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Manual Therapy Services in Loveland, Colorado

Manual Therapy: A Proven Approach to Reduce Pain and Enhance Your Well-being

Tired of suffering from back, shoulder and hip pain? Here a Northern Colorado Spine and Sport, we specialize in manipulating and improving soft tissue quality.
Soft tissue mobilization is a manual therapy technique used by our therapists to improve mobility, reduce pain, and restore function. It involves applying pressure to the soft tissues of the body, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia, in order to help break up adhesions, improve circulation, and reduce tension.
We use a combination of our hands and instruments to manipulate soft tissue to improve range of motion, enhance blood flow to a given area, decrease soft tissue adhesions, and resolve pain.
Some potential benefits of soft tissue mobilization may include:

  • Improved range of motion: Soft tissue mobilization can help to break up adhesions and scar tissue, which can limit the range of motion of joints and muscles. By improving tissue mobility, soft tissue mobilization can help to increase joint range of motion and improve overall flexibility.
  • Reduced pain: Soft tissue mobilization can help to reduce pain by decreasing muscle tension, increasing blood flow to affected areas, and releasing endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals produced by the body.
  • Improved circulation: Soft tissue mobilization can help to improve blood flow to the affected area, which can help to promote healing and reduce inflammation.
  • Improved tissue function: Soft tissue mobilization can help to restore proper muscle function by improving muscle tone and reducing muscle imbalances.
  • Increased relaxation: Soft tissue mobilization can help to reduce stress and tension in the body, promoting relaxation and an overall sense of well-being.

What is Instrumented Soft Tissue Mobilization?

Instrumented soft tissue mobilization is a type of manual therapy that utilizes specialized tools to apply pressure and massage soft tissue. This technique helps to break up adhesions and scar tissue, improve circulation, and reduce pain and inflammation.

During instrumented soft tissue mobilization, a physical therapist uses a hand-held tool to apply pressure to specific areas of the body. The tool vibrates, which can help to break up adhesions and scar tissue that may be causing pain or limiting mobility. This technique can be used on various parts of the body, including the neck, back, arms, and legs.

How Does Instrumented Soft Tissue Mobilization Help with Pain?

One of the primary benefits of instrumented soft tissue mobilization is its ability to reduce pain. When adhesions and scar tissue build up in soft tissue, they can cause pain and limit range of motion. By breaking up these areas of tension, instrumented soft tissue mobilization can help to decrease pain and improve mobility.

Instrumented soft tissue mobilization can also improve circulation and promote healing. The pressure applied by the tool helps to increase blood flow to the affected area, which can provide nutrients and oxygen to the tissues and promote the removal of waste products.

What is Muscle Tempering?

Muscle Tempering is a soft tissue technique involving deep and heavy pressure to muscles using weighted cylinders that help statically or move slowly along the length of the muscle.

Muscle tempering is beneficial for exercise enthusiasts and athletes  to facilitate repair of muscle strains, improvements in soft tissue extensibility, reduce pain and helps decrease the risk of future injury by improving soft tissue elasticity for load absorption

In addition to rehabilitative purposes, we use muscle tempering to help prepare soft tissue for physical activity and improve muscle recovery with longer-lasting results than static stretching and massage

Revitalizing Pain Relief through Cupping Therapy

Another common soft technique we use at our clinic is myofascial cupping! Cupping therapy is an alternative therapy that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of various materials such as glass, plastic, or silicone. The suction created by the cups draws the skin and superficial muscle layer into the cup, which is thought to help improve blood flow and promote healing.

Cupping therapy is often used to help relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote relaxation. Cupping has been a staple of East Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years but popularized in the United States after the 2016 Olympics. Our skilled clinicians use cupping (with and without movement) to decrease pain and improve mobility to get you back to the activities and sports you cherish most.


Soft tissue mobilization is a valuable treatment option for patients with both acute and chronic pain. By reducing pain, improving mobility, and promoting healing, instrumented soft tissue mobilization can help patients to achieve a better quality of life. When working with a skilled physical therapist, patients can receive individualized care and support to help them manage their condition and improve their overall well-being.

Give us a call today to book an appointment and get back to the activities you love most!

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