What is it:
Performance is defined as “the action or process of carrying out or accomplishing an action, task, or function.” At Accelerated, physical performance means moving well. When our bodies move well, we accomplish the daily tasks that we want to accomplish without pain or dysfunction. It also means a “prehab” approach to physical health and fitness. Rather than addressing issues reactively (after pain or dysfunction), Doc Jen will assess posture and movement quality to predict and reduce future risk of injury.
When you first visit Accelerated, you will be given a thorough initial assessment, followed by a plan developed by the team of you and Doc Jen. This plan includes how often you come in, your home program, education, goals, and expectations by the end of your plan of care.
Sports rehab commonly involves exercises that step-by-step get the injured area back to its original state. Initially the body is taken through movements to regain range of motion, followed by stretching. In some cases, weights may be used to strengthen the area.
Sports rehab doesn’t stop once you can simply move the injured area again. As the injury heals and scar tissue forms, you experience stiffness and are at the highest risk of getting injured again. The professionals at Accelerated will be with you until the end, making sure you stretch and warm up properly to keep your body intact. Most importantly, we will help you determine when to get back into the game or when to hold you back.
Football, cycling, baseball/softball, and soccer are among the sports with the highest injury rates. Skateboarding, trampolining and in-line roller-skating also are on the list.
Signs of chronic or repetitive stress injuries include pain during playing the sport, dull aching when at rest and swelling.
Runner’s knee, tennis elbow and shin splints are very common. To prevent these and other sports injuries, be sure to stretch, take breaks and have at least one day a week off of the sport.
Orthopedic injuries occur when there is damage to the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. They can be acute (an injury that has occurred recently) or chronic (a long-standing condition).
Myofascial release is generally an extremely mild and gentle form of stretching that has profound effect upon the body tissues. Because of its gentleness, many individuals wonder how it could possibly work. To help you understand, we are providing you with this article.
Fascia (also called connective tissue) is a tissue system of the body to which relatively little attention has been given in the past. Fascia is composed of two types of fibers: A) Collagenous fibers, which are very tough and have little stretchability, and B) Elastic fibers, which are stretchable. From the functional point of view, the body fascia may be regarded as a continuous laminated sheet of connective tissue that extends without interruption from the top of the head to the tip of the toes. It surrounds and invades every other tissue and organ of the body, including nerves, vessels muscle and bone. It has been estimated that fascia has a tensile strength of as much as 2,000 pounds per square inch.
When Fascia is Injured
Myofascial restrictions do not show up on any of the standard tests (x-rays, CAT scans, MRIs etc), so these myofascial restrictions have been ignored or misdiagnosed. Because fascia permeates all regions of the body and is all interconnected, when scars harden in one area (following injury, inflammation, disease, surgery, etc.) it can put tension on adjacent pain-sensitive structures as well as on structures in far-away areas. Some patients have bizarre pain symptoms that appear to be unrelated to the original or primary complaint. These bizarre symptoms can now often be understood in relationship to our understanding of the fascial system.
Anatomy of Fascia
The majority of the fascia of the body is oriented vertically. There are, however, four major planes of fascia in the body that are oriented in more of a crosswise (or transverse) plane. These four transverse planes are extremely dense. They are called the pelvic floor, respiratory diaphragm, thoracic inlet and cranial base. Frequently, all four of these transverse planes will become restricted when fascial adhesions occur in just about any part of the body. This is because this fascia of the body is all interconnected, and a restriction in one region can theoretically put a “drag” on the fascia in any other direction, like the yarn in a sweater. If the sweater is pulled down in the front, it tightens around the neck, but the neck is not the source of the problem. So with the fascial system, but in a three-dimensional sense.
Treating Fascial Restrictions
The point of all the above information is to help you understand that during myofascial release treatments, you may be treated in areas that you may not think are related to your condition. The trained therapist has a thorough understanding of the fascial system and will “release” the fascia in areas that he/she knows have a strong “drag” on your area of injury. This is, therefore, a whole body approach to treatment.
Muscle provides the greatest bulk of our body’s soft tissue. Because all muscle is enveloped by and ingrained with fascia, myofascial release is the term that has been given to the techniques that are used to relieve soft tissue from the abnormal grip of tight fascia (“myo” means “muscle”).
The type of myofascial release technique given by the therapist will depend upon where in your body the therapist finds the fascia restricted.
The therapist needs to use “skin to skin” contact to provide the friction interface needed to release the fascia effectively. Therefore, the patient should be “comfortably undressed”, wearing, for example, a two-piece bathing suit, pants and bra or gym shorts and sports bra / tank top.
Myofascial release treatment sessions are often extremely relaxing. There may or may not be conversation with the therapist; however the therapist encourages the patient to be present and aware of sensations within their body. Feedback from the patient to the therapist regarding what they are feeling helps the therapist to be as effective as possible.
Sometimes, but not always, you may experience a temporary increase in your pain or symptoms after a treatment session. There is no cause for alarm, but certainly notify the therapist. This period of the “healing crisis” is then followed by remarkable improvement. Often remarkable improvement is noted immediately during or after a treatment. Sometimes new pains in new areas will be experienced. There is sometimes a feeling of light-headedness or nausea. Sometimes a patient experiences a temporary emotion change. All of these are normal reactions of the body to the profound, but positive, changes that have occurred by releasing the fascial restrictions. Any and all of these reactions should be communicated with the therapist.
It is felt that release of tight tissue is accompanied by release of trapped metabolic waste products in the surrounding tissue and bloodstream. We highly recommend that you “flush your system” by drinking a lot of fluids during the course of your treatments, so that reactions like nausea and light-headedness will remain minimal or nil.
If you have any questions concerning myofascial release, please discuss them with your therapist.
Doc Jen is the first and only Certified Kettlebell Instructor in Lakeland, Florida! After a movement assessment to determine injury risk factors, you will be provided recommended corrective exercises to use on your own as “movement prep” prior to your workouts. Your workout will then include only the exercises that you are capable of doing safely while still incorporating Doc Jen’s foundational movement patterns: squat, lunge, hip hinge, loaded carry, upper body push, upper body pull. Accelerated is pleased to also offer a variety of natural alternatives to medication including Young Living essential oils, top-notch minerals, and supplements.
A highly-trained clinical staff. Your physical therapist has received advanced training in Manual Therapy or “hands-on” therapy including MyoKinesthetic System and will be instructing in Reflexive Performance Reset in the near future!
Evidence-based treatments and outcomes measures. Your therapist at Accelerated will utilize the most current research when choosing the methods of treatment for all clients. This ensures all techniques we use have been researched and are proven to be the most effective treatment methods. We also use an internal clinical outcomes measurement process to gauge the progress of all our patients. The purpose of using these methods is to ensure we have the tools and training that we need to meet the needs of our patients as well as to show our customers that we provide value for the payments that we receive.