Soft Tissue Therapy

In Amelia and Blackstone, Virginia

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Personalized Soft Tissue Therapy For You

When your muscles and other soft tissues are sore, fatigued, or injured, it can affect your whole-body health and wellness, the way you move, and your ability to perform even the most routine movements. Here at Amelia Physical Therapy, we specialize in soft tissue therapy techniques that can treat muscle aches, joint pain, soft tissue injuries, and more. Keep reading to explore our soft tissue therapy services, and connect with our physical therapy and rehabilitation center in Amelia or Blackstone to get started.


Our Soft Tissue Treatments

  • Myofascial Release Technique
  • Soft Tissue Massage Therapy
  • Dry Needling
  • Manual Therapy
  • Soft Tissue and Joint Mobilization
  • Active and Passive Stretching

Soft Tissue

Here at Amelia Physical Therapy, we’re invested in your overall health, happiness, and well-being. We understand that when you’re dealing with a soft tissue injury, or you’re experiencing chronic muscle or joint pain, it can affect more than just your physical wellness, but also your emotional and mental well-being. We want to help you get back to enjoying life to its fullest — without pain. That’s why our number-one goal is to help you feel better through manual therapy techniques that can address a wide range of soft tissue issues. Let’s take a look at these techniques.

A Comprehensive Approach to Pain Relief

We take a comprehensive, hands-on approach to treating soft tissue pain, injuries, and other causes of pain. Our soft tissue therapies encompass a variety of manual therapy techniques for quicker, more effective healing and pain relief, which we personalize to your specific symptoms.

  • Manipulation - Our skilled physical therapists can manipulate muscles and joints using rapid and controlled force to realign the tissues, relieve pain, and improve range of motion.

  • Massage Therapy - Massage therapy focuses on the muscles and fascial tissues using various hands-on techniques like repetitive kneading, rubbing, or stripping. These techniques facilitate healing by stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities by improving circulation, restoring nutrients to damaged tissues, flushing out toxins, and reducing tightness and tension in the tissues.

  • Soft Tissue and Joint Mobilization - Your therapist uses slower, controlled movements through the process of articular and soft tissue stretching and traction. This technique helps improve flexibility in the soft tissues to improve range of motion and joint mobility.

Conditions We Treat

Manual soft tissue therapy can help with many different types of pain, musculoskeletal issues, and injuries, including:

  • Neck and back pain

  • Headaches

  • Whiplash

  • Sports injuries

  • Post-surgical pain and stiffness

  • Shoulder pain and injuries

  • Knee pain and injuries

  • Pinched nerves

  • Limited range of motion

  • Reduced function

  • Weakness

  • Extremity pain

  • Adhesive capsulitis

  • Tennis elbow

  • Golfers elbow

  • And so much more

Soft Tissue Therapy Tailored to You

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests.

Soft Tissue Massage

Soft tissue massage involves direct physical action on the muscle and other soft tissues of your body. Soft tissue techniques during a massage target your muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissue such as fascia.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a treatment performed by skilled, trained physical therapists, certified in the procedure. A thin acupuncture needle penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

Similar to acupuncture, dry needling is a natural treatment for addressing both chronic and acute pain in soft tissues. These treatments differ, however, in that dry needling is more focused on trigger points, or meridian points, in the body that correlate to specific organs in the body. Your physical therapist will insert the thin needles into specific trigger points, or tender spots on localized tissues in larger muscle groups. Once the needles have been inserted, they stimulate a response that reduces tension and tightness in the tissues being treated, which then releases the trigger point. By releasing the trigger point, the goal is to restore normal function to reduce pain and improve movement.

Benefits of Dry Needling

  • Releases tight trigger points

  • Loosens tight and stiff muscles

  • Relieves muscle and joint pain

  • Improves blood flow and circulation

  • Increases range of motion

  • Encourages natural healing

  • Quickens the recovery phase

Dry Needling Can Help With

  • Muscle tension and tightness

  • Neck pain

  • Back pain

  • Lower back pain

  • Sciatica

  • Migraines

  • Tennis elbow

  • Sprains/strains

  • Repetitive motion injuries

Connect With a Physical Therapist In Virginia

If you are ready to get back to feeling great and moving more comfortably, then reach out to Amelia Physical Therapy to arrange an appointment for soft tissue therapy. Our physical therapists and specialists are excited to partner with you on your path to feeling better and enjoying a better quality of life. Give us a call to arrange your appointment in Amelia or Blackstone, or contact us using the form below.