If you've landed here, chances are good that you are suffering...

You are not alone.  Many people suffer from undiagnosed pain syndromes that rob them of their vigor and happiness.  Most clinicians are not familiar with conditions that can lead to this pain.  However, there is hope.

You need not suffer any longer.  I have spent the last 17 years in practice honing my skills both diagnostically and therapeutically to better serve my patients.

Early on in my career I realized that the main reason people get injured is due to biomechanical faults in their movement patterns that place undue stress and strain on areas of their bodies.  Muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and other connective tissue structures take the brunt of stress during everyday movements.

Doing the same thing day in and day out adds stress to your body.  Micro-tears can occur in the soft tissues that lead to pain and further damage.  As your body heals these tears, scar tissue is laid down.  This scar tissue is  akin to fibrous glue that binds the tear together.  Unfortunately it can also bind other tissues to it, leading to adhesions.

Adhesions can occur within the same structure, or between two or more structures.  When you move and one muscle glides past another, normally, no pain is felt.  However, if the two are adhered together, then using either of them will lead to pain.

It is important to get these adhesions (and the scar tissue that forms them) out of the muscles and connective tissues so that you can return to optimal movement.  Unchecked these adhesions can cause muscle “knots“, nerve entrapments, stiffness, tingling and burning at the adhesion site, or at a referred location elsewhere in the body.

Using advanced techniques including Active Release Technique, Functional Dry Needling/IMS, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, as well as Fascial Manipulation, I can get to the root of the problem, and resolve chronic distress in the tissues in a relatively short period of time.

MOVEMENT DYSFUNCTION CAN BE A BIG PROBLEM!

Repetitive strain injuries are those that build up over time.

Every day you do the same things, sit at work, sit at home as well, walk up the same flights of stairs, do the same exercise routine, same… same… same…

Unfortunately our bodies have developed over thousands of years to function differently from the way we use them in modern society.  We were once hunters and gatherers, traveling to follow food sources or living nomadically.  We certainly moved a lot more than we do now.

Our repetitive nature has simply caught up to our physical bodies.  Muscles that are primed to take the stress and strains of life are now resigned to nothing more than straps holding our heads from falling forward onto our computers.

Repetitive strain injuries result from small insults daily that are not dealt with, and day after day grow from a few snowflakes into a giant snowball of physical destruction.  The problem is, this is all going on in the background of our life, unbeknownst to us.  The result is that one day we wake up with a pain that had never been there before, from something trivial that we did.  Maybe just from brushing your teeth, or buttering toast.  The final straw is placed on our back, and it breaks!

THERE'S A BETTER WAY TO TREAT REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURIES!

A Better Way...

There is a better way to treat these injuries.

Phases of treatment for repetitive strain injuries will involve:

 1.  Acute Pain Management:

The starting point involves decreasing the inflammation (swelling) in the area.  This can take anywhere from several days to several weeks depending on the severity and longstanding nature of the injury.

Treatments include soft tissue treatments, coupled with low intensity laser therapy, and ice compression to decrease the inflammation.

2.  Tissue Correction and Flexibility:

This involves increasing the range of motion of the tissues and joints involved, increasing the pliability of the muscles and decreasing fascial tension.

Treatments include soft tissue techniques including Active Release, Fascial Manipulation, and Graston to break down adhesions, increase blood flow, restore normal tissue tone.  Adding electrical stimulation and rehabilitation exercises at this point to help improve tissue resilience.

Think of this in terms of gardening.  You see that there is a weed in your garden, and you can either pull the top off, only to have another one sprout up in a week or so.  Or, you can dig out the root, and the weed won’t come back.  We’re digging out the root here

3.  Lifestyle Care:

This involves maintaining the level of correction that was made, aimed at keeping you functionally pain free and moving through full ranges of motion.

Think of this phase as if you were writing on a chalkboard, and how you would run out of room on the chalkboard if you didn’t erase the chalk periodically.  That’s how tension builds up in the muscles, and Lifestyle Care is the removal of the tension so that you can keep going.

IT'S NOT GOING TO GET BETTER WITHOUT CARE!

The Sooner You Get Started, The Sooner You’ll Experience Results.

DR. COREY FINAN, C.C.S.P., D.C.

Sports Chiropractor, co-owner of Active Sports Therapy
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WHO, WHAT, WHY AND HOW

Who Am I?

Video description of who Dr. Corey Finan is and what techniques he uses to treat soft tissue injuries

What Should You Expect?

