What is “Protective Splinting”?

When an injury occurs, whether a sprain, fracture, or dislocation, the muscles will splint the injured area by tightening the muscles. It is nature’s way of preventing further injury. Then, the horse, human, dog, etc. will compensate by using other muscles and a change of posture to cope with the change.In the short term, this muscle splinting is a helpful action. Once the original injury is healed, the body may not return to the original, balanced posture. So the protecting area starts the pain cycle anew, and the irritated inflamed and injured area continues to grow.  This is called a positive feedback loop, where the process continues to grow. The cycle can be interrupted, and health restored by encouraging the tight muscles and tissue to let go of the now healed area. Proper posture and function can be restored through deep tissue massage, cold laser therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, stress point therapy, etc.

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