Soft tissue massage and soft tissue mobilization are essentially any treatments that involves direct physical action on the muscle and other soft tissues of your body. Soft tissue techniques target release of muscles, tendons, ligaments and the connective tissue of the body. Your massage therapist or physical therapist will perform the soft tissue manual therapy techniques, which will include a variety of massage depths, pressures and durations. Every therapist has unique training and background which affects the type of treatment they provide. They understand what techniques are right for your body at any given time.
The benefits to massage are many. Massage aids in relaxing muscles as blood flow is increased to the tissues. The treatment helps release endorphins, which are your body’s own natural pain relievers. Your body relaxes; yet feels rejuvenated. Specific trigger point release is often indicated. A trigger point is a knotty area within a muscle that when palpated will create direct or referred pain. Therapists provide special techniques to release trigger points and improve your freedom of movement. Massage is believed to improve immunity and help improve mental well-being.
During your Sternen Physical Therapy appointment, your physical therapist may use soft tissue mobilization with a specific intent to improve or change the state of your body and function to meet your rehabilitation goals. As your move it to wellness, Cleveland BodyWise massage therapists can provide an hour full body massage. A regular massage schedule or even a massage a few times a year is a healthy wellness choice!