I am constantly getting emails from people looking for professionals in their area to help them with their soft tissue problems and more often than not they are looking for someone who does a certain/specific technique.
“I need (insert acronym of popular technique)…”
My reply, of course, is always
“How do you even know that is what you need?”
There are hundreds of techniques out there (many of them just re-packaging of old ideas):
- Active Release Technique (ART)
- Muscle Activation Technique (MAT)
- Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
- Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)
- Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS)
- Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
- Pin and Stretch
- Graston, ASTYM, SASTM, Gua Sha
- Dry needling
- Spray and stretch
- Fascial Stretching
- Active Isolated Stretching
- And the list goes on and on…..
All of these techniques are good and can be useful in certain situations. It is knowing when to use these techniques that ultimately decide what sort of response you will get and if the response will be favorable or not.
Which leads to my previous comment, “How do you know that (insert popular acronym) is what you really need?”
People tend to look for things that are popular and in vogue, rather than looking for a professional who can determine what their actual needs are and how they can achieve the desired result the client is seeking.
I’ll post a follow up blog this week explaining how I have been trying to think about all of these techniques (based on some things I have been reading) and how to create a determination of where they fit in with each individual based on the information provided from the client.
Finally, as I work to organize my thoughts on this topic, I ask you, if you are looking for a therapist, to please find a professional who has an understanding of the entire process and don’t just go shopping for a technique or a therapist that is a one-trick-pony.