Soft Tissue Manual Therapy
What is soft tissue mobilization?
If you are an athlete, whether pro or recreational, you know the amount of dedication that it takes to be good at your sport. Whether you’re preparing for a marathon, wrestling meet, the big game or another competition the amount of training and preparation is extensive. You have to train your muscles and soft tissues to perform in the ways you want them to, which can ultimately lead to persistent training soreness and tightness. This is a minor setback, but it doesn’t change the fact that it temporarily impedes your training process.
Soft tissue mobilization is a commonly used hands-on manual therapy treatment we use for our Portland, OR athletes whose muscles may have experienced extended periods of overuse. It helps in loosening up any tight areas and making recovery quicker and easier – so you can get back on track to accomplishing your end goal.
Contact Rose City Physical Therapy today to figure out how soft tissue mobilization can help you!
Your Soft Tissues and You
Muscles consist of many small, thin fibers that contract on command, working together to mobilize your body to do what you are asking of it. These muscles are attached to your bones by tendons, enabling them to move. Your bones are connected by leathery-like bands of connective tissue, called ligaments, for added joint stability. All this – your ligaments, the muscles and tendons, bones – are enveloped in fascia. All of these connective tissues are “soft tissues.”
Your soft tissues provide you with the ability to do many things; however, they also limit you from pushing yourself too far – even if that’s your intention. Soft tissue can be damaged by certain stresses, especially those caused by the repeated actions during athletic activity. A tear in a tendon can leave you with a significant amount of swelling and inflammation. Many athletes also experience ligament sprains, which is caused by a ligament stretching farther than intended.
Soft tissue mobilization can help restore suppleness and resilience in your soft tissue.
What are the benefits of soft tissue mobilization?
Soft tissue mobilization promotes tissue healing so you can get back to your sport as quickly as possible. Sports massage therapy can also be used to mobilize, loosen, and relax these muscles before you train, and help them stay limber throughout the process. This will decrease your risk of strains, sprains, and ruptures.
The soft tissues in the body work hard to make sure your body is functioning at an optimal level. It is important to help optimize their health and function. If you are an athlete in Portland, OR looking for soft tissue mobilization services, request an appointment from Rose City Physical Therapy. Our physical therapists are happy to discuss how our services benefit your physical performance. Your sport is important to you – we want to help get you back in the game!