Soft Tissue Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. Our Soft Tissue Therapists work closely with the rest of the practitioners at Melbourne Sports Physiotherapy to provide massage therapy treatments tailored to your specific issue or activity. We specialise in injuries whether they are a result of everyday activities or competing in sport at a high level.
Conditions that respond well to soft tissue therapy may include:
Muscular tension associated with activity
Post Surgery recovery
As highly skilled soft tissue therapists, we will determine your specific needs by first taking a thorough history, including a comprehensive physical evaluation which will look closely at your complaint in relation to your posture, strength, range of motion and biomechanics. We will ask questions directly related to the nature and onset of any injury as well as any specific goals for post recovery. There may also be questions regarding lifestyle, physical activity and medical history.
We will use this to help determine your specific needs and the best course of action to enable you to reach your treatment goals. Depending on the nature of the injury we will then implement the appropriate treatment, utilising the following modalities or techniques:
Myofascial Release - applying tension to muscles fascia to get a release or lengthening of the muscle
Trigger Point Therapy - applying direct pressure to create a twitch response and muscle release
Joint Mobilisation Technique – gentle passive movement of a joint to help restore range of motion
Contract - Relax Stretching – utilising isometric contractions whilst holding a stretch to help improve range of motion
Following treatment, we will retest movements as necessary to determine treatment outcomes and plan for future sessions if required. They can also provide advice on stretches and mobility exercises that will help you restore and maintain function and get you back to doing what you love!