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Myofascial Release Techniques for the Rhomboids / Thoracic Spine using Soft Tissue Release (STR)

Posted by Judith Winer on

 Sports Osteopath John Gibbons demonstrates myofascial release techniques for the Rhomboids and Erector Spinae   Rhomboids and Trigger Points A hypertonic rhomboid will have a marked effect on the positioning of the scapula by lifting and retracting it. This will consequently inhibit the neural status of the serratus anterior, in turn affecting the external oblique, and so on along the chain. Force couple actions will be out of sequence, setting up the ideal environment for strain and overuse injury. When the serratus anterior is hypertonic, the rhomboids become inhibited and the scapula will sit wide and drop. Pain is experienced...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Soft Tissue Release

Posted by Judith Winer on

Soft Tissue Release (STR) is a dynamic, highly effective technique that can have an immediate and powerful effect on muscle and connective tissue. STR is a combination of Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Massage, and Active Assisted Stretching. The technique involves applying precise pressure during a specific stretch performed in multiple planes of movement. The goal is to appeal to the autonomic nervous system in a way that leads to spontaneous release of the injured muscle, thus regaining the original resting length of that muscle. STR and Trigger Point Therapy STR can be incorporated into any type of massage, therapist-assisted stretching or...

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Soft Tissue Release (STR)

Posted by Judith Winer on

About Soft Tissue Release (STR) When administering most massage techniques, the tissues remain passive while the therapist glides through them or works on and across them. With STR, a specific position within the tissues is acquired and it is then the tissues themselves which are moved and elongated. This makes textural assessment procedures easier. Therapists can pinpoint specific areas more quickly, particularly where there may be several muscle layers with fibres going in different directions. With the stretch, the fibres are re-arranged and elongated for efficient function. Complex soft tissue dysfunction, where many muscle groups and holding patterns are involved,...

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