Manual Techniques

Categories of Myofascial Manipulation

Autonomic and Reflective Approaches

Soft tissue mobilization is manual stimulation of the skin and superficial connective tissue. We work throughly through the connective tissue & the fascia that overlay or wrap with the musccle. The more mobility we achiveve through the connective tissue and fascia, the best the muscle slides and functions. Also our joints have more mobility to move more freely.

Mechanical Approaches

These approaches look to produce mechanical or histological changes by gradually applying deeper manual strokes to specific muscles to produce the desired effects of reducing muscle contraction & reducing the irritated muscle fibres.


Movement Approach

We get the patient to actively precipitate in a series of clinical guided movements to change aberrant behavioural patterns.

In Clinical Myotherapy, we are primarily involved with the mechanical approach in which manual, deep soft tissue manipulation and/or dry needling is applied to specific muscles to locate, assess treat abnormal muscle contraction, which then has the greatest effect on regaining normal muscle behaviour, better joint, ligament &/or tendon integrity and function.

Benefits of Myofascial Manipulation

  • Decreases pain
  • Decreases chronic pain in affecting areas of the body such as neck, shoulders, back, lower back, hips etc.
  • Decreases contracted muscles
  • Decreases pain receptors
  • Decreases trigger point activity
  • Decreases referred pain and muscle pain
  • Decreases stress and anxiety.
  • Increase mobility & elasticity of the fascia
  • Increase mobility & elasticity of the connective tissue.
  • Increase blood supply to the muscles, connective tissue and fascia.
  • Increase nutrients to the muscle via the blood supply.
  • Increases tissue response to change behaviour
  • Increase in the production of oxytocin, which is a feel good hormone.

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