Soft tissue therapy is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues, the tissues that connect, support or surround other structures and organs of the body (e.g., muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves, fibrous tissues, fat, blood vessels and synovial membranes). This treatment strives to alleviate pain by restoring the muscular composition, flexibility and function of damaged tissue. Soft tissue damage can be caused by occupational or sports-related stressors, muscular over-use and numerous chronic pain conditions.
How Does Soft Tissue Therapy Work?
To solve a problem, you must first understand it. With soft tissue damage, the main issue is that it prevents normal smooth movement of tissues, which leads to chronic inflammation, pain, joint stress, fluid accumulation, poor circulation, nerve entrapment and more. Over time, as the impacted area continues to be aggravated, these symptoms progressively get worse. Soft tissue injuries can involve muscles, nerves, tendons and fascia surrounding the muscles.
Now that we have a sense of the main problem, we can explore the solution. To resolve the issues posed above, soft tissue therapy employs a combination of osteopathic techniques and deep tissue massage. These techniques work to stretch muscles and tendons and apply pressure to breakdown scar tissue or adhesions that have developed.
These techniques promote healing of the body and improved range of motion by removing damaged cells, supplying tissues with oxygen and nutrients and decreasing stiffness and dysfunction.
Soft tissue therapy can be applied to numerous health issues such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Shin splints
- Repetitive strains
- Joint dysfunction
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis elbow
It’s important for patients to recognize that soft tissue therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Treatment duration and the techniques employed to remedy the issue will vary depending on the injury and its severity.
At AIM we recognize that soft tissue damage comes with discomfort, pain and poor mobility that lower an individual’s quality of life. Our clinic offers various soft tissue therapy treatments to help these injuries such as massages and Active Release Therapy (ART)!