What is Soft Tissue manipulation?
Soft tissue manipulation is a common technique used in chiropractic care that involves the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. This type of tissue manipulation aims to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and promote healing by applying pressure and stretching techniques to the affected area.
Dr. Unverferth uses various manipulation techniques, such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and active release technique, to address soft tissue injuries and chronic pain conditions in our patients. We will often use these techniques in conjunction with manual adjustments, exercise therapy, and other complementary therapies to provide a comprehensive approach to pain management and/or injury rehabilitation.
Different types of manipulation is often used to treat conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, and repetitive strain injuries. It can also be used to improve posture, reduce muscle tension, and enhance athletic performance. It is common for Dr. Unverferth to use this method in conjunction with other chiropractic treatments.
What are the different types of soft tissue manipulation?
Here at Pro Active Chiropractic in Santa Fe, we employ several types of soft tissue manipulation techniques to help alleviate pain, improve mobility, and promote healing.
- Myofascial Release uses sustained pressure to release tension in the fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles, tendons, and bones.
- Trigger Point Therapy targets specific “trigger points” in the muscles, which are areas of tension or knots that can cause pain and discomfort.
- Graston Technique uses stainless steel instruments to gently scrape the surface of the skin to break down scar tissue and adhesions, and to increase blood flow and healing
- Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) uses specialized tools to apply pressure and manipulate the tissue to break up scar tissue and adhesions.
- Strain-Counterstrain uses passive positioning to release tension in the muscles and tissue.
- Active Release Technique (ART) uses specific hands-on movements to release tension in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.
- Massage: This familiar technique uses various forms of touch to manipulate the tissue, such as kneading, rubbing, and applying pressure to the muscles.
Soft & Deep Tissue
Soft Tissue Manipulation Therapy is a treatment method used to improve the health of problematic tissues. This treatment can improve the poor circulation of oxygen supply, reduce pain and swelling, mobilize, and increase or release tension in the soft tissue.