There’s a notorious misconception that if you didn’t break a bone, then your injury wasn’t serious. Although some injuries may not lead to broken bones, they may still require immediate medical attention. A soft tissue injury is one of the most common injuries in sports and at workplaces. Soft tissues help to connect and support organs and other structures in the body. They include muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, fibrous tissues, nerves, blood vessels, fat, as well as synovial membranes.
What is a Soft Tissue Injury?
The causes of soft tissue injuries can be categorized into two groups:
1. Overuse injuries occur gradually over time when an activity is repeated so often. For instance, factory workers mostly suffer from this type of injury because of their repetitive movements like lifting each and every day. Bursitis and tendinitis are such types of soft tissue injuries.
2. Acute injuries are caused by sudden traumas like twists, blows, or falls to a particular body part. Some examples of acute injuries include strains, sprains, and contusions.
The 3 B’s to Soft Tissue Injury Prevention
The way you hold yourself in space – whether moving, standing, or just sitting – changes the direction and amount of forces entering your body. Bearing is not only about the shape of your spine, but also how every joint in your body manages strain to properly transfer forces in the body. Ensure that you manage prolonged postures of standing and sitting by using tissue sparring strategies.
Here’s a small activity for you: try bending over (as if you are trying to pick up something or tying a shoelace) and gauge your breathing.
Did you tense up a little bit and hold your breath flow for a while? It’s intriguing how people hold their breath while doing different types of tasks. However, holding your breath may build up cumulative tension and reduce your “buffer area” that absorbs shocks. Increased tension may cause soft tissue injuries. Deep breathing can sizeably reduce tension buildup and increase your soft tissue safety. Exhaling on exertion is also something that you should consider when working.
Balance of your movement diet. Meaning if you’re sitting all day how are you going to counter balance that? Walking during lunch, sit stand desk, yoga class after work these are ways to counter the effects of too much sitting and balancing out your movement diet. Soft tissue quality and health depends on a healthy movement diet. Too much of one thing can lead to imbalances and sensitives of the musculoskeletal system.
Soft Tissue Injury? Find a Professional Chiropractor in Calgary
At Power Health Chinook, we are your best bet when it comes to managing pain for your soft tissue injury. Our top-notch chiropractic treatment is commonly used for neck pain, repetitive strains, lower-back pain, headaches, car injuries, sports injuries, as well as arthritic pain. We also utilize cutting edge modalities such as shockwave therapy and laser therapy for pain management.
Call us today at (403) 255-4450, or email us and let us help you start your journey of recovery.