Friday, May 03, 2002

May 2002 Newsletter

FHN Complementary Medicine Monthly Newsletter May 2002

Soft Tissue Work the Connecting Link in Healing.

As Naprapaths and Chiropractors we deal with a lot of structural problems. One of the things that we have found is that soft tissues (muscles, fascia, connective tissue) have a profound effect on the healing outcomes. This is true even if the soft tissue was not the original injury. We feel that it is so important that we now have a certified massage therapist on staff. Julie Marcure is available to do soft tissue work in our office. This can be done both in conjunction with or separately from manipulations of the spine.

Lets look at some of the value that soft tissue work can provide. Tissue changes can come about from stressors, like trauma, toxins, pathology, mechanical and emotional stress which causes a change of state in fascia (nodules, contractions) and muscle spasms and shortening. This ensues through nerve sensory (afferent) impulses from organs and tissues to the spinal cord and motor (efferent) impulses to the autonomic nervous system, skeletal and involuntary muscles. Blood supply is therefore impaired to organ tissue and fascia. This makes it impossible for pathological changes to take place in any one structure without causing adaptive changes in other structures (like fascia). Research has shown that the reverse can also happen, i.e when the soft tissues are normalized there is a positive reflex effect on the malfunctioning organs

We are happy to have Julie Marcure on staff doing this important work for us. Many insurance carriers will cover therapeutic massage if prescribed by us or your primary care provider.


Dr. Glenn Smith

Dr. Julie Smith

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