Soft-tissue mobilization is manual therapy focused on the body's soft tissue. It is most similar to massage, using hands-on techniques or instruments to optimize functioning in muscles, ligaments, and fascia. Often patients find an immediate decrease in pain and improved range of motion. Often patients need to follow this up with some exercise, stretches, or relaxation.
When an instrument is used, it is called instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. Two popular systems of this are ASTYM and Graston. Our physical therapists use a combination of a variety of techniques and philosophies to give our patients and clients the best care.
Cupping is also a form of soft tissue mobilization that we use. It is beneficial for a variety of conditions. The most common conditions cupping is helpful for are mono-neuropathies such as cubital tunnel syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica, and also after lumbar fusions.