Above is a microscopic image of healthy fascia. Notice the organized, smooth appearance= functional.
Fascia is a connective tissue that connects everything in the body together. It connects from the head to the feet and everything in between including the organs. It is made up of collagen (stability), elastin (flexibility) and a gel matrix (cushion & nerve conduction). You need to have a healthy fascial system to maintain the balance of your spine, nervous system and musculoskeletal system.
It stabilizes the body, allows it to be flexible, helps with cushioning soft tissue and organs, helps with nerve conduction and when it comes to your performance it most importantly helps with PROPRIOCEPTION! Proprioception is the sense of balance and coordination at rest and during movement.
Above is a microscopic image of unhealthy fascia. Notice the disorganized messy appearance. When fascia gets like this from stress/injury it will be weak, tight and imbalanced= dysfunctional.
The tightening of the fascial system is a protective mechanism that is a response to trauma. This trauma may arise from an acute injury like a tendon strain, chronic compensatory muscular work, or repetitive injury from poor training techniques. The fascia loses its pliability, becomes restricted and is a source of tension for the rest of the body. The gel substance solidifies, the collagen becomes dense and fibrous, and the elastin loses its resiliency. These fascial restrictions slowly affect the quality of motion available to the horse causing postural and gait deviations, loss of flexibility and compression of pain sensitive structures in the body. When left untreated, fascial restrictions will cause compensations which lead to decreased performance and lameness. This is why it's very important to receive consistent and periodic treatment to prevent injuries and performance issues before it's too late. Remember, pain typically is the last thing to show up and the first thing to go away.
Dr. Hal utlizes many different therapies to restore health to the soft tissues so that your treatments are more effective. You'll get better faster and stay better longer than the typical chiropractic or physical therapy treatments. The list of soft tissue therapies include: Graston & Rockblades myofascial/scar tissue mobilization, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, ART (active release technique), and PRT (positional release technique).
Dr. Hal will often times use Rocktape brand tape to help support the adjustment and soft tissue treatments. This will help restore normal function sooner so you can get back in the game faster! See the Rocktape page for images and details on how it works!
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