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Manhattan Physical Therapy

Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center is a leader in pain relief and injury recovery located in Midtown New York City. The four specialized physical therapists on staff go beyond standard physical therapy by challenging their client???s bodies to build core strength, flexibility, and increase range of motion.

Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center has an excellent track record of success treating back pain caused by strains, degenerative disc disease, piriformis syndrome, spondylolisthesis or whiplash injuries.

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Understanding Soft Tissue Mobilization

Physical therapists use a wide range of techniques to treat issues related to physical pain and functional movement limitations. Manual physical therapy is a subset of physical therapy in which the physical therapist uses hands-on treatments to correct specific problems. Soft tissue mobilization is one form of manual physical therapy. Here is what you should know.

Understanding Soft Tissue Mobilization

What Is Soft Tissue Mobilization?

When soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, and fascia are injured, the body attempts to repair the damage through a lengthy process of inflammation. This leads to long strands of scar tissue known as adhesions. These adhesions tend to pull against each other as you move, creating pain trigger points. In soft tissue mobilization, your physical therapist will push, pull, and knead your soft tissues in specific ways to reduce pain and restore functionality.

Goals of Soft Tissue Mobilization

  • Break down adhesions
  • Lengthen muscles and tendons
  • Reduce swelling
  • Decrease pain
  • Restore function
  • Improve range of motion

Soft Tissue Mobilization Techniques

Like all forms of physical therapy, soft tissue mobilization relies on specific techniques that are uniquely combined to meet each individual patient’s needs. These techniques include, but are limited to:

Sustained pressure: Pushing and holding directly on the affected tissues

Unlocking spiral: Pushing on the affected tissues in alternating clockwise and counterclockwise directions

Direct oscillations: Pushing and releasing the affected tissues in a rhythmic, pulsing manner

Perpendicular mobilization: Pushing at right angles to the affected tissues

Parallel mobilization: Pushing the muscles along their seams

Perpendicular strumming: Rhythmically pulsing pressure along the muscle borders and then on top of the muscle

Friction massage: Massaging the muscles, tendons, and ligaments across their grain

Participating in Your Own Treatment

Like all forms of physical therapy, soft tissue mobilization requires your active participation to achieve the best results. Here are some ways you can help to optimize your results:

  • Do your home exercises as directed
  • Maintain a normal body weight
  • Get regular aerobic exercise
  • Perform weight training, if approved by your doctor

Soft tissue mobilization is just one important element of a full physical therapy treatment plan. If you are experiencing pain or limited functionality anywhere in your body, or are recovering from an injury, ask your physician if physical therapy is the right choice for you. Many patients find that physical therapy helps them reduce pain, improve function, and return to full form in less time than those who do not seek physical therapy.

Ready to Get Started?

If you are ready for the latest physical therapy treatments for your pain or injury, contact Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center today at (212) 213-3480 to learn how we can help.