Soft tissue refers to tissues that connect, support, or surround other structures and organs of the body. Soft tissue includes muscles, tendons, fascia (connective tissue), fat, fibrous tissue, blood vessels, lymph vessels and nerves.
What is Manual Manipulation?
Sometimes called hands-on physical therapy, manual manipulation uses no devices or machines. With this technique, therapists use only their hands. Trigger point therapy is another form of manual manipulation, this is one of my preferred techniques that I find is very beneficial in releasing soft tissue
What is Trigger Point Therapy?
A trigger point is a hyperirritable, tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in that tissue and other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.
Trigger point therapy is a manipulation technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Pain relief is often experienced immediately.
Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy and soft tissue manipulation:
To manage stress and postural imbalances
Promote muscle recovery (pre/post event)
Alleviate the symptoms and discomfort from occupational stresses
Treat muscular overuse
Manage chronic pain conditions
Improve muscular and joint range of motion
To help with overall stress relief
To aid relaxation
What are the other health benefits of Massage Therapy?
There are a great number of benefits whether receiving a sports and remedial massage or more of a relaxation massage. These benefits include: