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For a long time the fascial network surrounding all the body's major structures was largely ignored. Usually discarded without any examination when exploring cadavers, the importance of the fascia was not recognised. In recent decades the bodywork field has began awakening to the profound significance of this fascinating structure.
Having a tight muscle almost always translates into joint stiffness. Back in the days, Osteopaths developed a clever technique of restoring a muscle’s ‘normal’ length to prepare clients for joint manipulation. Once the surrounding soft tissues are sufficiently released, the chances of comfortable and successful joint manipulation are much higher.
Soft tissue therapy (STT) can be an effective and sufficient way to treat most minor and chronic musculoskeletal injuries. The outcomes, however, depend greatly on the appropriate selection of interventions and the practitioner’s ability to apply them.