Soft Tissue Mobilisation is a manual therapy consisting of rhythmic stretching and deep pressure to the soft tissue of the lower leg, ankle and foot.
Soft tissue includes muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia (a fibrous sheet or band of tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body).
A number of factors such as foot posture, activity levels and body weight can overload the soft tissue resulting in pain and injury. The soft tissue can become inflammed, develop adhesions (the tissue basically sticks together) and scar tissue and the fascia can become thickened reducing the range of motion of the joints and increasing pain.
The goal of Soft Tissue Mobilisation is to restore normal texture to the tissue and reduce associated pain.
This is achieved by:
Deep tissue mobilisation is effective for any conditions involving lack of mobility and/or pain within the soft tissue.
Common examples include heel pain, chronic ankle pain, shin splints and calf / Achilles pain.
Soft tissue mobilisation is also recommended to help the feet adapt when adjusting foot posture with prescription Orthotics.