Soft tissue includes the muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and nerves of the body. These tissues can be injured by a multitude of processes including pulls, tears, strains, sprains, micro-trauma, and lack of oxygen. When a soft tissue injury occurs, the body will repair the damage by lying down dense and irregular scar tissue. This fibrotic mess will bind to its surroundings causing a decrease in function. When this binding occurs the tissue will become weak, tight, inflamed, and lose its proper function.
Common soft tissue injuries include whiplash, wrist sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, fibromyalgia, trigger finger, sciatica and muscle strains. Symptoms of soft tissue injuries include headaches, tingling, numbness, burning, and weakness.
Dr. Land is certified in two of the most effective soft tissue modalities currently utilized in the professional and collegiate sports level to treat these injuries, Active Release Technique and Graston Technique.