Soft Tissue Release

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Soft Tissue Release By Jane Johnson

© 2009
Book 176 pages
ISBN-13: 9780736077125

Product Description

Soft Tissue Release is a clear, concise, and practical book that guides you in understanding and applying the three types of soft tissue release (STR): passive (clients do not help), active assisted (clients and therapists work together), and active (clients do it on their own). Rather than focus on the specific purposes of soft tissue release, this text provides basic information about the therapy and prepares readers to perform the techniques. The result is a text that professionals and students in massage therapy, physiotherapy, and osteopathy will find invaluable.

Soft Tissue Release thoroughly explains the differences between the three types of STR by providing step-by-step descriptions on performing each type along with the key holds, moves, and stances for various muscles. The descriptions are accompanied by handy reference charts indicating the types of clients and situations in which each technique is particularly useful. Complete instructions explain how to apply STR to various parts of the body—the trunk, the lower limbs, and the upper limbs—and detail the advantages and disadvantages of each technique. Numerous full-color photos depict the locks and stretches.

The book also explains how to use alternative options—such as massage tools and forearms, fists, and elbows—to protect the hands and thumbs from overuse. Tips sidebars provide short, practical comments on applying the techniques, while Client Talk boxes share the author’s experiences and provide insight on situations that a therapist is likely to encounter. Each chapter ends with Quick Questions to test knowledge of the information, and answers are provided at the end of the book. A quick-reference photo index allows readers to look up techniques based on the client’s position—prone, supine, sitting, or side lying—and find the page number for the complete instructions for that technique.

Finally, Soft Tissue Release shows how to incorporate the proper techniques into a treatment program. The book guides readers through the consultation process and provides examples of initial questions to ask clients and various assessment forms that therapists can use in identifying clients’ needs. Using case studies and comparisons, the book shows how the data gleaned from clients can guide the design of an effective treatment program.

Soft Tissue Release will help the STR techniques come alive through its clear, detailed instruction and the numerous photos showing the techniques being applied by professionals. Whether you are a student or a professional, Soft Tissue Release will help you gain proficiency and confidence in these techniques.


Part I. Getting Started With Soft Tissue Release

Chapter 1. Introduction to Soft Tissue Release
Who Should Have Soft Tissue Release?
How Does Soft Tissue Release Work?
Where Can Soft Tissue Release Take Place?
When Should Soft Tissue Release Be Done?
Benefits of Soft Tissue Release
Closing Remarks
Quick Questions

Chapter 2. Preparing for Soft Tissue Release
Equipment Required
Consultation With the Client
Caution and Safety Issues
Three Methods of STR
Measuring the Effectiveness of STR
Frequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting Tips
Closing Remarks
Quick Questions

Part II. Soft Tissue Release Techniques

Chapter 3. Passive Soft Tissue Release
Introduction to Passive Soft Tissue Release
Key Holds, Moves and Stances for Passive STR
Safety Guidelines for Passive STR
When Is Passive STR Indicated?
Quick Questions

Chapter 4. Active-Assisted Soft Tissue Release
Introduction to Active-Assisted Soft Tissue Release
Key Holds, Moves and Stances for Active-Assisted STR
Safety Guidelines for Active-Assisted STR
When Is Active-Assisted STR Indicated?
Quick Questions

Chapter 5. Active Soft Tissue Release
Introduction to Active Soft Tissue Release
Key Holds, Moves and Stances for Active STR
Safety Guidelines for Active STR
When Is Active STR Indicated?
Quick Questions

Part III. Applying Soft Tissue Release

Chapter 6. Soft Tissue Release for the Trunk
Levator Scapulae
Upper Trapezius
Erector Spinae (Spinalis)
Quick Questions

Chapter 7. Soft Tissue Release for the Lower Limbs
Tibialis Anterior
Quick Questions

Chapter 8. Soft Tissue Release for the Upper Limbs
Wrist and Finger Extensors
Wrist and Finger Flexors
Quick Questions

Part IV. Soft Tissue Release Programmes

Chapter 9. Creating a Soft Tissue Release Programme
Initial Questions
Client Medical History
Range of Motion and Other Special Tests
Programme for Treatment
Case Studies
Closing Remarks
Quick Questions


Text for massage therapy, physiotherapy, and osteopathy students; also a reference for professionals in these areas. Fitness instructors, sport coaches, sport therapists, chiropractors, and other body workers may also find this book beneficial.

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