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Diagnosis and Treatment to Heal Damaged Soft Tissue

If you are experiencing chronic or acute muscle pain, one likely cause of this pain is that your soft tissues have sustained an injury. You may not have been involved in an accident, and perhaps you may not notice that an injury has occurred. This is because injury is not always caused by trauma. Even if you are careful and take good care of your body, years of repetitive use can cause soft tissues to develop micro-traumas and tears that lead to the build-up of scar tissue.

Scar tissue in the muscles can severely limit mobility and cause extreme pain. In order to restore movement to these muscles and remove the pain you are experiencing, the team at Integrated Health Solutions offers a number of soft tissue therapies that have been proven to break up scar tissue, allowing you to return to your favorite activities.

Soft Tissue Treatment is Proven Effective

At Integrated Health Solutions, we diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries in many different ways. Common solutions begin with a thorough functional analysis and are followed by a combination of physical rehabilitation, the Active Release Technique, the Graston® Method, and acupuncture.

In order to diagnose soft tissue injuries, Dr. Charbel is certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). The SFMA method is a standardized clinical model that helps us identify the root cause of the pain you are experiencing. SFMA is not a method to treat pain; rather, it is a tool used to assess and analyze each muscle, ligament and tendon to determine the root cause of the problem. SFMA is unique because, instead of just looking at one muscle group, it evaluates the cause of pain based on how a soft tissue functions together with the whole body. The result is a holistic understanding of the problem in order to find a precise and permanent solution.

Once an assessment has been completed, IHS may offer physical rehabilitation services. This is often the first step in beginning the process of healing soft tissues and involves the use of hands-on movement therapies. Our goal is to synchronize the function of your muscles by breaking down scar tissue and removing fascial restrictions such as scars and inflammation. Physical rehab can restore proper blood flow to the muscles, as well as rehabilitate global movement and joint mechanics.

Another possible treatment method IHS doctors use is the Active Release Technique (ART). This treatment is different from all other muscle and soft tissue treatment programs in that it works to eliminate the cause of your pain rather than just alleviating the symptoms. ART is an evidence-based soft tissue therapy that requires doctors to have a more in-depth and thorough knowledge of the human body and its function in comparison to other soft tissue therapies. By using coordinated muscle massage techniques, an ART-certified doctor can restore proper functioning not just of one body part, but of the entire muscle or tissue group it belongs to.

In addition to these treatments, we employ the techniques of the Graston Method®. The Graston Technique® is patented technology used by clinicians which, much like ART, works to break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. Where ART typically involves a practitioner using his or her hands, the Graston Method® uses specialized instruments to analyze, diagnose, and treat areas suffering from soft-tissue injury or chronic pain.

IHS therapies may also include traditional acupuncture and dry needling therapies. Though these two therapies are similar, acupuncture involves gently inserting very thin filaments along the body’s meridian lines, whereas dry needling involves inserting thin filaments slightly deeper into muscles, fascia, and joints to re-calibrate and relax these parts. Both treatments can facilitate improved energy flow, reduced pain and tension, and a general restoration of tissue function. We offer these treatments as a way to pursue whole-body rejuvenation and deep tissue healing.

Can You Benefit from Soft Tissue Therapy?

If you are suffering from joint pain, built up scar tissue, fascial restrictions, sports injuries or other types of muscle pain, you will see improvement in your symptoms and a dramatic reduction of pain through the Soft Tissue Therapies administered by train and certified doctors at Integrated Health Solutions.

When you visit the team at Integrated Health Solutions, we will identify the cause of your pain and assist you in eliminating your dependency on rehabilitation care and prescription pain medications. Call our offices today at 317.449.2020 to schedule your Selective Functional Movement Assessment.

“Dr Charbel was very flexible with his appointment times and made sure he was available as I needed him.”

“He has been the most caring and engaging doctor I have ever visited.”

“I have met only one other doctor, who not only cared about what was going on in his office, but my life outside as well.”

“I have been completely delighted with his care. He is attentive, caring and very effective at his practice.”

“Upon arrival, Dr Charbel instantly made us feel comfortable. He has an endearing personally that made us feel at home.”

“I did not know what to expect but immediately upon entering Integrated Health Solutions, I felt welcomed and comfortable.”

“He was a breath of fresh air. He took time to evaluate what was happening, explained and answered all of my questions.”

“He genuinely cares about his patients and wants to see them heal without always visiting him for help.”

“When I reached for the meds, I realized I had not taken pain meds the night before but, had actually taken my calcium pills.”

“I applaud the ethical standards you provide your patients as well as your caring heart.”

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