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What is soft tissue therapy?

Soft tissue therapy (enhanced sports massage / deep tissue massage) involves the assessment and treatment of various soft tissue injuries or conditions (including ligaments, tendons, fascia and muscle) that cause pain or abnormal function.

Who will benefit from soft tissue therapy / enhanced sports massage treatments?

Quite simply, everyone can! Soft tissue treatments are beneficial for individuals suffering from minor and chronic musculoskeletal issues, postural issues, occupational physical stress, specific medical conditions, post-surgery recovery or sports performers requiring general maintenance or guided support with training / rehabilitation programmes. A soft tissue therapist / enhanced sports massage therapist will identify and address soft tissue imbalances that have been caused from repetitive movements and strenuous physical activity / trauma.
Soft tissue therapy will often be supported by a good rehabilitation programme to support a client’s physical and mental well-being outside of the clinic. This can be provided by the therapist themselves and/or with the assistance of other professionals working with the client. Progressive mobility and strength exercises will help to develop correct functional movement patterns over a set period of time.

What are the benefits of soft tissue therapy?

Regular soft tissue treatments help us to maintain a healthy and active musculoskeletal system. There are a significant number of physiological, psychological, mechanical and neurological benefits including:

Improvements

  • Improved performance
  • Relaxation
  • Better posture
  • Circulation and lymph flow
  • Joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Post-surgery recovery
  • Tissue strength and endurance

Reductions

  • Reduced pain
  • Tissue tension / imbalances
  • Lower risk of injury
  • Physical and mental stress
  • Reduced muscle soreness

Soft tissue therapy can also complement other physical techniques such as physiotherapy, chiropractic or podiatry work

Rehabilitation requirements

Soft tissue therapy will often be supported by a good rehabilitation programme to support a client’s physical and mental well-being outside of the clinic. This can be provided by the therapist themselves and / or with the assistance of other professionals working with the client. Progressive mobility and strength exercises will help to develop correct functional movement patterns over a set period of time.

I can provide you with suggested functional exercises that will help to speed up your injury recovery and complement your existing training regime based on your individual needs. Good functional exercises can reduce the injury worsening or re-occurring in the future.

Kinesiology taping

Kinesiology tape may also be applied by the soft tissue therapist support injured muscles or joints without restricting the tissue’s range of motion. The benefits of applying kinesiology tape include:

  • The encouragement of correct posture and movement patterns, as the tape provides the mechanoreceptors in the body with neurological feedback and support
  • Reduced swelling and inflammation – when the tape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin. Bi-products that are created by inflammation can therefore be removed at a quicker rate with the tape in place.
  • Supports lymph drainage and blood flow
  • Improved strength and tone of the surrounding postural muscles