This treatment ‘tool’ involves massage to the local soft tissues such as muscles. This type of massage is intended to be strong with the aim of reducing the tension within the area and aiding the improvement of function to help the recovery of the pain complaint.
As with other treatment ‘tools’ soft tissue manipulation can be used as the main aspect of care or as a smaller part of the treatment plan, incorporating other treatment approaches.
At SSi we guide the strength of this technique by how the patient is responding; for example, if the area is very sensitive or tender a reduced strength would be more appropriate where as a stronger treatment would be applied when the area is less reactive.
Often other treatment methods are used along side soft tissue manipulation in order to provide a high level of care and speedy recovery.