What Is Soft Tissue Occupational Therapy?

A holistic health profession that specialises in increasing and optimising body function through the hands-on approach with neuromuscular techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release and stretching/strengthening. The term soft tissue encompasses the muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia of the whole body and therefore soft tissues injuries can occur from singular incidences (Surgeries, sporting injuries, car accidents) or accumulate over time (Posture, tension, stress, hormonal imbalances).

Soft Tissue Occupational therapists aim to maximise the body’s function and reduce pain in order for people to complete their day-to-day activities which may include anything from work and home and recreation to sport. Client education plays a vital role in the treatment plan to enable the client to facilitate changes so that improvements gained within the course of treatment at Hillside CrossFit are sustained throughout their life.

Soft tissue Occupational Therapy may assist with increasing joint mobility, decreasing fatigue and tension in the muscles and increase muscle tissue/body function (Strength, speed, flexibility). Its aim is to improve a person’s overall health and wellbeing.

Soft Tissue Occupational Therapy can assist
with pain in the areas of:

  • Neck and jaw pain
  • Back Pain (Lower, Mid, Upper)
  • Shoulder pain an injury
  • Hip, knee and ankle pain
  •  Elbow and wrist pain

It can also assist with the following:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Acute Conditions: Spasms, Sprains, Strains
  • Decreased range of movement and muscle function
  • Recovery from surgeries/accidents
  • Bursitis and tendonitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Many other conditions

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Please NOTE: Soft Tissue Occupational Therapists do NOT complete spinal adjustments

Meet our new therapists

Alexia

Alexia is a fully qualified Remedial Massage Therapist & Anatomy Trains Structural Integration Practitioner.Alexia has a strong interest in mental health, stress, movement and posture, and is especially interested in the impact that postural and movement patterns can have in exacerbating these conditions. She is passionate about empowering people to move better, improve their posture, and create more awareness within their body – removing limitations to their lifestyle.

Alexia uses both remedial massage and myofascial release techniques as part of her treatments, helping to release long held movement and postural patterns to create lasting changes in the body. She has seen great improvements in her own mobility and range of motion through the myofascial release work she practices, and is excited about working with others and seeing the changes it can make in their lives.

Alexia has a personal history of exercise and weight training, and loves being able to support people training for their sports and exercise goals. She has been involved in CrossFit for a number of years, and a member of Hillside Crossfit since December 2018. She has also participated as part of the AthleteHUB which provides remedial and recovery support at CrossFit games events in Perth.

Alexia is always continuing to learn within the industry, and is regularly attending further education workshops and courses to ensure her skills and knowledge is always current.

Taryn

We are delighted to welcome Taryn!
Taryn is our newest member of our team who specializes in Soft Tissue O.T and dry needling!
Taryn graduated Curtin University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy).

Over the past 12 years she has worked in various Occupational Therapy roles managing vocational rehabilitation cases, assessing ergonomics and completing home and work site assessments. Then she discovered Soft Tissue treatment 2.5 years ago, and now really enjoy’s this specific field, because she loves helping people with a “hands on” approach and seeing instant improvements.

In 2018 Taryn also completed an introductory dry needling course and some advanced training for dry needling (with CPD Health Courses) to aid her treatment of soft tissue injuries and muscular tightness.

What is Remedial Massage:

Remedial massage is a hands-on therapy that can help to reduce stress levels, improve postural issues, relieve pain from injuries or general muscular tension, and promote a sense of well-being. It is usually aimed at addressing a specific area of tightness or pain in the body, to reduce or prevent pain or promote motion of the affected areas.

Sessions usually consist of first taking a thorough health history, and may include postural, movement or musculoskeletal assessments prior to treatment.

Remedial massage treatments usually incorporate a variety of techniques which may include deep tissue massage trigger point therapy, myofascial release, stretching, manual lymphatic drainage or kinesiology taping, depending on what is required by the client.

You may also be recommended stretching, self release techniques or movement exercises for home to continue with your treatment plan in between appointments.

What is Remedial Massage:

Remedial massage is a hands-on therapy that can help to reduce stress levels, improve postural issues, relieve pain from injuries or general muscular tension, and promote a sense of well-being. It is usually aimed at addressing a specific area of tightness or pain in the body, to reduce or prevent pain or promote motion of the affected areas.

Sessions usually consist of first taking a thorough health history, and may include postural, movement or musculoskeletal assessments prior to treatment.

Remedial massage treatments usually incorporate a variety of techniques which may include deep tissue massage trigger point therapy, myofascial release, stretching, manual lymphatic drainage or kinesiology taping, depending on what is required by the client.

You may also be recommended stretching, self release techniques or movement exercises for home to continue with your treatment plan in between appointments.

What is Structural Integration:

Structural Integration is ideal for those who have chronic pain, reduced movement or mobility through the body or areas of general tension that create discomfort. It is aimed at finding the cause of the problem, so you may find that during the treatment the focus may be on an area that is different to where you are experiencing pain or tension. You may also be given movement cues and suggestions to take home with you to help integrate the changes that occur with each session.

Structural Integration can help with chronic tension, pain or stress due to poor posture, limited or restricted movement during exercise, tension or limited movement caused by repetitive strain or tasks, improving athletic performance, and creating more body awareness and ease of movement.

Structural Integration focuses on releasing restrictions in the fascia of the body. By easing the restrictions and adhesions in the fascia, your body will start to move differently – you may feel a sense of more space, or even just become more aware of parts of your body that you didn’t realize were not moving freely. You may feel more connected to your body and find new ways to move, helping to remove limitations to your lifestyle.

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