A man having a soft tissue massage to his neck and shoulders

Sports Massage v Soft Tissue Therapy

In Exercise, Information by Katie Evans

The demand for Soft Tissue Therapy is immense because the techniques we use consistently produce excellent results treating minor and chronic pains that almost everyone suffers with. It is used to help with everyday and work-related stresses, overuse problems, or pain following injury or trauma.  

People like receiving good, hands-on treatment because it works well, feels good and can produce instantly noticeable improvements.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage does not have a definition and this is no surprise because it is just a name which has no real meaning. You cannot massage a sport, only a person who happens to do sport as part of their lifestyle. It is just massage with an emphasis on the techniques that may help athletes recover from, and prepare for sport. It does not involve any assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of specific injuries caused by sport or anything else. 

Clinical Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft Tissue Therapy is an essential component of an effective training program that will help athletes prevent injuries, recovery faster, optimize movement patterns or performance in a given sport or activity.

The ‘functional’ structures of our soft tissue produce and coordinate all Human Movement. 

Goals of Soft Tissue Therapy are:
• Optimize function of the Soft Tissue by restoring its length, responsiveness and softness.
• Eliminate Knots, Adhesions and the build-up of scar tissue in the soft tissue layer that will create compensation strategies in movement patterns and increase the risk of injury.
• Improve Blood Flow and Circulation of Nutrients that will aid cellular repair and help athletes fully recovery.

This treatment approach typically involves some assessments and tests to understand the initial problem, and then reassess to see what has changed and improved. This allows us to track progress and check that your issue is getting better.