Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft Tissue Therapy

What is Soft Tissue Therapy?

Soft tissue therapy is a broad term describing a number of manual therapies used by practitioners that aim to improve the functioning of the body’s soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves etc…)

What Does Soft Tissue Therapy Do?

Depending on the technique used, therapies can achieve;

  • Improved flexibility of muscles, tendons and fascia
  • Release of myofascial trigger points
  • Improve blood & lymphatic circulation
  • Release tension of fascia
  • Decompress & relieve tension on peripheral nerves

Who Needs Soft Tissue Therapy?

Most presenting musculoskeletal conditions usually benefit from some degree of soft tissue therapy. The level of soft tissue therapy required and its use in combination with other treatments (exercise prescriptions, orthotics etc…) varies from patient to patient.

Some examples of conditions in which soft tissue therapy can benefit either in isolation or as part of combination therapy are;

  • Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rehabilitation of Ankle Sprains
  • Patellofemoral Dysfunction
  • Exercise Induced Leg Pain
  • Acute and Chronic forms of the Cumulative Injury Cycle

 

FTSPodiatry & Soft Tissue Therapy

Part of the UWS undergraduate Podiatry degree was focused on various soft tissue treatment modalities and their use for lower limb musculoskeltal conditions. Talysha Reeve has completed further studies since graduating allowing for a wide range of techniques to be incorporated in to therapy sessions.

Strain Counterstrain / Jones Point Therapy

Also known as positional release therapy (PRT). This therapy can be effectively used for the treatment of chronic or sub-acute muscle spasms that can occur as a result of acute or chronic injuries. As a result of these injuries a muscle may enter in to a ‘protective spasm’, further increasing the level of dysfunction (refer to Cumulative Injury Cycle).
PRT involves the practitioner passively moving the patient in to positions in which the muscle spasm is able to release.
Talysha Reeve has undergone additional training through the Manual Therapy Institute under supervision of its founder Haydn Gambling, for the use of Jones Point Therapy for treating dysfunction of the sacrum, ilium, knee, ankle and foot.

Cumulative Injury Cycle (CIC)

The CIC describes the process in which acute and/or chronic can lead to further dysfunction if not treated correctly.

Click on picture for more information regarding the Cumulative Injury Cycle

 

If your assessments have identified pathology that is outside the scope of practice or requires further assessment you will be referred to the relevant health practitioners for treatment. Eg: Remedial Massage Therapist, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath etc…

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