Fascial Manipulation & Intramuscular Stimulation Now Offered at Revelation Health Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic
Revelation Health Centre in Kensington, NW Calgary, is now offering physiotherapy services including fascial manipulation and intramuscular stimulation (IMS), also known as dry needling!
What is fascial manipulation and dry needling anyways? Here’s a brief explanation of how both are performed and what they can help you recover from.
What is fascial manipulation? If you’ve seen a physiotherapist before, chances are you’ve had this technique performed on you.
To understand fascial manipulation, we must first understand what fascia is in your body.
What is Fascia?
In our body we have a tissue called fascia, which is a layer of connective tissue located between the skin and muscles. The fascia is a continuance from the skull to the feet, and its ability to function smoothly gives us the ability to move freely.
If, for some reason, the fascia is jammed somewhere in the body, this can cause stiffness and / or tension in the immediate area or others nearby, creating symptoms such as:
- Difficulty moving
- Muscle instability
The fascia is also connected to our internal organs (digestive system, urinary systems etc.) and therefore tension in the fascia can cause symptoms in our internal organs.
The opposite is also true: dysfunction in one of our internal systems can affect the fascia and cause symptoms in the muscles and joints.
Therefore, healthy fascia is an important part of our overall health. Also see:
Fascial Manipulation Treatments
Your physiotherapist may perform a fascial manipulation treatment. During this treatment, they will evaluate the fascia by palpating relevant pressure points to determine what parts need to be manipulated. Afterwards, your physiotherapist will determine a treatment plan accordingly.
Since there is a known connection between the internal organ systems and the musculo-skeletal component, the treatment can have results on both internal organ and musculo-skeletal systems.
Fascial manipulation can help treat:
- repetitive stress injuries
- neck and back pain
- elbow and other joint pain
- rotator cuff impingement
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- muscle tendonitis
- muscle sprains and strains
- sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- plantar fasciitis
- patellofemoral dysfunction
- iliotibial band syndrome
- migraines and headaches
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), “Dry Needling”
Intramuscular stimulation, or by its more familiar name, dry needling, is a form of physiotherapy treatment performed by a therapist. The method uses needles and is quite similar to Chinese acupuncture.
Our muscles consist of fibers, and sometimes a tiny swelling which is called a trigger point forms between those fibers. These trigger points can disrupt blood flow to the muscle and causes pain, reduced range of motion and muscle weakness.
IMS / Dry Needling Treatments
During a dry needling treatment, your physiotherapist will assess muscle range of motion and strength using a palpating technique to find any trigger points. Once these points are located, your therapist will insert the needles to help release them.
The results are usually immediate. The patient will feel improvement in his range of motion and pain. In some cases (but not many), a bruising sensation might be felt the next day in the area of treatment.
Dry needling can help treat:
- frozen shoulder
- low, mid and upper back pain
- neck and shoulder pain
- tennis / golfers elbow
- inflammation and swelling
- chronic aching or burning
- stiffness in muscles and joints
- headaches and migraines
- limited range of motion
Book Your IMS / Fascial Manipulation in Calgary Today!
Call us anytime at 403-284-2082 or send a message using the form below for a quick response during regular office hours. See Revelation Health’s Contact Information, Location and Hours here.
We are looking forward to helping you accomplish your personal health goals!