Musculoskeletal Pain

Why do most healthcare providers avoid it?

Unfortunately most medical providers avoid “soft-tissue” injuries because often times the pain which people experience is based on what they “feel” rather than by something the doctor can physically measure such as a broken bone or changes in organ function. The typical response to a musculoskeletal complaint is a referral to a physical therapist (PT/DPT) where the treatment plan follows a protocol of warm ups/exercise, and some form of manual therapy for a prescribed number of visits.

These measures are helpful, yes; but I have some personal insights on how to speed recovery and relieve the discomfort.

In the spirit of full disclosure I practice as I do based on my personal observations as a long time patient, familiar with the ongoing experiences of spinal pain & permanent disability. I too battle frequent flare-ups and exacerbations which can put me down for days at a time, sometimes for something as simple as a series of sneezes. I understand the frustrations of knowing what you are capable of but can’t get your body to agree to anymore. I also have some understanding on the effects chronic pain can have on the person as a whole. Lastly, I recall that feeling of disappointment leaving an office hoping someone would just “touch” the affected region and validate what was being experienced, but instead being obliged to opt for the effects of medication.

My name is J. Salvatore Vega, a practitioner of manual arts since 1989 including therapeutic massage & bodywork. In addition I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1998, and hold additional certificates in physiotherapy, ergonomic assessment and disability evaluation.

Because of my previous experiences in corrective bodywork and disabilities acquired since then, I do not practice as you’d expect a traditional chiropractor to. Chiropractic training focuses on manipulating the bony structure of the spine, whereas my experience tells me not to ignore the influence that deeper connective tissues like tendons, ligaments and fascia, have on sensory and physical changes.

Instead of being focused on adjusting joints I manipulate and stretch these deeper connective tissues, while secondarily retraining posture as a long term pain relieving tool.

My area of “expertise”, if you’d like to call it that, is scar tissue and the role it plays in adaptive posture, particularly how unresolved injuries & surgical scars contribute to chronic or recurring pain. Conditions such as neck pain with radiculopathy, shoulder instabilities, rotator cuff syndrome, thoracic outlet, or carpal tunnel syndrome… all of which often lead to surgery, can be mimicked by musculoskeletal compromise due to soft tissue scarring.


If you are currently experiencing any of the following scenarios please consider emailing me for a consultation, before submitting to shots or surgery… You might find that the relief you’ve been hoping for is actually within reach.

  • Loss of range of motion (altered movement patterns) resulting from traumatic injury or surgery (incisions)
  • Repetitive strain injuries of the neck, arm, and upper back such as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, including symptoms radiating into the hands (Carpal Tunnel)
  • Recurring shoulder complaints including the rotator cuff, instability, or impingement, triggered by compromised posture.
  • Mechanical Low back & Hip complaints.
*This site is maintained by Dr. J. Salvadore Vega DC, CEAS, IDE, TMP and was last updated on Aug 27th 2018.
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