The goals are:
- To encourage realignment and lengthening of the correctly aligned tissue fibres.
- To break down and destroy the incorrectly aligned adhesions or cross fibres which can cause pain, tightness, and an inability for the tissue to glide and stretch correctly. All of which can lead to injury reoccurrence.
- To enhance the blood supply to the area. This hyperemia appears to diminish pain by increasing the speed of destruction of Lewis’ P substance, probably due to the release of histamine. Lewis’ P factor is an irritative metabolite which produces ischemia when it accumulates.