Soft Tissue Therapy
What is Soft Tissue Therapy?
Soft tissue therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body i.e. muscles, connective tissues/ fascia, tendons, ligaments and joints. It is a manual therapy that aims to treat minor and chronic injuries whether caused through sport, other lifestyle factors, or help manage pain in chronic pain conditions or illnesses.
Postural assessment, orthopaedic testing, joint mobilisation, soft tissue techniques ( Soft Tissue Release, Muscle Energy Techniques, Trigger Pointing, etc), sports/ deep tissue massage and rehabilitation exercises are combined to treat both deep and superficial tissues. Treatment is effective for muscle aches and pains, injured muscles from sport or activity, headaches, low back pain, repetitive strain, sciatica, sports performance, injury prevention and recovery.
The benefits include reducing or eliminating pain and symptoms, improved circulation, joint mobility and immune system function, stimulation of the nervous system, reducing anxiety and depression, and increased body awareness.
So what is Sports massage?
Developed to maintain the health of athletes or active individuals and to enhance their performance, sports massage caters to individual needs and focuses on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements. Sports massage techniques range from gentle stroking, kneading to deeper manual techniques. It emphasises on promoting flexibility, reducing fatigue, improving endurance, preventing injuries and preparing the body and mind for optimal performance. Contrary to popular belief, sports massage is not just for athletes and may be applied to any active individual. Individuals seeking sports massage can look forward to decreased muscle stiffness, increased muscle mobility and reduced risks of sports injuries. Sports massage also helps to improve blood supply to muscle groups, promoting tissue healing in the long run.
Sports massage can be used during:
Recovery: To enhance the athlete’s physical and mental recovery from strenuous sport activity.
Rehabilitation: To facilitate healing after a disabling injury.
Maintenance: To help the athlete to maintain optimal health.
Event (Pre- and post-): To help the athlete prepare for or recover from a specific event.