Soft Tissue Therapy in Dorset

Freedom Within is a specialised Soft Tissue Practice based near Poole in Dorset, providing a high quality service, tailored to each client, specialising in persistent and chronic pain conditions.

‘Soft tissue’ refers to the type of body structures that are targeted in a treatment session. The intricate system that is the body includes

  • Muscles, tendon and ligaments,
  • Fascia (superficial and deep)
  • Fluids such as blood, lymph, interstitial fluid (between cells)
  • Arteries, veins, lymph nodes and channels.
  • Nerves and motor programs (brain maps that direct movement/ dysfunctional patterns)

Sometimes, through injury, poor upkeep, or just day-to-day living our bodies can start to feel pain. Soft tissue therapy can help by reducing pain and treating injuries and functional problems.

Soft tissue therapy is derived from remedial massage, structural bodywork and injury rehabilitation. Many of the assessment procedures and the techniques used are universal to Osteopathy and Physiotherapy. However other techniques are unique to soft tissue therapy.

Soft tissue therapy treats the body using a variety of soft tissue and mobilisation techniques, mobilisation being slow movement to increase range of movement, rather than the more sudden movements of manipulation.

A fully trained Soft tissue therapist has many tools to draw from to help get you out of pain and back on with your life.

These tools can include:

  • Remedial massage techniques
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Nerve pain release techniques
  • Trigger point release techniques
  • Myofascial release techniques
  • Passive tissue tensioning techniques
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • PNF pain elimination techniques
  • Active release technique
  • Positional release technique
  • First stage exercise rehabilitation
  • Breathing retraining
  • Relaxation massage techniques to in aid recovery from central fatigue (nervous system burnout)

Why all of these techniques? When Soft tissue therapy techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy or passive tissue tensioning are added to a massage session; better and longer lasting effects are shown.

How Soft tissue therapy can help

Soft tissue therapy offers a range of opportunities for your body to heal itself with the help of a qualified therapist. It can also give you techniques, lifestyle changes and above all, the awareness, to keep you feeling great.

Conditions that respond especially well to Soft tissue therapy include but are not limited too:

  • Random muscle aches and pain that move around the body
  • Neck and lumbar spine disc bulges.
  • Poor posture- rounded shoulders and sway backs
  • Functional and structural scoliosis of the spine
  • Growing pains in children and adolescents
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Muscle tears (recovery phase)
  • Tendon and bursitis conditions
  • The need to increase range of motion for various sports eg. Shoulder and thoracic spine flexibility.
  • Computer posture and repetitive strain injuries
  • Tennis and golfers elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Whiplash
  • Many kinds of nerve conditions in the neck, lumbar spine, arms and legs
  • Tension headaches and some migraines.
  • Erasing Compensation patterns post injury and post surgery.
  • Post joint surgeries (once consultant/physio approval has been given)
  • Adrenal fatigue and central fatigue (nervous system burnout)
  • Unusually rigid tight muscles throughout the body.
  • Also, most conditions being over seen by a physiotherapist, podiatrist, Chiropractor or Osteopath.


Practice location

Broadstone Physiotherapy Clinic
24 Story Lane
BH18 8EQ

If you are unable to travel to the clinic please contact Natasha to discuss whether a home visit would be appropriate.

Booking and Questions

Please contact Natasha if you would like to book an appointment or have any questions.

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