SOFT TISSUE THERAPY TECHNIQUES
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a tender focal lesion located in a taut muscle band that refers pain when pressed. You can have latent trigger points which create pain when you push on them or active trigger points which create pain on movement or at rest. Trigger points form as a muscle gets fatigued. A good example of this is if you are sitting in poor posture, the muscles that are in a stretched position and are still working are prone to getting fatigued and develop trigger points. The pain from trigger points is caused by a decrease in blood flow through the centre of the trigger point (tight spot), which contributes to a build up of noxious chemicals.
Trigger point therapy involves applying direct pressure onto these points to create an increase of pressure through the centre. The muscle responds with a palpable twitch known as a twitch response and is evidence that the muscle has released off. Trigger point therapy is implemented with either pincer grip pressure, ischemic pressure or can be used as part of a tension technique.
Muscle Tension Technique (or Myofascial Release)
The term Myofascial Release has been around for longer than the term Muscle Tension Technique, but there is also a surgical technique, that is also referred to as Myofascial Release, where they release the fascia surrounding the muscle for conditions such as compartment syndrome, so it is now more common place to use the term Muscle Tension Technique for what we do as Soft Tissue Therapists.
With Muscle Tension Technique, we are quite literally applying tension to the muscle's fascia, aiming to get a release or a lengthening of the fascia.
Joint Mobilisation Technique
Soft Tissue Therapists often use gentle joint mobilisation techniques to increase range of motion of joints. This can have a positive effect on muscle tension in the area. When you take pressure off the joint or increase a joint's function, the muscles usually respond with a decrease in tone. Joint Mobilisation Technique normally refers to facet joints of the spine where a gentle bouncing type pressure is applied to those facet joints to increase mobility, particularly where the fascia in the region is very tight.
We are often asked whether we do Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Pregnancy Massage at NSTT. In response to this, we consider these forms of massage to be encompassed in the role of a Myotherapist or Remedial Massage Therapist and not modalities that sit separately and alone. So rest assured that all of the Soft Tissue Therapists at our clinic are experienced and qualified to perform "sports massage", "deep tissue massage" and "pregnancy massage".
Our team of Soft Tissue Therapists are passionate about keeping their athletes and patients active and pain-free.