certain stresses, especially those caused by the repeated actions of exercise or athletic activity.
For example, “tennis elbow” or “golfer’s elbow” are both colloquial terms used to describe tears in the tendons of the elbow.
They got their name from the repeated swinging action that tennis players and golfer’s do, making it a common injury that they experience. A tear in the tendon such as this can lead you with a significant amount of swelling and inflammation. Many athletes also experience sprains, which is caused by a ligament stretching farther than intended.
Sprains, strains, tears, and other types of soft tissue dysfunction can occur in response to the intensity of a sport or athletic hobby, and can also develop if muscles simply are too tight before you begin a workout. It is also possible for them to occur as a result of repetitive daily activities; for example, if your job requires manual labor or if you spend much of the day completing chores around the house.
Soft tissue dysfunction can also develop from sudden trauma, such as bracing a fall or twisting an extremity in the “wrong” way.
Interested in learning more about soft tissue dysfunction? Contact Vanderlinde Physical Therapy
There are many ways to treat soft tissue dysfunction, and according to Harvard Health, the therapeutic massage services that come with physical therapy are some of the best ways to find long-lasting pain relief.
If you’d like to learn more about soft tissue dysfunction and the many ways our physical therapists can treat it, contact Vanderlinde Physical Therapy today at Boca Raton, FL Center. We’ll get you moving comfortably once again so you can get back to the activities you love!