Dynamic Angular Petrissage (DAP) is a treatment method. It is a quick way of helping to restore the pliability and functionality of the tissue by taking the patient’s joint through various ranges of motion.
The technique used for Dynamic Angular Petrissage (DAP), involves using one hand to gently knead the muscle while using the other hand to take the limb in reverse through passive or assisted ranges of motion according to the muscle’s line of pull, changing angles not only to simulate the action of the muscle but also to help refine the movements.
The other hand is gently adapting to the tissue’s texture, tone, tenderness and temperature while kneading the tissue. The reason for movement during the treatment is to not only lengthen, increase and decrease the tension on specific muscles, but also to help assess while treating the soft tissue.
In order to lengthen the muscles or perform muscle stripping, one needs to be able to simultaneously change the resting tension by using a lever to lengthen or shorten a muscle.
The fundamental idea behind this form of treatment is using light petrissage techniques, muscle stripping, segmental stretching or myofascial release techniques in combination with the use of levers to change angles, lengthen and shorten the muscles.
It can be extremely gentle and helpful for patients having varying levels of complications from, for example:
breast augmentation and reduction
whiplash, thoracic outlet syndrome
carpal tunnel syndrome, or hip and knee replacements