About Stuart Taws and SoftTissueRelease
Stuart Taws is a Sports Rehabilitation Therapist from England now living in California, the innovator and designer of a dynamic therapy called Soft Tissue Release Training. Stuart traveled with the British Track Team for a short period and then was the therapist with Carl Lewis' track team, the Santa Monica Track Club until the '96 Olympics. After several years working in a pain clinic in California he applied this sports therapy to low back pain, whiplash and carpal tunnel, providing the same fast and permanent relief obtained by the world's fastest sprinters. This whole period of time was an experimental work in progress, distilling an elaborate protocol down to a few techniques that worked time after time for every condition that presented itself. The result was so powerful that Stuart was invited to train emergency room doctors in the Los Angeles area.
Many articles on this dynamic approach to healing have been printed in the Massage Journals. He is currently conducting training sessions in the United States and Canada and has a private practice in Garden Grove, California.
The base of the technique involves precise pressure through a specific stretch done in a harmonic fashion. By itself the technique works well on acute injuries, sports injuries and RSI's such as Carpal Tunnel. However in chronic pain conditions and syndrome such as Fibromyalgia the results through the nineties were not having the same predictable results. Something else was needed because there was a failure rate.
After five years of research, two years of experimenting and a six-month clinical study, the original training has changed direction. No good therapy should be linear or static. We should be changing all the time. Stuart has completely reversed himself on beliefs held in the mid nineties in line with recent conclusions of medical studies. Long-term pain conditions have little to do with the site of the original injury. Nociceptive pain, from irritated free nerve endings transfers to the Central Nervous System and is regulated by Central Processing. Stuart has now developed simple techniques to 'Pace the Nervous System' of the client. Gentle STR techniques are still used but are now secondary to the release that is obtained from the fast responding nervous systems. These techniques are used before, during and after treatment. They can be used with any manual therapy.
Stuart has modified STR so that it is now painless. As Central Processing in the nervous systems is changed, the results at the moment seem to be permanent. He now finds the work easier on him, less tiring and more rewarding, now looking forward to his Fibromyalgia patients!