Soft tissue therapy is an umbrella term for many different specialist techniques that includes deep tissue massage (or sports massage) – this targets spasms and muscle tension that can build up through the day.
We’ll use direct pressure, frictions and other advanced techniques to try and release the tension in your soft tissues (that’s your ligaments, tendons and muscles). We’ll also use manual therapies like Muscle Energy Techniques and other techniques – which is a hands on treatment where we will look to mobilise your joints that might be stiff and contributing to your pain.
We’ll also use kinesiology taping – where a adhesive tape is applied to the skin to help reduce inflammation and change the information that cells in the skin send to the brain, making your brain process information differently and subsequently feel less pain in that area. Taping also offers support and even posture or joint alignment correction which might be contributing to your pain.
Depending on your pain tolerance and problem, we might look to use RAPID NFR, a revolutionary Canadian technique that is great for long term injuries but is quite an intensive treatment and not suitable for every client.
Should you have scars from operations or injuries, these can often be part of the cause of chronic pain or long term restricted movement. Here at State 11, Greg is trained in working with scars using Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork, a gentle technique that can help improve both the feel, movement and sensation of scar tissue.
We can advise on sports that might help, and how you can make changes at home so that you can be more active. This is part of the physical “self-care” aspect of physical therapy, because it’s really important you stay active.