What is Soft Tissue Therapy and Sports and Remedial Massage, and how can it help me?
Soft Tissue Therapy, Sports Massage and Remedial Massage despite their names are in effect the same. They are a specific type of massage therapy using advanced techniques, which manipulate the soft tissues of the body (Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments and Fascia). In my treatments my aim is to treat the pain a client is feeling and identify the underlying/ root cause of that pain and treat that in turn. I incorporate a number of techniques which treat the superficial and deep tissues,restoring the tissues to a healthier and balanced state.
Here are some of the benefits of Soft Tissue Therapy:
- Soft Tissue Injury Management: Sports massage is important following injury to the soft tissue, as collagen fibres are sent by the body to the injury site. These collagen fibres lay down randomly and in doing so form scar tissue. Sports Massage will help to manipulate scar tissue that is forming and align the fibres correctly. Massage increases circulation, which encourages healing.
- Injury prevention: massage helps to keep soft tissue structures in optimal condition and functionality. Massage will reduce tension, stretch and realign muscle fibres, which means there is less likelihood of an over use injury, which is very common in athletes.
- Improved Performance: Soft tissue techniques can be used to release tension and increase the flexibility of the athlete’s tissues and their range of movement. This can improve the athletes overall performance, as their tissues are working more effectively.
- Pre and post Sports Events: Massage is very important in the run up and completion of an event.
- Pre event- (see improved performance above)
- Event day- massage will warm the tissues and arouse the athlete mentally, boosting their performance.
- Post event treatment will increase in blood flow to the tissues, increasing lymphatic drainage and can reduce the effects of DOMS (Delayed onset muscle soreness). Therefore massage speeds up the healing times and when a person can return to exercise (without discomfort) compared to if they did not have a massage.
- Restoring a person to their habitual state: people can often alter their lifestyle because of an injury or chronic pain. Treatment will help to relieve pain and enable the client to make positive steps to getting back to their normal lifestyle.
- Postural deviations: Muscles help to stabilise and move joints, and if they are not functioning correctly this can cause pain and lead to further dysfunction and altered moving patterns. Massage will relieve the tension in the muscles, stretch and realign them, helping to return the person to a much better posture.
- Relief for chronic conditions: A bad back is an obvious, common example of a chronic condition, however a person suffering from Arthritis could benefit from massage. Although massage cannot address the osteo condition, it will ensure the surrounding muscles are relaxed and working efficiently as possible for the patient. With the surrounding structures working more efficiently, pressure is reduced on the articulating bones in the joint and in effect taking some pressure off that area and potentially helping to ease pain.
- Well being and Relieving Stress: Although sports massage is not perceived as relaxing and therapeutic as other massage modalities, it can help to relieve stress and persons well being. Massage reduces tension in the tissues, and especially in the shoulders and neck where stress tend to manifest, and in turn alter their posture.
Massage can help treat/ relieve symptoms of the following conditions:
Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder); Arthritis; Back Pain; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Golfers Elbow; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Joint replacement; Neck Pain; Piraformis Syndrome; Plantar Fasciitis (Policeman’s Heel); Repetitive Strain Injuries; Runners Knee; Sciatica; Shin Splints; Shoulder Pain; Sprains; Strains; Stress; Tennis Elbow; Tension Headaches; Trochanteric Bursitis; (Please note: this is not an exhaustive list)
Please feel free to contact me for advice on on how Soft Tissue Therapy can help you, I am very happy to confidentially discuss any conditions