Soft-Tissue Release


Soft-Tissue Release

Chiropractor Andrew Hunter, from the very start of his Chiropractic career, wished to become expert in methods of Soft-Tissue Release as well as in the low-force adjustments used in the McTimoney Chiropractic Technique. He was fortunate in that the pre-eminent Osteopath and author, Leon Chaitow (assisted by Mark Gray) was in those days Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster.

Leon Chaitow was a leading figure in the professional popularisation of the revolution in Osteopathic techniques away from high velocity, low amplitude thrusts (HVLT) towards more direct treatment of the soft-tissue component. Leon Chaitow is the author of over fifty books and become an internationally well-known lecturer. So, simultaneously, while still studying at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, Chiropractor Andrew Hunter was able at Westminster to study directly with Leon Chaitow.

One of the highlights of this training was Chiropractor Andrew Hunter’s introduction by Leon Chaitow to the work of Professor Dr. Vladimir Janda (1928-2002). Based in Prague, Janda was trained as a neurologist and became interested in manual medicine, focusing on movements rather than individual muscles.

He described the “Upper and Lower Cross” syndromes. In the lower cross syndrome, the major hip flexor, the psoas, is tight which will have the effect of making it difficult for its antagonist, the gluteus maximus, to contract. Janda also favoured sensorimotor training over strength training. Janda was the major influence on the thinking of Chaitow.

As an external student, Chiropractor Andrew Hunter was able to study with Leon Chaitow at undergraduate level: Palpation Skills and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) both in 2000; and, Neuromuscular Techniques (NMT) in 2002. Additionally, at postgraduate level, Chiropractor Andrew Hunter was able to study Advanced Soft-Tissue Manipulation which composed of the integrated sequential application of Neuromuscular Techniques, Positional Release Techniques (PRT) in conjunction with Muscle Energy Techniques.

The serial use of NMT, followed by PRT and concluding with MET is called by Chaitow Integrated Neuromuscular Inhibition Technique (INIT) and is one of the most thorough and comprehensive method available for the treatment of soft-tissues.

Subsequently, after having had time to practice and absorb these methods as taught by Leon Chaitow, Chiropractor Andrew Hunter went on to study the Active Release Techniques method of Soft-Tissue Release (ART) which was created by Chiropractor Michael Leahy.

Chiropractor Andrew Hunter learned the Lower Extremity and Upper Extremity ART protocols from classes led by Chiropractic Dr. Leahy in 2005. Chiropractor Andrew Hunter DC also learned the Spine ART protocols from a class led Chiropractic Dr. Leahy in 2006. Subsequently, Chiropractor Andrew Hunter also learned the Long Tract Nerve Entrapment protocols from Chiropractic Dr. Leahy.

Chiropractor Andrew Hunter completed his education in Soft-Tissue Release methods by studying Emmett Technique which was devised by Australian manual remedial therapist Ross Emmett. Chiropractor Andrew Hunter first trained in Emmett Technique in October 2011 and completed Modules 1-6 in November 2012 and so achieved full Emmett Technique practitioner status.

To experience any of these methods of Soft-Tissue Release (ART, NMT, PRT, MET, INIT or Emmett) please contact Chiropractor Andrew Hunter to book an appointment at one of his three London clinics (Canary Wharf, The City and Blackheath) on 07855 916 602.



Active Release Techniques:
Chapter 6 “Soft-Tissue Techniques: the case of Active Release Techniques (ART) in “Technique Systems in Chiropractic” by Cooperstein & Gleberzon, pub 2004 by Churchill Livingstone.


Emmett Technique:


Leon Chaitow:

Modern Neuromuscular Techniques by Leon Chaitow 1996 Churchill Livingstone

Muscle Energy Techniques by Leon Chaitow 1996 Churchill Livingstone

Positional Release Techniques by Leon Chaitow 1997 Churchill Livingstone

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