Soft Tissue Therapy
What is it?
Soft Tissue Therapy (STT), is a style of treatment that addresses problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascial and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with STT. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
How does it work?
At the most basic level, STT works by breaking up scar tissue, muscle adhesion’s and restrictions, muscular spasm and tightness. To do this, the practitioner must orient a muscle in its most shortened position (through movement of the nearby joints), then apply a tension with his/her thumb or fingers and, while maintaining that tension, he/she will lengthen the muscle throughout its range of motion. In this way, any adhesion’s or scar tissue is broken up along the entire length of the muscle.
How it is different from other treatments?
The most significant difference between STT and other treatments is the shortening and lengthening of the muscle. Other treatments involve a muscle being at its resting length, and then pressure is applied in the area of pain or irritation, such as trigger-point technique or massage. While these treatments can be very effective, sometimes a muscular adhesion or scar tissue is at an insertion that is concealed or covered by other bony or muscular structures. In order to reach these areas, a muscle needs to be moved through its range of motion to gain access these more difficult points.
Who can it help?
STT is effective for any condition of the musculoskeletal system. There are limitless ways to treat almost every muscle and ligament in the body.