SOFT TISSUE THERAPY
Myofascial release is a common technique that often works well when combined with other therapies. It can involve "pinning and stretching" affected muscles, and often requires both doctor and patient participation. The goal of myofascial release is to stretch and loosen the fascia so that the muscle, and its surrounding structures can regain normal range of motion.
TOOL ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MANIPULATION
Tool Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (TAST) utilizes a special tool with a beveled edge. This tool allows deeper muscles to be released, and can aid in the break up of scar tissue. The clinician will be able to utilize the tool in different ways depending on what muscle is affected, and what the desired outcomes are.
This therapy involves using special cups that adhere to the surface of the skin. The cups suction to the surface and create a vacuum effect that increases blood flow to the area. This in turn speeds up the healing process of the damaged tissue. The cups stay on for a few minutes and may leave a bruised appearance when taken off. This usually wears off within 48-72 hours.
PIR, or Post Isometric Relaxation stretching involves both stretching and contracting the target muscle. This type of stretching is utilized to improve flexibility and muscle strength. Although it is commonly used with athletes, PIR stretching can benefit anyone when done correctly.