SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION

Soft Tissue Mobilization

 

Soft tissue mobilization is a form of manual physical therapy where your licensed physical therapist uses hands-on techniques on your muscles, ligaments and fascia with the goal of breaking adhesions and optimizing your muscle function.

    • Adhesions are your body’s attempt to heal a soft tissue injury with a lengthy inflammation process, resulting in long strands of collagenous scar tissue. These new tissues pull against one another, forming trigger points of pain.

 

Goals of Treatment:

      • Break down or reduce adhesions
      • Improve range of motion
      • Lengthen muscles and tendons
      • Reduce swelling and edema
      • Decrease pain
      • Restore functionality

 

Your licensed PT is specially trained to use his or her hands to push, pull and knead your muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves in precise ways to help bring you pain relief and return you to functionality.

 

Specific techniques include:

      • Sustained pressure – pushing directly on the restricted tissue and holding
      • Unlocking spiral – pushing on the restricted tissue in alternating clockwise and counterclockwise rotating motions
      • Direct oscillations – rhythmic pushing on the restricted tissue
      • Perpendicular mobilization – pushing on the myofascial tissue at right angles
      • Parallel mobilization – pushing along the seams of muscles
      • Perpendicular strumming – rhythmic pushing along muscle border, followed by rubber of top of muscle
      • Friction massage – pushing across the grain of the muscles, tendons and ligaments

 

To help achieve optimal results with soft tissue mobilization, we encourage you to:

      • Do your home exercises faithfully
      • Maintain a normal body weight
      • Get regular aerobic exercise
      • Engage in weight training, as directed by your physician

 

Being able to implement these techniques requires a significant amount of training in human anatomy and physiology and understand how manipulating the tissues will impact physical function. Physical therapists specialize in evaluation, assessment and treatment of movement function disorders. Soft tissue mobilization is just one of the strategies that we use to help our patients meet their functional goals.

If you have any strains, sprains, or questions about these techniques , give us a call!

Find out if Soft Tissue Mobilization is right for you. Schedule an appointment today.

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