soft tissue mobilization

Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissue mobilization effects the soft tissues of the body with both neurological and physiological changes. Soft tissue of the body include our muscles, tendons, ligaments, myofascial connections and joint capsules.

Soft tissue mobilization helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. These techniques enhance healing for sprains, strains, tendonitis, bursitis, and other stress related injuries.

These methods also enhance movements when our muscles are abnormally tense. Our muscles are responsible for moving our skeleton through various lever systems. When muscles are tense for long periods of time without relaxing completely, this could lead to additional problems that could include pain, muscle weakness, decreased range of motion and altered postures of the skeletal system.

Dr. Small is specially trained to use his hands to push, pull and knead your muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves in precise ways to help bring you pain relief and return you to functionality.

Specific techniques for soft tissue mobilization include

  • Sustained pressure – pushing directly on the restricted tissue and holding
  • Unlocking spiral – pushing on the restricted tissue in alternating clockwise and counterclockwise rotating motions
  • Direct oscillations – rhythmic pushing on the restricted tissue
  • Perpendicular mobilization – pushing on the myofascial tissue at right angles
  • Parallel mobilization – pushing along the seams of muscles
  • Perpendicular strumming – rhythmic pushing along muscle border, followed by rubber of top of muscle
  • Friction massage – pushing across the grain of the muscles, tendons and ligaments

Benefits of soft tissue mobilizations include pain reduction, increased mobility/flexibility/range of motion, increased circulation and reduction in soft tissue tension.