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Plastic deformation occurs when a joint complex (Bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, and other connective tissues) have been forced to function outside of normal standards. This is most regularly seen after a sports injury or car wreck where the joint complex was not completely rehabilitated often times because either the pain went away or you just learned to live with it. This can also happen, however, from repetitive use even if you are not moving. While most people are familiar with repetitive use in the case of carpel tunnel from typing on a keyboard, the hunched over posture that causes neck, shoulder and headaches isn’t normally associated with repetitive use since you are not moving. However, when you are in this improper postural position you are actually performing an isotonic, isometric exercise. This is the same as holding a weight with an outstretched arm for a long period of time. When plastic deformation happens it happens over a long period of time and is thus a chronic degenerative problem. The muscle tissue actually becomes more fibrotic and less pliable. Think of the difference between a flank or skirt steak and a filet mignon. They are both muscle tissues however one is significantly harder and more fibrous than the other. With this therapy we can combined medical and chiropractic techniques to get deeper into the tissue decrease pain and even numb the site while we work substantially deeper and with much greater effect on the actual tissue. The process involves medical injections designed to numb and relax the tissues while deep manual muscle therapy is applied to the area. The combination of medical aides, deep tissue physical therapy techniques, along with the chiropractic manipulation of the joint significantly increases the healing of the tissue in a manner that none of the individual techniques can by themselves achieve.
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