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How does directed stretching treat muscle pain?

Gerald M. Silverman
Chiropractic Medicine
A directed stretching program will reorganize old, restrictive, and destructive tissue patterns. This unique stretching technique focuses movement at the exact site of muscle pain and repair. This is essential because if even a small area of spasm remains, it can eventually lead to significant tightening and renewed symptoms in larger muscle bundles. And while millions of patients temporarily benefit from nonspecific stretching of these larger muscle bundles, unless the small, specific adhesions and spasms are diminished, the tightening and discomfort will return.

The repair phase of healing is characterized by the laying down of new tissues, fibers, and collagen bonds. If there is limited movement in the muscles during this period, the fibers and bonds will be repaired in the same haphazard, twisted, knotted, and chaotic patterns that resulted in the original painful spasms and loss of motion. However, if the fibers and bonds are repaired in well-organized and layered patterns, minimal if any painful loss of movement will occur. Only regular movement in the affected muscles can ensure that the proper healing patterns will develop, and directed stretching is the best way to ensure that movement happens in the affected sites. As the normal adjacent muscle fibers and bonds continue to glide smoothly over and around each other, new cells are deposited along the gliding planes and are aligned by the gentle pulling forces. Randomly deposited cells can form adhesions, but directed stretching movements stimulate an organized pattern of repair and growth. The resulting smooth, layered, integrated pattern prevents the formation of destructive, weak, and inflexible scar tissue. In contrast, the longer stiffness and loss of movement are allowed to linger, the more extensive the scar tissue development will be. The sooner proper movement is restored, the less scar tissue is produced.
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