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FOCUS ON: Soft Tissue Release (STR)

FOCUS ON: Soft Tissue Release (STR)

What is Soft Tissue Release (STR)

STR is a remedial (healing) technique, which strives to stretch and lengthen soft tissue structures such as muscles and tendons. Soft Tissue Release (STR) is intended for all individuals (active or not) suffering from tightness within these soft tissue structures. Unlike conventional stretching techniques, Soft Tissue Release (STR) localises a stretch to a specific area(s) of tightness. This is achieved by applying pressure or what the industry calls, 'Lock' to a shortened muscle. This effectively reduces the actual length of the muscle. In turn moving the joint it works across and then lengthens the muscle. This provides a stretch from the temporary origin of the muscle to its insertion.

People often ask if STR is just used for sports injuries. This is 100%, not the case. It's actually a great way to prevent injury. It can realign the body to its natural position so is often used to correct posture and restore balance. This can release tension and reduce tightness but can also be very relaxing and generally good for your wellbeing. Much like stretching, it's a case of 'locking' into the muscle before someone stretches it themselves – an excellent habit for those of you who practice yoga.

Soft Tissue Release (STR) can be used to address muscular tension points and imbalances, restricted joint movement, posture and balance issues, and general strains.

'Callum was so knowledgeable about the problem I was having with my knee ... his overall knowledge of the human body was incredible. I was slightly sceptical about STR but can honestly say that the improvement in my overall movement (knee, hip and back) has been incredible'.

Michelle H | Newton Mearns


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