Dr. Jeffrey Tucker
Los Angeles, CA
Reducing Muscle Hypertonicity With the Deep Muscle Stimulator
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) has popularized our awareness of checking for asymmetries in the body during movement. Muscle strains and joint dysfunctions caused by asymmetrical movements over time can generally be reduced by treatment using the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS).
The DMS is a hand held device that delivers strong vibration, oscillation, and percussion. Use of the DMS appears to reduce stiffness by signaling inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system. Palpate tight or stiff fascial tissue or a taut and tender muscle fiber, and then apply the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) device for approximately two to three minutes, the post treatment/application will leave the skin red, warm and it will palpate as ‘softer’. This probably has to do with local changes in the arterioles and capilliaries, and the mixing up of tissue viscosity.