Soft Tissue Manipulation
Our patients come from all walks of life, whether you’re rehabilitating after an injury, want a tune up before a big competition, or want some help getting back on an even keel after a stressful year.
Soft tissues include, muscles, tendons ligaments, and nerves. Soft tissue manipulation covers a range of treatments which aim to improve the mobility of stiff, immobile soft tissues and those with poor circulation due to inactivity or increased tension. It is also used to help mobilise scar tissue, thereby preventing long term recurrence of inflammation.
Patients will benefit from safe, effective and efficient results following treatment with the Podiatrist. The session differs to a general sports massage in a number of ways, firstly, clients are not all from a sport background, we treat everyone.
Secondly, in your soft tissue session a variety of other techniques may be used by the therapist to provide an appropriate treatment. These techniques include: muscle energy techniques*, soft tissue release, assisted stretching, and trigger point therapy**.
The podiatrist will inform you in advance if specific clothing is required (i.e. shorts or loose trousers which will allow the lower limb to be exposed, if the the treatment requires calf treatment).
*Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a form af a manual therapy which uses a muscle's own energy in the form of gentle isometric contractions to relax the muscles via autogenic or reciprocal inhibition, and lengthen the muscle.
**Trigger Point Therapy is a form of Remedial Massage Therapy in which direct pressure is applied to specified points on tender muscle tissue to bring about reduction in muscle tension and pain relief.