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WELCOME TO  SOFT TISSUE THERAPY ONLINE

We are aiming to support practitioners who are seriously focussed on exploring the optimal function of the body through treatment of its Soft Tissue System – The Myofascial System. We welcome any feedback that can help YOU to achieve these goals.

The Site is the product of The Australasian College of  Soft Tissue Therapy which has been providing Excellence in the Provision of Post Graduate Education to the Soft Tissue Therapy Industry throughout Australia, New Zealand & the UK since 1995.

The College was co-founded by Robert and Christine Granter.

About ROBERT GRANTER BSocSci(Deakin) AdDipRemMass(Myo)(RMIT)

Rob has 30 years experience in Soft Tissue Therapy within the Australian Sports Medicine Multidisciplinary Model and has delivered over 30 Conference presentations since 1992 within Australia, the UK & New Zealand. He was a Contributor to the textbook “Clinical Sports Medicine” by Drs Brukner & Khan now in its 5th edition and has sold over 100 000 copies world wide.

Rob has been head of Soft Tissue Therapy / Myotherapy for:

The Sports Medicine Centres of Victoria group practice 5 years, Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre 6 years,

Victorian Institute of Sport 10 years, Essendon AFL Football club 7 years,

Australian Olympic teams to Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Australian Commonwealth Games team Kuala Lumpur 1998

The 2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne

Rob currently is in private practice in Melbourne and is a Senior Teacher at the Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy in Melbourne.

About CHRISTINE GRANTER BFineArt(Deakin)DipRemMass(MIMT)

Chris administers the ACSTT Course logistics and is also in private practice in Melbourne.

She has a special interest in the impact of the Fascial system within the Myofascial system and in Muscle Energy Technique .

Highlights of Rob’s association with Sport and his Conference Presentations see below:

ASSOCIATION WITH SPORT

2010 – 2015 State Co-ordinator Sports Massage Oz National provider of Soft Tissue Therapy Services to Sporting organisations

2010  &  2011 Soft Tissue Therapist AIS Diving Team National Championships Melbourne

1996 – 2008 Head of Soft Tissue Therapy Service, Victorian Institute of Sport Melbourne

2008 – 2009 Co-ordinator Soft Tissue Therapy Services for the Wallabies, Australian National Rugby Union team for Victorian based International Test games

2006 Co-ordinator Soft Tissue Therapy Services, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games

1998 – 2004 Co-ordinator Soft Tissue Therapy Services Essendon Australian Rules Football Club (6 Therapists)

2003 Soft Tissue Therapist Wallabies, Australian National Rugby Union team for Victorian based games during the 2003 World cup

2003 Soft Tissue Therapist Australian Institute of Sport Softball team, Tri-series Hobart Tasmania

2000 Head of Soft Tissue Therapy Services, Australian Olympic Team, Sydney 2000 (26 Staff)

1998 Head of Massage Therapy Services for the Australian Commonwealth Games Team, Kuala Lumpur 1998

1996 Head of Massage Therapy Service, Australian Olympic Team, Atlanta USA

1992 Massage Therapist, Australian Olympic Team, Barcelona, Spain

Massage Therapist Victoria Institute of Sport Athletic Team, Australian National Athletic Championships, Adelaide

Melbourne Vic-Centre Swim Team, Australian National Swimming Championships and Olympic Selection Trials, Canberra

1991 Coordinator of Massage Therapy coverage, Australian National Swimming Championships, Melbourne

1991 Massage Therapist, Victorian Athletic Association, Australian National Athletic Championships, Sydney

1990 Massage Therapist, Victorian Institute of Sport Swimming Team, Australian National Swimming Championships and

World Championship selection trials, Brisbane

1990 Coordinator of Massage Therapy coverage, Australian National Athletic Championships, Melbourne

1988 Massage Therapist, Australian Institute of Sport Swimming Team at the National Swimming Championships and Olympic selection trials, Sydney

1988 Massage Therapist, Australian Olympic Swimming Team Final preparation camp for Seoul Olympics, Canberra

CONFERENCE ORGANISATION AND PRESENTATIONS

2019 Convenor and MC for the 4th ACSTT Mid Week Mastery Annual Conference Melbourne University

2018 Invited Speaker Melbourne Institute of Massage & Myotherapy Annual Soft Tissue Therapy Congress “Key factors in De-loading stress on the Supraspinatus – Controversy, Conclusions & Collaborations” Deakin University Melbourne

