Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft tissue therapy (STT) is the assessment, treatment and management of soft tissue injury, pain and dysfunction primarily of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Licensed health care professionals who typically provide soft tissue manual therapy include massage therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and some Chiropractic, osteopathic and naturopathic doctors and other providers of manual therapy. Repetitive strain injuries (RSI's) - also known as cumulative trauma disorders, or CTD's - of the soft tissues are becoming increasingly prevalent and account for the majority of disability and impairment.
Typically, regulated healthcare professionals who provide soft tissue therapy have a background in anatomy, physiology, pathology, pathophysiology, biomechanics, and functional anatomy, as well as tactile/palpatory and functional movement assessments.
Clients presenting with a specific complaint (or complaints) will generally undergo a number of assessments that each provide information about the soft tissue status of the client. These assessments are conducted according to presenting signs and symptoms, with the purpose helping to identify the most likely cause(s) of the pain or injury. They may include assessments of posture, biomechanics, range of motion, and the nervous system, among others.
When the findings of an assessment suggest that the client may have a condition or signs and symptoms that are beyond the scope of a practitioners skill-set, training, and/or specialization, they will refer that client to the most appropriate healthcare professional.
TOOLS WE USE FOR THERAPY
- Active Release Technique
- Fascial Stretching
- Tri Planar Joint Mobilizations
- Trigger Point Release