Soft Tissue Release


What is STR?

Soft Tissue Release (STR) is a dynamic, highly effective technique that has 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. The result: fast and permanent reorganization of scar tissue, the targeted muscle(s) return to the proper resting length, muscle imbalances are corrected, associated pain is decreased or eliminated altogether, and muscle performance is improved. STR can also relieve tissue tension via the removal of fibrosis/adhesions which can develop in tissues because of overload due to repetitive use or chronic stress. Results are often obtained quickly and permanently. STR can be applied to soft tissue injuries in both acute and chronic situations.

Where can STR be used?

Who can benefit?

STR can be incorporated into any type of massage, therapist-assisted stretching or other manual therapy techniques. The techniques are simple to administer and can be performed in many settings, including the clinic and at an event. STR is very effective on both acute pain and chronic pain. Clients injured in sports, at work, or with injuries incurred over time, can all benefit from STR.