Traditionally massage is thought of as manipulating muscle to release tightness or spasm and is often associated with relieving tension or stress (particularly across the shoulders and neck). At Living Well Physiotherapy we prefer to use the term ‘soft tissue release’ as this also includes other soft tissues (ligaments, tendons and fascia) which are associated with muscles, and together form the functional units to create movement and protect your joints. Soft tissue release also stimulates the release of hormones which help reduce stress and promote a sense of well being.
Soft tissue release incorporates several techniques that manipulates soft tissue and also stimulates the release of hormones which help to reduce stress and promote a sense of well being. Depending upon the problem and your preference. The techniques include:
- Traditional massage / Sports massage
- Trigger point release (trigger points are those tight ‘knots’ in muscles)
- Fascial release
- Muscle energy techniques
- Positional release
Following your in-depth assessment, if soft tissue release is an appropriate option this will be discussed with you. You will also be given advice and taught how to continue this to help yourself at home.
For further information on acupuncture please click here. If you would like to discuss soft tissue release further please get in touch.