Manual therapy techniques will vary from therapist to therapist depending on their training, individual interpretation of the techniques used and level of experience. Just like with music, we are all drawn towards different rhythm, pace and style. Manual therapy techniques also need to be adapted to the animal’s tolerance and condition.
Soft tissue techniques include, but are not limited to, massage, myo-fascial release, trigger point therapy and soft tissue mobilisation (this includes skin, tendons, ligaments, fascia and muscle). Soft tissue treatment techniques have been used since the 1800’s.
Passive stretching is a technique used to assess muscle flexibility and when combined appropriately with other soft tissue techniques can treat decreased flexibility. Passive range of motion of joints is used both for assessment and treatment. Joint mobilisation has a positive mechanical effect on the joint capsule which improves active and passive range of motion, improves joint alignment, stimulates sensory receptors and decreases joint pain.