Taking a Soft Approach!

Sports massage therapies have been advancing at a rapid speed lately, and soft tissue therapy, which is one form of sports massage, is making waves everywhere. The therapy involves manipulating the body’s soft tissues, including muscles, connective tissue/fascia, ligaments, joints, and tendons. This technique is used to assess the underlying issues, stretch the soft tissue, and mould it. It promotes faster healing after an injury, increases circulation, improve the mobility of stiff and immobile soft tissues, and relieves tension.

The challenge with this techniqueis to find someone who’s mastered the art of soft tissue therapy, which involves simply  using your hands instead of relying on various types of equipment. We were lucky enough to get in touch with Mir Faiyaz Ali Khan, who recently aced his Hands On Seminars, which happened for the first time in India, in Bangalore. He was Hyderabad’s very first certified personal trainer, and has gone on to receive many certifications such as functional training, pilates, TRX, kettle bell training, gym stick, Muay Thai (Thai Kick Boxing), Theraband, prehabilitation and rehabilitation of the whole body. He passed the Mastery Certification in Soft Tissue in June. Faiyaz has trained many celebrities and worked as a Chief of Sports Training & Fitness Operations Injury Prevention and Rehabilitations.

Speaking about the soft tissue method, Faiyaz explained, “Soft tissue includes tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, fibrous tissues, fat and synovial membranes which are connective tissue. Myofascial tissue is a type of thin, strong, fibrous connective tissue that extends throughout our body to provide support and protection to our muscle and bones.” The trigger point is defined as a highly localized and hyperirritable spot in a palpable taut band (knot nodule) of the skeletal muscle fibres. There are multiple trigger points present in a human body from head to toe, and as a therapist, Faiyaz has to follow the process of locating and releasing them for pain relief. Faiyaz added, “It might take more than one session, but this method is extremely effective. After that I give the patient home exercise programmes so they can skip surgery or painkillers.”

The benefits of the therapy vary depending on the individual. Some have acute problems, other shave sub-acute problems, and some might be plagued with chronic cases. Trigger Point Therapy might take longer to have the desired effect in the affected area and the surrounding area. Faiyaz encourages the use of this therapy for patients and students alike, as it can help prevent the use of painkillers, muscle relaxants, and other medications which may be harmful to the liver and kidneys.

Faiyaz also revealed that the most important part of being a therapist or trainer is to have a connection with the patient. “Empathy and an emotional connection with the patient helps us understand the level of pain the patient is suffering from. We have to be able to relate and give the required treatment without causing emotional stress,” he explained.

As you can tell, Soft Tissue Trigger Point Therapy can be extremely helpful to people from all walks of life – from regular people with desk jobs to athletes or those recovering from a surgery. If you’re looking to avoid the medication and try out an effective and natural remedy, this method might just bea great option for you!