People who will benefit from Occupational Therapy in the soft tissue rehabiliation area include, but are not limited to people suffering from


  • Back & pain
  • Headaches
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Bursitis and tendonitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Jaw pain
  • Tennis and Golfers elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic pain



Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy in the soft tissue arena focusses on the occupational limitations concerned with soft tissue function. Soft tissue is an umbrella term that encompasses the muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. Soft tissue injuries may occur from a single incident such as a car accident or sporting injury, or due to accumulative factors over a number of years such as poor posture, emotional stress or hormonal imbalances. Treatment involves a hands on approach to work through muscle tension and injury, restore normal movement patterns and prevent further injury.


As well as using a neuromuscular approach, the West Coast Occupational Therapy staff work to empower the client through education so as the client is able to make changes to their lifestyle so that the improvements made through treatment are maintained throughout their life.


Different Soft Tissue Treatments

Some different types of neuromuscular treatments used at West Coast Occupational Therapy include:


Trigger Point Therapy:

  • Trigger point therapy involves the application of firm pressure to a hyperirritable spot or taut band, known as a trigger point, to release tension in the muscle. By applying pressure to the trigger point, it decreases the blood flow to the area, decreasing the pressure felt. As the pressure is removed, blood flows back to the area and flushes any toxins released by the muscle.  These points and can often refer pain to other parts of the body, lasting a few seconds.


Myofascial Release:

  • Myofascial release is a very effective hands-on technique that breaks down myofascial restrictions and allows the spreading and stretching of fascia over the muscles to improve symmetry and restore body balance.


Stretching and Strengthening:

  • Stretching and strengthening is incorporated in treatment to assist in restoring optimal movement patterns and to positively affect the health and function of soft tissue structures.


Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation

  • Activating the internal intrinsic stabilising system to unlock poor motor patterns. Addressing dysfunction from a subcortical level and creating new functional motor patterns.


 Dry Needling

  • Dry needling is a technique that can be used to reduce muscle restriction by releasing trigger points (tender points within muscle) with acupuncture needles. The therapist uses individually packed sterilised acupuncture needles and inserts the needle directly into the trigger point to produce a local response (like a twitch) of the muscle which then quickly dissipates and allows the muscle to relax.


Client Education:

  • By educating the client on the effects of posture and demonstrating methods to minimise physical stressors on the body aims to optimise body function within the work and daily living environments outside of treatment.



These treatment modalities aim to decrease pain and tension, promote relaxation, improve function, reduce fatigue, increase movement, and improve your overall sense of wellbeing.