Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissue mobilization is a form of manual physical therapy that uses hands-on techniques on your muscles and ligaments to heal scar tissue that sometimes forms after a soft tissue injury. The new tissues pull against one another and can cause significant pain. This type of therapy works to improve range of motion, lengthen muscles and tendons, reduce swelling, relieve pain and restore function.

Specific techniques for soft tissue mobilization include:

  • Sustained pressure – pushing directly on the restricted tissue
  • Unlocking spiral – pushing on the restricted tissue in alternating clockwise and counterclockwise rotating motions
  • Direct oscillations – rhythmic pushing on the restricted tissue
  • Perpendicular mobilization – pushing on the myofascial tissue at right angles
  • Parallel mobilization – pushing along the seams of muscles
  • Perpendicular strumming – rhythmic pushing along muscle border, followed by rubber of top of muscle
  • Friction massage – pushing across the grain of the muscles, tendons and ligaments

 

Technologies for Soft Tissue Mobilization

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What to Expect for Soft Tissue Mobilization

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Side Effects and Risk Factors for Soft Tissue Mobilization

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Education and Resources for Soft Tissue Mobilization

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