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A common misconception that needs to be corrected is that a massage is not the same thing as the soft tissue mobilization provided by a skilled physical therapist. At Rise Up Physical Therapy, our physical therapists strive to provide the Erie, PA community with unmatched massage therapy options.
Massage is defined as the rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints in order to relieve tension and stress. Soft tissue mobilization is a specific assessment, evaluation and treatment of soft tissues, which includes ligaments, muscles, tendons, and fascia, for the purpose of creating beneficial effects on the musculoskeletal system. Massage is the umbrella technique that may be applied by massage therapists or physical therapists. Soft tissue mobilization is applied very specifically for the treatment of musculoskeletal, lymphatic, or neurological effects.
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Soft tissue mobilization techniques requires a significant amount of training in human anatomy and physiology. A physical therapist has been trained to understand how manipulating the tissues will impact physical function. Physical therapists specialize in evaluation, assessment and treatment of movement function disorders. Soft tissue mobilization is the largest part of the physical therapy treatment at Rise Up. We believe that soft tissue mobilization helps to correct the imbalances in our body as well as heal the underlying injury or issue. At Rise Up, soft tissue mobilization will consist of Graston technique, cupping, as well as many other techniques with just our hands.