Soft tissue release   

Soft tissue release

Soft tissue release is a manual therapy technique aimed at muscles, tendons, ligament and fascia. Application of a precise pressure on the tissues is repeated until the objective of treatment is achieved. The technique is used to improve blood flow into the area, reduce muscle spasm, scar tissue and adhesions and to help improve the mobility of a tissue. Scar tissue can commonly build up in our body as part of the natural repairing process it has to undergo in order to recover from trauma, surgery, operations and other injuries.

The build of scar tissue, without the application of soft tissue release and corrective exercise, can commonly result in further injury because the integrity of the injured tissue has not been restored. The continual cycle of ‘injury – pain – dysrepair – injury’ is seen commonly in patients due to poor management of injury.
When the soft tissue undergoes the cycle of injury and pain and this cycle continues beyond the normal repair timeframe, it results in the development of a chronic (long-term) problem which can be more challenging to treat. The complications arise not only as a result of the initial problem, but also as a result of compensatory movement patterns which develop in other joint and muscles from our natural need to find a way to move despite the presence of pain.

What this creates is an overload effect on the surrounding tissues, which eventually results in pain elsewhere in the body. This can occur in any individual – from the elite athlete to the sedentary individual. This problem continues as a vicious cycle until the source and symptoms of the issue are unravelled and addressed, hence our approach in finding the source of the problem and not just treating the presenting symptoms.

The combination of using additional manual therapy techniques, movement observation, rehabilitation exercises and subsequent advice tailored to you as an individual, ensures the appropriate balance and approach to your care.