How advancements in technology are helping Johns Hopkins stay at the top

We had the pleasure of Hosting Ken Johnson, Physiotherapist and Director of outpatient services at Johns Hopkins Hospital, in the UK last week. Ken consults with many companies, clinics, athletes and patients around the world, and we are very lucky to have him as part of our network. We have been working with Ken in regards to the soft tissue management strategy that he has implemented in his expansion of JHH clinics (5 soon to be 8). As part of the week, we ran workshops at Liverpool FC, Spire Manchester, Oldham Athletic and in central London. We truly believe that we giving clinicians improved methods for treatment and enhancing outcomes for patients.


Physiotherapy has developed over the last 30-40 years from traditional bed based treatments, such as ultrasound and massage. Whereas nowadays it is focusing on exercise and movement strategies with the combination of new technologies using functional movements. Clinical based studies have shown that multi model approaches are most effective. Combining traditional treatment methods with rehab and exercise programmes and incorporating new technologies which ultimately improves patient outcomes.

Implementing Soft Tissue Management

Ken stated “It starts with something simple and easily understandable. The concept of mechanotherapy has been in published literature since the late 1800’s – where you apply a mechanical stress to gain a physiological response. It’s a logical progression which has been around for over a 100 years. It’s trying to leverage the different technologies available to help the body best express the effects of mechanotherapy”.

  1. Stress – Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation and Shockwave
  2. Decompress – precise negative pressure massage
  3. Biostim – warm laser

“The importance of mechanotherapy is that it combines both exercise and modality. It’s incorporating old treatments with new treatments to provide a logical progression that’s not heavily dependent on a tool or device but instead implementing them to compliment your current methods”.

Kens Top Tip:

Start with good manual therapy skills, once you know what your doing with your own 2 hands you can start to incorporate soft tissue tools or devices.

HG Spire

Photo: Ken Johnson introducing Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation to Spire Hospitals in the North West