Soft-Tissue Release (STR)

Chiropractor at workFrom the very start of my career I wished to become expert in methods of Soft-Tissue Release. I was fortunate in that the pre-eminent Osteopath and author, Leon Chaitow was, in those days, Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster.

Leon Chaitow was a leading figure in the professional popularisation of the revolution in Osteopathic techniques away from high velocity, low amplitude thrusts (HVLT) towards more direct treatment of soft-tissue. Leon Chaitow is the author of over fifty books and become an internationally well-known lecturer. So, simultaneously, while still studying at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, I was able to study directly with Leon Chaitow from 2002-4 in Palpation Skills, Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) Neuromuscular Techniques (NMT) and Positional Release Techniques (PRT). The combined use of NMT, PRT and MET is called by Chaitow Integrated Neuromuscular Inhibition Technique (INIT) and is one of the most thorough and comprehensive method available for the treatment of soft-tissues.

In 2005, I began training in the Active Release Techniques method of Soft-Tissue Release (ART) which was created by Chiropractor Michael Leahy. I learned the Lower Extremity and Upper Extremity, Spine and Nerve Entrapment ART protocols directly from Dr. Leahy in 2005. I also learned the Spine ART protocols from a class led Chiropractic Dr. Leahy in 2006. Subsequently, I also learned the Long Tract Nerve Entrapment protocols from Chiropractic Dr. Leahy and completed my education in Soft-Tissue

In 2011 I began to study Emmett Technique which was devised by Australian manual remedial therapist Ross Emmett and achieved full Emmett Technique practitioner status in 2012.

Lastly, in 2017, I completed his education in soft-tissue release by studying the Myofascial Release (MFR) methods of Walt Fritz PT. This is one of the gentlest soft-tissue methods available.

To experience any of these methods of Soft-Tissue Release (ART, NMT, PRT, MET, INIT, MFR or Emmett) please contact me to book an appointment at one of my three London clinics (Canary Wharf, The City and Blackheath) on 07855 916 602.

References:

Active Release Techniques: www.activerelease.com

Chapter 6 “Soft-Tissue Techniques: the case of Active Release Techniques (ART) in “Technique Systems in Chiropractic” by Cooperstein & Gleberzon, pub 2004 by Churchill Livingstone.

Emmett Technique: www.emmett-uk.com

Leon Chaitow: www.leonchaitow.com

Modern Neuromuscular Techniques by Leon Chaitow 1996 Churchill Livingstone

Muscle Energy Techniques by Leon Chaitow 1996 Churchill Livingstone

Positional Release Techniques by Leon Chaitow 1997 Churchill Livingstone