Sports performance isn't only about helping elite athletes do their best. It's also about basic human movement, which is at the program's core.
It includes vital components that can teach anyone how to take care of their body to keep it moving and feeling good.
Soft tissue hygiene sessions can help both:
- Athletes looking to meet or exceed their pre-injury performance goals.
- Everyday people wanting to improve their strength and range of motion.
What Is Soft Tissue Hygiene Training?
Soft tissue hygiene is a set of techniques you can use in day-to-day life to help rehydrate tissue.
The program teaches you how to:
- Decide if each side of the body feels the same.
- Notice pain and stiffness in tissues or joints.
- Ease joint or tissue pain and stiffness safely.
UPMC Sports Performance offers targeted soft tissue hygiene sessions to help you:
- Release tension in the neck and shoulders.
- Relieve pain or tightness in the back with breathing techniques.
- Expand and preserve hip motion.
- Stretch the wrists to help prevent conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Point and flex the feet to loosen and relax the ankles.
What to Expect During Soft Tissue Hygiene Training
You'll work with Ron DeAngelo, MEd, LAT, FAFS, director of Sports Performance at UPMC Sports Medicine.
Ron has worked in the sports medicine field with recreational and elite athletes for over 35 years and is:
- A Fellow of Applied Functional Science.
- A Movement Specialist.
- An EXOS Sports Performance Coach.
We offer in-person sessions at the UPMC Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Center and virtual sessions via an online platform.
The out-of-pocket rate per session starts at:
- $75/hour for in-person or virtual; individual session.
- $45/half-hour for in-person or virtual; individual session.
- $10/person for virtual; group session with a minimum of 15 people.
Soft Tissue Hygiene Targeted Session Details
Neck and shoulder sessions
Neck/shoulder sessions involve range of motion exercises followed by isometric contraction:
- Cervical flexion/extension.
- Right and left rotation.
- Right side and left side flexion.
- Shoulder flexion, extension, abduction, and adduction.
- Internal and external rotation.
- The 6 scapular motions.
Back pain and tightness soft tissue hygiene sessions
Back/breathing sessions involve range of motion exercises for the thoracic spine and lumbar spine, followed by isometric contraction:
- Thoracic and lumbar spine flex and extension.
- Right and left rotation.
- Right and left side bending with breathing.
Hip movement sessions
Hip soft tissue hygiene sessions involve range of motion exercises for the hips, followed by isometric contraction:
- Hip flexion and extension.
- Abduction and adduction.
- Internal and external hip rotation.
- Double leg, then single-leg exercises.
Wrist and ankle soft tissue hygiene sessions
These sessions involve exercises to help relieve tension and reduce pain in the wrists and ankles, as well as the elbows, hands, and feet.
We help conditions such as:
Contact UPMC Sports Performance Program About Soft Tissue Hygiene
To learn more about soft tissue hygiene or to make an appointment, call 1-855-937-7678.