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Soft Tissue Mobilization

What Is Soft Tissue Mobilization?

Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM) is defined as the hands-on mobilization of soft tissues, i.e., muscle and associated connective tissues that supports it, tendons (muscle to bone connections) and ligaments (bone-to-bone connections). STM is performed on a patient for the purposes of producing beneficial effects on the nervous, muscular, lymph and circulatory systems.

Who Developed STM?

It takes an organized approach to evaluate and treat the soft tissues of the body effectively. Training and education is the key to good technique. The STM model used in this office follows the course material of Functional Orthopedics as developed by Gregg & Vicky Johnson of the Institute of Physical Art, Steamboat Springs, CO.

What Types of Patients Get STM?

Following injury, or immobilization, soft tissues can become adherent, scarred, or dehydrated, causing pain, weakness and loss of flexibility. Any patient that has not fully moved their spine or extremities can develop soft tissues adhesions that affect not only those tissues, but limit movement and normal physiological processes like breathing and circulation.

What Are the Specifics of STM?

There are many types of soft tissue problems, some examples are:

  • Scars from recent surgury that need to be mobilized as soon as possible, to prevent deep adhesions.
  • Deeper ligament problems in more complex patients such as those with chronic low back pain.
  • Pain that extends from shoulders to arms or from hips to legs indicating adhered nerve problems.
  • Stress-induced headache pain causing shortening of the muscles of the neck.
  • Over-use injuries such as tennis elbow, which damage tendons.
  • Swelling of the foot and ankle following a severe sprain that limits movement.

Our trained physical therapists localize the source of pain or movement restriction through skilled, layer-by layer assessment, looking for ‘soft tissue restrictions’ that will decrease motion and cause pain. Once identified, restrictions are matched with a wide variety of hands-on techniques that ‘free’ these restrictions. The goals of STM are to return normal softness and function to soft tissues, and to decrease pain. Treated muscles, nerves, tendons or ligaments are now optimally prepared to exercise.

The use of skillfully applied techniques to assess and treat soft tissue restrictions is a critical part of the rehabilitative process at COASTherapy.

Soft Tissue Mobilization

What Is Soft Tissue Mobilization?

Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM) is defined as the hands-on mobilization of soft tissues, i.e., muscle and associated connective tissues that supports it, tendons (muscle to bone connections) and ligaments (bone-to-bone connections). STM is performed on a patient for the purposes of producing beneficial effects on the nervous, muscular, lymph and circulatory systems.

Who Developed STM?

It takes an organized approach to evaluate and treat the soft tissues of the body effectively. Training and education is the key to good technique. The STM model used in this office follows the course material of Functional Orthopedics as developed by Gregg & Vicky Johnson of the Institute of Physical Art, Steamboat Springs, CO.

What Types of Patients Get STM?

Following injury, or immobilization, soft tissues can become adherent, scarred, or dehydrated, causing pain, weakness and loss of flexibility. Any patient that has not fully moved their spine or extremities can develop soft tissues adhesions that affect not only those tissues, but limit movement and normal physiological processes like breathing and circulation.

What Are the Specifics of STM?

There are many types of soft tissue problems, some examples are:

  • Scars from recent surgury that need to be mobilized as soon as possible, to prevent deep adhesions.
  • Deeper ligament problems in more complex patients such as those with chronic low back pain.
  • Pain that extends from shoulders to arms or from hips to legs indicating adhered nerve problems.
  • Stress-induced headache pain causing shortening of the muscles of the neck.
  • Over-use injuries such as tennis elbow, which damage tendons.
  • Swelling of the foot and ankle following a severe sprain that limits movement.

Our trained physical therapists localize the source of pain or movement restriction through skilled, layer-by layer assessment, looking for ‘soft tissue restrictions’ that will decrease motion and cause pain. Once identified, restrictions are matched with a wide variety of hands-on techniques that ‘free’ these restrictions. The goals of STM are to return normal softness and function to soft tissues, and to decrease pain. Treated muscles, nerves, tendons or ligaments are now optimally prepared to exercise.

The use of skillfully applied techniques to assess and treat soft tissue restrictions is a critical part of the rehabilitative process at COASTherapy.