Soft tissue mobilization is a form of manual therapy. Your physical therapist uses hands-on techniques on your muscles, ligaments, and fascia to eliminate adhesions and tension, optimizing your muscle function.
Adhesions are your body’s attempt to heal a soft tissue injury with a prolonged inflammation process, resulting in excessive scar tissue. These new tissues pull against one another, forming trigger points of pain.
Goals of soft tissue mobilization include:
- Eliminate or reduce adhesions
- Improve range of motion
- Lengthen muscles and tendons
- Reduce swelling
- Restore pain-free functional movement patterns