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Soft Tissue Mobilisation | Let your Muscles Relax Once In A While

The most common term used to describe different forms of massage therapy is 'soft tissue mobilisation'. In this type of treatment, manual techniques are used to affect muscles and other soft tissues. It promotes healing and breakdown of the scar tissue and helps one's muscles relax and recover from soft tissue injuries.


What are Soft Tissue Injuries?

Conditions such as strains and sprains refer to soft tissue injuries; these are usually detected around the organs that support our skeletal systems, including skin, fat, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, cartilage, fascia etc. These injuries often occur when our muscles are abnormally tense. Twisting one's ankle or pulling a tendon are all considered to be soft tissue injuries. 


How does it work?

In order to understand your needs and requirements, the therapist will undertake a physical examination in which your affected area, flexibility and range of motion will be inspected. After identifying the issue at hand, a treatment program will be made. If you have sustained a soft tissue injury, your therapist might administer this type of mobilisation.


When therapists use soft tissue mobilisation in their treatment, they work towards breaking down the scar tissue; this process also helps remove the waste products from damaged areas which helps in quickening the recovery. It aims at releasing the tension, improving one's flexibility and range of motion.


What are the issues that it can tackle?

Various types of musculoskeletal issues that use this therapy include tennis elbow, golf elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, shin splints, ankle or knee sprain, and plantar fasciitis Morton's Neuroma and more. 


Different types of therapists that use Soft Tissue Mobilisation:


  • Occupational therapists
  • Osteopathic doctors
  • Chiropractors
  • Physical therapists
  • Massage therapists


Soft Tissue Mobilisation Techniques

  • Sustained Pressure: Pushing and holding directly on the affected tissue
  • Direct Oscillations: Pushing on the affected tissue in a rhythmic motion
  • Perpendicular Mobilisation: Pushing on the myofascial tissue on the right angles
  • Unlocking Spiral: Using alternating clockwise and counter-clockwise movements to push on the affected area
  • Friction Massage: Pushing across the grain of the tendons, muscles and ligaments.


What are the benefits?

This kind of therapy provides relief and rehabilitation for people who have been suffering through recent physical trauma and those who have been struggling with chronic conditions that affect their joint movement while performing day-to-day activities. According to research carried out to observe various reactions that people have to different therapy types, the best response recorded was by the group that underwent this therapy. Apart from physical therapy itself, it also seems to positively alter people's psychological state, making them feel more relaxed and improving their mood. 


Importance of self-care

In addition to physical therapy, it is advised that patients put an effort towards working on their mobility and range of motion. Taking time out and getting adequate rest, using hot and cold icepacks for the affected area and avoid any potential stress on their injuries would contribute towards a quick recovery.



Yours in self-care,

Adrian Wilk

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