Soft Tissue Mobilisation


Soft tissue injury (STI) is an umbrella term for any type of injury to connective tissue. Common types of injury are:

  • sprains
  • strains
  • contusions
  • tendinitis
  • bursitis
  • stress injuries

Assessments are conducted according to presenting signs and symptoms, with the purpose of helping to identify the most likely cause(s) of the pain or injury. They may include assessments of posture, biomechanics, range of motion, and the nervous system, among others.

When the findings of an assessment suggest that the client may have a condition or signs and symptoms that are beyond the scope of a practitioner’s skill-set, training, and/or specialisation, they will refer that client to the most appropriate healthcare professional.

These injuries usually affect your muscles, tendons, and fasciae which are the connective tissues that surround, connect, or support your muscles, organs, bones, blood vessels, and nerves.

Problems in the lower extremities that our practitioners would treat include:

  • tendinitis of the heel and knee
  • sprained ankle and knee
  • shin splints
  • plantar fasciitis
  • Morton’s neuroma

Soft tissue mobilisation (STM) is a form of manual physical therapy where your licensed physical therapist uses hands-on techniques on your muscles, ligaments and fasciae with the goal of breaking adhesions.

Adhesions are your body’s attempt to heal a soft tissue injury with a lengthy inflammation process, resulting in long strands of collagenous scar tissue. These new tissues pull against one another, forming trigger points of pain.

Goals of Soft Tissue Mobilisation

  • Break down or reduce adhesions
  • Improve range of motion
  • Lengthen muscles and tendons
  • Reduce swelling and oedema

You should not have soft tissue mobilisation when you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Localised infection
  • Inflammatory skin condition
  • Fracture
  • Fibromyalgia (in inflammatory state)
  • Advanced diabetes