Soft Tissue Release (STR) is a dynamic, highly effective technique that has an immediate and powerful effect on muscle and connective tissue. STR is a combination of Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Massage, and Active Assisted Stretching. The technique involves applying precise pressure during a specific stretch performed in multiple planes of movement. The goal is to appeal to the autonomic nervous system in a way that leads to spontaneous release of the injured muscle, thus regaining the original resting length of that muscle. The result: fast and permanent reorganization of scar tissue, the targeted muscle(s) return to the proper resting length, muscle imbalances are corrected, associated pain is decreased or eliminated altogether, and muscle performance is improved. Results are often obtained quickly and permanently. These techniques can be applied to soft tissue injuries in both acute and chronic situations.
Where can STR be used and who can benefit?
STR can be incorporated into any type of therapist-assisted stretching or other manual therapy techniques. The techniques are simple to administer and can be performed in many settings – in the gym, therapy clinic and at an field or arena sports event. STR is very effective on both acute pain and chronic pain. Clients injured in sports, at work, or with injuries incurred over time, can all benefit from STR.
- Lower leg injuries – Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints, Ankle Sprains, Foot and Arch pain, Sesamoiditis, Hammer and Claw toes.
- Knee problems – Patellar Femoral Syndrome, ITB Friction Syndrome, Jumper’s Knee, Adductor and Hamstring Strains.
- Low Back – chronic and acute pain treatment – Learn to successfully eliminate low back pain both acute and chronic following a very simple yet effective protocol.
- Shoulder and upper body problems – Releases for Deltoids, Supraspinatus, Levator Scapulae, Latissimus Dorsi, Rhomboids, Trapezius, Pectoralis Major and Minor, Biceps, Triceps, Frozen Shoulder, Intercostals and Respiratory Muscles.
- Neck pain – Whiplash – chronic and acute neck pain.
- Elbow pain – Tennis and Golfer’s elbow.
- Forearm and Hand – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and De Quervain’s Syndrome.