Various forms of soft tissue mobilization are utilized depending on the condition/goal of treatment.
Active Release Technique (ART) is used to restore the normal texture, tone (tightness), flexibility, and function to the affected tissue. Here is a nice overview from competitor magazine. Click here.
Cyriax Friction Massage (TFM) involves deep pressure with specifically directed movement/friction in order to remodel scar tissue, allowing the soft tissue to become more flexible, pliable, and more functional. Here is a pdf on this procedure. Click here.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM): similar to TFM, utilizing an instrument.
Common Soft Tissue Conditions: Tendonitis/Tendinopathy (Achilles, rotator cuff, elbow, groin, knee, hip) Plantar fasciitis, IT band syndrome, Muscle strain including chronic and acute hamstring strains and calf strains are most common) Ligament sprains (chronic and acute ankle sprains and knee sprains are most common)