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.

We would love to hear from you!

Schedule Appointment

(509) 325-9144

  • Very caring, excellent quality. I have recommended Dynamic Bracing-Physical Therapy to my doctor for his south hill patients.

    Dianna Leigh Avatar
    Dianna Leigh
    6/28/2017

    Always courteous and friendly people. The staff has worked with me on various injuries - knee, hip, foot and low back. Because of their partnership, I remain very active and am getting stronger every day. A healing atmosphere with a fun vibe.

    nicolette brant Avatar
    nicolette brant
    5/28/2019

    Before I met Andrea, I was receiving counterstrain therapy at a different location. When that therapist retired, she recommended me to Andrea, and I haven't looked back! Nobody else has been able to so effectively treat my wide range of issues (everything from hypermobility to severe neck issues caused by a car crash) with such a friendly caring attitude! You can tell she truly cares about the health and well-being of all of her patients, and I highly recommend her to anybody seeking physical therapy or even pain relief from any issue. You won't regret it!

    I have been going to her for over five years now. Her style is to use strain and counterstrain techniques combined with strengthening exercises to best stabilize and strengthen your body. She listens to each of your concerns and can treat both the entire body and/or just a specific area. It is fascinating to feel the instantaneous relief as she works on me, and I always walk out the door feeling 10 times better than I walked in.

    Shannon H Avatar
    Shannon H
    10/04/2019
  • Got knee braces there in june 2017. They gave me good service.

    Rob Engley Avatar
    Rob Engley
    12/28/2018

    If in fact you have a fall, accident or other problem
    THIS IS THE PLACE TO GET HELP. I found Andrea Baker, Arch & Jesse to be excellent in their work & the ultimate professionals at all times. Strain and counterstrain technique was new to me. This treatment was very effective, they also gave me physical therapy exercises to do at home which helped the process of recovery. I would highly recommend this office for Physical Therapy. The environment was bright and cheerful & clean. Everyone made working on recovery a real good experience. Thank you for your help.

    Rae Baker Avatar
    Rae Baker
    5/27/2019

    Love working with Andrea. She is extremely knowledgeable in what she does and takes time to really listen to what is causing pain. I have seen a huge improvement! Wonderful for prenatal and postpartum!

    Mackenzie Ivey Avatar
    Mackenzie Ivey
    5/28/2019