Stretching and Soft Tissue Mobilization

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What is Stretching and Soft Tissue Mobilization?

At Greater Therapy Centers our licensed physical therapists use stretching and soft tissue mobilization (STM) to help restore function to injured muscles and tissue. STM uses stretching and deep pressure to break up fibrous muscle tissue, also called myofascial adhesions, relax muscle tension and move fluids trapped in the tissues. With this technique our certified physical therapists will determine the area causing the greatest discomfort and work to restore the tissue to its normal texture. This can be done with a variety of tools.

Types of soft tissue mobilization include:

  • Strain – Counterstrain
  • ASTYM – Graston Technique
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
  • Manual traction
  • Trigger Point Therapy / Myofascial Release
  • Cross friction

The benefits of soft tissue mobilization include:

  • Reduction in pain
  • Regeneration of soft tissue
  • Increased mobility
  • Improve function
  • Faster recovery

What conditions can be treated with soft tissue mobilization?

  • Ankle sprains
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic back pain
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shoulder pain
  • Shin splints
  • Tendinitis
  • Post-surgical scarring
  • Epicondylitis
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Is stretching and soft tissue mobilization safe?

When performed by a licensed physical therapist soft tissue mobilization is a safe and effective form of physical therapy.

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Richard Kelly and Dena Aitken, therapists working in the fields of physical and occupational therapy, had a vision of a different kind of therapy environment—one that was relaxed and provided evidence-based treatment in a therapist and clinical driven setting. In the summer of 1997, they acted on their dream by founding the Greater Lewisville Therapy Center.

Encouraged by patients having a good experience and positive outcomes and the enthusiastic support of the local physicians for their concept, Richard and Dena opened a second center in Plano, Texas. Today, GTC operates more than 20 centers in DFW area cities each operated by a licensed therapist and a staff that focuses first on patient needs and comfort. Richard and Dena continue to manage GTC and hope to expand their vision into other Texas communities in the future.

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