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Massage Therapy (Soft tissue manipulation)

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Soft tissues include, muscles, tendons ligaments, and nerves. Soft tissue manipulation covers a range of treatments which aim to improve the mobility of stiff, immobile soft tissues and those with poor circulation due to inactivity or increased tension. It is also used to help mobilise scar tissue, thereby preventing long term recurrence of inflammation.

Soft-tissue mobilization therapy is used to treat some kinds of soft tissue injuries. It’s a type of manual therapy. Some people believe it can help:

  • Relax tense muscles
  • Reduce scar tissue
  • Stretch fascia
  • Lengthen fascia

Soft tissue injuries often occur when your muscles are abnormally tense. Your muscles work by tensing, contracting, and then relaxing. They get shorter when they contract, which moves the part of the skeletal system they’re attached to. If they don’t relax completely, it can lead to problems, including:

  • Pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • A restricted range of motion
  • Misalignment of your skeletal system

Other soft tissue injuries occur due to trauma. For example, you can twist your ankle or pull a tendon in your groin.