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Often the muscles and ligaments can be a secondary or even the primary culprit in restricted movement or pain and STM is a valuable tool to focus on those areas of the body. Soft tissue manipulation is a broader category that has two sub-categories:


 

Passive forms of therapy:

With Passive SMT the patient is relaxed and the doctor applies deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy.

Active forms of therapy:

With Active SMT the patient move a specific muscle through its range of motion while the doctor applies hands on pressure to that same muscle, creating a deep tissue in that muscle. Both methods are very effective in providing relief for muscle and joint pain.