Video description of how Dr. Corey Finan treats soft tissue injuries

Why Should You See Me?

Video description of why you should see Dr. Corey Finan for soft tissue injuries

How Am I Different?

Video description of how Dr. Corey Finan is different from standard Chiropractors and other soft tissue doctors

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BEHIND THE MAGIC

Techniques I use to treat soft tissue injuries:

Active Release Technique

ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Functional Dry Needling / IMS

Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a ‘Trigger Point’. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle which is used is very thin. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it has and is advanced into the muscle, the feeling of discomfort can vary drastically from patient to patient.

Graston Technique

Soft tissue injuries can be debilitating and frustrating. Graston Technique® (GT) therapy is successful in effectively treating all soft tissue conditions, whether they are chronic, acute or post-surgical. GT therapy can help you enjoy life again.  Our unique technique and instruments enable the treatment of scar tissue and fascial restrictions during rehabilitation that allows for faster rehabilitation and with greater success when the goal is restoring range of motion, eliminating pain, and restoring normal function.

Fascial Manipulation

The therapeutic approach of Fascial Manipulation recognizes the presence of particular points capable of causing the pain and imbalances . These points are termed “Centers of Coordination”. These Centers of Coordination–distant from the site of pain– are the sites of convergence of the normal (or “physiological”) fascial tensions. These tensions, when they become non–physiological (‘densifications”), may be the cause of the pain symptoms. As such, they are the center of the fascio-therapeutic treatment.  In a situation of hypersensitivity, the manual therapy will at first be locally painful, easing at the end.

Just after the session, the pain at the symptom site often decreases considerably and the range of motion of the associated articulation — along with the muscle strength — will usually increase. After a few minutes the reactive inflammatory phase starts which potentiates the correct remodeling of the fascia. This phase, necessary to the final goal of the rebalancing of the system, can last up to 48 hours. The number of the sessions is based on the complexity of the problem and the patient’s ability to heal.

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization

The nervous system establishes programs that control human posture, movement and gait. This ‘motor control’ is largely established during the first critical years of life. Therefore, the “Prague School” emphasizes neurodevelopmental aspects of motor control in order to assess and restore dysfunction of the locomotor system and associated syndromes.  Based upon the groundbreaking neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation principles described by these mentors, Pavel Kolar has organized the next generation of clinical protocols that are designed to restore and stabilize locomotor function. This new rehabilitation approach is called Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).

FMS / SFMA

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a tool used to identify asymmetries which result in functional movement deficiencies. The FMS aims to identify imbalances in mobility and stability during seven fundamental movement patterns. These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic locomotor, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilized. Once these deficiencies have been identified through the FMS Screen, a program of corrective exercises is then developed with the goal of preventing musculoskeletal injuries.

The SFMA navigates the musculoskeletal assessment when pain is present. It is helpful during the initial patient examination, although some acute problems make it impractical at the outset. Outside of exposing dysfunctional regions that may complicate the examination process, the SFMA offers a unique perspective for corrective exercise in a clinical setting.

VIDEO LIBRARY

Rehabilitation Exercises
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The Starting Point

Here is where the magic begins. Learning Diaphragmatic Breathing will open you up to doing the remaining exercise videos properly. START HERE!

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Hip Injuries

Exercise Videos designed to help with Hip dysfunction. The videos are grouped based on type of injury.

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Knee Injuries

Exercise Videos designed to help those with Knee Pain. The videos are grouped based on type of injury.

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Ankle & Foot Injuries

Exercise Videos designed to help those with Ankle and Foot Pain

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Head & Neck Injuries

Exercise Videos designed to help those with Head and Neck Pain

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Upper & Mid Back Injuries

Exercise Videos designed to help with Upper and Mid Back dysfunction.

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Core and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Exercise Videos designed to help with Core and/or Pelvic floor dysfunction.

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Low Back Injuries

Exercise Videos designed to help those with Low Back Pain

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Shoulder Injuries

Exercise Videos designed to help those with Shoulder Pain. The videos are grouped based on type of injury.

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Elbow Injuries

Exercise Videos designed to help those with Elbow Pain. The videos are grouped based on type of injury.

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Wrist & Hand Injuries

Exercise Videos designed to help those with Wrist and Hand Pain.

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TMJ (Jaw) Injuries

Exercise Videos designed to help those with TMJ Pain.

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Chronic Illness.

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1-403-278-1405

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