SOFT TISSUE THERAPY
Soft Tissue Therapy seeks to treat and alleviate aches, pains and injuries that are attributable to the soft tissues of the body.
People presenting with a specific complaint are assessed utilising the most appropriate tests, according to the person’s presenting signs and symptoms. This may include posture, biomechanical, range of movement, neural and other tests that help identify the most likely cause of pain or injury.
If the assessment is consistent with pain or injury that is beyond the scope of our clinic’s specialisation, we may refer you to another health professional, such as, a sports physician, podiatrist, etc.
Depending on the pain or injury, a number of modalities may be utilised to achieve optimal treatment results. Some techniques used in our clinic may traditionally be referred to as massage techniques. While some traditional massage techniques may be used, generally, our education and experience affords us the option of using a variety of very specific soft tissue techniques that are not specifically, massage techniques.
Generally, these more intricate techniques rely on our skills and understanding of anatomy, physiology, and dysfunction. With this, a broader choice of treatment techniques will more readily match assessment results.
Trigger Point Therapy alleviates Myofascial Trigger Points.
Myofascial (muscle and fascia) Therapy promotes flexibility and mobility of the connective tissues of our body; extricates fibrous adhesions; and decreases the severity and sensitivity of scarring caused by injury or surgery.
Broad-handed Techniques reduces swelling and / or inflammation.
Frictions mobilise adhesions between fascial layers, muscles, compartments and other soft tissues. Frictions also promote healing in tendon pathologies as well as decreasing the perception of pain.
Sustained Pressure (digital pressure) alleviates hypertonic (tight) areas within muscle and fascia.
Myofascial Dry Needling (MDN) uses thin needles to deactivate Trigger Points
Other Techniques such as A.R.T. (Active Release Techniques), Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue Massage are all derivatives of the techniques above. Most importantly, these are NOT unique or exceptional techniques, with neither unique nor exceptional results.
Numerous stretching techniques may be used during a treatment session. Typically, our clinic staff may include static stretches to alleviate an area assessed as being excessively hypertonic (tight).
PNF stretches (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) may be used to decrease tone in a muscle or muscle group that is assessed as being hypertonic (tight).
Dynamic stretches may be utilised to alleviate the symptoms of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). This is the type of soreness that is typically felt one to two days after excessive exercise, new exercises or eccentric exercises.
Muscle Energy Technique (M.E.T.), now a common technique, was developed and refined some 100 years ago in the field of osteopathy. This technique, like others, is used by a variety of therapies. M.E.T. is the use of light muscle contractions by the client, in very specific directions, to alter joint restriction and joint range of motion, through altering the length of local musculature.
Depending on assessment findings, some people may be given an exercise or series of exercises, to strengthen, or simply to ‘wake up’ particular muscles. These muscles may have become weakened over time, after an injury, or may not be recruited (used) efficiently by the person.
In some instances, you may be referred to our specialist Exercise Scientist.
Functional Fascial Taping (FFT) ®
FFT ® is a technique developed by Ron Alexander. Ron was soft tissue therapist for the world renowned Australian Ballet Company for 10 years. This technique uses tape, applied very specifically, to significantly alter pain perception and muscle firing patterns.
Perhaps the most important part of any treatment plan is the advice given to a client. With each presenting condition, a treatment strategy is developed and an implementation timeline suggested. This may be a single treatment or series of treatments, a referral, or a recommendation to develop specific muscles, to name a few.
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