Massage / Soft Tissue Mobilization

Dr. Thomas and our Hamilton Physical Therapy Team provides soft tissue mobilization and massage therapy for pain relief in Baltimore, MD
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Soft Tissue Mobilization | Massage Therapy - Baltimore, MD

Soft tissue mobilization techniques are derived from traditional massage-therapy practices, adjusted to target a specific problem. Soft tissue mobilization is prescribed by a therapist after a physical examination.

The treatment is always specific to the physical problem. The treatments are designed to ease muscle spasms, break-up scar tissue to improve flexibility, and facilitate healing. Add-on care elements may include general massage, electrical stimulation, and ice.

At Hamilton Physical Therapy, Dr. Thomas can relieve your symptoms by utilizing appropriate soft tissue mobilization treatments. Call 410-444-2770 or book an appointment online to begin your care journey!


FAQs on Massage / Soft Tissue Manipulation:

What’s the Difference Between Massage and Soft Tissue Mobilization?

Massage therapy has traditionally focused on generalized relaxation and usually covers the entire body or large anatomical regions. Soft tissue mobilization, however, addresses specific problems, and takes into account numerous aspects of both the diagnosis and potential outcomes.

Similarities between massage therapy and soft tissue mobilization include the use of the hands, thumbs, and elbows to treat the muscle, fascia (connective tissue), tendons, and ligaments. But unlike massage therapy, specific tissue mobilization instruments may be utilized. This is known as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization.

Who Needs Soft Tissue Mobilization?

Soft tissue mobilization can be especially beneficial for the following patient groups:

  • people who are experiencing shortening of muscle or connective tissue
  • individuals undergoing post-surgical rehabilitation - particularly those restoring lost range of motion
  • patients struggling with chronic pain syndrome
  • athletes recovering from a sports-related injury

How Long Do Soft Tissue Mobilization Sessions Last?

Unlike massages – which may be half hour to several hours – a single soft tissue mobilization session usually takes a few seconds to several minutes depending on the objective.

Does It Hurt?

Generally, soft tissue mobilization does not hurt. The technique will be dependent on a variety of factors, including:

  • if you have an acute or chronic injury
  • if you have a simple strain vs. a complex injury
  • if you are a "weekend warrior" vs. elite athlete

Why Should Patients Seek Treatment at Hamilton PT?

We are a private physical therapy clinic in the Baltimore area that provides expert care via a board-certified physical therapist practitioner. Our doors are open to all, and our team will always make sure that we personalize and deliver the right treatment to you. Call us at 410-444-2770 or book an appointment online to start your care journey today.

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