 2017 Convenor and MC for the 3rd ACSTT Mid Week Mastery Annual Conference Melbourne University

2014 Invited Speaker Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy 2014 Soft Tissue Therapy Congress “The Cervical Spine from the Outside In” Melbourne

2013 Invited Speaker Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy Inaugural Soft Tissue Therapy Congress “Soft Tissue Treatment of the Shoulder” Melbourne

2013 Convenor and MC 2nd ACSTT Mid Week Mastery Annual Conference Melbourne University

2011 Featured Presenter World Massage Conference “My Top 10 Tips for Successful Sports Massage Practice”

 2011     Keynote Speaker 5th Annual Soft Tissue Therapy Conference Sydney “Supraspinatus – Assessment and Treatment”

“Intrinsic Soft Tissue Treatment of the Cervical Spine”

2011     Invited Speaker, Massage New Zealand Annual Conference Auckland. Workshops “Assessment & treatment of neck pain & headache”

“Physical conditioning for Massage Therapists – Maximise Efficiency and Minimise Injury”

“Integration of the Use of Myofascial Vacuum Cupping in Remedial Massage Practice”

2011     Workshop Presenter Australian Traditional Medicine Society International Natural Medicine Summit Olympic Park Sydney with Dentist Robert Gammal

‘The Relationship Between Dental Health and Soft Tissue Structures’

2011 Principle Speaker Australian Association of Massage Therapists National Conference Cairns Australia “Combining Ancient Traditions with Modern Practice can Improve Success with Treatment of Tendinopathy”

“Standing on the Shoulders of Ancient Traditions to build a modern, effective approach to the treatment of Lateral Elbow Pain”

2011Invited Speaker and Workshop leader Australian Association of Massage Therapists annual Melbourne Workshop Day

“Improving Neck Function – Reduce Headache and Restore Movement”

2010 Invited Speaker Massage New Zealand Annual Conference Christchurch “SupraSpinatus Tendinopathy”

“Integration of Treatment Tools into Remedial Massage Practice”

2009 Invited Speaker Surgical Synergies NSWIS Medical Service Provider Seminar, Sydney Olympic Park “Tendinopathy” “Soft Tissue Treatment of the Shoulder Region”

2008 Invited Speaker Institute of Registered Myotherapists of Australia Annual Conference Melbourne “The Role of Myotherapy in the Rehabilitation of a Supraspinatus Surgical repair”

“The Role of Muscle Energy Technique in Myotherapy Practice”

2008 Invited Speaker Australian Traditional Medicine Society, Queensland State Massage Therapy Conference. Noosaville QLD

“Assessment & Treatment of Intrinsic Cervical Spine Dysfunction”

“Shoulder Supraspinatus Tendon Repair”

2007 Invited Speaker Australian Traditional Medicine Society: Massage Therapists Annual Conference. Olympic Park Sydney

“Assessment & Treatment of Intrinsic Cervical Spine Dysfunction”

2007 Invited Speaker Australian Association of Massage Therapists 3rd Annual Conference Melbourne

Workshop on Maximising Therapists efficiency and reducing the risk  of Injury

“Shoulder Supraspinatus Tendon Repair”

2007 Invited Speaker SporTEX SMA BASRAT Conference. University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

“Soft Tissue Therapy for Upper Cervical Spine Dysfunction” “Massage Therapists Survival Guide” Practical Workshop on Muscle Energy Treatment to the Cervical Spine

2006 Invited Speaker 14th Soft Tissue Injury Forum Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University

Assessment and Treatment of Intrinsic Soft Tissue Dysfunction of the Cervical Spine

2006 Invited Speaker, Institute of Registered Myotherapists of Australia, Annual Conference

The Role of Myotherapy in the Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome,  Melbourne

2005 Invited Speaker Therapeutic Massage Association of New Zealand, National Conference Christchurch New Zealand

“The Role of Soft Tissue Therapy in the treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome”

2004 Invited Speaker 12th Soft Tissue Injury ForumMelbourne University  Melbourne

“Role of Soft Tissue Therapy in the treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome”

Masterclass in the maintenance of ideal function of the Thoracic spine with Physiotherapist Andrew Stephens.

2004 Invited Speaker 5th AFL Grand Final Sports Medicine Symposium Melbourne

Muscular Recovery: Stretching, Massage & Myths”

2004 Invited Speaker Therapeutic Massage Association of New Zealand National Conference Auckland New Zealand

“The Role of Soft Tissue Therapy in the Management of Tendinopathies”

2004   Invited Speaker Institute of Registered Myotherapists of Australia, Annual Conference Melbourne

“Maintain Motivation as a Myotherapist”

2003 Invited Speaker 11th Soft Tissue Injury Forum, Melbourne University Melbourne

The Role of Soft Tissue Therapy in the Management of Tendinopathies.

