Muscle stiffness in chronic pain patients usually occurs because of the growth of fibrous tissue, or fibrosis, in the deep muscles and fascia. At Muscle IQ our treatment is guided by the Fascial Distortion Model, which is a perfect fit for the treatment of this aspect of chronic pain. A successful outcome from chronic pain cannot happen without identifying and treating the fibrotic changes (fascial distortions) in and around the muscles. At Muscle IQ, our Doctors have received extensive training in the Fascial Distortion Model. With the right treatments, the tissues that are the root cause of chronic pain can be modified, loosened, and restored to a healthier state.
Normal healthy muscles respond quickly and solidly to applied force. Muscles affected by chronic pain respond slowly, weakly, or will not respond well at all to applied force. At Muscle IQ we use the Afferent Input Method to identify the origin of this muscle weakness and to treat the correct location necessary to restore normal muscle response.
Chronic pain is always accompanied by muscle deconditioning. Deconditioned muscles have the following problems:
1. Normal muscle repair time is slower.
2. Deconditioned muscles are less protective against new injury.
3. The muscle is less powerful.
4. The muscle fatigues faster.
5. Decreased nerve communication.
6. Decreased blood flow.
7. Decreased ability to process oxygen.
Chronic pain patients require an extended period of muscle reconditioning to help reverse the problems listed above. The muscles involved with chronic pain require an exercise program specifically developed for the current condition of the muscle.
At Muscle IQ we have state-of-the-art medical exercise machines capable of assessing current muscle strength and creating the perfect exercise plan based on the testing results. Too much resistance will produce unwanted new injury. The exercises must be appropriately light to allow for pain-free completion of the exercise with a focus on high repetition and low resistance.