168 pages, 160 colour photographs

Soft Tissue Release. A Practical Handbook for Physical Therapists By Mary Sanderson

Whether for sporting competition, work or generally for the maintenance of posture, everyone needs muscles that are not only strong, but also supple and in balance. Soft tissue release is a dynamic, participative and versatile massage technique, and in this book, the author outlines the techniques that she has found to be successful in her experience over the past twenty-one years. STR is not intended to exclude traditional massage techniques. Experience in massage therapy is the foundation of good practice in STR; involving movement and the active co-operation of the subject is a positive step forward for the skilled therapist.

Soft Tissue Release: A Practical Guide for Therapists was originally written in 1998 as the first book on soft tissue release. It has since gone on to sell many 1000s of copies, and has been instrumental in making soft tissue release a vital tool in the therapistıs range of techniques that can be offered to clients. The book has been updated in 2012 and is published in colour for the first time, including new photography and drawings to illustrate the theory and techniques involved.





This book is now on the reading list of many schools, colleges and institutes and is required reading for all students of sports therapy as well as practitioners. It's success is based on the fact that the author is well versed in her art, knows what she is talking about, and conveys her principles in a very easy to understand format without patronising the reader. If you are a student or practitioner of any physical therapy, you can't afford to ignore this book. It will transform your career! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Soft Tissue Release is a form of bodywork popularized in the UK and Europe. It can produce quick & effective results releasing tension in soft tissue. STR uses a unique stretching technique, which combines pressure and stretch and is an excellent way of breaking down soft tissue adhesions. While usual stretching acts globally, it may not be effective for a specific tension. With STR, a local tension is locked by applied pressure and the tissues are stretched. The therapist anchors or locks the restricted fascia or muscles with the fist, forearm, elbow, or fingers, while the client move an adjacent joint so that the muscle, tendon, or fascia is slowly stretched from the anchor point. As Mary Sanderson writes, "The basic principle behind STR is that congested fibres can be targeted more accurately. In some instances, the stretch may involve only the tiniest of movements". So, subtlety and skill are required.



Mary Sanderson, B.A. Sports Studies, LSSM (Dip.) Sports Massage, Certificate in Neuromuscular Re-education (NMR) runs her own private practice in Hastings. She is a senior tutor for the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM) and the Northern Institute of Massage, as well as lecturing to chiropractors and chartered physiotherapists on their CPD programmes. 



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