Soft Tissue Mobilization: (STM)
Used to relieve myofascial trigger points, reduce swelling and inflammation, relax tight areas, and promote healing.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM):
Similar to STM except with the use of instruments that detect and treat fascial restrictions, encourage rapid localization and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration.
Tensile Tissue Stretching (Cupping):
This therapy utilizes plastic cups and a vacuum pistol to create suction on the body surface. These cups are moved over the skin using gliding techniques while gently pulling up on the cup, or may be left in one position for a short time to facilitate relaxation of the nervous system and soft tissue release.
This treatment is a passive technique where the therapist applies a specifically directed manual impulse, or thrust, to a joint, at or near the end of the passive (or physiological) range of motion. This is often accompanied by an audible "crack". This technique can decrease pain and stiffness in the spine. The effects are often attributed to neurophysiological changes and psychological effects.
A manual therapy technique comprising skilled passive movements to the joint complex that are applied at varying speeds and amplitudes with the intent to restore optimal motion, function, and/ or to reduce pain