2003 Invited Speaker Therapeutic Massage Association of New Zealand National Conference Wellington New Zealand

“Soft Tissue Therapy to the Upper Cervical Spine”

“The 9 Point Flexibility Test and it’s Relevance to Clinical Practice”

2002 Key Note Speaker 10th Soft Tissue Injury ForumMelbourne University Melbourne

“10 Years of Progress in the Massage Therapy Profession, What will ensure progress in the next 10 years”

2002   Keynote Speaker Therapeutic Massage Association of New Zealand National Conference Auckland New Zealand

“Massage Therapists Guide to the Keys to Success in the Medical System”

“Soft Tissue Treatment to Thoracic Spinal Dysfunction”

2001 Convenor & Speaker of the Inaugural National Soft Tissue Injury in Sport Conference Melbourne University

“Soft Tissue Therapy for Shoulder Impingement Symptoms”

“Soft Tissue Therapy For Dysfunction of the Cervical Spine”

2000 Invited Speaker Therapeutic Massage Association of New Zealand National Conference Christchurch New Zealand

“Role of Massage Therapy within Australian Olympic Teams 1984 – 2000” Presentation of Soft Tissue Treatment of Ilio-psoas Dysfunction Workshop

2000 Invited Speaker National Massage Therapy Conference Melbourne

“Management of Massage Therapy Services for the 2000 Australian Olympic Team”

1997 Invited Speaker Association of Massage Therapists (NSW) Annual conference The University of Technology Sydney

“Assessment and resolution of the soft tissue component of low back pain”

1997 Chairperson, organising committee and MC of the 5th Soft Tissue Injury Forum Melbourne University.

1996 Key Note Speaker 4th Soft Tissue Injury ForumMelbourne University  Melbourne

“Principles of assessment and treatment of fascial dysfunction”

1995 Key Note Speaker 3nd Soft Tissue Injury ForumMelbourne University  Melbourne

“Assessment and resolution of the soft tissue component of low back pain”

1995 Invited Speaker Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Victorian branch annual conference Monash University Melbourne

“Introduction to Sports Massage”

1994 Key Note Speaker 2nd Soft Tissue Injury ForumRaddison President Hotel Melbourne

“The Role of Soft Tissue Therapy in the Treatment of Neck Pain”

” The Role of Soft Tissue Therapy in the Treatment of Lateral Elbow Pain”

1993 Invited Speaker Australian College of Sports Physicians Annual Conference World Congress Centre Melbourne

“Role of Soft Tissue Therapy in the treatment of Medial Shin Pain ”

1993 Co convenor & Key Note Speaker Inaugural Soft Tissue Injury Forum Melbourne

“Soft tissue healing post trauma”

“The Role of Soft Tissue Treatment in Lower Leg Pain”

1992 Invited Speaker Australian Sports Medicine Federation Annual Conference Australian Institute of Sport Canberra

“The Role of Soft tissue Treatment in Recovery from Intense Exercise”

1992 Invited speaker Australian College of General Practitioners Conference, Hilton Hotel Melbourne

PUBLICATIONS

Granter RL, “Sports Massage: The Olympics Fastest Growing Team” AUSTRALIAN RUNNER V0L 11 No 3

Major Contributor of Soft Tissue Therapy Component of the Text Book CLINICAL SPORTS MEDICINE (Now in its 5th Edition) Brukner P & Khan K. Mc Graw Hill Sydney

Granter R, 2007 “Assessment and Treatment of Intrinsic Soft Tissue Dysfunction of the Cervical Spine” SPORT-EX DYNAMICS 14 Oct 07

Granter R, 2008 “Balance: Vital & Achievable through a Systematic Approach” SOFT TISSUE THERAPY MAGAZINE Issue 8 Oct 08

Granter R, 2009 “Functional Stability; Beginning from the Base” SOFT TISSUE THERAPY MAGAZINE Issue 9 Feb 09

Granter R, 2009 “Effective Team Travel” SPORT-EX DYNAMICS 19 Jan 09

AWARDS

2000 Citation Award from Taekwondo Australia for services to the 2000 Australian Taekwondo Olympic Team

2000 Certificate of Olympic Merit from the International Olympic Committee in recognition of services rendered to the Olympic Movement for the Games of  the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney

2001 Awarded Life Membership to the Association of Massage Therapists of Australia for “Outstanding Service to the Massage Therapy Profession”