Soft Tissue/Muscle Work
Chiropractic adjustments without addressing the surround muscles and tissues can lead to needing regular adjustments to feel your best. At Positive Motion Chiropractic we would rather address your joints, muscles, and other soft tissues for a more lasting outcome.
You shouldn’t have to be adjusted over and over to feel great. While some pains that patients come in with take longer to resolve than others, by taking a comprehensive approach to a patients body and lifestyle we are able to see rapid and lasting results. What is a comprehensive approach? It starts by viewing the patient as a unique individual; not just a painful shoulder that came in for care.
The human body is complex and involves many interconnections. At Positive Motion Chiropractic have the training and spend the time necessary to get to the causative factors leading to your pain. Is your chronic knee pain coming from lack of support at the arches of your feet? Is your neck and shoulder pain being provoked by poor postural habits at work or home?It takes a professional to get to the root of the problem. At Positive Motion Chiropractic, we are those professionals.
While adjusting the joints in the spine and extremities is vital, it is the muscles and fascia that holds those joints in place. Without addressing both joint fixations and muscle work together you end up needing more adjustments. Likewise, a person who keeps going for massages for tight muscles without determining if joint fixations are causing those specific muscles to chronically be tight, is putting BandAids over a wound that isn’t healing.
At Positive Motion Chiropractic, we have been trained and utilize a wide variety of soft tissue techniques. From Graston Technique to Trigger Point Therapy, read on to find out about the cutting edge in soft tissue therapies we offer our patients. Some muscles need to be stretched and relaxed, and myofascial release and trigger point work are excellent for this. Other muscles are chronically weakened and need to be retrained to help posture and joint function. Targeted, individualized rehab exercises address these. Other tissues are chronically tight with myofascial adhesions and/or scar tissue. These can include areas of past trauma, areas with repetitive motion injuries, and/or postural stresses. Graston Technique, utilizing specialized tools and techniques, allows us to remodel the injured and painful tissues to get lasting relief from chronic tightness and pain.
Graston Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrumented-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables doctors to effectively break down scar tissue and myofascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. It is a technique that was originally developed for athletes but now is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 9,000 clinicians worldwide - including chiropractors, physical and occupational therapists. The technique is used at over 850 outpatient facilities and by more than 160 professional sports organizations, including Cirque Du Soleil, Disneyland Entertainment, the US Naval Special Warfare Group, the PGA Tour, and the New York Giants. Dr. Brant Pedersen (DC) has taken basic and advanced Graston Technique Training and has been using the Graston Technique at Positive Motion Chiropractic in Los Gatos, CA since 2007. Graston Technique enables us to help patients get relief from injuries they have had for years, decades in some cases. When we gently break up the scar tissue and adhesions around an injured area we can normalize motion and stop the pain cycle. Graston Technique is one of the most exciting tools we use in our clinic on a daily basis for conditions such as neck/shoulder pain, headaches, back pain, hamstring pulls, muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, patellofemoral disorders, shin splints, rotator cuff tears/pain... and the list goes on and on.
For more information: Graston Technique
Trigger Point Therapy
Wow! I could talk about these techniques and products for hours. Our understanding of tissue dynamics - how the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia of our bodies work - has evolved rapidly over the last decade. That knowledge is empowering for those who have learned and put it into practice. At Positive Motion Chiropractic in Los Gatos, Dr. Brant Pedersen (DC) wants to empower all his patients to great health and long life. As part of that mission he teaches his patients about how they can work out the trigger points in their muscles. This leads to better posture, less pain, more flexibility, and great energy. Sounds great, huh? The best part, you can learn some simple techniques and with a couple simple tools, you can get all these benefits at home. At Positive Motion Chiropractic we teach individual and small group classes regularly on Trigger Point release using the latest in Trigger Point tools from TriggerPoint Performance Therapy. Tired of being inflexible and in pain? Sign up for a class today at Positive Motion Chiropractic and we will teach you how to get the body you always dreamed of.
For more information: Trigger Point Performance Therapy
Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique (ART) is a soft tissue treatment developed to release adhesions in the fascia and muscles. It uses the hands of the practitioner, specific patient movements, and exacting tissue pressure by the doctor, to release and help lengthen chronically tight and painful body tissues. Dr. Brant Pedersen (DC) has received formal training in Active Release Technique (ART) and utilizes the technique when appropriate to help patients recovery pain-free range of motion. ART is well tolerated by patients and allows rapid and lasting recovery from long-standing health complaints such as muscle pulls, neck pain, low back and disc issues, headaches, shoulder rotator cuff issues, tennis and golfer’s elbow, among others.
For more information: Active Release Techniques
KinesioTape or K-Tape has been around since 1973. It is just now starting to get international attention and use. It was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a chiropractor in Japan, while he was searching for a sports taping method to assist in the healing of traumatized tissues. He found that standard taping techniques, such as athletic taping, provided muscle and joint supports, however, they reduced the range of motion, did not support the fascia and in many cases inhibited the actual healing process of traumatized tissues. Kinesio Tape itself is a breathable, waterproof tape with a medical-grade, heat sensitive adhesive. It is easily tolerated and can last for 3-5 days without re-application, even in the water. You probably have seen examples of Kinesiology taping on Olympic and professional athletes of all sorts. Since we believe that the busy executive and stay-at-home mom deserve all the latest sports medicine techniques, at Positive Motion Chiropractic in Los Gatos we have trained in and utilize KinesioTape when it will help our patients heal faster and have less pain. The applications of K-Tape are varied, but can help with muscle strains, golfer’s elbow, shoulder pain, bruising, improving posture, and the list goes on... Want more information on how Kinesio Tape works, read our blog post on just that.
For more information: Kinesio Taping Global
Functional Rehabilitation/Guided Exercise
Dr. Brant Pedersen (DC) is a member of the International Society of Clinical Rehabilitation Specialists (ISCRS) and has attended numerous rehabilitation exercise seminars. At Positive Motion Chiropractic in Los Gatos we know that for a patient to have full health they don’t only need to be out of pain, they need to regain full function. Often times getting the patient out of pain is the easy part. Helping the patient to regain full strength and flexibility so that they can be done with their pain for good, is something we like to offer all our patients. We have a state-of-the-art rehabilitation room at our facilities and we offer individual and small group rehabilitation classes to help you get healthy and feel better. Rehabilitative exercise under the supervision of a doctor, targeted towards your specific physical needs, is quite different from working out with a trainer at a gym. While we encourage all our patients to work out regularly, with a personal trainer if they choose, as your doctor of chiropractic we have an intimate understanding of your musculoskeletal strengths and weaknesses, and we will design a program and exercises that address those unique concerns.
For more information: Clinical Rehabilitation Specialists
Everyone knows the benefits of a good massage. From pain relief to relaxation, massage has been a healing method throughout the ages and is a great adjunct to great chiropractic care. While some massage is all about stress relief and calming the body, there is also a therapeutic, medical application of targeted massage to help assist and speed healing. Dr. Brant Pedersen (DC) works closely in dialogue with the massage therapists at our clinic to ensure that the synergist benefits of chiropractic and massage therapy are maximized. At Positive Motion Chiropractic in Los Gatos we have assembled the most talented group of clinicians and healers around for your health care needs. Sign up today for the best massage of your life.