When Do You Need A Soft Tissue Massage?
Soft tissue massage helps you manage pains, aches, stresses, and injuries whether from work, sports or household work. Here are some situations in which a soft tissue massage can be helpful:
Soft tissue massage can be a part of rehabilitation programs so that you can quickly get back to your lifestyle or sports activities.
Help ease tension and stiffness from exercise and work-related activities.
To improve mobility and function of tissues after surgery.
Occupational stress, imbalances, tightness, or pain from long sitting hours.
To help prepare for sports training.
Soft Tissue Massage Therapy Techniques
Soft Tissue Release (STR)
This soft tissue therapy is focused on reducing pain and focuses on a specific area of tension. It is done to stretch the muscles that have difficulty moving actively. By isolating a muscle from within a group it promotes better healing.
Post Isometric Relaxation (PIR)
This soft tissue massage is best for hamstrings that contribute to back pain conditions. The hamstrings are stretched until the point of the first resistance. The patient is then allowed to resist the push very lightly followed by complete relaxation. This is repeated a couple of times. Post Isometric Relaxation works best for muscle spasms.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
Myofascial Release focuses on the fascia tissues (tissues that wrap around the structures of our body, and are thin and elastic in nature but very tough). The therapist identifies the problematic fascia muscles and gentle pressure is applied to the affected area to release the tension.
Trigger Point Therapy (TPT)
Trigger point therapy is focused on releasing the knots from your muscles. While this may not be as relaxing as a regular massage, it is very effective. Trigger points are usually points that cause pain somewhere else when pressed. For example, a trigger point on the shoulder may transfer pain up the neck and sometimes into the head. This is great for shoulder and back pain.
Benefits Of Soft Tissue Massage
Improve Blood Circulation: Soft tissue massage therapy allows the flow of fresh and oxygenated blood to the area of injuries and trauma to boost the natural healing of the body.
Improve Flexibility: Soft tissue massage helps improve the overall flexibility and reduces the chance of muscle injury. As soft tissue massage stretches muscle fibers it increases their flexibility and also maintains the flexibility.
Reduces Pain: Muscle tightness and trigger points often cause pain in different areas of the body. Soft tissue massage releases the tightness from affected tissues and muscles and eases the trigger points thus reducing pain and inflammation.
Improved Joint Mobility: If the muscle tightness affects your everyday activities and joint movement then soft tissue therapy can help. This therapy increases mobility and flexibility while reducing the risks of injury.
How Often Should You Get Soft Tissue Therapy?
This varies from individual to individual and depends on the lifestyle and the level of physical activities that you go through every day. A soft tissue therapist will be able to tell you accurately how often you need to visit by assessing your condition and depending on your goals. Visit a soft tissue therapist or a chiropractor to start your soft tissue therapy.