Part I. Getting Started With Soft Tissue Release Chapter 1. Introduction to Soft Tissue ReleaseWho Should Have Soft Tissue Release?How Does Soft Tissue Release Work?Where Can Soft Tissue Release Take Place?When Should Soft Tissue Release Be Done?Benefits of Soft Tissue ReleaseClosing RemarksQuick QuestionsChapter 2. Preparing for Soft Tissue ReleaseEquipment RequiredConsultation With the ClientCaution and Safety IssuesThree Methods of STRMeasuring the Effectiveness of STRFrequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting TipsClosing RemarksQuick QuestionsPart II. Soft Tissue Release TechniquesChapter 3. Passive Soft Tissue ReleaseIntroduction to Passive Soft Tissue ReleaseKey Holds, Moves and Stances for Passive STRSafety Guidelines for Passive STRWhen Is Passive STR Indicated?Quick QuestionsChapter 4. Active-Assisted Soft Tissue ReleaseIntroduction to Active-Assisted Soft Tissue ReleaseKey Holds, Moves and Stances for Active-Assisted STR Safety Guidelines for Active-Assisted STRWhen Is Active-Assisted STR Indicated?Quick QuestionsChapter 5. Active Soft Tissue ReleaseIntroduction to Active Soft Tissue ReleaseKey Holds, Moves and Stances for Active STRSafety Guidelines for Active STRWhen Is Active STR Indicated?Quick QuestionsPart III. Applying Soft Tissue ReleaseChapter 6. Soft Tissue Release for the TrunkRhomboidsPectoralsLevator ScapulaeUpper TrapeziusErector Spinae (Spinalis)ScalenesQuick QuestionsChapter 7. Soft Tissue Release for the Lower LimbsHamstringsCalfFootQuadricepsTibialis AnteriorPeronealsGlutealsIliacusQuick QuestionsChapter 8. Soft Tissue Release for the Upper LimbsTricepsBicepsWrist and Finger ExtensorsWrist and Finger FlexorsQuick QuestionsPart IV. Soft Tissue Release ProgrammesChapter 9. Creating a Soft Tissue Release ProgrammeInitial QuestionsClient Medical HistoryAssessmentsRange of Motion and Other Special TestsProgramme for Treatment Case StudiesClosing RemarksQuick Questions
Jane Johnson, MSc, is director of the London Massage Company in London, England. As a chartered physiotherapist and sports massage therapist, she has been using and teaching soft tissue release (STR) for many years and has a thorough grounding in anatomy, which she uses to explain STR in straightforward terms. She has worked with numerous client groups, including athletes, recreational exercisers, office workers, and older adults; this experience has enabled her to adapt STR for various types of clients and provide tips for readers. Johnson has taught advanced massage skills for many years and has worked as a fitness instructor, massage therapist, and physiotherapist. She frequently presents STR at conferences and exhibitions for therapists.Johnson is a full member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and is registered with the Health Professions Council. She is a consultant and examiner in sports massage for the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists and is a member of the Institute of Anatomical Sciences. In her leisure time, she enjoys writing articles and newsletters for therapists, taking her dog for long walks, and visiting museums and exhibitions relating to human sciences.