What is Soft Tissue Therapy? - UWS Connected Whole Health - UWS Connected Whole Health

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Soft tissue therapy reduces tensile and compressive stress on your body and can dramatically speed up the healing process.

Soft tissue refers to the type of body structures targeted in a treatment session.

Soft Tissue therapy is effective in treating:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Headaches
  • Upper back pain and tension
  • Tennis elbow
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Lower back pain
  • Post-operation rehab
  • Postural issues associated with desk-based occupations
  • Shoulder protraction (slouching)
  • Face tension and associated eye pain
  • Arthritis

Soft Tissue Therapy Techniques

Our doctors are experts at applying the following techniques.

Soft Tissue Release (STR)

Method: Pressure is applied on your affected muscle to create a temporary attachment point, then moved into a pain-free stretch.

Purpose: Reduce pain.

Technique: STR targets specific areas of tension within a muscle, making it helpful in targeting muscles that are difficult to stretch and isolating a muscle within a group of muscles that would usually stretch together.

Post-isometric relaxation (PIR)

Method: This technique effectively treats tight hamstrings, which often contribute to back pain.

Purpose: Treat muscle spasms.

Technique: Our doctor will gently stretch your hamstrings passively, to the point of first resistance, so you should only feel a very mild stretch, if at all. You would then resist the doctor’s push very lightly – with about 10-20% of your force, for 10 seconds. You would then relax, and I would use this to gently stretch your hamstring further until the next point of resistance. We would repeat this together 3 to 5 times. 

Myofascial Release (MFR)

Method Fascia is a connective tissue that wraps around and in between every structure in our body, including our muscles – it is very thin and elastic but tough.

Purpose: Reduces fascia tension.

Technique: Our doctors apply sustained and gentle pressure into the problem fascia. This can take a long time, up to 15 minutes, in one area alone. 

Trigger Point Therapy (TPT)

A trigger point may be that area you refer to as a ‘knot.’

Method: TPT is not relaxing, but it is very effective. A trigger point is an area that, when pressed on, causes pain somewhere else – for instance, a TP on your shoulder may transfer pain up your neck and into your head, like a tension headache.

Technique: Our doctors apply specific and direct pressure onto your trigger point with my thumb or a tool.

Purpose: Reduces shoulder & neck pain.

There are many more techniques that can be utilized.  Schedule a visit with Connected Whole Health and experience the difference.

✒️ Chief Editor: Dr. Bill Moreau | DC, DACBSP, FACSM | Chief Medical Officer