Soft Tissue Work
Because everybody is different, it is important to find out what works for you in soft tissue work. There are lots of trendy modalities that become popular for various reasons, but a good rule of thumb should be that the work should make you feel better, not worse.
You also need a good practitioner that has a good understanding of the types of activities or sports that you may be involved in.
Massage : A classic soft tissue technique that is used by many athletes and active individuals. Basic deep tissue massage is effective when a therapist uses their hands to systematically flush out chemical buildup in muscles, break up adhesions or stimulate circulation. Many professional athletes get massages regularly, some before and or after a sporting event.
MAT: Muscle Activation Technique. This technique attempts to address muscular weakness by starting with a range of motion test and then applying pressure at the muscle attachment points to get weak muscles firing. There is then a follow up test to check if the muscles work better after treatment.
ART: Active Release Technique. A popular alternative form of soft tissue work using a localized and intense pressure with movement to work through targeted scar tissue and adhesions that create tightness and injury. Many athletes work it into a regular recovery/prevention program.
Structural Integration: (Rolfing) Has a strong focus on the sheaths and connective tissue surrounding muscles called fascia. Fascial restrictions can create a whole host of issues ranging from restricted movement, compensation patterns, reduced flexibility and chronic pain. Structural work is different from other soft tissue modalities in that practitioners are trained to create overall ease and balance throughout the entire structure, rather than focusing on areas presenting with tension.
Daniel Roberge, LMT, OMT
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Palm Springs, CA 92262
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