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Soft Tissue Mobilization For Soft Tissue Injuries

When you experience a soft-tissue injury, like a sprain, strain, or bruise, soft tissue mobilization may be your best treatment option for regaining your full range of motion, reducing pain, and restoring your physical function. Soft tissue manual therapy, also commonly known as soft tissue mobilization (STM) is a form of hands-on therapy commonly used in physical therapy treatments and by chiropractors.

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Soft Tissue Injuries Can Have Long-Term Effects

When our soft tissue sustains injury, whether it’s from an accident, overuse, or another cause, it often results in the formation of adhesions, inflammation, and scar tissue, among other consequences. These conditions can disturb the body in other ways, prompting dysfunctions in the spine and other musculoskeletal areas. While these injuries are common results of participating in sports and highly active activities, they can also occur during everyday activities, such as when you step awkwardly off a stoop or stairs, and by extended use of your body with recurring actions.

The best way to avoid and treat these dysfunctions is with soft tissue therapy from your Altamonte Springs chiropractor. Healing from soft-tissue injuries can feel like an endless process, as these areas typically take longer to heal than other parts of the body. If you experience a soft tissue injury, our chiropractor in Altamonte Springs can help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment for instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization and restore a high-quality, pain-free lifestyle.

What Does Soft Tissue Mobilization Do?

A soft tissue injury is an encompassing term used to characterize any type of injury to the soft tissues in the body. Common types of soft tissue injuries include sprains, strains, contusions, tendonitis, bursitis, and stress injuries. Roach Family Wellness offers soft tissue physical therapy for any type of soft tissue problem, including carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tendinitis, Achilles tendinitis, cervical sprain, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, shin splints, lumbar sprain, fibromyalgia, trigger finger, and the following. Schedule physical therapy for soft tissue injury today!


Radiating pain that typically starts in the lower back and radiates down the legs or along the sciatic nerve is known as sciatica. Sciatica typically occurs as a result of a disk injury and it’s often felt as nerve pain. Symptoms of sciatica may include numbness, weakness, pain, tingling, and discomfort in the lower back, buttocks, and legs.


Arthritis is a umbrella term used to describe more than 100 different conditions that affect a joint or several joints in the body. Arthritis can cause debilitating pain and significantly reduce quality of life. Signs of arthritis include pain, swelling in the joints, reduced movement, and reduced mobility of the affected joint or joints.


Whiplash often occurs as a result of being involved in a car accident. Whiplash is an injury that affects the soft tissues in the neck, like the neck muscles and tendons. This condition occurs when there is a sudden and severe back and forth or side-to-side movement of the neck, usually during an accident.

Muscle Injuries

Muscle injuries can occur due to a wide range of causes. Injuries to muscles can encompass many different pathologies, such as muscle strains. Muscle strains may develop when you put excessive strain or tensile force or pressure on your muscles and your muscles cannot adequately withstand it.

Scar Tissue

Similarly to the way our skin develops scars after we sustain a laceration or injury, our internal organs, muscles, and tissues can also accumulate scars. One of the primary goals of scar tissue mobilization treatment is to diminish or eliminate adhesions, which comprise collagen-rich scar tissue made in the body’s attempts to heal soft tissue injuries.

Back Pain

Soft tissue back pain occurs when an injury or strain occurs to the muscles, tendons or ligaments. It can occur anywhere in the back, though it commonly occurs in the lower or middle back regions. Most people experience soft tissue pain in the lumbar spine or lower back because this area supports most of the weight of the body.

Leg Pain

Foot, knee, and leg pain are common soft tissue problems that occur due to injuries in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These painful soft tissue injuries often take place during exercise or highly active moments, but they can also happen from everyday activities. Common soft tissue injuries are sprains, contusions, strains, and tendonitis.

Benefits Of Soft Tissue Therapy

There is a wide range of benefits patients can enjoy when they undergo soft tissue mobilization occupational therapy. The primary benefits of soft tissue therapy derive from the process of soft tissue repair that occurs as a result of our customized techniques. Consider the following benefits of undergoing soft tissue therapy.

  • Reduces overall healing time
  • Speeds up the process of recovery
  • Long-term healing of chronic conditions
  • Neurological advantages
  • Breaks down scar tissue
  • Releases fascial adhesions
  • Forms new connective tissue

Soft Tissue Mobilization Techniques

Just as there are numerous different types of soft tissue injuries, there are several types of soft tissue mobilization or soft tissue therapy techniques. Soft tissue mobilization techniques your chiropractor may use during you session include manual resistant techniques, body wall reflex techniques, functional techniques, and intersegmental traction. Contact our practice to schedule an appointment and to learn more about how soft tissue mobilization can benefit your health and lifestyle.

Manual Resistance Techniques

Manual resistance techniques involve varying positioning, joint movements, and degrees of contact pressure. These modalities include muscle energy and post-isometric techniques. Also called manual traction, this modality involves applying gentle pressure to certain areas of the body while gently stretching the soft tissues to restore natural motion.

Body Wall Reflex Techniques

The body wall reflex techniques comprise several different techniques that allow our chiropractor to identify and treat various soft tissue points that are sensitive to palpation. Body wall reflex techniques may include acupressure techniques, Chapman lymphatic reflex technique, and the Bennet vascular reflex technique.

Functional Techniques

Functional soft tissue techniques typically include approaches that focus on the intricate structure and function of the patient’s body. The primary goal of functional techniques is to restore natural, easy movements to the affected areas by improving mobility in the joints and boosting muscle tone. Examples of functional techniques your chiropractor may use include myofascial release technique and positional release therapy.

Intersegmental Traction

Intersegmental traction is a chiropractic therapeutic technique that adjusts the spine in a gentle, non-painful, and non-invasive manner. Your chiropractor uses passive movements to stretch your spinal joints and increase spinal mobility. Intersegmental traction does not involve any sudden or severe movements, which makes it an optimal solution for patients who feel nervous or worried about undergoing treatment. This technique uses special soft tissue mobilization tools called rollers, which are moved up and down the length of the spine to stretch the spinal joints. As they stretch, the spinal joints increase blood circulation and oxygen circulation, and mobility is restored.

Is Soft Tissue Therapy Painful?

No! In fact, patients who come to us experience a significant amount of pain prior to treatment and notice substantial relief following each session. Our treatments are gentle, non-invasive, require no surgery or drugs, and are individualized to the unique needs of each patient for optimal healing and wellness. If you suffer from body pain, reduced motion, headaches, migraines, or another issue, contact Roach Family Wellness. We are your natural pain specialist and we are committed to providing you with effective, sustainable, and long-lasting solutions that improve your overall quality of life!

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