Functional Soft Tissue Manipulation

Reduce recovery time and accelerate healing of soft tissue injuries.

Soft tissue that is overused, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves, can cause painful muscular adhesions and dense scar tissue in the body. These adhesions constrict the soft tissue over time, impacting the muscle's ability to contract. This is where functional soft tissue manipulation comes in.

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What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

Following an injury, functional rehabilitation is a type of therapy that focuses on enhancing balance, flexibility, and muscle strength.


The conventional components of physical therapy are expanded upon with functional rehabilitation. This treatment restores appropriate movement patterns by employing exercises that mimic the motions you do on a regular basis. It also enhances the communication between your muscular and neurological systems.


Simply put, functional rehabilitation is an effective treatment to help your body return to its prime condition.

WhAT Are The Benefits Of Functional Rehabilitation?

Most of the structures in the human body, including muscles, are wrapped in a thin, resilient, elastic-like connective tissue called fascia. Fascia supports and shields the muscles.
One form of functional soft tissue manipulation is myofascial release, a manual therapy technique that addresses specific areas of the fascia. The goal of myofascial therapy is to stretch and loosen the fascia for better movement and flexibility for the patient.
There are many symptoms and conditions that can be improved with myofascial release therapy. It focuses on pain believed to arise from myofascial tissues, or the tough membranes that wrap, connect, and support the muscles.
During myofascial release, light manual pressure is applied to the areas that feel stiff or fixed, instead of elastic and flexible.

Who Benefits from Functional Soft Tissue Manipulation?

Many patients turn to myofascial therapy when they experience persistent back, shoulder, or hip pain, or discomfort in any area of soft tissue with a loss of flexibility or function as a result of an injury.

Not only can myofascial release therapy help athletes achieve proper alignment for competition, but it can also improve skeletal and muscular alignment for patients prior to surgery. 

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Learn More About How Functional Soft Tissue Manipulation Can Help You
Myofascial therapy can relieve pain for patients with limited flexibility and movement or assist patients in preparation for more aggressive types of strengthening by focusing on particular parts of the myofascial system. This allows patients to regain normal movement and increased function to perform at their optimal levels.

If you have been dealing with muscular pain that your massage therapist has been unable to resolve, it may be time for targeted functional soft tissue manipulation. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Sipe today.